Grosses

'The Maze Runner' Easily Leads with Strong $32.5M; 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' #2 with $13.1M; 'This Is Where I Leave You' #3 with $11.9MSeptember 21, 2014 08:49 AM

by Daniel Garris

As was widely expected, Fox's The Maze Runner debuted comfortably in first place this weekend with an estimated $32.5 million. The modestly budgeted young adult adaptation opened in line with expectations and performed well with its price tag in mind. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, The Maze Runner delivered the sixth largest opening weekend performance of all time for the month of September. The Maze Runner opened 20 percent stronger than the $27.02 million start of last year's Ender's Game and going forward is likely to hold up better than Ender's Game did in part from facing relatively softer competition.

The Maze Runner debuted with $11.25 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.1 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased 19 percent on Saturday to gross $13.43 million and is estimated to fall 42 percent on Sunday to gross $7.83 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at an encouraging 2.89 to 1. The Maze Runner received an A- rating on CinemaScore, which is also an encouraging early sign.

The Maze Runner grossed $3.3 million from 351 IMAX locations this weekend. That represented 10.2 percent of this weekend's overall gross.

After this weekend's performance, Fox has scheduled The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials for release on September 18, 2015.

A Walk Among the Tombstones debuted in second place with an estimated $13.13 million. Universal's modestly budgeted action thriller starring Liam Neeson opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened softer than Liam's recent vehicles; including 33 percent softer than the $19.67 million debut of 2012's The Grey. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened with $4.7 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.43 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased a modest 8.5 percent on Saturday to take in $5.1 million and is estimated to decline 35 percent on Sunday to gross $3.33 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.79 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film was nearly evenly split between genders (51 percent female, 49 percent male) and skewed heavily towards moviegoers 25 years and older (77 percent). A Walk Among the Tombstones received a lackluster B- rating on CinemaScore and is likely to take a significant hit next weekend when Sony's anticipated The Equalizer arrives in the marketplace this coming Friday.

Warner's This Is Where I Leave You opened in third place with an estimated $11.86 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey opened in line with its modest expectations. This Is Where I Leave You opened 12 percent below the $13.53 million start of 2011's The Change-Up. This Is Where I Leave You started with $3.9 million on Friday, increased a very solid 28 percent on Saturday to take in $4.98 million and is estimated to decline 40 percent on Sunday to gross $2.99 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.04 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards female moviegoers (63 percent) and heavily towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (86 percent). This Is Where I Leave You received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore.

Sony's No Good Deed was down three spots and 58 percent from last weekend's first place debut to place in fourth with an estimated $10.2 million. While the low-budget thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson experienced a sharp second weekend decline, in the bigger picture the film is still performing well with a ten-day take of $40.11 million. That places No Good Deed 6 percent ahead of the $37.75 million ten-day gross of 2009's I Can Do Bad All By Myself (which fell 58 percent in its second weekend to gross $9.88 million).

Dolphin Tale 2 rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $9.01 million. The family sequel from Warner Bros. was down 43 percent from last weekend, as it was unable to duplicate the second weekend strength of 2011's Dolphin Tale (which fell just 27 percent in its second weekend to gross $13.91 million). Dolphin Tale 2 has grossed a respectable $27.07 million in ten days, but is currently running 27 percent behind the $37.18 million ten-day take of Dolphin Tale.

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy placed in sixth with an estimated $5.18 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero film from Marvel was down 36 percent from last weekend. With a massive 52-day take of $313.67 million, Guardians of the Galaxy is set to soon surpass the $318.41 million unadjusted final gross of 2008's Iron Man.

On the limited front, A24's Tusk was off to a very soft start with an estimated $0.89 million from 602 locations. That gave the low-budget Kevin Smith directed horror film a per-location average of just $1,472 for the frame.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Apr. 29 - Sun, May. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast Five$86,198,765--3,644--$23,655$86,198,7651Universal
2Rio (2011)$14,787,836-44%3,708-134$3,988$104,014,8513Fox
3Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$9,860,929-61%2,2880$4,310$40,891,0432Lionsgate
4Water for Elephants$9,342,413-45%2,8203$3,313$32,480,2142Fox
5Prom$4,712,638--2,730--$1,726$4,712,6381Disney
6Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$4,108,630--2,505--$1,640$4,108,6301Weinstein Company
7Soul Surfer$3,367,867-38%2,010-230$1,676$33,843,0194Sony / TriStar
8Insidious$2,689,676-48%1,584-546$1,698$48,309,9125FilmDistrict
9HOP$2,683,720-78%3,176-440$845$105,403,2855Universal
10Source Code$2,509,824-51%1,645-718$1,526$48,887,1885Summit
11African Cats$2,403,808-60%1,2244$1,964$10,668,8292Disneynature
12Hanna$2,252,257-57%1,569-815$1,435$35,953,4704Focus
13Scream 4$2,179,521-69%2,221-1093$981$35,496,2003Weinstein Company
14Arthur (2011)$1,008,363-75%1,251-1519$806$31,671,6224Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$1,102,851-50%697-152$1,582$8,764,8253Roadside Attractions
2Limitless$1,098,447-59%838-525$1,311$76,090,3167Relativity Media
3The Lincoln Lawyer$789,202-56%719-501$1,098$54,799,5107Lionsgate
4Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$754,779--875--$863$754,7791Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
5Win Win$666,175-40%302-86$2,206$7,611,7307Fox Searchlight
6Your Highness$629,125-63%402-1208$1,565$21,102,0704Universal
7Jane Eyre (2011)$511,827-31%294-25$1,741$8,739,7678Focus
8Atlas Shrugged: Part 1$468,573-47%371-94$1,263$3,947,8273Rocky Mountain
9The Adjustment Bureau$459,80586%27714$1,660$61,682,8859Universal
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$382,659-59%503-425$761$51,001,8136Fox
11Paul$299,04023%224-21$1,335$36,943,0107Universal
12Gnomeo and Juliet$293,710-12%293-52$1,002$98,765,13612Disney
13Rango$253,026-34%277-280$913$119,931,7209Paramount
14I Am Number Four$138,096-25%1790$771$54,598,34111Disney / DreamWorks
15Red Riding Hood$132,495-29%209-99$634$37,395,2418Warner Bros.
16Just Go With It$127,588-36%199-66$641$102,808,74712Sony / Columbia
17The King's Speech$117,338-40%185-49$634$138,537,21123Weinstein Company
18Beastly$89,9480%126-11$714$27,731,1329CBS Films
19Battle: Los Angeles$71,775-65%102-118$704$82,795,2208Sony / Columbia
20Hall Pass$60,455-55%116-86$521$44,986,02510Warner Bros. / New Line
21Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$59,519-11%109-57$546$72,945,02912Paramount
22Unknown (2011)$45,176-50%101-61$447$63,640,35711Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$298,578-55%69-139$4,327$3,746,7864Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cave of Forgotten Dreams$139,101--5--$27,820$139,1011IFC Films
3I Am (2011)$128,850-1%4622$2,801$736,57011Paladin
4Potiche$119,266-21%716$1,680$1,040,1326Music Box Films
5Hubble 3D$110,188-26%363$3,061$24,809,28359Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Of Gods and Men$106,142-28%94-9$1,129$3,414,61310Sony Pictures Classics
7Dum Maaro Dum$92,332-72%93-8$993$483,9882Fox Searchlight
8Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$90,25767%110$8,205$2,512,742513D Entertainment
9The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$89,578-25%3618$2,488$240,8472Sony Pictures Classics
10In a Better World$71,255-2%410$1,738$395,9105Sony Pictures Classics
11Bill Cunningham New York$65,886-27%343$1,938$797,5007Zeitgeist Films
12Incendies$64,62228%107$6,462$133,6392Sony Pictures Classics
13The Double Hour$57,35291%75$8,193$144,9443IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
14Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$56,829-24%69-23$824$37,814,42811Fox
15Sucker Punch$56,218-80%74-170$760$36,062,0656Warner Bros.
16Certified Copy$47,937-15%44-1$1,089$1,151,8678IFC Films
1713 Assassins$45,854--4--$11,464$45,8541Magnolia / Magnet
18Kill the Irishman$40,62510%307$1,354$1,064,4758Anchor Bay Films
19Chalo Dilli$38,268--31--$1,234$38,2681Eros International
20Winter in Wartime$37,10822%150$2,474$272,1507Sony Pictures Classics
21The Princess of Montpensier$36,1390%198$1,902$126,4453IFC Films
22Super$35,695-26%380$939$268,8405IFC Films
23Exporting Raymond$35,292--13--$2,715$35,2921IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
24No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$35,209-70%45-44$782$1,275,1464Lionsgate / Pantelion
25Meek's Cutoff$34,724-3%115$3,157$140,1944Oscilloscope
26Under the Sea 3D$29,582-40%184$1,643$28,255,789116Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Mars Needs Moms$22,277-28%52-26$428$20,888,8218Disney
28Henry's Crime$17,28264%83$2,160$70,7954Moving Pictures Film & Television
29Tangled$16,475-47%48-32$343$199,695,81123Disney
30Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$16,17530%100$1,618$542,64511Vitagraph
31Cedar Rapids$13,971-43%26-10$537$6,800,42712Fox Searchlight
32Queen to Play$12,7301%60$2,122$130,2865Zeitgeist Films
33Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$12,60732%5-5$2,521$134,85533Collective Eye
34Rubber$11,133354%124$928$64,6755Magnolia / Magnet
35The Robber$11,084--5--$2,217$15,7651Kino International
36Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$10,244-10%95$1,138$25,9932Variance Films
37American: The Bill Hicks Story$10,142-38%7-4$1,449$65,7594Variance Films
38The Warring States$9,632-73%230$419$60,5252China Lion Film
39Sympathy For Delicious$9,448--2--$4,724$9,4481Maya Entertainment
40Stake Land$8,43716%54$1,687$18,4692IFC Films
41Biutiful$7,983-42%221$363$5,056,09818Roadside Attractions
42The Company Men$7,582-6%150$505$4,413,10815Weinstein Company
43Barney's Version$7,146-58%21-3$340$7,446,98516Sony Pictures Classics
44Lebanon, PA$6,675--2--$3,338$6,6751Truly Indie
45Miral$5,826-71%10-10$583$360,2376Weinstein Company
46The Salvation Poem$5,697-71%8-5$712$849,14929CanZion Films
47The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$5,262-37%4-1$1,316$87,8645Lorber Films
48Meet Monica Velour$5,184415%10$5,184$23,8334Anchor Bay Films
49Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$4,458-24%3-3$1,486$154,0879Strand Releasing
50Making The Boys$4,160195%32$1,387$24,9918First Run Features
51Circo$3,767-45%3-1$1,256$36,8335First Run Features
52The Illusionist (2010)$3,289-29%10-2$329$2,227,54819Sony Pictures Classics
53Poetry$3,225-44%6-4$538$294,42312Kino International
54Blank City$3,117-35%10$3,117$64,4884Insurgent Releasing
55Carancho$3,110-52%52$622$78,83112Strand Releasing
56Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,085-1%20$1,543$23,599,042187National Geographic
57Thank You$2,897-89%7-13$414$462,6094UTV Communications
58The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,869-44%2-1$1,435$857,60339National Geographic
59Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$2,663197%21$1,332$235,76717First Run Features
60The Arbor$2,638--1--$2,638$3,5711Strand Releasing
61My Dog Tulip$2,545--2--$1,273$242,42635New Yorker Films
62Black Swan$1,570-72%8-12$196$106,952,32722Fox Searchlight
63Inside Job$1,458-41%3-5$486$4,311,83430Sony Pictures Classics
64Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$1,433931%21$717$204,38014Variance Films
65Ceremony$952-64%2-2$476$17,6574Magnolia Pictures
66Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$945--1--$945$44,92316Kino International
67A Somewhat Gentle Man$463-28%20$232$36,36816Strand Releasing
68The Music Never Stopped$344-83%4-2$86$234,7007Roadside Attractions
69Armadillo$255-84%10$255$10,0063Lorber Films
70Bhutto$162--2--$81$99,43922First Run Features
71The Last Lions$148-98%2-57$74$628,39311National Geographic
72The Strange Case of Angelica$118-85%10$118$45,58018Cinema Guild
73Desert Flower$66-35%10$66$44,3487National Geographic