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, Jul. 8 - Sun, Jul. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$47,103,276-52%4,10719$11,469$261,078,7002Paramount / DreamWorks
2Horrible Bosses$28,302,165--3,040--$9,310$28,302,1651Warner Bros. / New Line
3Zookeeper$20,065,617--3,482--$5,763$20,065,6171Sony / Columbia
4Cars 2$15,212,015-42%3,990-125$3,813$148,831,5303Disney
5Bad Teacher$8,914,412-39%2,962-87$3,010$78,671,8193Sony / Columbia
6Larry Crowne$5,936,405-55%2,9763$1,995$26,197,6902Universal
7Super 8$4,838,205-39%2,292-796$2,111$118,069,5465Paramount
8Monte Carlo$3,800,604-49%2,4730$1,537$16,125,5072Fox
9Mr. Popper's Penguins$3,154,435-43%1,996-865$1,580$58,051,2094Fox
10Green Lantern$3,147,225-52%2,015-1265$1,562$109,731,1814Warner Bros.
11Bridesmaids$2,628,285-28%1,102-287$2,385$158,142,0309Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$2,634,785-26%819-39$3,217$38,579,0528Sony Pictures Classics
2X-Men: First Class$1,473,384-50%847-755$1,740$142,090,1216Fox
3The Hangover Part II$1,198,064-50%835-733$1,435$250,817,2477Warner Bros.
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,054,694-52%622-851$1,696$236,250,4798Disney
5Kung Fu Panda 2$865,109-48%650-631$1,331$159,014,4307Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Tree of Life$793,706-26%2379$3,349$9,014,4677Fox Searchlight
7Thor$573,30843%31545$1,820$178,739,97110Paramount
8Beginners$553,422-7%15547$3,570$3,250,7496Focus
9Rio (2011)$413,317-8%272-36$1,520$141,282,07613Fox
10Buck$386,172-20%15120$2,557$1,703,8314IFC Films
11A Better Life$330,296238%153142$2,159$559,5503Summit
12Fast Five$261,485-21%241-61$1,085$208,782,68511Universal
13Soul Surfer$131,074-20%160-45$819$43,685,47314Sony / TriStar
14Water for Elephants$124,765-27%168-66$743$58,290,36612Fox
15Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$99,104-12%112-28$885$53,200,43712Lionsgate
16Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$81,230-40%171-50$475$14,148,5175Relativity Media
17Something Borrowed$66,301-34%113-78$587$38,830,88210Warner Bros.
18The Lincoln Lawyer$62,017-30%106-32$585$57,906,77817Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Le Sens de l'humour$466,499--89--$5,242$719,9361Alliance Films
2Delhi Belly$375,225-36%901$4,169$1,232,6102UTV Communications
3Born to Be Wild 3D$241,8888%481$5,039$8,705,68414Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hubble 3D$127,28023%29-1$4,389$26,937,02869Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Page One: Inside the New York Times$116,222-7%5214$2,235$429,7664Magnolia Pictures
6Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$111,982--4--$27,996$111,9821Sony Pictures Classics
7The Trip (2011)$104,283-35%38-2$2,744$951,1795IFC Films
8Cave of Forgotten Dreams$82,074-25%48-12$1,710$4,800,39311IFC Films
9Insidious$78,69870%8111$972$53,722,47515FilmDistrict
10Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$64,28026%110$5,844$3,473,136613D Entertainment
11Gerry (2011)$49,899-61%45-33$1,109$1,760,0094Entertainment One Films
12Terri$44,742-31%82$5,593$144,6332IDP/ATO Pictures
13Under the Sea 3D$44,68110%152$2,979$29,089,361126Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Murder 2$41,989--26--$1,615$41,9891Eros International
15Turtle: The Incredible Journey$39,068-2%237$1,699$184,2963Hannover House
16Incendies$35,703-26%32-10$1,116$6,597,65012Sony Pictures Classics
17The Double Hour$33,176-15%283$1,185$1,354,64913IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
18Bride Flight$30,80424%235$1,339$279,0655Music Box Films
19Trigun: Badlands Rumble$29,201--12--$2,433$29,0211Eleven Arts
20Source Code$29,022-54%41-25$708$54,696,90215Summit
21Project Nim$25,820--4--$6,455$25,8201Roadside Attractions
22The Names of Love$25,106-7%113$2,282$120,5233Music Box Films
23Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$20,247--1--$20,247$20,2471International Film Circuit
24Queen to Play$20,244-8%9-1$2,249$406,65015Zeitgeist Films
25Trollhunter$19,222-53%19-2$1,012$150,0685Magnolia / Magnet
26Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$18,524-37%42-26$441$10,106,89911Weinstein Company
27Double Dhamaal$18,117-79%20-21$906$529,6303Reliance Big Pictures
28Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$17,537-58%10-7$1,754$223,9593Abramorama
29Submarine$16,832-38%19-1$886$377,8076Weinstein Company
30African Cats$15,693-50%23-7$682$15,415,27012Disneynature
31Win Win$14,07426%17-1$828$10,164,97317Fox Searchlight
32Bill Cunningham New York$13,425-21%9-2$1,492$1,394,15817Zeitgeist Films
33Rejoice and Shout$12,09572%71$1,728$72,3336Magnolia Pictures
34In a Better World$12,0750%18-10$671$923,55615Sony Pictures Classics
35Passione: A Musical Adventure$10,850-42%20$5,425$71,6663Abramorama
36Jane Eyre (2011)$10,368-26%21-5$494$11,232,82518Focus
3713 Assassins$9,122-43%14-8$652$763,76011Magnolia / Magnet
38Meek's Cutoff$9,0630%12-3$755$911,66314Oscilloscope
39Everything Must Go$8,8227%17-2$519$2,663,0009Roadside Attractions
40Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$8,260-30%19-12$435$52,691,00916Fox
41The Salvation Poem$6,146--2--$3,073$898,69739CanZion Films
42Beginning of the Great Revival$6,103-77%8-15$763$147,5833China Lion Film
43The Conspirator$6,055-19%150$404$11,510,59913Roadside Attractions
44The Sleeping Beauty$5,973--1--$5,973$5,9731Strand Releasing
45Rapt$5,872--1--$5,872$7,8511Lorber Films
46City of Life and Death$5,515363%41$1,379$87,7409Kino International
47The Ledge$5,176--2--$2,588$5,1761IFC Films
4835 and Ticking$4,50248%42$1,126$85,0908Image Entertainment
49The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$4,310-41%1-1$4,310$31,5813Rialto Pictures
50Chillar Party$4,155--7--$594$4,1551UTV Communications
51Jig$4,120--1--$4,120$129,4774Screen Media Films
52Viva Riva!$3,65223%50$730$43,8805Music Box Films
53Potiche$3,618--3--$1,206$1,611,83816Music Box Films
54The Last Mountain$3,595--3--$1,198$90,4256Dada Films
55Hobo with a Shotgun$3,355-47%6-4$559$690,66510Magnolia / Magnet
56Farmageddon$3,218--1--$3,218$12,8974Undefined
57The Perfect Host$3,212-57%31$1,071$14,8702Magnolia Pictures
58Blank City$3,196169%32$1,065$112,49914Insurgent Releasing
59How To Live Forever$2,973341%10$2,973$40,8369Variance Films
60The Music Never Stopped$2,562331%4-1$641$253,89917Roadside Attractions
61My Perestroika$2,31435%3-1$771$238,44016International Film Circuit
62Beautiful Boy$2,138-14%3-1$713$73,1586Anchor Bay Films
63Hesher$2,12824%1-1$2,128$373,9199Wrekin Hill Entertainment
64Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$1,994457%10$1,994$14,0969Strand Releasing
65Winter in Wartime$1,771-58%40$443$530,04817Sony Pictures Classics
66If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$1,323-38%20$662$25,5463Oscilloscope
67Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$1,315--2--$658$178,45319Strand Releasing
68The Art of Getting By$1,306-37%5-2$261$1,429,2604Fox Searchlight
69Octubre$1,110109%10$1,110$19,65910New Yorker Films
70Road to Nowhere$846-67%3-1$282$27,8925Monterey Media
71The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$751-33%85$94$625,95612Sony Pictures Classics
72Circo$625--1--$625$69,72515First Run Features
73The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$618-15%10$618$139,25415Lorber Films
74The Robber$419--1--$419$69,90811Kino International
75The Human Resources Manager$362--1--$362$63,70919Film Movement
76Poetry$168--1--$168$349,89922Kino International
77Leap Year (2011)$156-94%1-1$156$9,2513Strand Releasing
78The Arbor$119--1--$119$13,37311Strand Releasing
79Kings of Pastry$79-91%10$79$336,17443First Run
80Small Town Murder Songs$48-93%1-2$48$24,0277Monterey Media