Grosses

NORTH AMERICA: Weekend Actuals: 'The Maze Runner' Easily Leads with Strong $32.51M; 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' #2 with $12.76M; 'This Is Where I Leave You' #3 with $11.56MSeptember 22, 2014 01:20 PM

by Daniel Garris

As was widely expected, Fox's The Maze Runner debuted comfortably in first place this weekend with $32.51 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 $11.26 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.1 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased 20 percent on Saturday to gross $13.47 million and fell 42 percent on Sunday to gross $7.78 million. That placed the film's 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 10.1 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 $12.76 million. Universal's modestly budgeted action thriller starring Liam Neeson opened just below pre-release expectations. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened softer than Liam's recent vehicles; including 35 percent softer than the $19.67 million debut of 2012's The Grey. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened with $4.76 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.43 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased a modest 7 percent on Saturday to take in $5.07 million and declined 42 percent on Sunday to gross $2.93 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of just 2.68 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 $11.56 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey opened towards the lower end of its modest expectations. This Is Where I Leave You opened 15 percent below the $13.53 million start of 2011's The Change-Up. This Is Where I Leave You started with $3.87 million on Friday, increased a very solid 28 percent on Saturday to take in $4.94 million and declined 44 percent on Sunday to gross $2.75 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.99 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 60 percent from last weekend's first place debut to place in fourth with $9.79 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 $39.70 million. That places No Good Deed 5 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 $8.87 million. The family sequel from Warner Bros. was down 44 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 $26.93 million in ten days, but is currently running 28 percent behind the $37.18 million ten-day take of Dolphin Tale.

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy placed in sixth with $5.24 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero film from Marvel was down a very solid 35 percent from last weekend. With a massive 52-day take of $313.73 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 $0.85 million from 602 locations. That gave the low-budget Kevin Smith directed horror film a per-location average of just $1,407 for the frame.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jul. 29 - Sun, Jul. 31

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cowboys & Aliens$36,431,290--3,750--$9,715$36,431,2901Universal
2The Smurfs$35,611,637--3,395--$10,489$35,611,6371Sony / Columbia
3Captain America: The First Avenger$25,554,303-61%3,7150$6,879$117,421,5712Paramount
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$21,977,093-54%4,145-230$5,302$318,511,6023Warner Bros.
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$19,104,303--3,020--$6,326$19,104,3031Warner Bros.
6Friends With Benefits$9,275,692-50%2,9260$3,170$38,175,9732Sony / Screen Gems
7Horrible Bosses$7,189,365-40%2,510-594$2,864$96,290,9174Warner Bros. / New Line
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$6,086,311-49%2,604-771$2,337$338,007,7255Paramount / DreamWorks
9Zookeeper$4,301,893-51%2,418-797$1,779$68,832,7334Sony / Columbia
10Cars 2$2,349,142-58%1,763-905$1,332$182,118,6906Disney
11Winnie the Pooh$1,777,625-66%1,632-773$1,089$22,435,4903Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$1,156,947-36%471-150$2,456$46,851,96611Sony Pictures Classics
2Bridesmaids$859,095-35%484-196$1,775$165,457,08012Universal
3Bad Teacher$842,740-68%765-1269$1,102$96,718,1476Sony / Columbia
4Kung Fu Panda 2$662,153109%31969$2,076$161,681,66710Paramount / DreamWorks
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$467,542-50%412-179$1,135$64,625,4697Fox
6The Hangover Part II$399,02634%34671$1,153$253,027,04310Warner Bros.
7Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$348,092-48%1000$3,481$2,562,4583Eros International
8The Tree of Life$332,997-40%196-34$1,699$11,685,37110Fox Searchlight
9Super 8$303,794-60%325-333$935$124,973,8318Paramount
10X-Men: First Class$287,509-17%254-41$1,132$144,723,8429Fox
11Larry Crowne$263,005-74%335-700$785$35,107,9455Universal
12Beginners$231,217-46%147-10$1,573$5,032,4059Focus
13Thor$207,531-39%190-46$1,092$180,580,79513Paramount
14Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$205,376-34%166-80$1,237$238,433,76811Disney
15Rio (2011)$184,065-39%174-36$1,058$143,021,06816Fox
16Green Lantern$183,505-52%135-286$1,359$114,327,6147Warner Bros.
17Buck$178,919-33%111-12$1,612$3,013,7577IFC Films
18Fast Five$138,110-19%125-49$1,105$209,688,23514Universal
19Monte Carlo$135,839-71%168-192$809$22,275,8955Fox
20A Better Life$76,724-64%108-74$710$1,585,5586Summit
21Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$64,068-53%161-29$398$14,880,4568Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$366,690217%3328$11,112$536,6502Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$244,633-1%491$4,993$10,282,55517Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$183,896-8%9332$1,977$710,0153Fox Searchlight
4Le Sens de l'humour$162,182-26%69-18$2,350$2,571,6184Alliance Films
5Attack the Block$139,506--8--$17,438$137,5801Sony / Screen Gems
6Jihne Mera Dil Luteya$125,811--18--$6,990$125,8111Viva Entertainment
7Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$117,549-19%43-11$2,734$791,6004Sony Pictures Classics
8Hubble 3D$117,300-3%281$4,189$27,676,97472Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Another Earth$109,22641%2016$5,461$221,4922Fox Searchlight
10The Trip (2011)$99,394-23%559$1,807$1,420,8638IFC Films
11The Devil's Double$96,414--5--$19,283$96,4141Lionsgate
12The Guard$76,834--4--$19,209$76,8341Sony Pictures Classics
13Tabloid$73,322-39%376$1,982$392,4633IFC Films
14Singham$63,692-60%39-11$1,633$287,4582Reliance Big Pictures
15Page One: Inside the New York Times$59,388-38%52-13$1,142$873,5497Magnolia Pictures
16Under the Sea 3D$53,01511%130$4,078$29,384,306129Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Life in a Day$45,202--11--$4,109$89,2021National Geographic
18Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$41,980-15%100$4,198$3,751,664643D Entertainment
19Point Blank$41,031--6--$6,839$41,0311Magnolia / Magnet
20Terri$39,313-55%24-12$1,638$450,0845IDP/ATO Pictures
21Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$35,584-38%80$4,448$199,0544International Film Circuit
22Cave of Forgotten Dreams$35,546-35%32-6$1,111$5,102,89114IFC Films
23Project Nim$31,774-37%212$1,513$227,0484Roadside Attractions
24The Future$27,137--1--$27,137$27,1371Roadside Attractions
25The Names of Love$25,611162%91$2,846$208,8556Music Box Films
26Bride Flight$25,081-3%192$1,320$400,8688Music Box Films
27Water for Elephants$24,951-62%41-50$609$58,664,10015Fox
28Space Station 3D$22,35412%10$22,354$84,060,071485IMAX
29Incendies$20,217-50%22-7$919$6,747,43515Sony Pictures Classics
30Insidious$20,163-47%41-18$492$53,943,19218FilmDistrict
31A Little Help$19,360-57%240$807$85,7892Freestyle Releasing
32The Double Hour$17,841-39%17-3$1,049$1,459,26216IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
33El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$12,756--1--$12,756$20,6991Alive Mind Cinema
34Turtle: The Incredible Journey$12,068-53%7-5$1,724$282,8046Hannover House
35In a Better World$11,57878%157$772$963,91418Sony Pictures Classics
36Passione: A Musical Adventure$10,586-27%3-1$3,529$131,6096Abramorama
37Submarine$10,466-51%191$551$449,3039Weinstein Company
38Delhi Belly$9,228-74%7-18$1,318$1,524,3865UTV Communications
39Meek's Cutoff$9,03733%72$1,291$959,35117Oscilloscope
40The Interrupters$7,920--1--$7,920$7,9201Cinema Guild
41The Myth of the American Sleepover$7,704-11%21$3,852$19,7332IFC Films
42Trollhunter$7,588-26%12-9$632$206,7928Magnolia / Magnet
43Queen to Play$6,962-50%6-6$1,160$460,40918Zeitgeist Films
44Bill Cunningham New York$5,173-54%5-1$1,035$1,448,26820Zeitgeist Films
45The Salvation Poem$5,008--13--$385$908,90442CanZion Films
46How To Live Forever$4,974--2--$2,487$51,37912Variance Films
47Life, Above All$4,615-70%5-5$923$55,1013Sony Pictures Classics
48The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$4,2051505%97$467$634,90815Sony Pictures Classics
49The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$3,69690%32$1,232$48,6336Rialto Pictures
50Crime After Crime$3,460--2--$1,730$21,1415mTuckman Media
51Everything Must Go$3,245-46%8-1$406$2,694,12312Roadside Attractions
52Good Neighbors$2,953--3--$984$2,9531Magnolia Pictures
53The Perfect Host$2,444-2%41$611$25,2675Magnolia Pictures
5413 Assassins$2,397-50%7-1$342$791,65314Magnolia / Magnet
55The Harvest$2,245--1--$2,245$2,2451Cinema Libre
56Hobo with a Shotgun$2,20512%4-1$551$701,37913Magnolia / Magnet
57The Tree$2,087-65%3-1$696$18,2173Zeitgeist Films
58The First Grader$1,773--3--$591$332,30612National Geographic
59The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$1,770--1--$1,770$24,48912Argot Pictures
60Salvation Boulevard$1,62668%20$813$16,4263IFC Films
61The Robber$1,515--1--$1,515$74,41214Kino International
62If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$1,349-78%3-2$450$53,0106Oscilloscope
63Hesher$1,30029%20$650$382,94612Wrekin Hill Entertainment
64Rapt$1,223-79%1-2$1,223$30,0604Lorber Films
65Tuesday, After Christmas$1,164--1--$1,164$24,47710Lorber Films
66The Sleeping Beauty$1,070-67%31$357$23,0924Strand Releasing
67Road to Nowhere$1,009-72%2-3$505$35,7388Monterey Media
68Viva Riva!$1,000-73%40$250$52,6848Music Box Films
69Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$985-52%20$493$232,67846Collective Eye
70Rejoice and Shout$895-60%3-1$298$88,0759Magnolia Pictures
71The Last Mountain$876-77%2-1$438$112,1709Dada Films
72Making The Boys$706--1--$706$33,44321First Run Features
73The Music Never Stopped$631227%2-2$316$256,59020Roadside Attractions
74Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$598-28%10$598$181,93122Strand Releasing
75Daylight (2011)$59615%0-1--$2,6483Cinema Purgatorio
76Winter in Wartime$594-89%2-3$297$542,86020Sony Pictures Classics
7735 and Ticking$571-47%2-1$286$94,65211Image Entertainment
78The Conspirator$510-91%3-7$170$11,531,76316Roadside Attractions
79Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$461--1--$461$16,64612Strand Releasing
80Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$430--1--$430$259,36230First Run Features
81Pianomania$338--1--$338$15,34410First Run Features
82Potiche$313-40%10$313$1,618,84419Music Box Films
83The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$286-86%1-2$286$149,40118Lorber Films
84Film Socialisme$25519%10$255$27,4329Lorber Films
85The Arbor$203-87%1-1$203$17,16214Strand Releasing