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, Aug. 5 - Sun, Aug. 7

Wide (1000+)

1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$54,806,191--3,648--$15,024$54,806,1911Fox
2The Smurfs$20,702,415-42%3,3950$6,098$75,904,2462Sony / Columbia
3Cowboys & Aliens$15,729,455-57%3,7544$4,190$67,349,5202Universal
4The Change-Up$13,531,115--2,913--$4,645$13,531,1151Universal
5Captain America: The First Avenger$13,021,922-49%3,620-95$3,597$143,203,9673Paramount
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$12,445,031-43%3,175-970$3,920$343,086,0454Warner Bros.
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$12,017,146-37%3,0200$3,979$42,102,2522Warner Bros.
8Friends With Benefits$4,687,883-49%2,398-528$1,955$48,526,2873Sony / Screen Gems
9Horrible Bosses$4,583,252-36%2,025-485$2,263$105,125,4155Warner Bros. / New Line
10Transformers: Dark of the Moon$3,086,145-49%1,854-750$1,665$344,244,4866Paramount / DreamWorks
11Zookeeper$2,168,776-50%1,724-694$1,258$73,613,5405Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Cars 2$1,222,836-48%926-837$1,321$184,807,3307Disney
2Midnight in Paris$981,867-15%399-72$2,461$48,486,54112Sony Pictures Classics
3Winnie the Pooh$806,782-55%716-916$1,127$24,440,6284Disney
5Kung Fu Panda 2$500,339-24%290-29$1,725$162,695,95711Paramount / DreamWorks
6Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$448,837119%274108$1,638$239,048,69812Disney
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$407,111-13%327-85$1,245$65,426,9698Fox
8X-Men: First Class$369,56829%236-18$1,566$145,292,35110Fox
9Bad Teacher$341,825-59%350-415$977$97,513,9677Sony / Columbia
10The Hangover Part II$293,159-27%303-43$968$253,589,16311Warner Bros.
11The Tree of Life$254,955-23%170-26$1,500$12,158,11911Fox Searchlight
12Buck$190,3566%12615$1,511$3,309,0098IFC Films
14Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$182,337-48%1000$1,823$2,855,6734Eros International
15Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$177,931-3%11623$1,534$1,015,4704Fox Searchlight
16Super 8$170,049-44%174-151$977$125,316,7999Paramount
17Larry Crowne$161,445-39%229-106$705$35,398,4856Universal
18Rio (2011)$138,837-25%139-35$999$143,323,28117Fox
19Monte Carlo$128,574-5%141-27$912$22,516,0996Fox
20Green Lantern$110,292-40%108-27$1,021$114,570,3848Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Sarah's Key$547,88349%6734$8,177$1,279,8913Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$228,420-7%490$4,662$10,798,27218Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Devil's Double$198,436106%3328$6,013$342,1512Lionsgate
4The Guard$192,336150%1915$10,123$307,5092Sony Pictures Classics
5Another Earth$170,55856%5535$3,101$452,7793Fox Searchlight
6The Trip (2011)$123,04024%605$2,051$1,596,6689IFC Films
7Le Sens de l'humour$111,893-31%61-8$1,834$2,875,5075Alliance Films
8Hubble 3D$110,399-6%324$3,450$27,916,55973Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Jihne Mera Dil Luteya$89,577-29%16-2$5,599$309,6492Viva Entertainment
10The Future$85,841216%1817$4,769$128,1422Roadside Attractions
11Attack the Block$77,741-44%80$9,718$295,8312Sony / Screen Gems
12Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$77,477-34%38-5$2,039$941,2865Sony Pictures Classics
13The Whistleblower$61,002--7--$8,715$61,0021IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
14Fast Five$58,055-58%86-39$675$209,805,00515Universal
15Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$50,83943%80$6,355$268,9735International Film Circuit
16Point Blank$47,55016%93$5,283$109,6772Magnolia / Magnet
17Tabloid$45,813-38%27-10$1,697$478,3134IFC Films
18Under the Sea 3D$45,656-14%141$3,261$29,484,993130Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$44,0185%111$4,002$3,835,352653D Entertainment
20A Better Life$40,980-47%74-34$554$1,664,3397Summit
21Page One: Inside the New York Times$40,055-33%43-9$932$957,2198Magnolia Pictures
22Gun Hill Road$37,963--3--$12,654$37,9631Motion Film Group
23Life in a Day$35,839-21%198$1,886$152,2312National Geographic
24Cave of Forgotten Dreams$35,189-1%28-4$1,257$5,164,55315IFC Films
25Terri$34,203-13%17-7$2,012$505,4476IDP/ATO Pictures
26Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$28,103-56%88-73$319$14,959,1599Relativity Media
27Project Nim$23,500-26%210$1,119$270,1235Roadside Attractions
29Turtle: The Incredible Journey$22,17084%158$1,478$311,4547Hannover House
30Incendies$19,287-5%15-7$1,286$6,779,97516Sony Pictures Classics
31Bride Flight$18,452-26%190$971$430,3859Music Box Films
32Passione: A Musical Adventure$16,18853%52$3,238$158,8217Abramorama
33Water for Elephants$15,428-38%24-17$643$58,700,24716Fox
34Magic Trip$14,367--4--$3,592$14,3671Magnolia Pictures
35The Double Hour$13,439-25%16-1$840$1,480,97717IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
36Mysteries of Lisbon$12,308--2--$6,154$12,3081Music Box Films
37El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$12,149-5%10$12,149$44,1722Alive Mind Cinema
3935 and Ticking$11,2391868%53$2,248$106,33912Image Entertainment
40In a Better World$9,922-14%12-3$827$979,49419Sony Pictures Classics
41Life, Above All$8,67388%127$723$66,9614Sony Pictures Classics
42The Myth of the American Sleepover$8,58711%31$2,862$32,6053IFC Films
43Jig$8,420--4--$2,105$147,9598Screen Media Films
44Gerry (2011)$7,585--5--$1,517$1,955,1198Entertainment One Films
45Trollhunter$7,409-2%164$463$217,7189Magnolia / Magnet
46The Perfect Host$5,306117%51$1,061$32,4976Magnolia Pictures
47Queen to Play$4,858-30%5-1$972$468,92019Zeitgeist Films
48Salvation Boulevard$4,823197%31$1,608$22,3954IFC Films
49The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$4,78629%30$1,595$55,8797Rialto Pictures
50Delhi Belly$4,567-51%6-1$761$1,531,7576UTV Communications
51Meek's Cutoff$4,224-53%4-3$1,056$970,10318Oscilloscope
52Singham$3,937-94%9-30$437$345,1253Reliance Big Pictures
53The Interrupters$3,557-55%21$1,779$16,0842Cinema Guild
54Bill Cunningham New York$3,421-34%4-1$855$1,459,80721Zeitgeist Films
55The Last Mountain$3,296276%31$1,099$115,97710Dada Films
56Everything Must Go$3,133-3%80$392$2,699,83113Roadside Attractions
57Protektor$2,968--2--$1,484$2,9681Film Movement
58Submarine$2,822-73%10-9$282$459,23510Weinstein Company
59Rejoice and Shout$2,668198%52$534$92,47010Magnolia Pictures
60Poetry$2,064--1--$2,064$353,71426Kino International
61Pianomania$1,923469%21$962$17,41311First Run Features
62Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$1,832--3--$611$258,1237Abramorama
63Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$1,822295%32$607$20,01913Strand Releasing
64The Robber$1,70613%10$1,706$77,31015Kino International
65If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$1,62721%41$407$55,7317Oscilloscope
6613 Assassins$1,555-35%4-3$389$794,69815Magnolia / Magnet
67Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$1,376130%10$1,376$183,60523Strand Releasing
68Road to Nowhere$1,26926%1-1$1,269$37,0079Monterey Media
69The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$1,235-71%3-6$412$636,92816Sony Pictures Classics
70City of Life and Death$1,217--2--$609$99,07013Kino International
71The Arbor$1,214498%21$607$18,68515Strand Releasing
72The Salvation Poem$1,177-76%2-11$589$913,61743CanZion Films
73Trigun: Badlands Rumble$1,058--1--$1,058$55,6285Eleven Arts
74Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$896--1--$896$47,74130Kino International
75Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$724-26%20$362$233,83847Collective Eye
76Hobo with a Shotgun$717-67%3-1$239$703,00214Magnolia / Magnet
77The Tree$498-76%2-1$249$20,1154Zeitgeist Films
78Good Neighbors$459-84%2-1$230$5,2382Magnolia Pictures
79Rapt$407-67%10$407$30,6885Lorber Films
80Into Eternity$300--1--$300$55,03727International Film Circuit
81Small Town Murder Songs$253--1--$253$30,19711Monterey Media
82The Conspirator$234-54%2-1$117$11,531,99717Roadside Attractions
83The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$214-88%10$214$25,93013Argot Pictures
84The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$124-57%10$124$150,29919Lorber Films