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, Aug. 19 - Sun, Aug. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$20,018,659-23%2,690156$7,442$71,340,8292Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$16,119,502-42%3,471-220$4,644$133,583,8623Fox
3Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$11,644,672--3,295--$3,534$11,644,6721Weinstein Company
4Conan the Barbarian (2011)$10,021,215--3,015--$3,324$10,021,2151Lionsgate
5Fright Night (2011)$8,114,388--3,114--$2,606$8,114,3881Disney / DreamWorks
6The Smurfs$7,802,377-43%3,057-370$2,552$117,546,8824Sony / Columbia
7Final Destination 5$7,703,466-57%3,1550$2,442$32,326,6862Warner Bros. / New Line
830 Minutes or Less$6,402,602-52%2,8880$2,217$25,864,4302Sony / Columbia
9One Day$5,079,566--1,721--$2,952$5,079,5661Focus
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$4,797,364-32%1,940-695$2,473$64,266,9694Warner Bros.
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$4,511,411-38%1,738-676$2,596$366,007,9006Warner Bros.
12Cowboys & Aliens$4,215,780-46%2,213-1097$1,905$89,498,3054Universal
13Captain America: The First Avenger$4,115,529-43%1,988-847$2,070$164,747,6435Paramount
14The Change-Up$2,824,945-55%1,633-1280$1,730$31,970,2853Universal
15Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$1,804,598-70%1,982-58$910$10,443,8832Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Horrible Bosses$1,279,350-48%755-583$1,695$112,574,9967Warner Bros. / New Line
2Sarah's Key$770,04958%201100$3,831$3,072,8845Weinstein Company
3Transformers: Dark of the Moon$606,276-56%484-402$1,253$348,540,0068Paramount / DreamWorks
4Midnight in Paris$552,103-21%258-70$2,140$50,614,94614Sony Pictures Classics
5Friends With Benefits$533,670-71%413-881$1,292$54,712,1455Sony / Screen Gems
6Zookeeper$405,031-60%370-378$1,095$76,771,3357Sony / Columbia
7Cars 2$348,218-47%297-197$1,172$186,951,4579Disney
8Green Lantern$335,379-17%2420$1,386$115,601,13910Warner Bros.
9Mr. Popper's Penguins$302,144-22%274-20$1,103$66,626,80610Fox
10Kung Fu Panda 2$284,465-19%237-15$1,200$163,942,84213Paramount / DreamWorks
11Bridesmaids$280,595-22%244-41$1,150$167,661,31015Universal
12Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$263,292-20%231-23$1,140$240,141,36914Disney
13Winnie the Pooh$176,938-54%294-115$602$25,726,4816Disney
14X-Men: First Class$131,661-30%146-37$902$145,939,79512Fox
15The Hangover Part II$131,530-28%193-39$682$254,174,50613Warner Bros.
16Bad Teacher$106,189-48%100-49$1,062$98,108,4259Sony / Columbia
17Monte Carlo$70,235-20%107-17$656$22,813,4718Fox
18Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$35,698-50%1000$357$3,056,0466Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Guard$419,91949%8336$5,059$1,217,6894Sony Pictures Classics
2Born to Be Wild 3D$206,293-8%490$4,210$11,774,07120Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Senna$159,105116%1412$11,365$270,6042Producers Distribution Agency
4The Whistleblower$150,90331%4422$3,430$409,9893IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
5The Devil's Double$147,765-43%83-6$1,780$1,000,5934Lionsgate
6Another Earth$143,604-13%875$1,651$936,4005Fox Searchlight
7Sur le Rythme$127,942-29%72-1$1,777$668,2802Entertainment One Films
8The Tree of Life$119,782-25%96-22$1,248$12,693,86813Fox Searchlight
9Super 8$101,857-6%86-22$1,184$125,691,63011Paramount
10Hubble 3D$94,050-20%290$3,243$28,346,81375Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Attack the Block$83,478-23%444$1,897$604,4204Sony / Screen Gems
12Point Blank$76,15315%3615$2,115$303,2624Magnolia / Magnet
13Buck$73,947-32%78-23$948$3,693,15510IFC Films
14The Trip (2011)$64,715-19%47-8$1,377$1,836,62111IFC Films
15The Future$62,187-2%3111$2,006$333,9974Roadside Attractions
16Beginners$56,128-45%69-34$813$5,640,33612Focus
17The Names of Love$43,494160%2112$2,071$325,0589Music Box Films
18Le Sens de l'humour$42,950-35%40-1$1,074$3,179,1937Alliance Films
193D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$41,9364544%109$4,194$43,5922China Lion Film
20The Hedgehog$39,276--6--$6,546$39,2761NeoClassics Films
21Rio (2011)$38,024-45%68-31$559$143,558,18119Fox
22Amigo$37,324--10--$3,732$37,3241Variance Films
23Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$35,9566%100$3,596$3,989,742673D Entertainment
24Mozart's Sister$34,046--7--$4,864$34,0461Music Box Films
25Under the Sea 3D$33,576-21%110$3,052$29,652,833132Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Thor$30,733-44%54-27$569$181,015,14116Paramount
27Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$30,153-26%14-3$2,154$388,8327International Film Circuit
28Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$29,304-47%34-1$862$1,101,3997Sony Pictures Classics
29Tabloid$23,730-36%24-7$989$585,5926IFC Films
30A Better Life$23,01232%6514$354$1,732,3059Summit
31Terri$22,71213%18-3$1,262$571,7378IDP/ATO Pictures
32Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$20,483-75%37-67$554$1,283,6596Fox Searchlight
33Space Station 3D$16,764-15%1-1$16,764$84,193,437488IMAX
34Bellflower$16,484-31%81$2,061$85,3043Oscilloscope
35Cave of Forgotten Dreams$16,114-13%150$1,074$5,234,78517IFC Films
36Gun Hill Road$14,087-40%5-5$2,817$106,1213Motion Film Group
37The Interrupters$12,053-16%20$6,027$56,9494Cinema Guild
38Project Nim$11,840-49%12-6$987$334,4527Roadside Attractions
39Page One: Inside the New York Times$11,817-48%16-7$739$1,019,99410Magnolia Pictures
40The Double Hour$8,80520%120$734$1,510,89319IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
41Turtle: The Incredible Journey$7,601-57%3-9$2,534$349,2649Hannover House
42Magic Trip$7,537-56%103$754$61,2663Magnolia Pictures
43CornerStore$7,426-42%21$3,713$25,9192Undefined
44Incendies$7,408-28%4-7$1,852$6,812,16018Sony Pictures Classics
45Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$6,668-8%21$3,334$25,3582Lorber Films
46Life, Above All$6,592143%40$1,648$82,8836Sony Pictures Classics
47Bride Flight$6,344-29%10-2$634$459,01211Music Box Films
48Mysteries of Lisbon$6,323-51%1-1$6,323$51,6223Music Box Films
49Life in a Day$6,270-61%10-7$627$207,3244National Geographic
505 Days of War$6,254--2--$3,127$6,2541Anchor Bay Films
51El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$6,056-5%21$3,028$74,2784Alive Mind Cinema
52Griff the Invisible$5,087--6--$848$5,0871Indomina Media
53The Last Circus$4,757--1--$4,757$4,7571Magnolia / Magnet
54WAR: Women Art Revolution$4,564--2--$2,282$36,69212Zeitgeist Films
55Insidious$4,063-23%9-4$451$53,984,26921FilmDistrict
56The Perfect Host$3,84921%104$385$43,9188Magnolia Pictures
57Everything Must Go$2,807136%41$702$2,706,12415Roadside Attractions
58How To Live Forever$2,532--1--$2,532$56,39915Variance Films
59Passione: A Musical Adventure$2,457-79%3-2$819$184,7159Abramorama
60Viva Riva!$2,408--2--$1,204$56,41111Music Box Films
61Trollhunter$2,406-72%5-9$481$240,85111Magnolia / Magnet
6213 Assassins$2,069-26%42$517$802,52417Magnolia / Magnet
63The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$1,918--2--$959$29,20015Argot Pictures
64Rejoice and Shout$1,84147%51$368$97,86612Magnolia Pictures
65The Tree$1,605-53%2-4$803$28,1686Zeitgeist Films
66The Sleeping Beauty$1,591207%10$1,591$26,3077Strand Releasing
67Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,52319%30$508$238,17049Collective Eye
68The Conspirator$1,48683%42$372$11,535,47419Roadside Attractions
69Salvation Boulevard$1,397-14%2-2$699$27,4456IFC Films
70Jig$1,380--1--$1,380$157,50410Screen Media Films
71Flypaper$1,098--2--$549$1,0981IFC Films
72Octubre$1,0953%21$548$21,58016New Yorker Films
73Leap Year (2011)$1,086204%10$1,086$11,2939Strand Releasing
74Meek's Cutoff$920-58%2-2$460$977,60020Oscilloscope
75Daylight (2011)$890790%10$890$3,8836Cinema Purgatorio
76Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$886-42%2-1$443$262,7349Abramorama
77The Myth of the American Sleepover$819-59%21$410$39,0015IFC Films
78Summer (2011 re-issue)$80421%21$402$29,73611The Film Desk
79If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$800-72%20$400$61,1539Oscilloscope
80Bill Cunningham New York$725-69%1-3$725$1,473,05423Zeitgeist Films
81Rapt$644-66%1-1$644$34,0047Lorber Films
82The Robber$642-5%10$642$80,99917Kino International
83In a Better World$605-95%2-13$303$1,005,76221Sony Pictures Classics
84The Arbor$576--1--$576$20,13917Strand Releasing
85The Woodmans$492--1--$492$37,97631Lorber Films
86The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$480--1--$480$638,21618Sony Pictures Classics
87Queen to Play$432-89%1-3$432$477,93821Zeitgeist Films
88Road to Nowhere$365-14%21$183$39,35111Monterey Media
89Pianomania$272-62%10$272$20,00813First Run Features
90My Perestroika$215-69%1-1$215$241,13922International Film Circuit