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. 26 - Sun, Aug. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$14,536,118-27%2,77888$5,233$96,833,4233Disney / DreamWorks
2Colombiana$10,408,176--2,614--$3,982$10,408,1761Sony / TriStar
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$8,867,741-45%3,346-125$2,650$148,674,0184Fox
4Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$8,525,728--2,760--$3,089$8,525,7281FilmDistrict
5Our Idiot Brother$7,011,631--2,555--$2,744$7,011,6311Weinstein Company
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$6,007,180-48%3,30510$1,818$21,990,2292Weinstein Company
7The Smurfs$4,754,766-39%2,861-196$1,662$125,948,2345Sony / Columbia
8Conan the Barbarian (2011)$3,185,094-68%3,0150$1,056$16,660,6692Lionsgate
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$3,108,178-35%1,577-363$1,971$69,732,5025Warner Bros.
10Fright Night (2011)$3,103,227-62%3,1140$997$14,281,7782Disney / DreamWorks
1130 Minutes or Less$2,687,165-58%2,071-817$1,298$31,789,4383Sony / Columbia
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$2,564,370-43%1,328-410$1,931$370,805,0627Warner Bros.
13Final Destination 5$2,555,039-67%2,085-1070$1,225$37,914,9843Warner Bros. / New Line
14One Day$2,516,061-50%1,7254$1,459$9,789,5232Focus
15Cowboys & Aliens$2,377,475-44%1,559-654$1,525$93,523,9605Universal
16Captain America: The First Avenger$2,248,438-45%1,424-564$1,579$168,770,3066Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Change-Up$1,202,440-57%904-729$1,330$34,495,5754Universal
2Midnight in Paris$743,59435%652394$1,140$51,643,08115Sony Pictures Classics
3Transformers: Dark of the Moon$640,2536%51834$1,236$349,457,2089Paramount / DreamWorks
4Horrible Bosses$639,246-50%465-290$1,375$113,815,1518Warner Bros. / New Line
5Sarah's Key$634,242-18%27271$2,332$4,084,7496Weinstein Company
6The Guard$384,699-8%10724$3,595$1,777,9005Sony Pictures Classics
7Super 8$305,078200%242156$1,261$126,049,18712Paramount
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$261,040-14%239-35$1,092$67,029,42711Fox
9Zookeeper$242,766-40%225-145$1,079$77,185,7328Sony / Columbia
10Green Lantern$234,313-30%222-20$1,055$115,976,49611Warner Bros.
11Cars 2$234,298-33%233-64$1,006$187,360,98610Disney
12Winnie the Pooh$232,42931%37278$625$26,067,1037Disney
13Bridesmaids$227,555-19%222-22$1,025$168,048,76016Universal
14Friends With Benefits$213,321-60%214-199$997$55,216,7026Sony / Screen Gems
15Kung Fu Panda 2$209,698-26%194-43$1,081$164,277,25614Paramount / DreamWorks
16Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$193,513-27%211-20$917$240,461,92415Disney
17Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$184,627-90%223-1759$828$11,686,3613Fox
18X-Men: First Class$113,522-14%110-36$1,032$146,123,66713Fox
19The Hangover Part II$65,646-50%128-65$513$254,302,05614Warner Bros.
20Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$9,257-74%1000$93$3,076,2267Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Senna$207,14630%2814$7,398$545,1813Producers Distribution Agency
2Born to Be Wild 3D$159,828-23%490$3,262$12,125,33221Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Whistleblower$120,846-20%6824$1,777$602,5774IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
4Bad Teacher$100,214-6%75-25$1,336$98,264,69410Sony / Columbia
5Another Earth$95,815-33%947$1,019$1,104,0586Fox Searchlight
6The Devil's Double$92,324-38%78-5$1,184$1,178,0565Lionsgate
7The Tree of Life$82,015-32%971$846$12,852,42714Fox Searchlight
8Nothing to Declare$72,180--25--$2,887$72,1801Entertainment One Films
9Hubble 3D$66,602-29%301$2,220$28,492,09676Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Monte Carlo$56,821-19%91-16$624$22,900,5359Fox
11Attack the Block$56,813-32%30-14$1,894$711,2515Sony / Screen Gems
12Buck$55,785-25%65-13$858$3,795,02211IFC Films
13Point Blank$44,658-41%29-7$1,540$381,0675Magnolia / Magnet
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$43,54921%100$4,355$4,074,023683D Entertainment
15Circumstance$43,318--7--$6,188$43,3181Roadside Attractions
16The Trip (2011)$39,464-39%481$822$1,907,98712IFC Films
17The Names of Love$38,774-11%221$1,762$378,88710Music Box Films
18Sur le Rythme$36,090-72%37-35$975$833,1803Entertainment One Films
19Brighton Rock (2011)$32,774--12--$2,731$32,7741IFC Films
20Beginners$31,144-45%50-19$623$5,707,60013Focus
21Aarakshan$29,586--36--$822$629,3253Reliance Big Pictures
22Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$28,295-6%173$1,664$431,8628International Film Circuit
23The Future$26,840-57%22-9$1,220$398,8295Roadside Attractions
24Rio (2011)$22,988-40%39-29$589$143,597,19920Fox
25Higher Ground$21,495--3--$7,165$21,4951Sony Pictures Classics
26Under the Sea 3D$21,052-37%10-1$2,105$29,702,827133Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Le Sens de l'humour$20,958-51%18-22$1,164$3,238,4678Alliance Films
283D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$20,056-52%9-1$2,228$97,6783China Lion Film
29Redemption Road$19,152--26--$737$19,1521Freestyle Releasing
30The Interrupters$17,87448%108$1,787$88,3185Cinema Guild
31Mozart's Sister$17,737-48%70$2,534$73,5862Music Box Films
32Evidence of a Haunting$16,800--10--$1,680$16,8001Nocturnal Features
33Tabloid$16,262-31%262$625$615,3657IFC Films
34Terri$15,198-33%213$724$601,0349IDP/ATO Pictures
35Amigo$14,637-61%7-3$2,091$69,1422Variance Films
36Incendies$11,97162%84$1,496$6,828,59319Sony Pictures Classics
37Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$11,822-42%15-22$788$1,318,3437Fox Searchlight
38A Better Life$10,735-53%31-34$346$1,754,31910Summit
39Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$7,785-73%10-24$779$1,127,4488Sony Pictures Classics
40Project Nim$7,780-34%164$486$347,1648Roadside Attractions
41Magic Trip$7,6021%6-4$1,267$74,7484Magnolia Pictures
42Bellflower$7,502-54%7-1$1,072$101,2364Oscilloscope
43Bride Flight$6,8648%100$686$470,22412Music Box Films
44Jihne Mera Dil Luteya$6,457--7--$922$461,8085Viva Entertainment
45The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$5,461--6--$910$67,91610Rialto Pictures
46WAR: Women Art Revolution$4,9869%20$2,493$41,67813Zeitgeist Films
47Life, Above All$4,475-32%51$895$90,3567Sony Pictures Classics
48El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$4,173-31%53$835$87,3885Alive Mind Cinema
49Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure$4,092--2--$2,046$4,0921Undefined
50Insidious$4,0630%7-2$580$53,991,13722FilmDistrict
51Gun Hill Road$3,959-72%3-2$1,320$119,5674Motion Film Group
52Turtle: The Incredible Journey$3,928-48%30$1,309$355,89310Hannover House
53The Family Tree$3,658--2--$1,829$3,6581Entertainment One U.S.
54Circo$3,597--1--$3,597$77,46622First Run Features
55Farmageddon$3,547--3--$1,182$24,85411Undefined
56The Tree$3,473116%64$579$32,2437Zeitgeist Films
57CornerStore$3,416-54%20$1,708$32,3403Undefined
58Pianomania$2,776921%21$1,388$24,81414First Run Features
59Life in a Day$2,708-57%5-5$542$210,0325National Geographic
60Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$2,685203%1-1$2,685$265,07810Abramorama
61Page One: Inside the New York Times$2,676-77%5-11$535$1,028,69311Magnolia Pictures
62Jig$2,62690%10$2,626$163,67511Screen Media Films
63Griff the Invisible$2,578-49%4-2$645$11,2912Indomina Media
64The Last Circus$2,284-52%21$1,142$10,1512Magnolia / Magnet
65Vito Bonafacci$2,255--1--$2,255$5,28217CAVU Pictures
665 Days of War$1,524-76%1-1$1,524$10,8342Anchor Bay Films
67The Conspirator$1,387-7%3-1$462$11,537,95820Roadside Attractions
68Trollhunter$1,314-45%4-1$329$243,75712Magnolia / Magnet
69The Perfect Host$1,100-71%2-8$550$46,2869Magnolia Pictures
70Passione: A Musical Adventure$1,095-55%1-2$1,095$187,62610Abramorama
71Rejoice and Shout$888-52%50$178$100,11913Magnolia Pictures
72Everything Must Go$842-70%3-1$281$2,709,02716Roadside Attractions
73The Little Traitor$833--1--$833$401,53890Westchester Films
74City of Life and Death$791--1--$791$104,59616Kino International
75Summer (2011 re-issue)$732-9%20$366$30,46812The Film Desk
76Singham$721--4--$180$349,7106Reliance Big Pictures
77Trigun: Badlands Rumble$698--2--$349$62,0278Eleven Arts
78Special Treatment$678--1--$678$6781First Run Features
79Mysteries of Lisbon$677-89%21$339$57,9084Music Box Films
80Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$671-90%1-1$671$32,0143Lorber Films
81The Arbor$66616%32$222$21,26818Strand Releasing
82Viva Riva!$643-73%1-1$643$57,92512Music Box Films
83The Salvation Poem$618--1--$618$914,81846CanZion Films
84The Sleeping Beauty$502-68%10$502$27,8858Strand Releasing
85The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$488--3--$163$151,88022Lorber Films
86Bill Cunningham New York$437-40%10$437$1,477,76024Zeitgeist Films
87The Woodmans$354-28%10$354$38,33032Lorber Films
88Leap Year (2011)$321-70%10$321$12,15610Strand Releasing
89In a Better World$277-54%1-1$277$1,006,52622Sony Pictures Classics
90Road to Nowhere$182-50%20$91$40,02712Monterey Media
91My Perestroika$150-30%10$150$241,28923International Film Circuit
92Queen to Play$149-66%10$149$478,57222Zeitgeist Films
93The Robber$74-88%10$74$81,27718Kino International
94Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$72-95%1-2$72$240,41750Collective Eye
95The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$50-90%10$50$638,47619Sony Pictures Classics