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, Sep. 2 - Sun, Sep. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$14,594,6230%2,84365$5,134$118,985,1764Disney / DreamWorks
2The Debt$9,909,499--1,826--$5,427$11,810,9131Focus
3Apollo 18$8,704,271--3,328--$2,615$8,704,2711Weinstein Company
4Shark Night 3D$8,404,260--2,806--$2,995$8,404,2601Relativity Media
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$7,915,295-11%3,193-153$2,479$160,139,9885Fox
6Colombiana$7,463,200-28%2,6140$2,855$22,025,3222Sony / TriStar
7Our Idiot Brother$5,450,884-22%2,5550$2,133$15,686,2282Weinstein Company
8Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$5,195,268-39%2,78020$1,869$16,635,4572FilmDistrict
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$4,817,284-20%3,007-298$1,602$29,216,5893Weinstein Company
10The Smurfs$4,099,478-14%2,706-155$1,515$132,052,0906Sony / Columbia
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$3,306,4086%1,450-127$2,280$74,510,1126Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$2,472,601-4%1,092-236$2,264$374,623,5848Warner Bros.
13Captain America: The First Avenger$1,928,367-14%1,050-374$1,837$171,627,5417Paramount
14Cowboys & Aliens$1,878,410-21%1,185-374$1,585$96,259,5656Universal
1530 Minutes or Less$1,818,484-32%1,355-716$1,342$35,016,1914Sony / Columbia
16Conan the Barbarian (2011)$1,577,143-50%1,722-1293$916$19,794,7333Lionsgate
17Final Destination 5$1,498,089-41%1,226-859$1,222$40,543,4874Warner Bros. / New Line
18One Day$1,328,780-47%1,187-538$1,119$12,306,3153Focus
19Fright Night (2011)$1,302,223-58%1,468-1646$887$17,064,3583Disney / DreamWorks
20Cars 2$1,207,411415%2,0431810$591$188,686,31711Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Seven Days in Utopia$1,316,910--561--$2,347$1,316,9101Visio Entertainment
2The Change-Up$776,160-35%539-365$1,440$35,791,5605Universal
3Zookeeper$737,581204%401176$1,839$78,013,7399Sony / Columbia
4Horrible Bosses$698,0369%422-43$1,654$114,852,6849Warner Bros. / New Line
5Midnight in Paris$670,125-10%402-250$1,667$52,716,77416Sony Pictures Classics
6Saving Private Perez$664,517--161--$4,127$664,5171Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Sarah's Key$624,586-2%31947$1,958$5,046,7507Weinstein Company
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$588,481-8%424-94$1,388$350,348,22510Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Guard$580,69851%17871$3,262$2,522,9136Sony Pictures Classics
10Bad Teacher$477,188376%986911$484$98,777,57611Sony / Columbia
11Kung Fu Panda 2$334,19059%305111$1,096$164,694,85915Paramount / DreamWorks
12Mr. Popper's Penguins$304,85817%25213$1,210$67,426,37712Fox
13Bridesmaids$277,19522%220-2$1,260$168,452,53017Universal
14Super 8$275,581-10%240-2$1,148$126,451,88713Paramount
15Winnie the Pooh$253,0669%352-20$719$26,428,7168Disney
16Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$197,6512%186-25$1,063$240,739,43316Disney
17Friends With Benefits$192,687-10%161-53$1,197$55,539,8437Sony / Screen Gems
18Green Lantern$189,112-19%185-37$1,022$116,252,73212Warner Bros.
19A Good Old Fashioned Orgy$117,564--143--$822$117,5641IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
20X-Men: First Class$107,362-5%101-9$1,063$146,277,35014Fox
21Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$12,29833%1000$123$3,093,9278Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bodyguard$863,531--88--$9,813$1,174,1891Reliance Big Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$206,52429%490$4,215$12,467,24122Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Senna$170,763-18%4719$3,633$818,8834Producers Distribution Agency
4The Whistleblower$96,482-20%702$1,378$763,0075IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
5Higher Ground$92,357330%1714$5,433$135,9412Sony Pictures Classics
6Attack the Block$89,58958%6636$1,357$835,6186Sony / Screen Gems
7Hubble 3D$87,98132%29-1$3,034$28,645,39977Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Tree of Life$79,571-3%86-11$925$12,988,67215Fox Searchlight
9The Hangover Part II$71,7709%90-38$797$254,404,87215Warner Bros.
10Nothing to Declare$70,885-2%250$2,835$182,2952Entertainment One Films
11Bol$62,473--38--$1,644$80,3781Eros International
12Point Blank$62,03139%334$1,880$460,4956Magnolia / Magnet
13Another Earth$61,494-36%71-23$866$1,211,9367Fox Searchlight
14Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$53,255-71%64-159$832$11,810,9084Fox
15Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$52,618--3--$17,539$52,6181Indomina Media
16Buck$47,548-15%738$651$3,878,65012IFC Films
17The Devil's Double$42,608-54%49-29$870$1,268,5816Lionsgate
18Circumstance$36,764-15%114$3,342$104,0762Roadside Attractions
19Beginners$35,81115%34-16$1,053$5,764,84214Focus
20Love Crime$35,375--5--$7,075$35,3751IFC Films
21Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$33,422-23%100$3,342$4,131,289693D Entertainment
22Sur le Rythme$32,126-11%11-26$2,921$903,8774Entertainment One Films
23Under the Sea 3D$31,49450%8-2$3,937$29,757,755134Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$27,815-2%15-2$1,854$479,8789International Film Circuit
25Brighton Rock (2011)$26,418-19%131$2,032$82,6742IFC Films
26The Names of Love$26,036-33%16-6$1,627$416,89311Music Box Films
27Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$25,189--3--$8,396$30,2271Music Box Films
28Evidence of a Haunting$24,57046%9-1$2,730$54,4742Nocturnal Features
29The Trip (2011)$24,055-39%36-12$668$1,950,92113IFC Films
30The Future$23,945-11%17-5$1,409$439,4866Roadside Attractions
31Monte Carlo$19,884-65%41-50$485$22,936,85210Fox
32Amigo$17,42619%103$1,743$96,1873Variance Films
33Insidious$15,765288%4-3$3,941$54,008,44023FilmDistrict
34Tabloid$15,441-5%25-1$618$640,5478IFC Films
353D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$14,465-28%90$1,607$129,0454China Lion Film
36The Interrupters$13,475-25%100$1,348$117,9156Cinema Guild
37Magic Trip$12,69467%115$1,154$94,3485Magnolia Pictures
38Mozart's Sister$12,364-30%70$1,766$97,7813Music Box Films
39Rio (2011)$11,049-52%25-14$442$143,613,65121Fox
40Project Nim$10,31533%15-1$688$361,8849Roadside Attractions
41Terri$10,116-33%17-4$595$618,43910IDP/ATO Pictures
42Incendies$9,983-17%80$1,248$6,841,32320Sony Pictures Classics
43In/Sight$9,571--23--$416$9,5711Check Entertainment
44Space Station 3D$9,477--1--$9,477$84,240,236490IMAX
45Life in a Day$7,872191%94$875$222,8786National Geographic
46Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$7,698-1%9-1$855$1,141,6559Sony Pictures Classics
47Bellflower$6,406-15%5-2$1,281$109,9465Oscilloscope
48Bride Flight$6,060-12%100$606$478,63813Music Box Films
49Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$5,699-52%12-3$475$1,331,2428Fox Searchlight
50Bill Cunningham New York$5,6301188%21$2,815$1,485,01225Zeitgeist Films
51Passione: A Musical Adventure$4,954352%32$1,651$193,94011Abramorama
52El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$4,71313%50$943$102,0566Alive Mind Cinema
53Littlerock$4,630--3--$1,543$7,9804Variance Films
54Page One: Inside the New York Times$4,41865%72$631$1,037,92512Magnolia Pictures
55The Tree$4,26423%4-2$1,066$39,1038Zeitgeist Films
565 Days of War$3,382122%32$1,127$15,1403Anchor Bay Films
57Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$3,1494274%54$630$243,56751Collective Eye
58I'm Glad My Mother is Alive$3,118--1--$3,118$3,1181Strand Releasing
59Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$3,054--1--$3,054$3,0541Argot Pictures
60CornerStore$2,970-13%20$1,485$36,9004Undefined
61Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$2,889331%10$2,889$37,0254Lorber Films
62Rebirth (2011)$2,740--1--$2,740$5,5321Oscilloscope
63Life, Above All$2,603-42%61$434$93,4958Sony Pictures Classics
64Rapt$2,484--2--$1,242$36,6689Lorber Films
65The Last Circus$2,115-7%20$1,058$14,5453Magnolia / Magnet
66Redemption Road$2,056-89%10-16$206$25,8402Freestyle Releasing
67Griff the Invisible$1,918-26%2-2$959$14,4333Indomina Media
68Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$1,863-31%32$621$267,09711Abramorama
69Turtle: The Incredible Journey$1,844-53%30$615$361,14111Hannover House
70Trollhunter$1,72231%40$431$247,04913Magnolia / Magnet
71Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure$1,472-64%1-1$1,472$5,5642Undefined
72WAR: Women Art Revolution$1,129-77%1-1$1,129$45,62414Zeitgeist Films
73Vito Bonafacci$1,006-55%10$1,006$8,67618CAVU Pictures
74Mysteries of Lisbon$98646%1-1$986$61,6465Music Box Films
75The Perfect Host$870-21%1-1$870$48,28910Magnolia Pictures
76Everything Must Go$659-22%41$165$2,710,21517Roadside Attractions
77The Music Never Stopped$632--1--$632$257,53525Roadside Attractions
78Special Treatment$586-14%10$586$2,3462First Run Features
79Little Girl$526--1--$526$5261First Run Features
80In a Better World$52088%10$520$1,007,80823Sony Pictures Classics
81Tuesday, After Christmas$367--1--$367$25,86615Lorber Films
82The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$216-56%1-2$216$152,27023Lorber Films
83Road to Nowhere$36-80%1-1$36$40,15613Monterey Media
84The Conspirator$24-98%1-2$24$11,538,17221Roadside Attractions