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. 9 - Sun, Sep. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$22,403,596--3,222--$6,953$22,403,5961Warner Bros.
2The Help$8,926,142-39%2,93592$3,041$137,327,8005Disney / DreamWorks
3Warrior (2011)$5,242,107--1,869--$2,805$5,242,1071Lionsgate
4The Debt$4,770,720-52%1,87650$2,543$21,867,6762Focus
5Colombiana$3,947,582-47%2,354-260$1,677$29,726,2883Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,886,285-51%2,887-306$1,346$167,847,1166Fox
7Shark Night 3D$3,408,413-59%2,84842$1,197$14,672,5922Relativity Media
8Apollo 18$2,851,349-67%3,3302$856$14,939,3032Weinstein Company
9Our Idiot Brother$2,650,538-51%2,396-159$1,106$21,309,5473Weinstein Company
10Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$2,501,432-48%2,544-463$983$34,223,0184Weinstein Company
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$2,168,387-34%1,310-140$1,655$78,417,4487Warner Bros.
12Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,166,846-58%2,251-529$963$21,000,6043FilmDistrict
13The Smurfs$1,800,432-56%1,977-729$911$136,009,2777Sony / Columbia
14Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$1,415,023--1,500--$943$1,415,0231Sony / Columbia
15Creature$327,000--1,507--$217$327,0001Bubble Distribution

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,001,583-59%810-282$1,237$377,104,6849Warner Bros.
2Captain America: The First Avenger$845,653-56%804-246$1,052$173,459,6638Paramount
3Cowboys & Aliens$827,955-56%920-265$900$98,041,8217Universal
4Seven Days in Utopia$649,512-51%555-6$1,170$2,749,8562Visio Entertainment
5Horrible Bosses$585,868-16%50381$1,165$115,795,82310Warner Bros. / New Line
6Final Destination 5$555,303-63%655-571$848$41,756,4735Warner Bros. / New Line
730 Minutes or Less$533,456-71%646-709$826$36,472,3545Sony / Columbia
8Zookeeper$436,615-41%343-58$1,273$78,767,40110Sony / Columbia
9Midnight in Paris$415,831-38%350-52$1,188$53,531,71417Sony Pictures Classics
10The Guard$408,561-30%20325$2,013$3,254,0117Sony Pictures Classics
11Sarah's Key$389,088-38%306-13$1,272$5,852,4258Weinstein Company
12One Day$384,769-71%492-695$782$13,436,9914Focus
13The Change-Up$321,640-59%374-165$860$36,485,3256Universal
14Conan the Barbarian (2011)$303,866-81%551-1171$551$20,920,8824Lionsgate
15Saving Private Perez$248,107-63%1654$1,504$1,175,3742Lionsgate / Pantelion
16Fright Night (2011)$229,716-82%435-1033$528$17,864,1714Disney / DreamWorks
17Cars 2$181,185-85%353-1690$513$189,630,39312Disney
18Transformers: Dark of the Moon$174,938-70%177-247$988$350,800,07711Paramount / DreamWorks
19Mr. Popper's Penguins$162,541-47%2520$645$67,701,50613Fox
20Bridesmaids$158,585-43%197-23$805$168,590,00018Universal
21Super 8$141,685-49%203-37$698$126,728,70914Paramount
22Kung Fu Panda 2$122,857-63%164-141$749$165,001,60916Paramount / DreamWorks
23Green Lantern$115,101-39%155-30$743$116,464,12513Warner Bros.
24Winnie the Pooh$104,664-59%247-105$424$26,644,6629Disney
25Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$92,245-53%150-36$615$240,918,96017Disney
26Friends With Benefits$78,445-59%114-47$688$55,705,0008Sony / Screen Gems
27Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$5,137-58%1000$51$3,103,6569Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$1,908,420--98--$19,474$1,908,4201CodeBlack Entertainment
2Mere Brother Ki Dulhan$403,017--74--$5,446$403,0171Yash Raj Films
3Higher Ground$121,33331%5639$2,167$311,2143Sony Pictures Classics
4Monte Carlo$100,137404%6928$1,451$23,047,80211Fox
5Born to Be Wild 3D$91,290-56%490$1,863$12,682,09923Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Senna$88,432-48%40-7$2,211$1,003,8695Producers Distribution Agency
7Bad Teacher$59,365-88%96-890$618$99,039,41412Sony / Columbia
8The Whistleblower$57,691-40%59-11$978$888,7186IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
9Circumstance$55,53651%2312$2,415$182,1143Roadside Attractions
10Attack the Block$51,934-42%51-15$1,018$949,2177Sony / Screen Gems
11The Tree of Life$47,109-41%62-24$760$13,090,52116Fox Searchlight
12Hubble 3D$43,558-50%312$1,405$28,750,30378Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Love Crime$42,66621%105$4,267$99,7102IFC Films
14X-Men: First Class$40,255-63%67-34$601$146,358,17515Fox
15Buck$39,355-17%785$505$3,955,36313IFC Films
16Point Blank$33,096-47%28-5$1,182$533,1677Magnolia / Magnet
17The Hangover Part II$28,380-60%60-30$473$254,455,98616Warner Bros.
18Bol$26,138-58%380$688$153,3692Eros International
19Mozart's Sister$24,57599%125$2,048$130,7294Music Box Films
20Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$24,111-54%30$8,037$102,5852Indomina Media
21Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$23,555-6%63$3,926$72,1162Music Box Films
22Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$23,212-31%122$1,934$4,171,126703D Entertainment
23Another Earth$22,154-64%41-30$540$1,273,9388Fox Searchlight
24The Devil's Double$21,929-49%33-16$665$1,321,1227Lionsgate
25Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$20,931-25%172$1,231$522,73910International Film Circuit
26Shaolin$19,132--10--$1,913$19,1321Variance Films
27The Future$18,230-24%269$701$475,9517Roadside Attractions
28Brighton Rock (2011)$17,317-34%12-1$1,443$118,9693IFC Films
29The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$17,316--2--$8,658$17,3161IFC Films
30Evidence of a Haunting$17,220-30%5-4$3,444$63,5043Nocturnal Features
31My Kingdom (2011)$16,816--20--$841$16,8161China Lion Film
32The Names of Love$15,115-42%182$840$445,74312Music Box Films
33Love in Space$13,795--15--$920$13,7951China Lion Film
34The Trip (2011)$13,379-44%28-8$478$1,980,29614IFC Films
35Terri$13,25631%170$780$638,31011IDP/ATO Pictures
36Magic Trip$13,0483%187$725$118,3966Magnolia Pictures
37The Interrupters$11,868-12%100$1,187$138,7787Cinema Guild
38Under the Sea 3D$10,544-67%102$1,054$29,782,931135Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Nothing to Declare$10,429-85%18-7$579$209,3863Entertainment One Films
40Sur le Rythme$9,757-70%121$813$917,4415Entertainment One Films
41Bill Cunningham New York$9,20664%31$3,069$1,496,07126Zeitgeist Films
42Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$8,315-84%19-45$438$11,847,5515Fox
43Bellflower$8,06426%94$896$122,3796Oscilloscope
44Amigo$7,426-57%7-3$1,061$112,9384Variance Films
45Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$7,329-5%167$458$1,154,50310Sony Pictures Classics
46Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$7,244137%10$7,244$14,8622Argot Pictures
47After (2011)$6,332--1--$6,332$6,3321Undefined
48Tabloid$6,079-61%13-12$468$658,1069IFC Films
49Project Nim$5,909-43%11-4$537$373,94410Roadside Attractions
50Incendies$5,652-43%6-2$942$6,852,64721Sony Pictures Classics
51Life in a Day$5,052-36%5-4$1,010$230,9137National Geographic
52Turtle: The Incredible Journey$4,965169%2-1$2,483$372,21612Hannover House
533D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$4,922-66%6-3$820$143,9425China Lion Film
54The Whale$4,835--2--$2,418$4,8351Paladin
55The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$4,644--1--$4,644$4,6441The Film Desk
56Space Station 3D$3,717-61%10$3,717$8,245,153491IMAX
57The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$3,701--3--$1,234$78,34412Rialto Pictures
58Rebirth (2011)$3,38724%32$1,129$12,2532Oscilloscope
59Viva Riva!$3,340--2--$1,670$61,75914Music Box Films
60Page One: Inside the New York Times$3,059-31%81$382$1,048,96313Magnolia Pictures
61Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$2,912-49%8-4$364$1,337,9199Fox Searchlight
62Tanner Hall$2,803--5--$561$2,8031Anchor Bay Films
63Life, Above All$2,7797%104$278$97,5519Sony Pictures Classics
64Bride Flight$2,192-64%4-6$548$484,52714Music Box Films
65The Last Circus$2,001-5%42$500$18,5424Magnolia / Magnet
66Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,000--2--$1,000$23,746,066206National Geographic
67Littlerock$1,986-57%2-1$993$12,1625Variance Films
68The Tree$1,689-60%3-1$563$42,7309Zeitgeist Films
69Main Street$1,553--1--$1,553$1,5531Magnolia Pictures
70I'm Glad My Mother is Alive$1,413-55%10$1,413$6,9882Strand Releasing
71Summer (2011 re-issue)$1,257--2--$629$32,83914The Film Desk
72Trollhunter$1,009-41%2-2$505$249,35414Magnolia / Magnet
73Burke and Hare$947--1--$947$9471IFC Films
74CornerStore$883-70%1-1$883$39,2905Undefined
75El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$857-82%50$171$107,2977Alive Mind Cinema
76Rapt$854-66%1-1$854$38,48410Lorber Films
77Mysteries of Lisbon$695-30%10$695$63,6586Music Box Films
78Griff the Invisible$655-66%20$328$16,4284Indomina Media
79Passione: A Musical Adventure$622-87%1-2$622$195,22012Abramorama
80Farmageddon$601--2--$301$27,21713Undefined
81Everything Must Go$573-13%40$143$2,711,21018Roadside Attractions
82My Perestroika$564--1--$564$241,87525International Film Circuit
83Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$479-83%10$479$40,0045Lorber Films
84WAR: Women Art Revolution$338-70%10$338$46,81315Zeitgeist Films
855 Days of War$305-91%1-2$305$17,2434Anchor Bay Films
86The Robber$296--2--$148$82,46820Kino International
87How To Live Forever$284--1--$284$58,76418Variance Films
88In/Sight$262-97%3-20$87$17,0122Check Entertainment
89The Music Never Stopped$208-67%10$208$258,07726Roadside Attractions
90Pianomania$130--1--$130$26,65116First Run Features
91The Conspirator$3233%10$32$11,538,20422Roadside Attractions