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. 16 - Sun, Sep. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$30,151,614--2,330--$12,941$30,151,6141Disney
2Contagion$14,548,433-35%3,2220$4,515$44,260,5242Warner Bros.
3Drive (2011)$11,340,461--2,886--$3,929$11,340,4611FilmDistrict
4The Help$6,513,039-27%3,01479$2,161$147,439,7936Disney / DreamWorks
5Straw Dogs (2011)$5,123,760--2,408--$2,128$5,123,7601Sony / Screen Gems
6I Don't Know How She Does It$4,402,201--2,476--$1,778$4,402,2011Weinstein Company
7The Debt$2,942,631-38%1,831-45$1,607$26,564,4313Focus
8Warrior (2011)$2,860,325-45%1,88314$1,519$10,002,6252Lionsgate
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$2,658,131-32%2,340-547$1,136$171,651,5377Fox
10Colombiana$2,330,291-41%1,933-421$1,206$33,377,5234Sony / TriStar
11Shark Night 3D$1,801,701-47%2,082-766$865$17,310,4023Relativity Media
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,590,367-36%1,650-894$964$36,107,7345Weinstein Company
13Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,566,182-28%1,145-165$1,368$80,736,2738Warner Bros.
14Our Idiot Brother$1,294,791-51%1,747-649$741$23,672,2104Weinstein Company
15The Smurfs$1,243,268-31%1,419-558$876$137,593,8818Sony / Columbia
16Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,124,591-48%1,334-917$843$22,783,5024FilmDistrict
17Apollo 18$1,097,433-62%1,795-1535$611$16,885,8423Weinstein Company
18Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$395,254-72%1,5000$264$2,331,3182Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$1,190,756-38%230132$5,177$3,598,2622CodeBlack Entertainment
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$700,498-30%601-209$1,166$378,180,62110Warner Bros.
3Captain America: The First Avenger$563,946-33%540-264$1,044$174,301,5209Paramount
4Seven Days in Utopia$557,049-14%437-118$1,275$3,589,8823Visio Entertainment
5Cowboys & Aliens$530,810-36%614-306$865$98,830,2768Universal
6Transformers: Dark of the Moon$469,208168%306129$1,533$351,331,98712Paramount / DreamWorks
7Horrible Bosses$445,361-24%444-59$1,003$116,504,48711Warner Bros. / New Line
8Zookeeper$374,037-14%3485$1,075$79,234,20111Sony / Columbia
9Midnight in Paris$340,770-18%301-49$1,132$54,060,59718Sony Pictures Classics
10The Guard$339,784-17%202-1$1,682$3,782,3498Sony Pictures Classics
11Bad Teacher$326,549450%474378$689$99,390,89813Sony / Columbia
12Sarah's Key$266,506-32%266-40$1,002$6,316,8009Weinstein Company
13The Change-Up$228,715-29%307-67$745$36,841,2457Universal
1430 Minutes or Less$222,553-58%291-355$765$36,900,3256Sony / Columbia
15Final Destination 5$211,329-62%302-353$700$42,139,2086Warner Bros. / New Line
16Mr. Popper's Penguins$161,8280%213-39$760$67,893,86514Fox
17One Day$151,080-61%254-238$595$13,766,0145Focus
18Bridesmaids$126,565-20%170-27$745$168,944,10019Universal
19Kung Fu Panda 2$97,451-21%142-22$686$165,128,18217Paramount / DreamWorks
20Super 8$92,421-35%159-44$581$126,869,83315Paramount
21Conan the Barbarian (2011)$87,936-71%154-397$571$21,150,2445Lionsgate
22Saving Private Perez$87,335-65%116-49$753$1,329,8503Lionsgate / Pantelion
23Fright Night (2011)$65,462-72%148-287$442$18,011,5145Disney / DreamWorks
24Green Lantern$54,832-52%103-52$532$116,551,12214Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Higher Ground$110,546-9%8125$1,365$459,6674Sony Pictures Classics
2Born to Be Wild 3D$105,32815%490$2,150$12,839,94324Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Senna$64,648-27%37-3$1,747$1,113,2776Producers Distribution Agency
4Friends With Benefits$62,714-20%96-18$653$55,802,7549Sony / Screen Gems
5Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$62,292-32%98-52$636$241,011,32518Disney
6Monte Carlo$59,143-41%46-23$1,286$23,131,33412Fox
7Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$52,404117%1916$2,758$163,6843Indomina Media
8Hubble 3D$49,81714%28-3$1,779$28,832,87879Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Whistleblower$49,283-15%58-1$850$964,9267IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
10Circumstance$48,841-12%318$1,576$254,4664Roadside Attractions
11Love Crime$43,3352%177$2,549$159,9933IFC Films
12Mozart's Sister$39,10659%175$2,300$181,8485Music Box Films
13The Tree of Life$35,318-25%41-21$861$13,150,73317Fox Searchlight
14Point Blank$35,0996%379$949$583,3738Magnolia / Magnet
15Buck$28,298-28%63-15$449$4,003,33214IFC Films
16Attack the Block$24,304-53%35-16$694$1,003,4628Sony / Screen Gems
17The Interrupters$20,64074%100$2,064$168,3878Cinema Guild
18Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$19,231-17%120$1,603$4,202,699713D Entertainment
19X-Men: First Class$17,349-57%36-31$482$146,390,21016Fox
20The Future$16,394-10%293$565$501,8588Roadside Attractions
21The Trip (2011)$16,36522%22-6$744$2,002,81515IFC Films
22Under the Sea 3D$16,26054%9-1$1,807$29,806,095136Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Restless (2011)$15,467--5--$3,093$15,4671Sony Pictures Classics
24Bol$14,682-44%380$386$177,9323Eros International
25Shaolin$14,644-23%111$1,331$41,5702Variance Films
26Brighton Rock (2011)$14,616-16%164$914$142,8694IFC Films
27Winnie the Pooh$13,988-87%35-212$400$26,687,17210Disney
28Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology$13,304--3--$4,435$13,3041Paladin
29Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$13,095-44%82$1,637$99,4213Music Box Films
30The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$11,613-33%20$5,807$37,8622IFC Films
31Caesar & Otto's Summer Camp Massacre$11,375--5--$2,275$11,3751Nocturnal Features
32The Mill and the Cross$11,354--1--$11,354$15,4431Kino Lorber
33Space Station 3D$10,789190%21$5,395$84,273,161492IMAX
34Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$10,299-51%11-6$936$543,69011International Film Circuit
353 (2010)$9,821--4--$2,455$9,8211Strand Releasing
36Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$9,65732%204$483$1,170,39711Sony Pictures Classics
37The Devil's Double$9,406-57%25-8$376$1,341,9998Lionsgate
38Tabloid$9,10650%163$569$671,72310IFC Films
39Love in Space$8,282-40%13-2$637$28,0082China Lion Film
40The Names of Love$8,148-46%15-3$543$464,49013Music Box Films
41My Kingdom (2011)$8,003-52%18-2$445$31,3362China Lion Film
42Amigo$7,8335%6-1$1,306$124,7065Variance Films
43Bellflower$7,653-5%134$589$133,6097Oscilloscope
44Terri$7,483-44%11-6$680$653,57812IDP/ATO Pictures
45Another Earth$7,301-67%17-24$429$1,292,9529Fox Searchlight
46Happy, Happy$7,125--4--$1,781$7,1251Magnolia Pictures
47After (2011)$7,09412%10$7,094$18,4752Undefined
48Magic Trip$6,961-47%10-8$696$131,3647Magnolia Pictures
49Life, Above All$6,903148%188$384$105,74310Sony Pictures Classics
50Project Nim$6,48910%176$382$383,37311Roadside Attractions
51People v. The State of Illusion$6,228--1--$6,228$20,2342IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
52Jane's Journey$6,193--1--$6,193$6,1931First Run Features
53Farmageddon$6,103915%75$872$33,32014Undefined
54Life in a Day$5,70213%72$815$244,5878National Geographic
55The Last Circus$4,850142%62$808$24,5125Magnolia / Magnet
56Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$4,330--2--$2,165$6,7291International Film Circuit
57Mysteries of Lisbon$3,922464%32$1,307$68,2317Music Box Films
58Bride Flight$3,62265%51$724$489,43915Music Box Films
59The Tree$3,505108%52$701$48,73310Zeitgeist Films
60Back Door Channels$3,425--1--$3,425$3,4251Fisher Klingenstein Films
61The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$3,228-30%10$3,228$10,5852The Film Desk
62Passione: A Musical Adventure$2,922370%21$1,461$199,26913Abramorama
633D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$2,852-42%3-3$951$150,1036China Lion Film
64El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$2,695214%4-1$674$112,4298Alive Mind Cinema
65Trollhunter$2,544152%31$848$252,65215Magnolia / Magnet
66Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$2,456-70%8-11$307$11,852,2586Fox
67Turtle: The Incredible Journey$2,183-56%31$728$374,39913Hannover House
68Special Treatment$2,137--1--$2,137$4,9924First Run Features
69Page One: Inside the New York Times$1,517-50%4-4$379$1,052,26314Magnolia Pictures
70Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$1,487-49%5-3$297$1,341,76710Fox Searchlight
71Evidence of a Haunting$1,470-91%2-3$735$71,8344Nocturnal Features
72Incendies$1,464-74%60$244$6,856,12722Sony Pictures Classics
73The Whale$1,394-71%20$697$8,4812Paladin
74Griff the Invisible$1,17379%20$587$18,1975Indomina Media
75Bill Cunningham New York$1,163-87%1-2$1,163$1,498,64527Zeitgeist Films
76Rapt$1,07626%21$538$39,71311Lorber Films
77The Weird World of Blowfly$1,036--1--$1,036$1,0361Variance Films
78Littlerock$1,029-48%1-1$1,029$13,9276Variance Films
79Where Soldiers Come From$777--1--$777$3,9152International Film Circuit
80Romeos$773--1--$773$7731Strand Releasing
81City of Life and Death$714--2--$357$106,18819Kino International
82The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$481-87%30$160$81,80013Rialto Pictures
83Aurora$444--1--$444$4,06012Cinema Guild
84CornerStore$411-53%10$411$40,1816Undefined
85Tanner Hall$315-89%1-4$315$5,0052Anchor Bay Films
86The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$260--1--$260$152,53025Lorber Films
87Little Girl$207--1--$207$1,2553First Run Features
88Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$72-85%10$72$40,5186Lorber Films
89Road to Nowhere$68--1--$68$40,29415Monterey Media
90Film Socialisme$49--1--$49$31,23916Lorber Films