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, Oct. 21 - Sun, Oct. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$52,568,183--3,321--$15,829$52,568,1831Paramount
2Real Steel$10,824,512-34%3,412-28$3,172$66,732,1523Disney / DreamWorks
3Footloose (2011)$10,351,207-33%3,5556$2,912$30,364,2382Paramount
4The Three Musketeers (2011)$8,674,452--3,017--$2,875$8,674,4521Summit
5The Ides of March$4,853,051-32%2,042-157$2,377$29,112,3773Sony / Columbia
6Dolphin Tale$4,217,260-32%2,828-458$1,491$64,407,9355Warner Bros.
7Moneyball$3,981,852-27%2,353-487$1,692$63,640,7465Sony / Columbia
8Johnny English Reborn$3,833,300--1,552--$2,470$3,833,3001Universal
9The Thing (2011)$3,069,875-64%2,995-1$1,025$14,049,2202Universal
1050/50$2,835,208-33%1,932-459$1,467$28,820,7484Summit
11Courageous$2,494,020-25%1,195-19$2,087$24,975,1864Sony / TriStar
12The Big Year$1,681,040-48%2,1500$782$6,000,4182Fox
13The Lion King 3D$1,254,237-55%1,091-879$1,150$92,608,5376Disney
14Dream House$1,132,170-54%1,224-948$925$20,179,8504Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Mighty Macs$963,221--975--$988$963,2211Quaker Media
2Contagion$853,062-53%901-783$947$73,474,3547Warner Bros.
3The Help$713,429-40%776-491$919$166,190,26511Disney / DreamWorks
4Drive (2011)$608,534-45%367-336$1,658$33,188,9836FilmDistrict
5Abduction$581,021-59%753-954$772$26,792,6205Lionsgate
6The Way$506,522102%283181$1,790$1,019,8373Producers Distribution Agency
7Killer Elite$410,036-60%751-680$546$24,626,6355Open Road
8The Smurfs$387,297-12%327-43$1,184$140,555,20913Sony / Columbia
9What's Your Number?$293,977-74%343-939$857$13,691,2054Fox
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$239,16882%308146$777$83,644,48913Warner Bros.
11Rise of the Planet of the Apes$237,066-1%249-24$952$175,631,26512Fox
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$180,790-36%240-90$753$380,531,42715Warner Bros.
13Captain America: The First Avenger$160,743-31%184-62$874$176,423,39514Paramount
14Cars 2$144,346-32%193-72$748$191,003,04218Disney
15Colombiana$117,63117%17644$668$36,542,8499Sony / TriStar
16Laugh at My Pain$111,677-59%103-85$1,084$7,557,5537CodeBlack Entertainment
17Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$107,340-47%178-133$603$38,197,77710Weinstein Company
18The Debt$100,550-41%119-81$845$31,052,6248Focus
19Cowboys & Aliens$95,015-32%131-77$725$100,117,95613Universal
20Fright Night (2011)$74,054696%120105$617$18,202,99510Disney / DreamWorks
21Shark Night 3D$66,62666%102-13$653$18,732,3138Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$561,906--56--$10,034$561,9061Roadside Attractions
2The Skin I Live In$247,19311%2115$11,771$555,3742Sony Pictures Classics
3Take Shelter$181,19056%5531$3,294$503,3394Sony Pictures Classics
4Martha Marcy May Marlene$137,651--4--$34,413$137,6511Fox Searchlight
5The Guard$111,0624%82-12$1,354$4,984,91813Sony Pictures Classics
6Midnight in Paris$109,215-16%96-11$1,138$55,275,62123Sony Pictures Classics
7Born to Be Wild 3D$93,016-5%490$1,898$13,670,91929Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Afflicted$90,272--13--$6,944$90,2721Nocturnal Features
9Hubble 3D$85,05352%244$3,544$29,350,49984Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$55,425147%2916$1,911$683,31016International Film Circuit
11The Women on the 6th Floor$49,25423%173$2,897$155,8113Strand Releasing
12Weekend$48,407-29%262$1,862$338,4805IFC Films
13Zookeeper$43,653-61%94-61$464$80,360,86616Sony / Columbia
14Mozart's Sister$41,05522%324$1,283$435,47810Music Box Films
15The Hedgehog$38,307--27--$1,419$828,80110NeoClassics Films
16Our Idiot Brother$33,65091%7938$426$24,732,9449Weinstein Company
17Machine Gun Preacher$31,779-44%25-18$1,271$476,0785Relativity Media
18Munger Road$29,778-53%16-16$1,861$219,0534Freestyle Releasing
19Love Crime$28,921-30%26-2$1,112$459,5628IFC Films
20Warrior (2011)$28,575-58%65-70$440$13,632,5177Lionsgate
21Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$27,818-35%53-27$525$23,925,4649FilmDistrict
22Le Havre$26,363--6--$4,394$26,3631Janus Films
23Blackthorn$25,990-13%19-2$1,368$96,1423Magnolia Pictures
24Le Bonheur des Autres$25,811-64%24-7$1,075$208,5233Entertainment One Films
25The Mill and the Cross$24,58943%156$1,639$163,1066Kino Lorber
26Labios Rojos$24,235-67%43-24$564$122,0482Lionsgate / Pantelion
27Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$22,963--1--$22,963$22,9631Submarine Deluxe
28Higher Ground$22,731-22%36-17$631$782,3649Sony Pictures Classics
29Horrible Bosses$22,387-59%50-35$448$117,528,64616Warner Bros. / New Line
30Sarah's Key$22,222-52%48-38$463$7,025,67014Weinstein Company
31Under the Sea 3D$21,611-4%123$1,801$29,960,577141Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Fireflies in the Garden$17,660-52%149$1,261$59,7082Independent
33Revenge of the Electric Car$17,482--2--$8,741$17,4821Area23a
34The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$16,943-24%131$1,303$225,6917IFC Films
35The Last Ride$16,270--7--$2,324$16,2701Category One Entertainment
36Senna$16,068-44%20-4$803$1,565,24711Producers Distribution Agency
37The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence$15,204-56%242$634$108,4983IFC Films
38The Whistleblower$14,113-15%13-10$1,086$1,124,96612IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
39Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$13,043-48%29-8$450$183,2314Magnolia / Magnet
40Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$12,017-52%21-1$572$474,7548Indomina Media
41Seven Days in Utopia$11,382-41%20-21$569$4,355,2208Visio Entertainment
42The Man Nobody Knew$10,559-30%52$2,112$84,3735First Run Features
43Texas Killing Fields$9,3927%41$2,348$22,7662Anchor Bay Films
441911$9,366-57%12-8$781$127,4373Variance Films
45Circumstance$9,074-45%10-9$907$418,8939Roadside Attractions
46Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$8,77721%100$878$4,310,072763D Entertainment
47I Don't Know How She Does It$8,773-74%29-78$303$9,595,5046Weinstein Company
48Finding Joe$7,300-29%72$1,043$44,4614Balcony Releasing
49Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$7,01714%71$1,002$160,1008Music Box Films
50The Tree of Life$6,1477%4-2$1,537$13,303,31922Fox Searchlight
51Apollo 18$6,074-54%13-5$467$17,552,0408Weinstein Company
52Paul Goodman Changed My Life$5,754--1--$5,754$9,7541Zeitgeist Films
53El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$5,69110%92$632$154,56513Alive Mind Cinema
54Filth to Ashes Flesh to Dust$5,152-52%80$644$202,5314Nocturnal Features
55The Future$5,1308%14-2$366$560,32813Roadside Attractions
56Passione: A Musical Adventure$5,0903%20$2,545$243,16118Abramorama
57Turtle: The Incredible Journey$4,909-23%40$1,227$391,94218Hannover House
583 (2010)$4,72912%51$946$47,1266Strand Releasing
59Brighton Rock (2011)$4,406-27%11-2$401$220,9669IFC Films
60Point Blank$4,367-48%11-2$397$687,98413Magnolia / Magnet
61Dirty Girl$4,132-58%5-5$826$47,9313Weinstein Company
62Puncture$4,11157%42$1,028$67,0715Millennium Entertainment
63Restless (2011)$3,578-61%11-14$325$153,9296Sony Pictures Classics
64Elevate$3,547--1--$3,547$3,5471Variance Films
65Margaret$3,437-17%5-1$687$46,4954Fox Searchlight
66Amigo$2,73765%4-1$684$147,74010Variance Films
67Life, Above All$2,564-38%5-5$513$129,85815Sony Pictures Classics
68The Names of Love$2,531-25%3-4$844$504,56018Music Box Films
69Hell and Back Again$2,326-35%20$1,163$15,8903Docurama Films
70The Whale$2,226-30%1-1$2,226$27,4617Paladin
71The Interrupters$2,222-78%4-2$556$236,95713Cinema Guild
72Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (2011 re-issue)$2,13126%80$266$9,0653Kino Lorber
73Where Soldiers Come From$2,087268%32$696$32,3037International Film Circuit
74Back Door Channels$1,809-63%1-2$1,809$11,5336Fisher Klingenstein Films
75Project Nim$1,6811021%129$140$401,90816Roadside Attractions
76Mysteries of Lisbon$1,566-30%3-3$522$108,86412Music Box Films
77People v. The State of Illusion$1,320-36%10$1,320$46,7007IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
78Thunder Soul$1,052-85%4-8$263$143,0415Roadside Attractions
79Limelight (2011)$1,052-92%3-1$351$54,7585Magnolia Pictures
80Jane's Journey$1,010--3--$337$18,5756First Run Features
81The Catechism Cataclysm$897--1--$897$1,9331IFC Films
82OKA!$885-80%10$885$6,8362Dada Films
83The Tree$778-38%10$778$62,41815Zeitgeist Films
84Chalet Girl$763297%10$763$1,2012IFC Films
85Bill Cunningham New York$757-25%10$757$1,507,02932Zeitgeist Films
86Happy, Happy$753-82%3-1$251$35,5116Magnolia Pictures
87The Last Circus$662-64%2-2$331$38,33310Magnolia / Magnet
88Bride Flight$611--2--$306$497,25220Music Box Films
89Special Treatment$583--1--$583$8,0909First Run Features
90The Sleeping Beauty$551--1--$551$28,79116Strand Releasing
91The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$504-26%10$504$24,0067The Film Desk
92Magic Trip$435-85%2-4$218$151,61812Magnolia Pictures
93Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$292-67%40$73$1,195,16816Sony Pictures Classics
94Aurora$224-18%10$224$5,55817Cinema Guild
95Bellflower$200-61%2-1$100$164,42512Oscilloscope
96America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments$192-97%2-1$96$8,0502PMK*BNC
97Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$144--1--$144$21,2438Argot Pictures