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, Nov. 4 - Sun, Nov. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$33,054,644-3%3,96311$8,341$75,527,6822Paramount / DreamWorks
2Tower Heist$24,025,190--3,367--$7,135$24,025,1901Universal
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$12,954,142--2,875--$4,506$12,954,1421Warner Bros. / New Line
4Paranormal Activity 3$8,333,691-54%3,286-43$2,536$95,116,7453Paramount
5In Time$7,481,592-38%3,1275$2,393$23,990,2372Fox
6Footloose (2011)$4,470,135-19%2,811-413$1,590$44,719,7554Paramount
7Real Steel$3,436,086-28%2,438-476$1,409$78,779,3285Disney / DreamWorks
8The Rum Diary$2,920,481-43%2,29220$1,274$10,356,2152FilmDistrict
9The Ides of March$1,938,197-31%1,391-181$1,393$36,738,4825Sony / Columbia
10Moneyball$1,786,441-25%1,278-353$1,398$70,213,8317Sony / Columbia
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$1,698,634-52%1,863-1154$912$18,047,6303Summit
12Courageous$1,539,563-16%1,1384$1,353$29,951,2966Sony / TriStar
13Dolphin Tale$1,022,266-37%1,105-733$925$68,617,3837Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$1,233,00621%514249$2,399$2,683,3322Sony / Columbia
250/50$953,636-32%747-447$1,277$32,974,8776Summit
3Margin Call$717,839-2%17838$4,033$2,516,3493Roadside Attractions
4Johnny English Reborn$676,245-60%644-910$1,050$7,725,1553Universal
5RA. One$384,362-77%1890$2,034$2,229,3722Eros International
6The Way$360,7131%224-34$1,610$2,149,6735Producers Distribution Agency
7The Help$333,158-15%358-92$931$167,427,81913Disney / DreamWorks
8The Smurfs$303,50421%278-25$1,092$141,271,53515Sony / Columbia
9Sarah's Key$269,2851814%318289$847$7,338,46016Weinstein Company
10The Thing (2011)$264,955-69%384-1010$690$16,744,6354Universal
11Contagion$216,525-35%260-151$833$74,467,6409Warner Bros.
12The Lion King 3D$212,2564%133-245$1,596$93,435,8628Disney
13Dream House$201,325-49%330-255$610$21,146,8556Universal
14Drive (2011)$197,534-26%136-58$1,452$34,064,6428FilmDistrict
15Rise of the Planet of the Apes$178,2302%199-32$896$176,140,80614Fox
16Abduction$130,754-36%207-144$632$27,366,4757Lionsgate
17Crazy, Stupid, Love$130,244-15%172-78$757$84,109,60015Warner Bros.
18Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$119,7558%22562$532$380,873,02017Warner Bros.
19The Big Year$100,791-56%213-210$473$7,013,8874Fox
20The Mighty Macs$94,315-59%101-288$934$1,737,2733Quaker Media
21Cars 2$87,849-1%121-22$726$191,244,89420Disney
22Captain America: The First Avenger$56,811-28%102-37$557$176,636,81616Paramount
23What's Your Number?$56,15332%10240$551$13,937,2906Fox
24Killer Elite$42,531-61%119-138$357$25,006,5687Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$455,77284%9866$4,651$1,021,0243Fox Searchlight
2The Skin I Live In$328,37282%7847$4,210$1,260,9954Sony Pictures Classics
3Like Crazy$266,514116%1612$16,657$444,5102Paramount Vantage
4Take Shelter$175,802-8%90-1$1,953$1,031,0966Sony Pictures Classics
5Born to Be Wild 3D$95,88719%490$1,957$13,964,04931Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Midnight in Paris$69,10413%54-7$1,280$55,478,96925Sony Pictures Classics
7The Double (2011)$60,193126%4534$1,338$98,5612Image Entertainment
8Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$57,758-8%98-53$589$38,355,21012Weinstein Company
9The Guard$48,965-22%39-17$1,256$5,150,73315Sony Pictures Classics
10Hubble 3D$46,294-3%20-2$2,315$29,526,07386Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Apollo 18$35,789-30%93-27$385$17,663,68810Weinstein Company
12October Baby$34,038-67%141$2,431$151,9522IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
13Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$31,928-22%52-23$614$24,020,09911FilmDistrict
14Mozart's Sister$31,77010%22-10$1,444$532,81712Music Box Films
15Le Havre$29,20149%136$2,246$100,7013Janus Films
16Revenge of the Electric Car$27,55669%85$3,445$70,6303Area23a
17Shark Night 3D$26,071-43%44-46$593$18,837,42410Relativity Media
18Breakaway$25,772-38%11-3$2,343$1,852,1966Alliance Films
19The Women on the 6th Floor$23,654-12%11-5$2,150$246,4685Strand Releasing
20Laugh at My Pain$22,835-48%39-12$586$7,673,9229CodeBlack Entertainment
21Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$21,617128%76$3,088$62,7113Submarine Deluxe
22Under the Sea 3D$21,57646%9-3$2,397$30,016,737143Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$20,472-44%21-5$975$780,76318International Film Circuit
24Weekend$20,089-17%16-2$1,256$416,3857IFC Films
25Our Idiot Brother$19,89354%35-16$568$24,791,76011Weinstein Company
26Urbanized$18,21852%32$6,073$30,1662Undefined
27The Son of No One$18,015--10--$1,802$18,0151Anchor Bay Films
28Young Goethe In Love$17,143--6--$2,857$17,1431Music Box Films
29Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$16,1777%187$899$204,81710Music Box Films
30Space Station 3D$14,186178%43$3,547$84,439,685499IMAX
31The Other F Word$13,286--2--$6,643$15,7921Oscilloscope
32Love Crime$13,212-21%20-5$661$509,23110IFC Films
33The Mill and the Cross$13,156-4%121$1,096$211,8808Kino Lorber
34The Man Nobody Knew$12,058-10%61$2,010$119,9827First Run Features
35Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$11,9247%100$1,192$4,356,730783D Entertainment
36Fright Night (2011)$10,903-71%26-82$419$18,298,64912Disney / DreamWorks
37Pianomania$10,496--6--$1,749$39,23724First Run Features
38Munger Road$10,072-42%9-1$1,119$258,9876Freestyle Releasing
39The Afflicted$8,694-83%6-5$1,449$200,5643Nocturnal Features
40Inni$8,403-44%52$1,681$44,7292Cinema Purgatorio
41Machine Gun Preacher$7,426-41%12-1$619$520,5047Relativity Media
42Blackthorn$7,355-57%12-4$613$145,4155Magnolia Pictures
43Higher Ground$7,029-38%20-6$351$817,13411Sony Pictures Classics
44The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$6,145-45%9-4$683$264,3249IFC Films
45Senna$6,130-47%8-4$766$1,597,52113Producers Distribution Agency
46Charlotte Rampling: The Look$5,905--2--$2,953$5,9051Kino Lorber
47The Whale$4,917--2--$2,459$32,7609Paladin
48Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$4,634-65%17-22$273$213,5556Magnolia / Magnet
49Texas Killing Fields$4,527-21%103$453$42,2384Anchor Bay Films
50Point Blank$4,274-12%9-2$475$701,38415Magnolia / Magnet
51The Tree$4,083625%10$4,083$69,23617Zeitgeist Films
52Passione: A Musical Adventure$3,73524%2-1$1,868$253,18120Abramorama
53My Reincarnation$3,151-52%20$1,576$17,4902Long Shot Factory
54Circumstance$3,061-46%5-2$612$436,34511Roadside Attractions
55I Don't Know How She Does It$2,860-33%8-6$358$9,608,7948Weinstein Company
56Hell and Back Again$2,60766%20$1,304$22,5045Docurama Films
57The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence$2,267-61%6-6$378$122,8905IFC Films
58Where Soldiers Come From$2,242122%53$448$38,1519International Film Circuit
59Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$2,240-65%2-2$1,120$29,5198International Film Circuit
60Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (2011 re-issue)$1,936-28%91$215$20,3715Kino Lorber
61Dirty Girl$1,928159%65$321$53,6305Weinstein Company
62Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$1,765-21%5-1$353$485,96110Indomina Media
63American Teacher$1,735120%21$868$30,1506First Run Features
643 (2010)$1,647112%32$549$52,5508Strand Releasing
65Paul Goodman Changed My Life$1,646-64%10$1,646$21,8823Zeitgeist Films
66Happy, Happy$1,407-22%1-1$1,407$40,1198Magnolia Pictures
67America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments$1,345--1--$1,345$9,4584PMK*BNC
68OKA!$1,248-46%20$624$12,2754Dada Films
69Bellflower$1,19254%41$298$167,24214Oscilloscope
70Octubre$1,157--1--$1,157$31,87027New Yorker Films
71Restless (2011)$856-53%3-6$285$158,7418Sony Pictures Classics
72Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$690--2--$345$42,77413Lorber Films
73Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$6808%31$227$1,199,23618Sony Pictures Classics
74The Names of Love$668-64%21$334$509,06820Music Box Films
75The Last Circus$642132%20$321$40,02912Magnolia / Magnet
76Mysteries of Lisbon$622165%21$311$110,50714Music Box Films
77The Future$541-72%50$108$567,04315Roadside Attractions
78Limelight (2011)$437-29%10$437$57,2747Magnolia Pictures
79Project Nim$344-33%30$115$406,44218Roadside Attractions
80Summer (2011 re-issue)$342--1--$342$35,87322The Film Desk
81Bill Cunningham New York$293-30%10$293$1,508,64234Zeitgeist Films
82Restitution$242-86%10$242$2,5872Monterey Media
83Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$153--1--$153$12,27816The Film Desk
84I'm Glad My Mother is Alive$52--1--$52$7,74610Strand Releasing