'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. 11 - Sun, Nov. 13

Wide (1000+)

1Immortals$32,206,425--3,112--$10,349$32,206,4251Relativity Media
2Jack and Jill$25,003,575--3,438--$7,273$25,003,5751Sony / Columbia
3Puss in Boots (2011)$24,726,193-25%3,903-60$6,335$108,035,3593Paramount / DreamWorks
4Tower Heist$12,773,765-47%3,3703$3,790$43,465,6152Universal
5J. Edgar$11,217,324--1,910--$5,873$11,315,8581Warner Bros.
6A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$5,915,143-54%2,8750$2,057$23,237,5252Warner Bros. / New Line
7In Time$4,081,881-45%2,591-536$1,575$30,598,6183Fox
8Paranormal Activity 3$3,611,283-57%2,776-510$1,301$100,808,8354Paramount
9Footloose (2011)$2,726,736-39%2,215-596$1,231$48,767,5145Paramount
10Real Steel$1,864,688-46%1,758-680$1,061$81,612,8046Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

1Moneyball$1,066,267-40%813-465$1,312$71,857,8368Sony / Columbia
2Courageous$1,012,220-34%905-233$1,118$31,565,8087Sony / TriStar
3The Ides of March$944,292-51%696-695$1,357$38,358,3186Sony / Columbia
4The Rum Diary$803,456-72%947-1345$848$12,371,4403FilmDistrict
5Dolphin Tale$693,294-32%705-400$983$69,634,0728Warner Bros.
6Rockstar$612,235--112--$5,466$612,2351Eros International
7Anonymous$582,527-53%482-32$1,209$3,753,9183Sony / Columbia
8Margin Call$544,282-24%19921$2,735$3,310,9654Roadside Attractions
10The Three Musketeers (2011)$496,871-71%669-1194$743$19,167,1754Summit
11Martha Marcy May Marlene$481,4746%18385$2,631$1,681,5204Fox Searchlight
12The Way$331,884-8%171-53$1,941$2,630,8396Producers Distribution Agency
13The Smurfs$318,8035%269-9$1,185$141,671,84216Sony / Columbia
14Contagion$312,32944%35595$880$74,865,77710Warner Bros.
15The Help$245,321-26%278-80$882$167,833,56314Disney / DreamWorks
16Johnny English Reborn$204,665-70%210-434$975$8,129,4554Universal
17Rise of the Planet of the Apes$130,158-27%164-35$794$176,332,80915Fox
18RA. One$118,611-69%1890$628$2,443,6593Eros International
19Sarah's Key$99,077-63%162-156$612$7,576,48017Weinstein Company
20Crazy, Stupid, Love$82,451-37%130-42$634$84,244,87716Warner Bros.
21Dream House$78,915-61%172-158$459$21,283,4407Universal
23Cars 2$66,741-24%101-20$661$191,334,42821Disney
24Killer Elite$65,72955%16041$411$25,093,6078Open Road
25The Thing (2011)$64,925-75%141-243$460$16,907,4505Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

1Like Crazy$504,51289%7054$7,207$1,055,7783Paramount Vantage
2The Skin I Live In$297,391-9%9113$3,268$1,696,8175Sony Pictures Classics
3Melancholia$257,174--19--$13,535$257,1741Magnolia Pictures
4The Lion King 3D$195,222-8%96-37$2,034$93,706,6989Disney
5Take Shelter$119,702-32%82-8$1,460$1,220,1847Sony Pictures Classics
6Born to Be Wild 3D$117,78823%490$2,404$14,144,83332Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Drive (2011)$105,466-47%75-61$1,406$34,259,3119FilmDistrict
8Hubble 3D$54,86919%222$2,494$29,633,73487Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Mighty Macs$54,181-43%61-40$888$1,825,7364Quaker Media
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$53,798-55%85-140$633$380,955,61918Warner Bros.
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$51,340-11%72-26$713$38,421,12413Weinstein Company
12Into the Abyss$47,559--12--$3,963$47,5591IFC Films
13Midnight in Paris$46,149-33%38-16$1,214$55,550,61826Sony Pictures Classics
14Le Havre$39,19234%174$2,305$151,1244Janus Films
15The Guard$34,633-29%29-10$1,194$5,204,77316Sony Pictures Classics
16The Big Year$32,622-68%83-130$393$7,082,0635Fox
17October Baby$31,601-7%12-2$2,633$194,9293IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
18I Don't Know How She Does It$28,741905%8375$346$9,639,2429Weinstein Company
19Under the Sea 3D$27,13126%112$2,466$30,058,054144Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Revenge of the Electric Car$26,802-3%113$2,437$107,6004Area23a
21What's Your Number?$22,471-60%63-39$357$13,987,4827Fox
22Mozart's Sister$22,395-30%18-4$1,244$572,66513Music Box Films
23The Women on the 6th Floor$21,864-8%121$1,822$278,6386Strand Releasing
24Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$19,417-10%92$2,157$90,2944Submarine Deluxe
25The Conquest$16,273--6--$2,712$137,2791Music Box Films
26Shark Night 3D$15,831-39%29-15$546$18,860,40311Relativity Media
27Inni$15,15080%72$2,164$72,7933Cinema Purgatorio
28Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$13,845-57%32-20$433$24,042,49012FilmDistrict
29Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$13,129-36%18-3$729$802,76819International Film Circuit
30Breakaway$12,780-50%6-5$2,130$1,873,7407Alliance Films
31Weekend$12,766-36%171$751$438,6908IFC Films
32The Mill and the Cross$12,042-8%10-2$1,204$231,5489Kino Lorber
33Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$8,648--1--$8,648$8,6481Variance Films
34Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$8,212-31%100$821$4,371,345793D Entertainment
35Apollo 18$7,749-78%18-75$431$17,683,67011Weinstein Company
36Our Idiot Brother$7,272-63%12-23$606$24,809,54712Weinstein Company
37Laugh at My Pain$6,573-71%13-26$506$7,688,75610CodeBlack Entertainment
38The Man Nobody Knew$6,555-46%60$1,093$129,4758First Run Features
39The Afflicted$6,496-25%4-2$1,624$212,9404Nocturnal Features
40The Other F Word$6,459-51%31$2,153$25,9142Oscilloscope
41The Double (2011)$6,050-90%12-33$504$134,2863Image Entertainment
42Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$5,674-65%10-8$567$218,27811Music Box Films
43Blackthorn$5,150-30%6-6$858$152,6986Magnolia Pictures
44Young Goethe In Love$5,088-70%3-3$1,696$32,5942Music Box Films
45Munger Road$4,913-51%7-2$702$266,1907Freestyle Releasing
46Love Crime$4,560-65%10-10$456$518,41311IFC Films
47Higher Ground$4,420-37%17-3$260$825,39212Sony Pictures Classics
48El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$3,892--3--$1,297$163,82616Alive Mind Cinema
49Senna$3,837-37%3-5$1,279$1,602,46014Producers Distribution Agency
50Point Blank$3,833-10%90$426$706,93716Magnolia / Magnet
51London Boulevard$3,431--1--$3,431$3,4311IFC Films
52Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (2011 re-issue)$3,00955%90$334$26,4356Kino Lorber
53The Son of No One$2,683-85%4-6$671$28,8702Anchor Bay Films
54Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$2,437-47%7-10$348$218,9167Magnolia / Magnet
55My Reincarnation$2,362-25%20$1,181$21,6453Long Shot Factory
56Machine Gun Preacher$2,101-72%120$175$526,8488Relativity Media
57Happy, Happy$2,03244%43$508$43,0029Magnolia Pictures
58Limelight (2011)$2,006359%21$1,003$59,6548Magnolia Pictures
59Pianomania$1,769-83%5-1$354$47,05225First Run Features
60Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$1,742-22%31$581$32,0889International Film Circuit
61The Names of Love$1,705155%20$853$510,77321Music Box Films
62Life, Above All$1,667--6--$278$132,96018Sony Pictures Classics
63Circumstance$1,543-50%50$309$439,95812Roadside Attractions
64The Interrupters$1,481--3--$494$250,51616Cinema Guild
65The Whale$1,275-74%1-1$1,275$38,23110Paladin
66Passione: A Musical Adventure$1,107-70%1-1$1,107$254,78521Abramorama
67American Teacher$974-44%20$487$31,2867First Run Features
68Amigo$841--3--$280$159,90513Variance Films
69Hell and Back Again$775-70%1-1$775$24,7126Docurama Films
70Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$744-58%1-4$744$487,50611Indomina Media
71Texas Killing Fields$719-84%3-7$240$45,2825Anchor Bay Films
72Charlotte Rampling: The Look$502-91%1-1$502$10,2262Kino Lorber
73Restless (2011)$490-43%41$123$159,5809Sony Pictures Classics
74Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$430-37%2-1$215$1,200,04619Sony Pictures Classics
75The Future$355-34%3-2$118$568,08016Roadside Attractions
763 (2010)$304-82%1-2$304$53,9639Strand Releasing
77The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$284--1--$284$24,29010The Film Desk
78Paul Goodman Changed My Life$138-92%10$138$22,0204Zeitgeist Films