'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, Dec. 30 - Sun, Jan. 1

Wide (1000+)

1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$29,421,8790%3,4557$8,516$132,406,0863Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$20,881,4203%3,7030$5,639$130,903,7463Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$16,369,79930%3,724-10$4,396$92,729,1343Fox
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$14,824,57716%2,9140$5,087$55,584,8812Sony / Columbia
5War Horse$14,422,72992%2,547171$5,663$40,451,7722Disney / DreamWorks
6We Bought a Zoo$13,238,24141%3,16346$4,185$40,725,5582Fox
7The Adventures of Tintin$11,436,16018%3,0870$3,705$47,475,1472Paramount
8New Year's Eve$6,334,30091%2,225-360$2,847$45,999,3504Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$4,163,24139%2,3273$1,789$13,137,9632Summit
10The Muppets$2,662,19124%1,541-211$1,728$82,529,4526Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$2,060,94241%1,411-192$1,461$275,530,7387Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$1,673,796-4%1,348-438$1,242$26,317,8574Fox
13Arthur Christmas$683,168-67%1,343-461$509$45,820,2356Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Descendants$3,396,12964%758-55$4,480$39,420,7757Fox Searchlight
3Young Adult$2,092,63320%9870$2,120$12,061,7714Paramount
4The Artist$1,310,77048%1670$7,849$5,044,3446Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$925,34965%63028$1,469$8,935,7216Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$752,23383%3890$1,934$145,483,66110Paramount / DreamWorks
7Don 2$531,620-68%1676$3,183$3,174,4262Reliance Big Entertainment
8Happy Feet Two$397,00381%525-10$756$60,808,1687Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$253,00584%253-30$1,000$76,733,9159Universal
10J. Edgar$245,62473%4550$540$36,572,6058Warner Bros.
11Real Steel$240,39976%2270$1,059$84,493,24113Disney / DreamWorks
12Moneyball$205,19379%2508$821$74,961,64215Sony / Columbia
13Jack and Jill$188,9382%222-163$851$71,697,6488Sony / Columbia
14Courageous$152,53168%181-11$843$34,035,92014Sony / TriStar
15Dolphin Tale$152,126100%1880$809$71,963,79215Warner Bros.
16Immortals$125,3704%2280$550$82,656,9998Relativity Media
17A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$98,513-12%2450$402$34,895,0369Warner Bros. / New Line
18In Time$89,670100%123-8$729$37,046,29510Fox
19Footloose (2011)$88,848108%1820$488$51,581,66412Paramount
20The Ides of March$83,71190%143-2$585$40,825,61213Sony / Columbia
21Paranormal Activity 3$53,54478%1240$432$103,993,23911Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$1,085,44451%572$19,043$3,955,7624Focus
2A Dangerous Method$299,74152%613$4,914$1,577,7576Sony Pictures Classics
3The Iron Lady$220,409--4--$55,102$220,4091Weinstein Company
4Shame$200,29162%555$3,642$1,965,8745Fox Searchlight
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$110,77553%60$18,463$313,0492Warner Bros.
6Carnage (2011)$93,16160%125$7,763$348,6053Sony Pictures Classics
7Born to Be Wild 3D$89,351178%490$1,823$15,147,62939Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Hubble 3D$84,150149%150$5,610$30,470,81694Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Pina$71,6235%30$23,874$228,9922IFC Films
10Melancholia$63,08853%63-3$1,001$2,517,5068Magnolia Pictures
11A Separation$59,481--3--$19,827$59,4811Sony Pictures Classics
12The Way$56,830108%4720$1,209$4,170,05813Producers Distribution Agency
13Pariah (2011)$48,579--4--$12,145$84,9861Focus
14The Help$37,98090%650$584$169,499,54621Disney / DreamWorks
15Under the Sea 3D$27,998222%6-4$4,666$30,311,995151Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$26,505-55%16-4$1,657$708,2366Warner Bros.
17Drive (2011)$24,518106%25-1$981$34,833,04716FilmDistrict
18Margin Call$23,64513%29-1$815$5,246,36611Roadside Attractions
19The Skin I Live In$22,21049%28-6$793$3,042,10812Sony Pictures Classics
20Midnight in Paris$17,66554%23-5$768$56,377,73233Sony Pictures Classics
21The Women on the 6th Floor$12,001104%71$1,714$461,68913Strand Releasing
22Like Crazy$9,531-13%300$318$3,367,99810Paramount Vantage
23In the Land of Blood and Honey$9,479-50%2-1$4,740$49,1422FilmDistrict
24Take Shelter$9,02274%20-4$451$1,671,20214Sony Pictures Classics
25Martha Marcy May Marlene$8,59141%14-4$614$2,909,21611Fox Searchlight
26Mozart's Sister$7,299479%96$811$684,49620Music Box Films
27Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$5,126-37%7-6$732$242,06511Submarine Deluxe
28The Lion King 3D$4,48874%7-3$641$94,233,35116Disney
29My Reincarnation$3,035-51%3-2$1,012$54,77710Long Shot Factory
30Garbo: The Spy$2,711--2--$1,356$19,8497First Run Features
31The Guard$2,57186%4-2$643$5,336,14423Sony Pictures Classics
32Eames: The Architect and the Painter$2,38661%50$477$136,6117First Run Features
33Young Goethe In Love$1,894451%53$379$101,2379Music Box Films
34The Man Nobody Knew$1,787--2--$894$168,93615First Run Features
35Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$1,716-31%3-2$572$845,18826International Film Circuit
36The Whale$1,615457%32$538$61,12017Paladin
37Higher Ground$1,560243%4-1$390$841,05619Sony Pictures Classics
38Miss Minoes (2011 re-issue)$1,489-22%30$496$5,9472Music Box Films
39Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$1,427154%20$714$85,5038Variance Films
40Rid of Me$1,21446%10$1,214$9,2297Submarine Entertainment
41Blackthorn$1,122-23%4-1$281$187,50113Magnolia Pictures
42Outrage$923-16%10$923$30,4405Magnolia / Magnet
43OKA!$684584%10$684$14,08312Dada Films
44Paul Goodman Changed My Life$566--1--$566$25,02011Zeitgeist Films
45Jane's Journey$54638%1-1$546$22,64716First Run Features
46Inni$495200%21$248$117,54810Cinema Purgatorio
47Amigo$415--2--$208$180,58220Variance Films
48Angels Crest$407--1--$407$4071Magnolia Pictures