Grosses

NORTH AMERICA: Weekend Actuals: 'The Maze Runner' Easily Leads with Strong $32.51M; 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' #2 with $12.76M; 'This Is Where I Leave You' #3 with $11.56MSeptember 22, 2014 01:20 PM

by Daniel Garris

As was widely expected, Fox's The Maze Runner debuted comfortably in first place this weekend with $32.51 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 $11.26 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.1 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased 20 percent on Saturday to gross $13.47 million and fell 42 percent on Sunday to gross $7.78 million. That placed the film's 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 10.1 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 $12.76 million. Universal's modestly budgeted action thriller starring Liam Neeson opened just below pre-release expectations. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened softer than Liam's recent vehicles; including 35 percent softer than the $19.67 million debut of 2012's The Grey. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened with $4.76 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.43 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased a modest 7 percent on Saturday to take in $5.07 million and declined 42 percent on Sunday to gross $2.93 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of just 2.68 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 $11.56 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey opened towards the lower end of its modest expectations. This Is Where I Leave You opened 15 percent below the $13.53 million start of 2011's The Change-Up. This Is Where I Leave You started with $3.87 million on Friday, increased a very solid 28 percent on Saturday to take in $4.94 million and declined 44 percent on Sunday to gross $2.75 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.99 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 60 percent from last weekend's first place debut to place in fourth with $9.79 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 $39.70 million. That places No Good Deed 5 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 $8.87 million. The family sequel from Warner Bros. was down 44 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 $26.93 million in ten days, but is currently running 28 percent behind the $37.18 million ten-day take of Dolphin Tale.

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy placed in sixth with $5.24 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero film from Marvel was down a very solid 35 percent from last weekend. With a massive 52-day take of $313.73 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 $0.85 million from 602 locations. That gave the low-budget Kevin Smith directed horror film a per-location average of just $1,407 for the frame.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jan. 13 - Sun, Jan. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contraband$24,349,815--2,863--$8,505$24,349,8151Universal
2Beauty and the Beast 3D$17,751,905--2,625--$6,763$17,751,9051Disney
3Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$11,686,617-41%3,346-209$3,493$186,933,4065Paramount
4Joyful Noise$11,225,190--2,735--$4,104$11,225,1901Warner Bros.
5Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$8,592,657-37%3,155-448$2,724$170,192,3015Warner Bros.
6The Devil Inside$8,028,439-76%2,551266$3,147$46,375,2862Paramount
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$6,660,907-41%2,674-276$2,491$87,841,7564Sony / Columbia
8War Horse$5,923,128-32%2,85673$2,074$66,095,0914Disney / DreamWorks
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$5,893,831-38%2,849-576$2,069$118,875,1195Fox
10We Bought a Zoo$5,560,781-33%2,909-261$1,912$64,049,3154Fox
11The Adventures of Tintin$4,035,024-40%2,073-933$1,946$67,740,2304Paramount
12The Darkest Hour$1,079,299-65%1,182-981$913$20,528,4734Summit
13New Year's Eve$1,038,854-67%1,092-772$951$53,692,9816Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Iron Lady$5,412,9342969%802797$6,749$6,000,5553Weinstein Company
2Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$3,194,172-42%88677$3,605$15,136,7126Focus
3The Descendants$2,100,256-19%660-77$3,182$47,104,4529Fox Searchlight
4The Artist$1,193,1807%21644$5,524$8,789,9598Weinstein Company
5Hugo$1,046,468-35%545-298$1,920$54,163,1238Paramount
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$769,314-48%708-350$1,087$279,638,9999Lionsgate / Summit
7Carnage (2011)$710,434550%494479$1,438$1,296,8995Sony Pictures Classics
8The Muppets$573,868-58%547-689$1,049$86,409,3968Disney
9Young Adult$525,883-59%387-443$1,359$15,705,9806Paramount
10The Sitter$513,022-56%449-309$1,143$29,650,2556Fox
11A Dangerous Method$499,57279%10440$4,804$2,686,7648Sony Pictures Classics
12Happy Feet Two$484,199113%36580$1,327$61,898,3439Warner Bros.
13My Week with Marilyn$471,276-43%400-184$1,178$11,344,9868Weinstein Company
14Puss in Boots (2011)$413,017-30%316-35$1,307$147,150,14412Paramount / DreamWorks
15Jack and Jill$413,012156%298127$1,386$72,424,31810Sony / Columbia
16Tower Heist$241,800-20%260-35$930$77,539,10511Universal
17Immortals$164,65284%18759$880$83,059,93410Relativity Media
18Real Steel$141,579-31%187-26$757$85,054,19315Disney / DreamWorks
19Courageous$88,040-45%116-75$759$34,434,96716Sony / TriStar
20Moneyball$78,478-53%128-103$613$75,421,17117Sony / Columbia
21In Time$75,353-35%106-26$711$37,359,99612Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$144,208-31%41-4$3,517$2,626,6317Fox Searchlight
2Pina$124,43850%63$20,740$556,6314IFC Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$104,17719%450$2,315$15,482,79941Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Pariah (2011)$101,815-7%2413$4,242$374,1843Focus
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$91,029-8%60$15,172$635,5454Warner Bros.
6Vettai$87,921--34--$2,586$87,9211UTV Communications
7Melancholia$78,282-10%676$1,168$2,823,03810Magnolia Pictures
8A Separation$71,864-22%60$11,977$313,8873Sony Pictures Classics
9J. Edgar$55,256-50%82-70$674$36,974,52210Warner Bros.
10Hubble 3D$47,85831%202$2,393$30,652,59396Warner Bros. / IMAX
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$44,09237%1811$2,450$149,7354FilmDistrict
12We Need to Talk About Kevin$42,245--2--$21,123$81,5426Oscilloscope
13Dolphin Tale$40,359-58%91-58$444$72,228,57517Warner Bros.
14Don 2$37,384--28--$1,335$3,651,6994Reliance Big Entertainment
15The Way$33,401-40%40-10$835$4,326,02215Producers Distribution Agency
16Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$29,64555%90$3,294$4,535,792883D Entertainment
17Drive (2011)$28,827-49%322$901$34,966,21618FilmDistrict
18Under the Sea 3D$24,45416%90$2,717$30,392,596153Warner Bros. / IMAX
19The Skin I Live In$21,193-2%31-11$684$3,121,86714Sony Pictures Classics
20Margin Call$15,187-51%20-10$759$5,326,46713Roadside Attractions
21The Help$14,781-48%28-22$528$169,582,98723Disney / DreamWorks
22The Women on the 6th Floor$13,650-28%6-5$2,275$515,34715Strand Releasing
23Sing Your Song$13,459--2--$6,730$13,4591S2BN Films
24Sophomore$13,097--1--$13,097$13,0971Undefined
25Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$10,8962%10$10,896$31,8722Cinema Guild
26Midnight in Paris$10,083-34%15-6$672$56,424,56635Sony Pictures Classics
27Martha Marcy May Marlene$8,779-36%150$585$2,951,96213Fox Searchlight
28Take Shelter$6,337-43%14-7$453$1,705,34816Sony Pictures Classics
29The Mill and the Cross$4,786--5--$957$276,14118Kino Lorber
30Newlyweds$4,584--1--$4,584$4,5841Tribeca Films
31Santa Mesa$3,846--3--$1,282$3,8461Indican Pictures
32Man on a Mission$3,430--4--$858$3,4301First Run Features
33The Guard$3,201-3%110$291$5,346,59925Sony Pictures Classics
34Mozart's Sister$2,984-37%60$497$702,34422Music Box Films
35Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$2,956-68%4-5$739$267,96513Submarine Deluxe
36Domain$2,810--1--$2,810$2,8101Strand Releasing
37Blackthorn$2,65780%51$531$193,95715Magnolia Pictures
38Young Goethe In Love$2,551-54%3-4$850$113,86111Music Box Films
39The Conquest$2,547-56%5-1$509$173,67010Music Box Films
40Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$2,468--1--$2,468$848,90328International Film Circuit
41Addiction Incorporated$2,223--1--$2,223$9,2865Variance Films
42My Reincarnation$2,121-55%30$707$66,62912Long Shot Factory
43Crazy Wisdom$1,934204%21$967$47,1088Alive Mind Cinema
44Outrage$1,777-52%5-2$355$39,6317Magnolia / Magnet
45Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$1,64574%2-1$823$91,60710Variance Films
46Tomboy (2011)$1,45618%54$291$100,0579Dada Films
47The Whale$1,109-69%30$370$66,42119Paladin
48El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$1,108-70%10$1,108$210,36625Alive Mind Cinema
49Garbo: The Spy$1,051-55%20$526$26,8389First Run Features
50Roadie (2010)$864-68%10$864$4,8712Magnolia Pictures
51Loosies$808--1--$808$2,4861IFC Films
52Pianomania$808--1--$808$48,13634First Run Features
53Charlotte Rampling: The Look$641--2--$321$13,46611Kino Lorber
54Jane's Journey$524-29%10$524$25,38318First Run Features
55Inni$446-89%1-3$446$124,18812Cinema Purgatorio
56Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$444--1--$444$50,97053Kino International
57Khodorkovsky$417-26%10$417$29,5527Kino Lorber
58The Man Nobody Knew$369-74%10$369$173,46217First Run Features
59Hell and Back Again$341-72%1-1$341$37,20915Docurama Films
60Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$145--1--$145$46,83423Lorber Films