'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, Jan. 27 - Sun, Jan. 29

Wide (1000+)

1The Grey$19,665,101--3,185--$6,174$19,665,1011Open Road
2Underworld Awakening$12,352,802-51%3,0780$4,013$44,978,4152Sony / Screen Gems
3One For the Money$11,515,790--2,737--$4,207$11,515,7901Lionsgate
4Red Tails$10,370,323-45%2,57361$4,030$33,750,1182Fox
5Man on a Ledge$8,001,932--2,998--$2,669$8,001,9321Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$6,980,448-31%2,6300$2,654$20,941,7026Warner Bros.
8The Descendants$6,405,285170%2,0011441$3,201$58,703,29911Fox Searchlight
9Beauty and the Beast 3D$5,307,807-40%2,145-480$2,475$41,110,1383Disney
10Haywire$4,002,760-52%2,4412$1,640$15,281,9622Relativity Media
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$3,473,878-37%1,654-865$2,100$202,565,2037Paramount
12The Iron Lady$3,204,641-13%1,244168$2,576$17,519,1235Weinstein Company
13Joyful Noise$3,188,393-46%2,021-714$1,578$26,675,9033Warner Bros.
14Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$2,472,141-45%1,530-955$1,616$182,211,0577Warner Bros.
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$2,190,290-38%1,202-705$1,822$98,185,4036Sony / Columbia
16War Horse$2,003,261-36%1,861-664$1,076$75,618,6526Disney / DreamWorks
17Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,782,185-42%1,070-1000$1,666$127,041,5077Fox
18We Bought a Zoo$1,468,347-47%1,089-976$1,348$71,705,8786Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Artist$3,315,08940%897235$3,696$16,744,18710Weinstein Company
3The Adventures of Tintin$1,343,536-39%702-638$1,914$74,268,2776Paramount
4Agneepath$1,140,464--132--$8,640$1,213,0961Eros International
5Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$1,099,927-38%410-321$2,683$20,165,0688Focus
6Albert Nobbs$696,166--245--$2,841$746,4171Roadside Attractions
7The Devil Inside$642,384-76%722-1485$890$52,690,1364Paramount
8A Dangerous Method$549,02243%365260$1,504$4,067,20410Sony Pictures Classics
9Happy Feet Two$391,886-8%309-22$1,268$63,088,72011Warner Bros.
10My Week with Marilyn$338,5534%186-39$1,820$12,595,90510Weinstein Company
11Puss in Boots (2011)$334,653-6%270-22$1,239$148,139,80814Paramount / DreamWorks
12Jack and Jill$307,903-10%253-30$1,217$73,350,66912Sony / Columbia
13The Muppets$212,903-19%206-79$1,034$87,314,42610Disney
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$164,711-47%191-179$862$280,536,13511Lionsgate / Summit
15Tower Heist$129,635-27%174-46$745$78,009,15513Universal
16The Sitter$122,898-14%145-46$848$30,200,9658Fox
17J. Edgar$108,870251%208162$523$37,161,39512Warner Bros.
18Real Steel$85,846-36%123-39$698$85,371,42817Disney / DreamWorks
19Immortals$69,740-43%117-52$596$83,396,58312Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

1A Separation$266,62558%3118$8,601$878,5785Sony Pictures Classics
2Pina$193,42542%3525$5,526$1,056,7086IFC Films
3Shame$168,488-31%80-15$2,106$3,281,7139Fox Searchlight
4Carnage (2011)$122,582-57%70-178$1,751$2,187,1217Sony Pictures Classics
5Born to Be Wild 3D$116,22816%450$2,583$15,843,65843Warner Bros. / IMAX
6We Need to Talk About Kevin$70,250-5%103$7,025$287,1738Oscilloscope
7Young Adult$57,157-59%87-63$657$16,193,3628Paramount
8Coriolanus$50,636-17%123$4,220$142,8872Weinstein Company
9Moneyball$50,233-14%81-29$620$75,605,49219Sony / Columbia
10Pariah (2011)$44,411-32%14-7$3,172$570,4205Focus
11The Darkest Hour$42,767-77%87-214$492$21,171,2486Summit
12Hubble 3D$40,91319%221$1,860$30,803,77398Warner Bros. / IMAX
13The Viral Factor$40,222-36%220$1,828$147,8462China Lion Film
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$39,352-21%113$3,577$4,686,498903D Entertainment
15New Year's Eve$33,013-76%62-203$532$54,260,4238Warner Bros. / New Line
16In Time$32,476-44%58-39$560$37,508,85314Fox
17Melancholia$29,875-39%23-29$1,299$2,963,24112Magnolia Pictures
18Under the Sea 3D$24,1388%113$2,194$30,463,808155Warner Bros. / IMAX
19All's Well Ends Well 2012$23,250--20--$1,163$23,2501China Lion Film
20An Inconsistent Truth$20,733--1--$20,733$20,7331Rocky Mountain Pictures
21The Flowers of War$19,423-60%13-17$1,494$191,6032Wrekin Hill Entertainment
22Midnight in Paris$19,16548%207$958$56,473,06537Sony Pictures Classics
23Vettai$15,830-54%7-14$2,261$175,0593UTV Communications
24Drive (2011)$13,397-50%23-10$582$35,037,18520FilmDistrict
25Declaration of War$12,791--6--$2,132$12,7911IFC Films
26In the Land of Blood and Honey$12,449-52%11-3$1,132$226,0446FilmDistrict
27Le Havre$12,1999%11-3$1,109$534,80315Janus Films
28Crazy Horse$9,91124%21$4,956$26,9242Zipporah Films
29The Help$9,72232%21-1$463$169,613,39825Disney / DreamWorks
30The Way$8,168-61%12-16$681$4,391,53817Producers Distribution Agency
31The Women on the 6th Floor$7,613-33%5-2$1,523$549,36217Strand Releasing
32The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$7,15352%10$7,153$17,5672First Run Features
33Young Goethe In Love$6,7367%91$748$132,09013Music Box Films
34The Mill and the Cross$5,39810%3-1$1,799$308,43020Kino Lorber
35Martha Marcy May Marlene$5,194-15%10-7$519$2,975,90415Fox Searchlight
36The Skin I Live In$4,710-62%12-5$393$3,156,33416Sony Pictures Classics
37Tomboy (2011)$4,249-23%9-1$472$113,76111Dada Films
38Sing Your Song$3,82236%42$956$25,3503S2BN Films
39Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$3,72245%32$1,241$46,9764Cinema Guild
40Outrage$2,892163%2-1$1,446$44,4169Magnolia / Magnet
41How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?$2,759--1--$2,759$7,0581First Run Features
42Addiction Incorporated$2,48213%20$1,241$16,9927Variance Films
43The Conquest$2,473--3--$824$177,50712Music Box Films
44El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$2,010--1--$2,010$213,16727Alive Mind Cinema
45Blackthorn$2,0022%41$501$199,65217Magnolia Pictures
46The Guard$1,680-57%4-5$420$5,358,14827Sony Pictures Classics
47Take Shelter$1,361-82%4-12$340$1,720,44218Sony Pictures Classics
48Amigo$1,267--1--$1,267$182,86424Variance Films
49Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$1,248--2--$624$93,37712Variance Films
50Paul Goodman Changed My Life$1,207--2--$604$31,51015Zeitgeist Films
51Margin Call$1,042-87%1-13$1,042$5,351,94115Roadside Attractions
53Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$812-35%10$812$852,66730International Film Circuit
54Jane's Journey$602-17%21$301$26,70920First Run Features
55Garbo: The Spy$592363%21$296$28,19511First Run Features
56The Whale$553--1--$553$68,08321Paladin
57Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$437-70%20$219$272,49615Submarine Deluxe
58My Reincarnation$414-78%1-1$414$72,55314Long Shot Factory
59Crazy Wisdom$35420%10$354$51,93010Alive Mind Cinema
60Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$134-74%1-1$134$39,65820International Film Circuit
61The Interrupters$98-53%10$98$275,48727Cinema Guild
62Man on a Mission$30-99%1-4$30$8,0903First Run Features