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, Feb. 3 - Sun, Feb. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chronicle$22,004,098--2,907--$7,569$22,004,0981Fox
2The Woman in Black$20,874,072--2,855--$7,311$20,874,0721CBS Films
3The Grey$9,300,999-53%3,20722$2,900$34,557,5322Open Road
4Big Miracle$7,760,205--2,129--$3,645$7,760,2051Universal
5Underworld Awakening$5,500,744-55%2,636-442$2,087$54,253,6653Sony / Screen Gems
6One For the Money$5,206,279-55%2,7370$1,902$19,624,2662Lionsgate
7Red Tails$4,735,595-54%2,347-226$2,018$41,059,0533Fox
8The Descendants$4,552,943-29%2,03837$2,234$65,475,59512Fox Searchlight
9Man on a Ledge$4,351,036-46%2,9980$1,451$14,615,8102Lionsgate
10Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$3,802,367-46%2,505-125$1,518$26,670,0437Warner Bros.
11Contraband$3,408,255-49%2,047-603$1,665$62,021,5554Universal
12The Artist$2,612,607-21%1,005108$2,600$20,631,85111Weinstein Company
13Beauty and the Beast 3D$2,579,332-51%1,719-426$1,500$44,908,1324Disney
14Hugo$2,272,390-9%1,03065$2,206$61,911,42911Paramount
15The Iron Lady$1,898,183-41%1,021-223$1,859$20,655,5326Weinstein Company
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$1,702,914-51%1,077-577$1,581$205,200,7768Paramount
17Joyful Noise$1,459,230-54%1,350-671$1,081$28,964,4584Warner Bros.
18Haywire$1,202,767-70%1,251-1190$961$17,847,6713Relativity Media
19War Horse$960,780-52%1,163-698$826$77,296,2877Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,048,380-41%818-252$1,282$128,351,8058Fox
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$1,026,005-58%857-673$1,197$183,885,1238Warner Bros.
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,022,358-53%668-534$1,530$99,903,8237Sony / Columbia
4We Bought a Zoo$737,870-50%754-335$979$72,721,4417Fox
5The Adventures of Tintin$709,180-47%486-216$1,459$75,323,3197Paramount
6Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$670,429-39%302-108$2,220$21,185,1219Focus
7Albert Nobbs$490,762-30%2450$2,003$1,528,7052Roadside Attractions
8Agneepath$340,112-70%1320$2,577$1,750,8432Eros International
9A Dangerous Method$322,514-41%235-130$1,372$4,614,38611Sony Pictures Classics
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$279,75570%296105$945$280,876,46512Lionsgate / Summit
11Happy Feet Two$262,725-33%255-54$1,030$63,432,48812Warner Bros.
12My Week with Marilyn$254,703-25%171-15$1,489$13,005,86111Weinstein Company
13Puss in Boots (2011)$250,103-25%253-17$989$148,459,36715Paramount / DreamWorks
14Jack and Jill$200,598-35%222-31$904$73,619,45113Sony / Columbia
15The Devil Inside$155,031-76%303-419$512$53,056,8895Paramount
16The Muppets$118,900-44%169-37$704$87,476,72711Disney
17New Year's Eve$109,415231%222160$493$54,384,1219Warner Bros. / New Line
18The Sitter$72,991-41%126-19$579$30,320,1959Fox
19J. Edgar$41,195-62%135-73$305$37,258,64013Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Separation$280,2585%409$7,006$1,258,7066Sony Pictures Classics
2Pina$190,976-1%394$4,897$1,349,0917IFC Films
3Shame$103,789-38%64-16$1,622$3,465,39610Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$92,098-21%450$2,047$15,996,21744Warner Bros. / IMAX
5We Need to Talk About Kevin$65,529-7%133$5,041$382,5879Oscilloscope
6Carnage (2011)$64,605-47%40-30$1,615$2,303,1908Sony Pictures Classics
7W.E.$47,074--4--$11,769$47,0741Weinstein Company
8Coriolanus$44,515-12%142$3,180$212,3363Weinstein Company
9Real Steel$43,430-49%90-33$483$85,433,06918Disney / DreamWorks
10Pariah (2011)$34,970-21%195$1,841$621,0516Focus
11Hubble 3D$32,716-20%21-1$1,558$30,874,18799Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Immortals$30,952-56%62-55$499$83,454,93513Relativity Media
13The Innkeepers$29,557--20--$1,478$29,5571Magnolia / Magnet
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$28,452-28%110$2,587$4,740,624913D Entertainment
15Midnight in Paris$22,40217%4020$560$56,506,14238Sony Pictures Classics
16Under the Sea 3D$21,777-10%143$1,556$30,495,297156Warner Bros. / IMAX
17In the Land of Blood and Honey$20,95668%7-4$2,994$252,8017FilmDistrict
18Young Adult$20,014-65%58-29$345$16,234,3879Paramount
19The Darkest Hour$19,554-54%39-48$501$21,203,7647Summit
20The Viral Factor$19,412-52%7-15$2,773$187,9773China Lion Film
21In Time$15,721-52%34-24$462$37,535,81615Fox
22The Help$14,73652%20-1$737$169,635,34726Disney / DreamWorks
23The Women on the 6th Floor$13,86182%61$2,310$567,71818Strand Releasing
24Melancholia$12,238-59%13-10$941$2,990,35013Magnolia Pictures
25Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$12,2022692%20$6,101$284,32116Submarine Deluxe
26An Inconsistent Truth$12,176-41%10$12,176$36,4392Rocky Mountain Pictures
27Crazy Horse$12,13122%20$6,066$45,8163Zipporah Films
28Drive (2011)$11,972-11%22-1$544$35,054,90921FilmDistrict
29Le Havre$11,707-4%121$976$555,24516Janus Films
30Kill List$9,838--2--$4,919$9,8381IFC Films
31Vettai$9,678-39%4-3$2,420$191,8644UTV Communications
32El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$9,399368%43$2,350$222,56628Alive Mind Cinema
33All's Well Ends Well 2012$9,232-60%10-10$923$43,4322China Lion Film
34Carol Channing: Larger Than Life$8,397--3--$2,799$15,5473Entertainment One Films
35The Way$7,557-7%11-1$687$4,405,14718Producers Distribution Agency
36Declaration of War$5,986-53%4-2$1,497$25,6922IFC Films
37The Flowers of War$5,318-73%5-8$1,064$205,7783Wrekin Hill Entertainment
38The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$5,069-29%10$5,069$26,8063First Run Features
39Addiction Incorporated$3,31133%31$1,104$21,4068Variance Films
40The Conquest$3,05323%41$763$181,28313Music Box Films
41The Skin I Live In$2,842-40%10-2$284$3,160,82917Sony Pictures Classics
42Martha Marcy May Marlene$2,633-49%6-4$439$2,981,03816Fox Searchlight
43Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$2,241-40%2-1$1,121$51,0165Cinema Guild
44Charlotte Rampling: The Look$1,968--2--$984$16,19014Kino Lorber
45Young Goethe In Love$1,952-71%3-6$651$136,73014Music Box Films
46Windfall$1,780--2--$890$1,7801First Run Features
47The Interrupters$1,7701706%10$1,770$278,13028Cinema Guild
48Perfect Sense$1,567--1--$1,567$1,5671IFC Films
49Take Shelter$1,4859%84$186$1,722,55419Sony Pictures Classics
50Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos$1,322--3--$441$163,8293Eleven Arts
51The City Dark$1,121--2--$561$8,1533Argot Pictures
52Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$954612%32$318$40,72621International Film Circuit
53Margin Call$902-13%21$451$5,352,84316Roadside Attractions
54The Guard$840-50%2-2$420$5,359,77428Sony Pictures Classics
55How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?$799-71%21$400$10,3762First Run Features
56Tyrannosaur$662--2--$331$19,48312Strand Releasing
57Sing Your Song$577-85%2-2$289$27,9354S2BN Films
58Tomboy (2011)$424-90%3-6$141$119,03012Dada Films
59The Mill and the Cross$357-93%1-2$357$310,90021Kino Lorber
60Hell and Back Again$302--4--$76$37,53918Docurama Films
61Jane's Journey$242-60%1-1$242$27,25321First Run Features
62Crazy Wisdom$220-38%10$220$52,15011Alive Mind Cinema
63The Whale$115-79%10$115$68,28522Paladin