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, Mar. 2 - Sun, Mar. 4

Wide (1000+)

1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$70,217,070--3,729--$18,830$70,217,0701Universal
2Project X (2012)$21,051,363--3,055--$6,891$21,051,3631Warner Bros.
3Act of Valor$13,572,578-45%3,05314$4,446$45,111,9242Relativity Media
4Safe House$7,390,935-32%2,553-499$2,895$108,355,4254Universal
5Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$7,047,061-55%2,1320$3,305$25,791,6932Lionsgate
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$6,547,374-51%3,060-290$2,140$85,233,8734Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Vow$6,011,147-39%2,826-212$2,127$111,623,4964Sony / Screen Gems
8This Means War$5,561,323-34%2,342-847$2,375$41,399,9623Fox
9Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$4,645,637-48%2,487-687$1,868$44,826,3763Sony / Columbia
11The Artist$3,625,57125%1,756790$2,065$36,813,98915Weinstein Company
14The Secret World of Arrietty$1,484,644-66%1,431-91$1,037$16,753,0243Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Descendants$1,291,817-39%694-195$1,861$80,392,54316Fox Searchlight
3The Woman in Black$1,154,475-58%812-915$1,422$52,241,3905CBS Films
4Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$1,100,446-65%731-887$1,505$42,218,7794Fox
5A Separation$952,051160%243160$3,918$3,677,46410Sony Pictures Classics
6The Iron Lady$850,90922%511-11$1,665$27,006,91310Weinstein Company
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$345,052-8%3143$1,099$130,804,28112Fox
8Big Miracle$301,560-55%359-269$840$19,362,1405Universal
9The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$286,35261%256131$1,119$102,068,88811Sony / Columbia
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$263,189-23%126-38$2,089$23,665,41513Focus
11The Grey$258,960-68%308-609$841$50,735,5106Open Road
12Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$257,558-26%266-67$968$186,271,35112Warner Bros.
13We Bought a Zoo$243,829-14%266-14$917$74,406,78211Fox
14Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$226,037-12%30323$746$31,516,40411Warner Bros.
15Red Tails$190,895-56%249-240$767$49,023,7167Fox
16The Adventures of Tintin$186,315-32%215-57$867$77,167,15711Paramount
17Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$158,153-33%107-71$1,478$208,019,61312Paramount
18My Week with Marilyn$130,847-57%120-282$1,090$14,340,55115Weinstein Company
20War Horse$116,319-34%131-82$888$79,237,31711Disney / DreamWorks
21Joyful Noise$115,826-37%202-75$573$30,769,1398Warner Bros.
22The Muppets$79,202-46%138-67$574$88,479,90115Disney
23One For the Money$59,596-57%117-112$509$26,060,7546Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

1Pina$157,961-18%64-19$2,468$2,825,93211IFC Films
2We Need to Talk About Kevin$132,595253%4024$3,315$818,31513Oscilloscope
3Rampart$119,38721%527$2,296$539,8484Millennium Entertainment
4In Darkness$106,84320%3513$3,053$421,0564Sony Pictures Classics
5Born to Be Wild 3D$96,153-18%400$2,404$16,793,00748Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$87,475--24--$3,645$87,4751Magnolia Pictures
7Thin Ice$83,6215%41-5$2,040$459,3163IDP/ATO Pictures
8Undefeated$82,230326%138$6,325$164,0583Weinstein Company
92012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$76,964-72%59-87$1,304$1,625,1014Shorts International
10Underworld Awakening$72,270-70%79-181$915$62,321,0397Sony / Screen Gems
11A Dangerous Method$67,772-27%53-28$1,279$5,457,21515Sony Pictures Classics
12Albert Nobbs$63,926-50%68-32$940$2,723,0746Roadside Attractions
13Lost Woods$58,240--13--$4,480$58,2401Nocturnal Features
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$48,29387%120$4,024$4,891,030953D Entertainment
15Love$45,30810%157$3,021$234,1593China Lion Film
16Hubble 3D$44,628-8%224$2,029$31,265,047103Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Being Flynn$43,990--4--$10,998$43,9901Focus
18W.E.$43,62358%194$2,296$327,5085Weinstein Company
19Happy Feet Two$43,609-16%850$513$63,992,32816Warner Bros.
20Coriolanus$37,16269%146$2,654$410,2667Weinstein Company
21Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$32,432-66%26-22$1,247$155,2472UTV Communications
22Under the Sea 3D$30,839-33%154$2,056$30,717,275160Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Shame$29,692-31%22-3$1,350$3,856,51614Fox Searchlight
24Chico & Rita$26,194-35%142$1,871$161,3964GKIDS
26Paan Singh Tomar$20,568--10--$2,057$20,5681UTV Communications
27The Salt of Life$19,176--2--$9,588$19,1761Zeitgeist Films
28Carnage (2011)$19,1063%19-3$1,006$2,491,96012Sony Pictures Classics
29The Forgiveness of Blood$17,816-33%63$2,969$53,1672IFC Films
30Beauty and the Beast 3D$14,953-73%24-35$623$47,259,1818Disney
31The Flowers of War$13,985-16%6-1$2,331$267,1507Wrekin Hill Entertainment
32The Sitter$13,654-32%21-9$650$30,527,01013Fox
33Let The Bullets Fly$11,287--5--$2,257$11,2871Variance Films
34Pariah (2011)$10,801-15%130$831$730,36210Focus
35The Women on the 6th Floor$10,57641%61$1,763$631,93222Strand Releasing
36Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$10,405-74%25-10$416$1,150,1304UTV Communications
37Haywire$9,890-75%32-5$309$18,852,9517Relativity Media
38Midnight in Paris$7,044-96%11-153$640$56,802,12342Sony Pictures Classics
39In the Land of Blood and Honey$6,27466%84$784$301,30511FilmDistrict
40Better Than Something: Jay Reatard$5,712--4--$1,428$5,7121Undefined
41The Devil Inside$5,165-27%17-8$304$53,201,7159Paramount
42Kill List$4,711--10--$471$26,2975IFC Films
43Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$4,19617%3-1$1,399$73,8279Cinema Guild
44Le Havre$4,171--6--$695$589,51020Janus Films
45Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$3,223-40%20$1,612$874,94435International Film Circuit
46Ranchero$2,960--2--$1,480$6,78634Indican Pictures
47Art Is... The Permanent Revolution$2,718--1--$2,718$2,7181First Run Features
48Last Days Here$2,671--1--$2,671$2,6711IFC Films
49The Help$2,645-88%5-133$529$169,705,58730Disney / DreamWorks
50Crazy Wisdom$2,569--1--$2,569$58,03415Alive Mind Cinema
51The Turin Horse$2,26569%20$1,133$25,9884Cinema Guild
52The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$2,124--1--$2,124$31,39626The Film Desk
53The Skin I Live In$1,410-80%3-11$470$3,180,82621Sony Pictures Classics
54Charlotte Rampling: The Look$1,340--1--$1,340$18,92018Kino Lorber
55On the Ice$1,336-84%1-4$1,336$41,8043PMK*BNC
56The Way$1,3146%20$657$4,429,93322Producers Distribution Agency
57Falling Away$1,284--2--$642$1,2841Indican Pictures
58The Snowtown Murders$1,273--1--$1,273$1,2731IFC Films
59Addiction Incorporated$1,096--2--$548$29,20812Variance Films
60Tyrannosaur$952--2--$476$21,06216Strand Releasing
61Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$941--2--$471$100,11917Variance Films
62Take Shelter$860-52%30$287$1,728,11423Sony Pictures Classics
63The Whale$786-47%10$786$72,74226Paladin
64Windfall$571957%10$571$3,1005First Run Features
65Kung Fu Joe$412-78%10$412$11,5944Indican Pictures
66Sing Your Song$400--1--$400$33,2758S2BN Films
67Putin's Kiss$150-3%10$150$2,9443Kino Lorber
68The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$141--1--$141$32,4827First Run Features
69Eames: The Architect and the Painter$66-89%10$66$147,59116First Run Features