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, Mar. 16 - Sun, Mar. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
121 Jump Street$36,302,612--3,121--$11,632$36,302,6121Sony / Columbia
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$22,764,760-41%3,76923$6,040$158,387,7753Universal
3John Carter$13,569,795-55%3,7490$3,620$53,227,2482Disney
4Project X (2012)$4,044,159-64%2,922-133$1,384$48,170,0053Warner Bros.
5Act of Valor$3,733,697-47%2,765-186$1,350$62,454,0664Relativity Media
6A Thousand Words$3,632,932-41%1,8955$1,917$11,985,7532Paramount
7Safe House$2,716,795-43%1,920-224$1,415$120,209,8906Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$2,388,320-34%1,935-590$1,234$94,994,0066Warner Bros. / New Line
9This Means War$2,141,760-43%1,660-289$1,290$50,541,5425Fox
10Silent House (2012)$2,113,800-68%2,1240$995$10,605,5442Open Road
11The Vow$2,094,103-46%2,175-303$963$121,157,3586Sony / Screen Gems
12Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$1,374,996-53%1,016-500$1,353$32,731,3294Lionsgate
13The Artist$1,042,955-50%1,155-350$903$42,108,37417Weinstein Company
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$859,884-56%1,024-780$840$49,742,2765Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casa de mi Padre$2,287,239--382--$5,988$2,287,2391Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Friends With Kids$1,454,561-28%640271$2,273$4,184,5432Roadside Attractions
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$855,709--254--$3,369$855,7091Paramount Vantage
4Wanderlust$520,025-69%698-522$745$16,744,1254Universal
5Chronicle$489,090-46%432-163$1,132$63,159,0517Fox
6Hugo$487,073-22%38370$1,272$72,993,75317Paramount
7A Separation$470,880-35%2821$1,670$5,562,57012Sony Pictures Classics
8The Iron Lady$426,486-25%4569$935$28,615,75712Weinstein Company
9The Descendants$291,231-57%347-170$839$81,996,04218Fox Searchlight
10Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$276,449-4%286-1$967$131,648,40114Fox
11Gone$267,573-70%476-668$562$11,359,6674Summit
12Seeking Justice$249,465--231--$1,080$249,4651Anchor Bay Films
13The Woman in Black$241,607-51%305-128$792$53,473,7667CBS Films
14The Secret World of Arrietty$241,430-42%304-197$794$18,019,3665Disney
15Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$237,494-24%2290$1,037$208,782,80514Paramount
16The Grey$152,78023%21968$698$51,170,0628Open Road
17Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$144,472-58%156-102$926$43,114,7136Fox
18We Bought a Zoo$141,965-25%188-40$755$74,908,77113Fox
19Big Miracle$130,975-15%236-2$555$19,792,4257Universal
20War Horse$129,47889%200114$647$79,504,53413Disney / DreamWorks
21Red Tails$91,716-20%152-26$603$49,480,7659Fox
22Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$85,691-46%125-83$686$186,677,30414Warner Bros.
23The Adventures of Tintin$80,274-43%123-30$653$77,564,03713Paramount
24Rampart$74,286-1%10648$701$771,6616Millennium Entertainment
25The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$71,967-58%108-103$666$102,515,79313Sony / Columbia
26One For the Money$63,19079%11248$564$26,196,0598Lionsgate
27Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$41,568-64%105-97$396$31,798,90313Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$460,536104%6244$7,428$768,9362CBS Films
2Kahaani$263,241-3%537$4,967$625,3952Viva Entertainment
3Being Flynn$146,542229%8876$1,665$266,5283Focus
4Born to Be Wild 3D$129,5936%400$3,240$17,261,18350Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$102,372-41%86-23$1,190$24,104,11315Focus
6We Need to Talk About Kevin$100,109-36%655$1,540$1,202,29615Oscilloscope
7Jiro Dreams of Sushi$91,214117%64$15,202$156,3542Magnolia Pictures
8Pina$85,701-29%555$1,558$3,173,98113IFC Films
9In Darkness$73,447-36%522$1,412$702,3196Sony Pictures Classics
10Footnote$67,08741%64$11,181$138,8242Sony Pictures Classics
11Hubble 3D$54,4018%20-1$2,720$31,491,161105Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Undefeated$52,829-8%218$2,516$330,8885Weinstein Company
13Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$48,2490%120$4,021$5,033,939973D Entertainment
14The Kid With A Bike$45,933--3--$15,311$45,9331IFC Films
15Under the Sea 3D$43,46315%121$3,622$30,869,036162Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Devil Inside$38,5191620%7767$500$53,245,05511Paramount
17A Dangerous Method$37,684-28%595$639$5,601,75217Sony Pictures Classics
18Chico & Rita$37,13071%229$1,688$247,4556GKIDS
19Coriolanus$33,805-32%212$1,610$531,2839Weinstein Company
20Thin Ice$32,843-49%41-2$801$612,3085IDP/ATO Pictures
21Albert Nobbs$30,607-20%483$638$2,846,3288Roadside Attractions
22Joyful Noise$29,777-49%65-38$458$30,920,16710Warner Bros.
23W.E.$26,704-25%20-4$1,335$428,9677Weinstein Company
24My Week with Marilyn$26,506-67%50-70$530$14,554,94417Weinstein Company
25The Salt of Life$24,283-33%133$1,868$101,6013Zeitgeist Films
26The Muppets$21,928-47%52-32$422$88,586,97617Disney
27The FP$15,465--28--$552$15,4651Drafthouse Films
28Shame$15,103-32%18-2$839$3,924,10516Fox Searchlight
29Haywire$14,263-66%69-13$207$18,934,8589Relativity Media
30Gerhard Richter Painting$13,537--1--$13,537$20,3711Kino Lorber
31Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$11,408-63%26-7$439$168,1653Magnolia Pictures
32Detachment$10,739--2--$5,370$10,7391Tribeca Film
33Natural Selection$10,375--1--$10,375$10,3751Cinema Guild
34Free Men$9,080--2--$4,540$9,0801Film Movement
35Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$8,378--2--$4,189$298,05822Submarine Deluxe
362012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$7,254-66%10-8$725$1,690,0506Shorts International
37The Forgiveness of Blood$6,928-69%9-3$770$96,7844IFC Films
38Let The Bullets Fly$6,720-43%6-4$1,120$39,8903Variance Films
39Children of Paradise (2012 re-issue)$6,286-41%1-1$6,286$20,8222Janus Films
40Carnage (2011)$5,712-66%13-6$439$2,525,38014Sony Pictures Classics
41The Women on the 6th Floor$5,542-39%4-2$1,386$656,66124Strand Releasing
42Love$5,504-64%5-10$1,101$297,3225China Lion Film
43Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$5,471-4%3-1$1,824$889,36337International Film Circuit
44Sing Your Song$5,127--2--$2,564$39,20110S2BN Films
45Paan Singh Tomar$4,130-46%50$826$39,5673UTV Communications
46Around June$3,060--2--$1,530$3,0601Indican Pictures
47Beauty and the Beast 3D$2,898-42%5-2$580$47,279,36310Disney
48The Understudy$2,296--2--$1,148$2,2961Indican Pictures
49Le Havre$2,279-54%40$570$600,55422Janus Films
50Ranchero$2,240-49%1-1$2,240$19,36536Indican Pictures
51Death of the Virgin$2,146--1--$2,146$24,4186Indican Pictures
52Midnight in Paris$1,821-56%4440$41$56,816,66244Sony Pictures Classics
53The Snowtown Murders$1,548-22%31$516$8,0123IFC Films
54This Is Not A Film$1,426-81%1-1$1,426$36,7863Palisades Tartan
55Addiction Incorporated$1,376-54%4-1$344$36,59714Variance Films
56Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$1,304-79%3-7$435$177,4724UTV Communications
57Attenberg$1,161-71%10$1,161$7,7622Strand Releasing
58Sound of Noise$1,001-83%1-2$1,001$11,6752Magnolia Pictures
59The Flowers of War$752-80%2-2$376$283,2129Wrekin Hill Entertainment
60On the Ice$743-65%20$372$45,7905PMK*BNC
61Take Shelter$74262%10$742$1,729,96925Sony Pictures Classics
62Reuniting The Rubins$734--2--$367$7341Monterey Media
63The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$715-71%10$715$38,7959First Run Features
64The Skin I Live In$63213%1-4$632$3,184,08823Sony Pictures Classics
65The Long Day Closes (2012 re-issue)$501-64%10$501$2,5412The Film Desk
66Falling Away$468-73%1-1$468$6,8663Indican Pictures
67Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$437--1--$437$19,45435The Film Desk
68The Viral Factor$325-91%1-12$325$220,1459China Lion Film
69Domain$265--1--$265$6,91410Strand Releasing
70Kung Fu Joe$250-50%10$250$12,5166Indican Pictures