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, May. 4 - Sun, May. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$207,438,708--4,349--$47,698$207,438,7081Disney
2Think Like a Man$8,106,166-54%2,010-5$4,033$73,135,6003Sony / Screen Gems
3The Hunger Games$5,587,661-48%2,794-778$2,000$380,614,6597Lionsgate
4The Pirates! Band of Misfits$5,502,482-51%3,3580$1,639$18,665,9412Sony / Columbia
5The Lucky One (2012)$5,368,115-50%3,005-170$1,786$47,775,0603Warner Bros.
6The Five-Year Engagement$5,029,110-53%2,9415$1,710$19,133,0152Universal
7Safe (2012)$2,677,125-66%2,2715$1,179$13,080,8832Lionsgate
8The Raven$2,636,780-64%2,2096$1,194$12,176,1252Relativity Media
9Chimpanzee$2,484,456-52%1,531-36$1,623$23,101,8893Disneynature
10The Three Stooges$1,832,333-65%2,174-931$843$39,669,0154Fox
11The Cabin in the Woods$1,564,805-66%1,669-970$938$38,018,7484Lionsgate
1221 Jump Street$1,081,100-64%1,040-780$1,040$134,015,7838Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1John Carter$1,494,3671224%349169$4,282$70,760,8079Disney
2American Reunion$817,470-72%856-1298$955$55,301,0805Universal
3Mirror Mirror$746,247-67%922-1095$809$60,174,4986Relativity Media
4Wrath of the Titans$460,190-77%715-857$644$81,619,8326Warner Bros.
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$427,220-50%521-362$820$209,034,86510Universal
6Titanic 3D$365,334-81%333-1076$1,097$57,290,5085Paramount
7Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$287,017-44%303-98$947$102,273,11213Warner Bros. / New Line
8Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$266,207-38%247-88$1,078$8,225,1999CBS Films
9Lockout$219,454-77%311-948$706$13,894,3744Open Road
10Bully (2012)$171,134-48%2630$651$2,538,0116Weinstein Company
11Damsels in Distress$150,67382%205148$735$621,3895Sony Pictures Classics
12Safe House$106,750-36%175-54$610$126,020,90013Universal
13This Means War$83,290-52%171-61$487$54,483,96712Fox
14A Thousand Words$77,159-33%140-29$551$18,185,7639Paramount
15Act of Valor$74,228-52%193-92$385$69,824,80411Relativity Media
16The Vow$73,846-38%157-61$470$124,933,57113Sony / Screen Gems
17Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$58,319299%143104$408$34,938,03311Lionsgate
18The Secret World of Arrietty$35,718-50%108-47$331$19,060,03412Disney
19Housefull 2$10,522-69%1210$87$1,586,7455Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$737,051--27--$27,298$737,0511Fox Searchlight
2Monsieur Lazhar$222,460-9%8113$2,746$914,20028Music Box Films
3To the Arctic 3D$188,077-19%500$3,762$1,025,0163Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Bernie$140,54464%85$17,568$261,8432Millennium Entertainment
5Marley$119,400-43%739$1,636$771,9253Magnolia Pictures
6Jiro Dreams of Sushi$95,125-37%73-7$1,303$1,990,3029Magnolia Pictures
7Darling Companion$91,26142%4629$1,984$235,3023Sony Pictures Classics
8Footnote$87,416-41%78-23$1,121$1,687,2809Sony Pictures Classics
9Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$86,496-5%95-32$910$51,774,00212Sony / Columbia
10Headhunters$80,18986%1713$4,717$141,4312Magnolia Pictures
11Vicky Donor$76,472-38%500$1,529$466,4673Eros International
12Born to Be Wild 3D$70,884-10%340$2,085$18,641,47057Warner Bros. / IMAX
13The Kid With A Bike$62,622-44%70-15$895$1,215,6048IFC Films
14Sound of My Voice$54,29650%2823$1,939$103,5502Fox Searchlight
15Hubble 3D$48,5303%203$2,427$32,456,748112Warner Bros. / IMAX
16First Position$48,024--5--$9,605$48,0241IFC Films
17A Beautiful Soul$46,410--20--$2,321$46,4101Tyscot Manhaddon Films
18The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$45,043-40%43-13$1,048$954,7317Music Box Films
19Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$37,25256%120$3,104$5,448,1211043D Entertainment
20The Raid: Redemption$35,778-73%43-83$832$4,004,5497Sony Pictures Classics
21We Have a Pope$34,829-37%24-3$1,451$294,8375IFC Films
22Chronicle$32,199-57%78-43$413$64,472,96914Fox
23October Baby$30,673-67%77-68$398$5,262,68628IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
24Casa de mi Padre$30,23040%6832$445$5,849,2248Lionsgate / Pantelion
25Project X (2012)$30,051-62%72-83$417$54,697,62110Warner Bros.
26Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$27,617-66%30-37$921$1,137,1734Code Black Entertainment
27Under the Sea 3D$27,349-21%13-3$2,104$31,332,991169Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Elles$27,23712%137$2,095$64,6222Kino Lorber
29Jeff Who Lives at Home$27,035-53%47-32$575$4,190,7108Paramount Vantage
30Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$25,066-49%75-36$334$133,030,45321Fox
31Tezz$24,199-84%970$249$218,6222Eros Entertainment
32A Separation$22,200-38%31-17$716$7,027,06719Sony Pictures Classics
33Friends With Kids$16,103-49%34-19$474$7,185,3409Roadside Attractions
34The Artist$15,370-47%41-9$375$44,242,86524Weinstein Company
35The Perfect Family$14,301--6--$2,384$14,3011Variance Films
36We Bought a Zoo$13,834-47%38-14$364$75,608,72220Fox
37Coriolanus$13,004-18%184$722$727,67616Weinstein Company
38Grandmaster$10,479--9--$1,164$10,4791UTV Communications
39Blue Like Jazz$10,245-72%20-26$512$578,0954Roadside Attractions
40Gerhard Richter Painting$10,22998%95$1,137$145,1618Kino Lorber
41A Little Bit of Heaven$10,011--11--$910$10,0111Millennium Entertainment
42The Hunter (2012)$9,959-57%14-3$711$158,2195Magnolia Pictures
43Goon$8,927-43%16-7$558$4,151,1796Magnolia / Magnet
44Last Call at the Oasis$8,899--1--$8,899$8,8991IDP/ATO Pictures
45FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$7,882--1--$7,882$7,8821International Film Circuit
46Pina$7,525-34%8-3$941$3,520,45820IFC Films
47Touchback$7,422-72%12-16$619$197,2194Anchor Bay Films
48The Salt of Life$7,121-63%10-5$712$286,07710Zeitgeist Films
49Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$6,978-65%17-10$410$43,446,08713Fox
50The Graduate: 45th Anniversary Reunion$6,686195%21$3,343$23,3174Rialto
51Undefeated$6,625-42%13-7$510$531,09412Weinstein Company
52Boy$6,053-54%8-1$757$221,38610Paladin
53Celine & Julie Go Boating (2012 re-issue)$5,624--1--$5,624$5,6241New Yorker Films
54A Simple Life$5,591-75%5-6$1,118$178,2464China Lion Film
55We Need to Talk About Kevin$5,542-59%14-15$396$1,724,04622Oscilloscope
56The Fairy$4,734119%64$789$19,85411Kino Lorber
57Red Tails$4,432-72%12-11$369$49,858,40616Fox
58Hit So Hard$4,21233%43$1,053$20,0324Variance Films
59Goodbye First Love$4,033-71%3-2$1,344$56,9083IFC Films
60In Darkness$3,710-73%13-19$285$1,034,58213Sony Pictures Classics
61Rampart$3,626-69%10-8$363$969,23913Millennium Entertainment
62The Highest Pass$3,057-70%20$1,529$16,3572Cinema Libre
63The Giant Mechanical Man$2,831--1--$2,831$5,3602Tribeca Film
64W.E.$2,664-57%6-4$444$582,07514Weinstein Company
65Albert Nobbs$2,608-63%5-11$522$3,013,81215Roadside Attractions
66Thin Ice$2,575-52%5-4$515$785,40012IDP/ATO Pictures
67The Island President$2,382-62%3-2$794$69,1946IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
68Free Men$2,268125%10$2,268$47,7018Film Movement
69Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$1,850--1--$1,850$905,02544International Film Circuit
70Payback (2012)$1,823-17%10$1,823$8,6272Zeitgeist Films
71This Binary Universe$1,794--2--$897$1,7941Indican Pictures
72The Women on the 6th Floor$1,687-27%3-2$562$706,25331Strand Releasing
73Inventing Our Life$1,653-73%21$827$9,4072First Run Features
74Turn Me On, Dammit!$1,500-83%1-4$1,500$57,0226New Yorker Films
75Surviving Progress$1,32355%1-1$1,323$24,6045First Run Features
76Keyhole$1,22283%21$611$14,3095Monterey Media
77Here$1,184-78%20$592$19,7634Strand Releasing
78Booker's Place$742--1--$742$5,0002Tribeca Film
79My Reincarnation$730433%10$730$92,67428Long Shot Factory
80The FP$693120%1-1$693$40,5578Drafthouse Films
81Death of a Superhero$345--1--$345$3451Tribeca Film
82Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$268-34%10$268$114,16018Cinema Guild
83Windfall$260--1--$260$6,09314First Run Features
84Reuniting The Rubins$244--1--$244$12,6318Monterey Media
85Natural Selection$211-92%1-1$211$36,6708Cinema Guild
86Meeting Evil$181--1--$181$1811Magnolia / Magnet
87Sing Your Song$147-35%10$147$45,76517S2BN Films
88The Beat Hotel$96--1--$96$3,9896First Run Features