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, May. 11 - Sun, May. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$103,052,274-50%4,3490$23,696$373,071,6472Disney
2Dark Shadows$29,685,274--3,755--$7,906$29,685,2741Warner Bros.
3Think Like a Man$5,816,108-28%2,05242$2,834$81,432,8404Sony / Screen Gems
4The Hunger Games$4,505,362-19%2,531-263$1,780$387,007,0488Lionsgate
5The Lucky One (2012)$4,107,492-23%2,839-166$1,447$53,788,2334Warner Bros.
6The Five-Year Engagement$3,314,010-34%2,569-372$1,290$24,623,4203Universal
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$3,143,442-43%3,079-279$1,021$23,047,0003Sony / Columbia
8Chimpanzee$1,755,507-29%1,55928$1,126$25,717,4784Disneynature
9Safe (2012)$1,447,174-46%1,690-581$856$15,717,4293Lionsgate
10The Raven$1,378,847-48%1,888-321$730$14,723,7753Relativity Media
11The Three Stooges$1,078,339-41%1,416-758$762$41,153,7695Fox
12The Cabin in the Woods$971,465-38%1,029-640$944$39,753,9125Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$2,672,140263%178151$15,012$3,744,6562Fox Searchlight
2Girl in Progress$1,384,078--322--$4,298$1,384,0781Lionsgate / Pantelion
3John Carter$766,217-49%230-119$3,331$71,726,76210Disney
421 Jump Street$645,109-40%589-451$1,095$135,117,5439Sony / Columbia
5Mirror Mirror$599,617-20%607-315$988$60,993,8867Relativity Media
6American Reunion$432,430-47%521-335$830$56,050,1706Universal
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$432,2451%455-66$950$209,591,93511Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$236,134-18%260-43$908$102,581,33414Warner Bros. / New Line
9Wrath of the Titans$214,933-53%265-450$811$81,990,1687Warner Bros.
10The Artist$188,8411129%751710$251$44,439,47025Weinstein Company
11Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$188,766-29%200-47$944$8,541,99210CBS Films
12Lockout$180,053-18%255-56$706$14,136,7035Open Road
13Titanic 3D$157,847-57%157-176$1,005$57,614,3106Paramount
14Bully (2012)$134,829-21%2630$513$2,864,0717Weinstein Company
15Safe House$85,015-20%136-39$625$126,149,65514Universal
16A Thousand Words$78,3922%127-13$617$18,292,87010Paramount
17This Means War$67,435-19%132-39$511$54,586,78413Fox
18Damsels in Distress$60,017-60%112-93$536$750,2416Sony Pictures Classics
19The Vow$52,264-29%111-46$471$125,014,03014Sony / Screen Gems
20Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$46,466-20%110-33$422$35,010,19212Lionsgate
21Act of Valor$42,014-43%118-75$356$69,903,95712Relativity Media
22Jeff Who Lives at Home$40,62150%11770$347$4,244,1559Paramount Vantage
23Housefull 2$1,749-83%1210$14$1,591,4586Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bernie$219,41256%3628$6,095$539,9623Millennium Entertainment
2To the Arctic 3D$208,94811%49-1$4,264$1,412,7854Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Monsieur Lazhar$127,462-43%77-4$1,655$1,130,48729Music Box Films
4Headhunters$89,05911%247$3,711$262,3083Magnolia Pictures
5First Position$88,74485%2419$3,698$157,8002IFC Films
6Marley$82,014-31%68-5$1,206$918,6534Magnolia Pictures
7Jiro Dreams of Sushi$71,192-25%54-19$1,318$2,116,74610Magnolia Pictures
8Darling Companion$65,408-28%6418$1,022$329,6914Sony Pictures Classics
9Footnote$65,080-26%9113$715$1,788,19910Sony Pictures Classics
10Born to Be Wild 3D$61,062-14%340$1,796$18,784,71758Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Sound of My Voice$57,0995%4618$1,241$188,2743Fox Searchlight
12The Road (2012)$56,692--50--$1,134$56,6921Freestyle Releasing
13Taur Mittran Di$49,926--24--$2,080$49,9261Eros Entertainment
14Hubble 3D$49,2051%19-1$2,590$32,567,370113Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Vicky Donor$44,996-41%500$900$536,2404Eros International
16Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$34,31424%23-7$1,492$1,180,9305Code Black Entertainment
17The Kid With A Bike$34,204-45%60-10$570$1,277,6199IFC Films
18We Have a Pope$33,341-4%262$1,282$344,3036IFC Films
19The Perfect Family$30,603114%2519$1,224$53,2272Variance Films
20The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$30,268-33%37-6$818$1,003,8438Music Box Films
21Deadtime (2012)$30,240--18--$1,680$30,2401Nocturnal Features
22Casa de mi Padre$29,702-2%56-12$530$5,895,2389Lionsgate / Pantelion
23The Secret World of Arrietty$27,825-22%88-20$316$19,101,97213Disney
24God Bless America$27,308--14--$1,951$27,3081Magnolia / Magnet
25Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$26,232-30%120$2,186$5,496,3521053D Entertainment
26Under the Sea 3D$25,035-8%141$1,788$31,383,812170Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Chronicle$24,736-23%51-27$485$64,511,76315Fox
28Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$20,470-18%67-8$306$133,062,41922Fox
29October Baby$20,104-34%51-26$394$5,298,65229IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
30Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$17,101--10--$1,710$17,1011UTV Communications
31The Raid: Redemption$16,835-53%19-24$886$4,044,0698Sony Pictures Classics
32Last Call at the Oasis$16,25183%65$2,709$31,9912IDP/ATO Pictures
33Where Do We Go Now?$15,382--3--$5,127$15,3821Sony Pictures Classics
34Friends With Kids$13,398-17%362$372$7,206,80010Roadside Attractions
35Project X (2012)$12,412-59%40-32$310$54,724,27211Warner Bros.
36A Separation$11,553-48%24-7$481$7,048,55020Sony Pictures Classics
37I Wish$10,919--5--$2,184$10,9191Magnolia Pictures
38Goon$10,43217%11-5$948$4,163,2387Magnolia / Magnet
39Boy$9,31654%6-2$1,553$234,84111Paladin
40Elles$9,270-66%12-1$773$90,2273Kino Lorber
41We Bought a Zoo$8,709-37%28-10$311$75,621,91521Fox
42A Beautiful Soul$7,598-84%16-4$475$54,0082Tyscot Manhaddon Films
43Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$7,526--1--$7,526$7,5261Rialto Pictures
44Red Tails$6,63450%9-3$737$49,866,61417Fox
45Coriolanus$5,712-56%11-7$519$740,16917Weinstein Company
46Gerhard Richter Painting$5,521-46%3-6$1,840$166,6809Kino Lorber
47Otter 501$5,444--3--$1,815$5,4441Paladin
48We Need to Talk About Kevin$5,303-4%10-4$530$1,731,69623Oscilloscope
49Patience (After Sebald)$5,302--1--$5,302$7,9541Cinema Guild
50This Binary Universe$5,028180%20$2,514$5,0282Indican Pictures
51Blue Like Jazz$4,857-53%11-9$442$588,7005Roadside Attractions
52Undefeated$4,775-28%130$367$541,31913Weinstein Company
53Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$4,464-36%12-5$372$43,453,65614Fox
54Nobody Else But You$3,759--2--$1,880$3,7591First Run Features
55Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$3,7541301%10$3,754$118,19419Cinema Guild
56Touchback$3,518-53%6-6$586$202,7135Anchor Bay Films
57Turn Me On, Dammit!$3,365124%43$841$61,4467New Yorker Films
58FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$3,325-58%21$1,663$14,2912International Film Circuit
59The Salt of Life$3,104-56%6-4$517$292,50311Zeitgeist Films
60Small, Beautifully Moving Parts$3,087--1--$3,087$3,0871Long Shot Factory
61Goodbye First Love$3,039-25%2-1$1,520$62,8904IFC Films
62The Turin Horse$2,854--3--$951$44,62714Cinema Guild
63In Darkness$2,851-23%11-2$259$1,038,73314Sony Pictures Classics
64Tezz$2,727-89%970$28$229,3743Eros Entertainment
65Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$2,599--13--$200$88,9531Magnolia Pictures
66Surviving Progress$2,35778%32$786$27,7346First Run Features
67Bonsai$2,293--1--$2,293$2,2931Strand Releasing
68Tonight You're Mine$2,144--2--$1,072$2,1441Roadside Attractions
69Sleepless Night$2,106--2--$1,053$2,1061Tribeca Film
70The Island President$2,054-14%52$411$72,5227IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
71The Women on the 6th Floor$1,95716%30$652$708,82032Strand Releasing
72The Hunter (2012)$1,910-81%5-9$382$165,4356Magnolia Pictures
73Natural Selection$1,427576%21$714$38,0989Cinema Guild
74Grandmaster$1,412-87%2-7$706$15,0102UTV Communications
75Thin Ice$1,255-51%4-1$314$787,65513IDP/ATO Pictures
76Jesus Henry Christ$1,169--2--$585$15,4004Entertainment One Films
77The Fairy$845-82%2-4$423$22,89312Kino Lorber
78Albert Nobbs$675-74%2-3$338$3,014,54116Roadside Attractions
79Inventing Our Life$654-60%31$218$11,0733First Run Features
80The Whale$595--1--$595$80,01736Paladin
81Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$556-70%10$556$906,66645International Film Circuit
82Reuniting The Rubins$521114%21$261$13,2519Monterey Media
83How To Grow A Band$221--1--$221$9,5035International Film Circuit
84Art Is... The Permanent Revolution$202--1--$202$4,25211First Run Features
85Lost Bohemia$180--1--$180$13,11152Impact Partners
86Keyhole$137-89%1-1$137$15,2916Monterey Media