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. 18 - Sun, May. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$55,644,102-46%4,249-100$13,096$457,665,5173Disney
2Battleship$25,534,825--3,690--$6,920$25,534,8251Universal
3The Dictator$17,435,092--3,008--$5,796$24,476,1731Paramount
4Dark Shadows$12,583,338-58%3,7550$3,351$50,721,7592Warner Bros.
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$10,547,068--3,021--$3,491$10,547,0681Lionsgate
6The Hunger Games$2,950,331-35%2,064-467$1,429$391,581,4419Lionsgate
7Think Like a Man$2,650,549-54%1,722-330$1,539$85,838,4605Sony / Screen Gems
8The Lucky One (2012)$1,778,453-57%2,005-834$887$56,934,6285Warner Bros.
9The Pirates! Band of Misfits$1,578,632-50%1,840-1239$858$25,490,1364Sony / Columbia
10The Five-Year Engagement$1,110,375-66%1,175-1394$945$27,103,0104Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$3,230,58421%354176$9,126$8,228,0253Fox Searchlight
2Chimpanzee$667,528-62%895-664$746$27,008,5155Disneynature
3Wrath of the Titans$476,327122%36095$1,323$82,520,2908Warner Bros.
4Girl in Progress$459,357-67%3220$1,427$2,137,3712Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$458,5956%379-76$1,210$210,191,32512Universal
6The Three Stooges$436,495-60%594-822$735$41,830,6326Fox
7Mirror Mirror$403,814-33%407-200$992$61,551,2368Relativity Media
8The Cabin in the Woods$381,566-61%448-581$852$40,551,6396Lionsgate
9John Carter$368,994-52%114-116$3,237$72,157,37911Disney
1021 Jump Street$342,953-47%261-328$1,314$135,700,23310Sony / Columbia
11Safe (2012)$294,177-80%503-1187$585$16,589,9504Lionsgate
12American Reunion$263,905-39%290-231$910$56,494,9557Universal
13The Raven$236,650-83%432-1456$548$15,545,7864Relativity Media
14Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$207,181-12%245-15$846$102,859,61515Warner Bros. / New Line
15Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$94,801-50%134-66$707$8,721,03711CBS Films
16Bully (2012)$90,153-33%204-59$442$3,120,1298Weinstein Company
17Lockout$88,102-51%191-64$461$14,291,5706Open Road
18A Thousand Words$56,901-27%110-17$517$18,374,52711Paramount
19The Artist$26,842-86%103-648$261$44,549,45126Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bernie$491,436124%9559$5,173$1,124,5724Millennium Entertainment
2Crooked Arrows$256,346--55--$4,661$256,3461Branded/Peck Films
3To the Arctic 3D$217,3214%490$4,435$1,835,1695Warner Bros. / IMAX
4First Position$93,1885%4117$2,273$294,0203IFC Films
5Monsieur Lazhar$91,710-28%67-10$1,369$1,287,35630Music Box Films
6Headhunters$90,0551%3915$2,309$392,1534Magnolia Pictures
7Marley$73,433-10%55-13$1,335$1,035,4055Magnolia Pictures
8Born to Be Wild 3D$60,419-1%340$1,777$18,920,16459Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Darling Companion$58,831-10%60-4$981$419,6415Sony Pictures Classics
10This Means War$58,562-13%90-42$651$54,670,70414Fox
11Act of Valor$52,95526%96-22$552$69,978,44013Relativity Media
12Titanic 3D$50,583-68%70-87$723$57,736,2357Paramount
13Hubble 3D$50,0062%201$2,500$32,686,569114Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Jiro Dreams of Sushi$36,565-49%41-13$892$2,194,12811Magnolia Pictures
15Hysteria$35,656--5--$7,131$35,6561Sony Pictures Classics
16Under the Sea 3D$31,99228%184$1,777$31,454,302171Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Footnote$31,840-51%52-39$612$1,851,57311Sony Pictures Classics
18Sound of My Voice$30,911-46%37-9$835$249,7274Fox Searchlight
19The Secret World of Arrietty$29,7057%60-28$495$19,140,97414Disney
20Deadtime (2012)$27,552-9%16-2$1,722$77,4482Nocturnal Features
21Where Do We Go Now?$23,62154%129$1,968$47,7792Sony Pictures Classics
22FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$22,806586%1917$1,200$38,7713International Film Circuit
23We Have a Pope$22,332-33%20-6$1,117$383,1637IFC Films
24The Kid With A Bike$22,158-35%34-26$652$1,318,35110IFC Films
25The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$21,070-30%392$540$1,038,7469Music Box Films
26Damsels in Distress$20,740-65%38-74$546$800,1107Sony Pictures Classics
27Chronicle$20,054-19%39-12$514$64,543,21316Fox
28Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$18,784150%32$6,261$36,2572Rialto Pictures
29Mansome$18,395--20--$920$18,3951Paladin
30Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$16,922-35%120$1,410$5,524,7501063D Entertainment
31Polisse$16,568--3--$5,523$16,5681IFC Films
32God Bless America$13,464-51%151$898$55,6592Magnolia / Magnet
33Lovely Molly$12,554--5--$2,511$12,5541Image Entertainment
34Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$12,439-64%17-6$732$1,201,5626Code Black Entertainment
35October Baby$11,623-42%36-15$323$5,321,86330IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
36The Perfect Family$11,092-64%12-13$924$78,0653Variance Films
37Friends With Kids$10,955-18%25-11$438$7,226,51011Roadside Attractions
38Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$10,439-49%40-27$261$133,082,21223Fox
39The Raid: Redemption$10,336-39%15-4$689$4,063,8669Sony Pictures Classics
40Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$9,583-44%8-2$1,198$30,9492UTV Communications
41Elena (2012)$9,035--1--$9,035$13,2401Zeitgeist Films
42Elles$7,865-15%6-6$1,311$104,2104Kino Lorber
43A Separation$7,846-32%17-7$462$7,063,23621Sony Pictures Classics
44Virginia$6,915--5--$1,383$6,9151Entertainment One Films
45The Road (2012)$6,124-89%10-40$612$88,8712Freestyle Releasing
46American Animal$5,928--1--$5,928$5,9281Screen Media Films
47Coriolanus$5,116-10%8-3$640$749,64118Weinstein Company
48Beyond the Black Rainbow$4,957--2--$2,479$4,9571Magnolia / Magnet
49Boy$4,835-48%5-1$967$242,00812Paladin
50Otter 501$4,681-14%41$1,170$12,9112Paladin
51Undefeated$4,098-14%9-4$455$548,47014Weinstein Company
52The Color Wheel$3,884--2--$1,942$3,8841Cinema Conservancy
53Gerhard Richter Painting$3,284-41%30$1,095$176,07110Kino Lorber
54This Binary Universe$2,912-42%1-1$2,912$13,4523Indican Pictures
55Here$2,785--1--$2,785$23,2236Strand Releasing
56I Wish$2,763-75%3-2$921$19,7082Magnolia Pictures
57Bonsai$2,63915%21$1,320$6,7612Strand Releasing
58We Need to Talk About Kevin$2,576-51%6-4$429$1,738,69224Oscilloscope
59Surviving Progress$2,256-4%2-1$1,128$31,1587First Run Features
60Last Call at the Oasis$2,142-87%3-3$714$40,8463IDP/ATO Pictures
61Celine & Julie Go Boating (2012 re-issue)$2,136--1--$2,136$16,1843New Yorker Films
62Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$2,121-18%11-2$193$94,6542Magnolia Pictures
63Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow$1,951--1--$1,951$1,9511First Run Features
64Turn Me On, Dammit!$1,911-43%2-2$956$66,1338New Yorker Films
65Blue Like Jazz$1,828-62%7-4$261$592,5896Roadside Attractions
66The Samaritan$1,744--3--$581$1,7441IFC Films
67Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$1,678--2--$839$1,6781Music Box Films
68The Island President$1,664-19%4-1$416$75,2338IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
69Attenberg$1,646--1--$1,646$20,44111Strand Releasing
70Grandmaster$1,61915%20$810$17,0773UTV Communications
71The Hunter (2012)$1,537-20%3-2$512$168,2167Magnolia Pictures
72This Is Not A Film$1,388--1--$1,388$63,14412Palisades Tartan
73The Salt of Life$1,226-61%2-4$613$295,71812Zeitgeist Films
74Thin Ice$1,176-6%3-1$392$789,75214IDP/ATO Pictures
75Red Tails$1,047-84%3-6$349$49,868,80818Fox
76Keyhole$959600%43$240$16,2667Monterey Media
77Payback (2012)$917--3--$306$10,4634Zeitgeist Films
78The Graduate: 45th Anniversary Reunion$873--2--$437$24,9816Rialto
79Hit So Hard$859--3--$286$25,3766Variance Films
80Goon$807-92%4-7$202$4,164,5278Magnolia / Magnet
81Michael (2012)$737--2--$369$15,15114Strand Releasing
82Nobody Else But You$611-84%1-1$611$6,2732First Run Features
83The Fairy$498-41%20$249$23,78413Kino Lorber
84Jesus Henry Christ$485-59%1-1$485$16,6585Entertainment One Films
85Lost Bohemia$429138%10$429$14,05653Impact Partners
86Touchback$427-88%3-3$142$204,0686Anchor Bay Films
87Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$293-93%1-11$293$43,455,91615Fox
88How To Grow A Band$27524%21$138$9,7786International Film Circuit
89Sing Your Song$140--1--$140$46,42919S2BN Films