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, Jun. 29 - Sun, Jul. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ted (2012)$54,415,205--3,239--$16,800$54,415,2051Universal
2Magic Mike$39,127,170--2,930--$13,354$39,127,1701Warner Bros.
3Brave$34,094,643-49%4,1640$8,188$131,768,3342Disney
4Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$25,390,575--2,161--$11,749$25,390,5751Lionsgate
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$11,840,276-40%3,715-205$3,187$180,036,7984Paramount / DreamWorks
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$6,009,612-63%3,1091$1,933$29,043,8052Fox
7Prometheus$4,921,254-50%1,951-911$2,522$118,258,1024Fox
8Snow White and the Huntsman$4,498,725-44%2,337-582$1,925$145,684,6455Universal
9Marvel's The Avengers$4,421,671-38%1,757-473$2,517$606,504,7449Disney
10People Like Us$4,255,423--2,055--$2,071$4,255,4231Disney / DreamWorks
11Men in Black 3$2,978,821-48%1,902-560$1,566$169,718,9076Sony / Columbia
12Rock of Ages$2,844,339-63%2,405-1065$1,183$35,025,9063Warner Bros. / New Line
13That's My Boy$2,240,411-71%2,363-667$948$34,419,1593Sony / Columbia
14Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$1,069,393-72%1,608-17$665$6,619,1732Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$4,926,83745%854459$5,769$18,465,9546Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,104,201-32%534-207$2,068$40,425,0959Fox Searchlight
3Battleship$403,480-22%308-175$1,310$63,869,0507Universal
4The Hunger Games$397,145-36%278-136$1,429$403,768,85215Lionsgate
5Dark Shadows$393,40651%36563$1,078$76,280,7648Warner Bros.
6Safety Not Guaranteed$379,324-20%16435$2,313$1,684,0694FilmDistrict
7Bernie$322,981-34%166-54$1,946$7,263,29510Millennium Entertainment
8The Pirates! Band of Misfits$281,737337%284169$992$29,587,78310Sony / Columbia
9Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$154,535-25%202-32$765$213,218,33018Universal
10Think Like a Man$152,401-41%185-53$824$91,345,08811Sony / Screen Gems
11The Dictator$151,644-60%130-186$1,166$59,093,6767Paramount
12What to Expect When You're Expecting$135,293-63%203-208$666$40,135,9807Lionsgate
13Mirror Mirror$120,504-23%166-56$726$64,493,99314Relativity Media
1421 Jump Street$88,401-40%141-19$627$138,447,66716Sony / Columbia
15The Cabin in the Woods$76,435-45%149-47$513$41,943,44512Lionsgate
16The Three Stooges$72,567-36%117-37$620$43,809,32812Fox
17The Lucky One (2012)$65,416-46%115-87$569$60,303,98311Warner Bros.
18Chernobyl Diaries$54,859-60%145-95$378$18,026,4666Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To Rome with Love$692,30092%2924$23,872$1,232,9722Sony Pictures Classics
2The Intouchables$312,716-10%68-6$4,599$2,579,3826Weinstein Company
3Your Sister's Sister$225,31112%9447$2,397$680,3833IFC Films
4To the Arctic 3D$217,8588%520$4,190$4,534,48411Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$169,702--4--$42,426$220,9131Fox Searchlight
6Take This Waltz$137,019--30--$4,567$137,0191Magnolia Pictures
7Teri Meri Kahani$120,857-70%940$1,286$671,4422Eros International
8For Greater Glory$103,541-58%73-87$1,418$5,313,2215ARC Entertainment
9Hysteria$79,153-47%73-63$1,084$1,556,5197Sony Pictures Classics
10Born to Be Wild 3D$58,0159%330$1,758$19,714,88265Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Hubble 3D$57,30715%14-4$4,093$33,338,692120Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Peace, Love & Misunderstanding$32,711-57%42-22$779$514,8644IFC Films
13A Cat In Paris$29,974186%122$2,498$143,2685GKIDS
14Monsieur Lazhar$28,727-14%20-5$1,436$1,851,67536Music Box Films
15Unforgivable$27,857--5--$5,571$27,8571Strand Releasing
16Headhunters$25,846-32%22-9$1,175$1,043,26510Magnolia Pictures
17Under the Sea 3D$24,57858%121$2,048$31,763,770177Warner Bros. / IMAX
18The Raven$22,027-67%78-55$282$15,983,82910Relativity Media
19Chimpanzee$21,521-57%57-25$378$28,579,27311Disneynature
20Ferrari Ki Sawaari$21,458-69%990$217$420,0463Eros International
21Where Do We Go Now?$14,786-13%213$704$432,6688Sony Pictures Classics
22Jiro Dreams of Sushi$12,307-23%11-4$1,119$2,480,09517Magnolia Pictures
23Neil Young Journeys$12,025--3--$4,008$12,0251Sony Pictures Classics
24Elena (2012)$11,010-23%103$1,101$128,5037Zeitgeist Films
25Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$10,974-43%100$1,097$5,726,2391123D Entertainment
26Lola Versus$10,830-77%30-20$361$240,4374Fox Searchlight
27Crooked Arrows$10,36114%13-12$797$1,804,7927Branded/Peck Films
28Marley$10,00421%123$834$1,367,90511Magnolia Pictures
29I Wish$9,65825%8-4$1,207$99,0268Magnolia Pictures
30Kumare$7,798-19%21$3,899$34,7632Kino Lorber
31The Invisible War$7,450-55%73$1,064$33,4502Cinedigm
32The Woman in the Fifth$7,026-74%7-4$1,004$99,0923IDP/ATO Pictures
33Damsels in Distress$5,845-58%8-11$731$923,33513Sony Pictures Classics
34Dark Horse$5,165-52%3-5$1,722$62,5914Vitagraph
35Turn Me On, Dammit!$4,950--4--$1,238$98,29714New Yorker Films
36Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$4,788-35%10$4,788$49,8103Music Box Films
37Darling Companion$4,580-64%11-3$416$767,20311Sony Pictures Classics
38FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$4,577-29%5-2$915$101,6399International Film Circuit
39God Bless America$3,86316%83$483$117,1908Magnolia / Magnet
40Grassroots$3,313-49%21$1,657$10,7982IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
41Paul Williams Still Alive$3,142-69%20$1,571$30,6044Abramorama
42Footnote$3,081-78%5-17$616$2,004,73617Sony Pictures Classics
43Bel Ami$3,065-73%6-7$511$102,1944Magnolia Pictures
44Beyond the Black Rainbow$3,025-48%30$1,008$43,8987Magnolia / Magnet
45Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$2,774-92%1-15$2,774$288,3123Indomina Media
46Gerhard Richter Painting$2,239-65%2-2$1,120$228,60816Kino Lorber
47OC87$2,188153%31$729$33,9556Fisher Klingenstein Films
48Pink Ribbons, Inc.$2,15349%41$538$14,6215First Run Features
49Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$2,083-63%1-2$2,083$128,6918Rialto Pictures
50Rowdy Rathore$1,865-84%2-7$933$775,9815UTV Communications
51Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$1,602--3--$534$10,9537Music Box Films
52Corpo Celeste$1,374--1--$1,374$7,6654Film Movement
53The Turin Horse$1,250102%20$625$52,22521Cinema Guild
54The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$1,246-74%2-5$623$1,099,32415Music Box Films
55Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow$1,175--1--$1,175$6,3817First Run Features
56Oslo, August 31st$1,082-81%1-3$1,082$60,7226Strand Releasing
57Last Ride$838--1--$838$8381Music Box Films
58Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$795-48%20$398$14,2275First Run Features
59Hide Away$78070%10$780$26,3666Joule Films
60How To Grow A Band$763--12--$64$12,45112International Film Circuit
61Here$560-24%21$280$26,46412Strand Releasing
62Lost Bohemia$447--1--$447$19,76759Impact Partners
63Elles$419--1--$419$142,03610Kino Lorber
64Bonsai$378--1--$378$16,0288Strand Releasing
65The Raid: Redemption$145-88%3-3$48$4,104,90915Sony Pictures Classics
665 Broken Cameras$135-98%1-5$135$48,6435Kino Lorber
67Nobody Else But You$75-89%1-2$75$17,2858First Run Features