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, Jul. 20 - Sun, Jul. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$160,887,295--4,404--$36,532$160,887,2951Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$20,416,978-56%3,8865$5,254$88,840,2842Fox
3The Amazing Spider-Man$10,887,111-69%3,753-565$2,901$228,611,4253Sony / Columbia
4Ted (2012)$10,011,610-55%3,214-89$3,115$180,431,4254Universal
5Brave$6,024,987-46%2,899-493$2,078$208,774,1735Disney
6Magic Mike$4,291,432-52%2,606-484$1,647$101,966,4594Warner Bros.
7Savages$3,398,880-64%2,336-299$1,455$40,055,0753Universal
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$2,253,074-60%1,540-464$1,463$60,289,6224Lionsgate
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$1,350,946-63%1,261-1024$1,071$207,626,2017Paramount / DreamWorks
10Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$1,148,494-70%1,123-1609$1,023$22,612,7063Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,831,471-51%895-29$2,046$36,087,9599Focus
2To Rome with Love$1,420,891-42%552-192$2,574$11,107,9935Sony Pictures Classics
3Dark Shadows$1,209,814433%412173$2,936$78,620,97411Warner Bros.
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$763,443-3%12948$5,918$2,855,1424Fox Searchlight
5Marvel's The Avengers$620,411-56%495-252$1,253$615,058,42512Disney
6Snow White and the Huntsman$427,405-58%409-268$1,045$152,589,3158Universal
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$416,791-36%288-54$1,447$43,852,77112Fox Searchlight
8Prometheus$310,395-68%312-247$995$125,113,4897Fox
9Rock of Ages$282,9454%32267$879$37,966,4356Warner Bros. / New Line
10Men in Black 3$260,264-70%266-231$978$175,476,7279Sony / Columbia
11Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$184,370-76%266-389$693$36,485,3915Fox
12The Hunger Games$182,237-35%190-22$959$405,227,71118Lionsgate
13People Like Us$164,645-79%227-734$725$11,814,2854Disney / DreamWorks
14Bernie$161,686-25%1041$1,555$8,368,79413Millennium Entertainment
15Safety Not Guaranteed$157,160-54%124-58$1,267$2,940,6897FilmDistrict
16Battleship$125,565-48%172-56$730$64,996,17510Universal
17The Pirates! Band of Misfits$114,019-35%189-43$603$30,724,02213Sony / Columbia
18What to Expect When You're Expecting$113,425-36%192-29$591$40,954,15810Lionsgate
19Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$86,005-40%167-1$515$213,949,50521Universal
20The Dictator$47,796-54%105-56$455$59,617,06810Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$313,547-12%918$3,446$7,072,7029Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$187,486-10%520$3,606$5,968,74614Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cocktail (2012)$172,174-73%960$1,793$1,027,1212Eros International
4Take This Waltz$131,654-11%6921$1,908$833,6344Magnolia Pictures
5That's My Boy$71,942-77%84-88$856$36,931,0896Sony / Columbia
6Bol Bachchan$70,192-69%46-52$1,526$1,155,6953Fox International Pictures
7Your Sister's Sister$66,690-57%65-36$1,026$1,356,6646IFC Films
8Born to Be Wild 3D$61,3433%330$1,859$20,080,16268Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Three Stooges$53,445-49%53-19$1,008$44,160,31215Fox
10The Queen of Versailles$51,326--3--$17,109$51,3261Magnolia Pictures
11Hubble 3D$49,604-22%13-1$3,816$33,726,544123Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Trishna$42,03344%1613$2,627$84,6672IFC Films
13Chimpanzee$41,816-28%80-39$523$28,898,72014Disneynature
142016: Obama's America$33,1825%43$8,296$80,1342Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Mirror Mirror$28,945-43%59-32$491$64,829,63717Relativity Media
16Under the Sea 3D$23,681-15%8-2$2,960$31,933,976180Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Hysteria$22,94675%357$656$1,698,19310Sony Pictures Classics
18For Greater Glory$22,423-59%33-9$679$5,557,7248ARC Entertainment
19Damsels in Distress$20,980261%5950$356$970,11516Sony Pictures Classics
20Headhunters$17,209-3%17-3$1,012$1,152,23013Magnolia Pictures
21Neil Young Journeys$17,2014%112$1,564$84,0954Sony Pictures Classics
22Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$15,939-37%100$1,594$5,833,5011153D Entertainment
23The Magic of Belle Isle$15,58569%7-1$2,226$46,4883Magnolia Pictures
24Easy Money (2012)$14,665-41%20$7,333$52,0512Weinstein Company
25A Cat In Paris$13,514-22%180$751$231,2818GKIDS
26Dark Horse$12,818106%104$1,282$101,4887Vitagraph
27Elena (2012)$11,999-6%71$1,714$175,23310Zeitgeist Films
28Hara-Kiri: Death of A Samurai 3D$10,920--1--$10,920$10,9201Tribeca Film
29The Well-Digger's Daughter$10,273--3--$3,424$10,2731Kino Lorber
30The Imposter$10,202-54%10$10,202$41,7432Indomina Releasing
31Where Do We Go Now?$9,160-33%12-1$763$491,62511Sony Pictures Classics
32Unforgivable$9,05844%3-1$3,019$90,4474Strand Releasing
3330 Beats$8,624--15--$575$8,6241Roadside Attractions
34Monsieur Lazhar$8,569-47%8-2$1,071$1,935,45239Music Box Films
35The Obama Effect$7,122-92%21-4$339$103,9612ARC Entertainment
36Ballplayer: Pelotero$5,784-72%5-5$1,157$35,8652Strand Releasing
37The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$5,514182%1-2$5,514$1,110,67718Music Box Films
38Jiro Dreams of Sushi$4,967-51%5-3$993$2,527,41920Magnolia Pictures
39The Invisible War$4,950198%43$1,238$47,9125Cinedigm
40Crazy Wisdom$3,64524%21$1,823$78,31035Alive Mind Cinema
41Red Lights (2012)$2,648-74%20$1,324$17,1562Millennium Entertainment
42Union Square (2012)$2,527-82%2-2$1,264$26,8902Dada Films
43Darling Companion$2,460513%62$410$776,97914Sony Pictures Classics
44Oslo, August 31st$2,341--1--$2,341$65,5529Strand Releasing
45I Wish$2,285-46%52$457$124,76711Magnolia Pictures
46Kumare$2,234-57%20$1,117$59,6705Kino Lorber
47Bel Ami$2,08447%1-1$2,084$117,2107Magnolia Pictures
48Marley$1,971-45%2-4$986$1,393,49014Magnolia Pictures
49Turn Me On, Dammit!$1,76914%21$885$114,87317New Yorker Films
50Gerhard Richter Painting$1,557-29%10$1,557$237,49119Kino Lorber
51Paul Williams Still Alive$1,187221%10$1,187$35,1907Abramorama
52Elles$1,151-78%3-2$384$153,86013Kino Lorber
53Beyond the Black Rainbow$1,114-33%40$279$54,26910Magnolia / Magnet
54Hide Away$1,044--1--$1,044$29,6049Joule Films
55China Heavyweight$1,007-14%43$252$8,0793Zeitgeist Films
56Pink Ribbons, Inc.$815320%20$408$19,7048First Run Features
57The Salt of Life$781-53%10$781$315,30721Zeitgeist Films
58Alps$780-70%1-1$780$4,9922Kino Lorber
59Runaway Slave$745-85%10$745$11,5933Rocky Mountain Pictures
60Payback (2012)$730--1--$730$17,28913Zeitgeist Films
61The Color Wheel$525-20%21$263$15,67210Cinema Conservancy
62Nobody Else But You$350-80%1-2$350$24,62511First Run Features
63FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$231-52%20$116$109,76212International Film Circuit
64Crazy Eyes$84-93%1-1$84$6,1063Strand Releasing