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, Jul. 27 - Sun, Jul. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$62,101,451-61%4,4040$14,101$287,112,8102Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$13,352,646-35%3,869-17$3,451$114,899,8603Fox
3The Watch$12,750,297--3,168--$4,025$12,750,2971Fox
4Step Up Revolution$11,731,708--2,567--$4,570$11,731,7081Lionsgate / Summit
5Ted (2012)$7,353,150-27%3,129-85$2,350$193,618,7505Universal
6The Amazing Spider-Man$6,701,111-38%3,160-593$2,121$241,953,7214Sony / Columbia
7Brave$4,305,153-29%2,551-348$1,688$217,329,6726Disney
8Magic Mike$2,619,128-39%2,075-531$1,262$107,625,9835Warner Bros.
9Savages$1,838,215-46%1,414-922$1,300$43,983,7854Universal
10Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$1,308,870-42%1,111-429$1,178$62,736,1675Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,434,904-22%853-42$1,682$38,641,40310Focus
2To Rome with Love$1,000,279-30%492-60$2,033$12,910,1216Sony Pictures Classics
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$926,04621%20879$4,452$4,206,9365Fox Searchlight
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$900,570-33%808-453$1,115$209,570,9708Paramount / DreamWorks
5Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$550,177-52%606-517$908$24,136,0744Paramount
6The Hunger Games$518,940185%310120$1,674$405,882,32319Lionsgate
7The Intouchables$517,51965%194103$2,668$7,774,08710Weinstein Company
8Marvel's The Avengers$512,958-17%373-122$1,375$615,996,80913Disney
9Snow White and the Huntsman$394,050-8%355-54$1,110$153,261,2859Universal
10The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$335,342-20%276-12$1,215$44,471,60613Fox Searchlight
11Dark Shadows$287,229-76%222-190$1,294$79,350,52912Warner Bros.
12Prometheus$203,937-34%229-83$891$125,521,8568Fox
13Men in Black 3$183,968-29%187-79$984$175,842,48810Sony / Columbia
14Safety Not Guaranteed$168,8597%14925$1,133$3,202,1268FilmDistrict
15Rock of Ages$160,723-43%302-20$532$38,289,2097Warner Bros. / New Line
16Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$158,049-14%197-69$802$36,778,6146Fox
17People Like Us$112,945-31%165-62$685$12,042,0355Disney / DreamWorks
18Battleship$94,510-25%140-32$675$65,173,16011Universal
19The Pirates! Band of Misfits$81,778-28%151-38$542$30,906,70114Sony / Columbia
20What to Expect When You're Expecting$69,299-39%139-53$499$41,102,17111Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$190,5862%520$3,665$6,410,89115Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ruby Sparks$140,822--13--$10,832$180,6581Fox Searchlight
3The Queen of Versailles$136,297166%2320$5,926$221,3942Magnolia Pictures
4Bernie$135,157-16%99-5$1,365$8,593,77114Millennium Entertainment
5Farewell, My Queen$132,322--33--$4,010$367,8463Cohen Media Group
6Take This Waltz$84,033-36%64-5$1,313$981,3135Magnolia Pictures
7Cocktail (2012)$59,918-65%960$624$1,170,2253Eros International
8Born to Be Wild 3D$56,639-8%330$1,716$20,212,75969Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Trishna$53,01226%3822$1,395$158,0723IFC Films
10Hubble 3D$52,0685%11-2$4,733$33,844,318124Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Your Sister's Sister$50,027-25%62-3$807$1,443,8677IFC Films
12The Three Stooges$44,253-17%39-14$1,135$44,239,90916Fox
13Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$41,104--5--$8,221$41,1041IFC Films
142016: Obama's America$39,45919%62$6,577$135,2283Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Killer Joe$36,980--3--$12,327$36,9801LD Entertainment
16For Greater Glory$36,78664%8956$413$5,608,8239ARC Entertainment
17The Well-Digger's Daughter$31,298205%118$2,845$48,9282Kino Lorber
18Searching For Sugar Man$27,459--3--$9,153$27,4591Sony Pictures Classics
19Under the Sea 3D$25,5258%7-1$3,646$31,991,680181Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Bol Bachchan$24,984-64%24-22$1,041$1,216,2584Fox International Pictures
21Shut Up and Play the Hits$23,417--15--$1,561$453,6092Oscilloscope
22Easy Money (2012)$21,91049%53$4,382$83,5143Weinstein Company
23Klown$19,683--3--$6,561$19,6831Drafthouse Films
24Neil Young Journeys$18,2826%165$1,143$111,9665Sony Pictures Classics
25Dark Horse$15,97325%100$1,597$124,6058Vitagraph
26Sacrifice$15,243--11--$1,386$15,2431IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
27Mirror Mirror$14,913-48%56-3$266$64,868,69218Relativity Media
28Damsels in Distress$14,368-32%17-42$845$996,09317Sony Pictures Classics
29Chimpanzee$14,022-66%40-40$351$28,944,12315Disneynature
30Runaway Slave$13,8001752%43$3,450$25,9014Rocky Mountain Pictures
31Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$13,123-18%100$1,312$5,846,6241163D Entertainment
32The Imposter$12,14819%21$6,074$59,5393Indomina Releasing
33Headhunters$10,510-39%11-6$955$1,172,53914Magnolia Pictures
34The Magic of Belle Isle$10,111-35%103$1,011$65,6364Magnolia Pictures
35Where Do We Go Now?$9,4003%8-4$1,175$509,67512Sony Pictures Classics
36A Cat In Paris$9,180-32%12-6$765$255,8819GKIDS
37Home Run Showdown$8,824--1--$8,824$8,8241Image Entertainment
38Hysteria$8,622-62%19-16$454$1,725,11811Sony Pictures Classics
39Monsieur Lazhar$7,598-11%7-1$1,085$1,949,15540Music Box Films
40Hara-Kiri: Death of A Samurai 3D$6,909-37%32$2,303$23,9072Tribeca Film
41I Wish$6,748195%4-1$1,687$132,41412Magnolia Pictures
42The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$5,049-8%21$2,525$1,117,94819Music Box Films
43Elena (2012)$4,590-62%5-2$918$186,22811Zeitgeist Films
44Union Square (2012)$3,36633%31$1,122$31,9093Dada Films
45Marley$3,05455%31$1,018$1,401,99315Magnolia Pictures
46Jiro Dreams of Sushi$2,905-42%4-1$726$2,533,62121Magnolia Pictures
47Kumare$2,79325%20$1,397$64,0496Kino Lorber
48Darling Companion$2,382-3%71$340$780,58115Sony Pictures Classics
49Crazy Wisdom$2,350-36%20$1,175$83,10236Alive Mind Cinema
50Pink Ribbons, Inc.$2,134162%31$711$22,5689First Run Features
51Unforgivable$2,101-77%30$700$96,1955Strand Releasing
52Planet of Snail$2,011--1--$2,011$2,6471Cinema Guild
53Ballplayer: Pelotero$1,986-66%4-1$497$40,6343Strand Releasing
54Bel Ami$1,887-9%21$944$119,9198Magnolia Pictures
55Beyond the Black Rainbow$1,86067%3-1$620$56,12911Magnolia / Magnet
56Oslo, August 31st$1,679-28%32$560$68,69910Strand Releasing
57Paul Williams Still Alive$1,67641%21$838$37,6498Abramorama
58The Obama Effect$1,653-77%2-19$827$110,2513ARC Entertainment
59Red Lights (2012)$1,372-48%1-1$1,372$20,1613Millennium Entertainment
60Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$1,368--3--$456$65,9437Music Box Films
61FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$1,361489%20$681$111,12313International Film Circuit
62Turn Me On, Dammit!$766-57%20$383$117,89618New Yorker Films
635 Broken Cameras$728--1--$728$61,1869Kino Lorber
64Bonsai$487--1--$487$17,88012Strand Releasing
65OC87$472--1--$472$37,21510Fisher Klingenstein Films
66Alps$393-50%10$393$5,9813Kino Lorber
67Nobody Else But You$348-1%10$348$24,97312First Run Features
68Payback (2012)$325-55%10$325$17,76914Zeitgeist Films
69The Color Wheel$324-38%1-1$324$16,42211Cinema Conservancy
70Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$319--2--$160$17,3469First Run Features
71The Invisible War$200-96%1-3$200$49,6996Cinedigm
72The Fairy$166--1--$166$38,39923Kino Lorber
7330 Beats$106-99%2-13$53$14,6862Roadside Attractions