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, Sep. 28 - Sun, Sep. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Transylvania$42,522,194--3,349--$12,697$42,522,1941Sony / Columbia
2Looper$20,801,552--2,992--$6,952$20,801,5221Sony / TriStar
3End of Watch$7,812,077-41%2,78050$2,810$25,980,7102Open Road
4Trouble with the Curve$7,277,385-40%3,2120$2,266$23,473,3472Warner Bros.
5House at the End of the Street$7,122,347-42%3,0830$2,310$22,193,3162Relativity Media
6Finding Nemo 3D$4,035,826-58%2,639-265$1,529$36,444,8063Disney
7Resident Evil: Retribution$2,986,356-55%2,381-635$1,254$38,691,2893Sony / Screen Gems
8Won't Back Down$2,603,370--2,515--$1,035$2,603,3701Fox
9Dredd 3D$2,363,956-62%2,55751$925$10,948,5632Lionsgate
10The Possession$1,362,404-48%1,618-980$842$47,411,7225Lionsgate
11Lawless$867,807-62%1,503-1111$577$36,277,4475Weinstein Company
12ParaNorman$780,975-67%1,209-408$646$53,934,9447Focus
13The Odd Life of Timothy Green$648,195-58%1,187-565$546$49,711,0377Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pitch Perfect$5,149,433--335--$15,371$5,149,4331Universal
2The Master$2,680,554-39%85668$3,131$9,568,6243Weinstein Company
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,103,946383%10298$10,823$1,428,7852Lionsgate / Summit
4Arbitrage$869,407-27%25511$3,409$5,114,7023Roadside Attractions
5The Dark Knight Rises$789,429-38%655-293$1,205$444,377,66011Warner Bros.
6The Bourne Legacy$782,800-51%824-607$950$111,699,9558Universal
7The Expendables 2$524,199-64%815-1005$643$84,025,3477Lionsgate
8The Campaign$488,008-60%630-620$775$85,899,5208Warner Bros.
9Hope Springs (2012)$425,491-50%691-456$616$62,937,7228Sony / Columbia
102016: Obama's America$411,929-56%575-641$716$32,946,36512Rocky Mountain Pictures
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$384,421-29%387-33$993$159,080,86612Fox
12Barfi!$321,034-50%127-3$2,528$2,462,0083UTV Communications
13Marvel's The Avengers$270,275-42%241-49$1,121$623,279,54722Disney
14The Amazing Spider-Man$221,547-10%204-49$1,086$261,765,61713Sony / Columbia
15Unconditional$212,881-59%231-81$922$879,6052Veracity Moving Pictures
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$190,722-42%332-42$574$48,034,7119Fox
17Ted (2012)$175,485-28%225-68$780$218,118,55014Universal
18Total Recall (2012)$160,066-43%239-83$670$58,731,5789Sony / Columbia
19Last Ounce of Courage$158,494-72%297-767$534$3,202,5813Rocky Mountain Pictures
20Sleepwalk With Me$151,074-35%120-15$1,259$1,876,8496IFC Films
21Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$149,170-33%203-37$735$216,096,34417Paramount / DreamWorks
22The Words$147,977-80%278-969$532$11,434,8674CBS Films
23Brave$139,008--114--$1,219$233,697,25515Disney
24The Intouchables$136,300-25%121-35$1,126$12,471,35319Weinstein Company
25Premium Rush$132,031-64%208-359$635$19,924,5556Sony / Columbia
26Robot & Frank$99,702-45%116-40$860$3,064,3887IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
27Sparkle (2012)$97,475-23%22014$443$24,397,4697Sony / TriStar
28Step Up Revolution$63,509-55%110-72$577$35,057,33210Lionsgate / Summit
29Hit and Run$41,176-70%132-159$312$13,714,1376Open Road
30The Cold Light of Day$33,795-43%104-51$325$3,749,0614Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Samsara$150,209-22%590$2,546$1,396,8316Oscilloscope
2Thaandavam$123,753--45--$2,750$129,0441UTV Communications
3Searching For Sugar Man$95,3452%37-1$2,577$1,318,74510Sony Pictures Classics
4Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$90,69942%1411$6,479$193,5432IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
5To the Arctic 3D$90,5278%520$1,741$8,806,38524Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Heroine$75,725-81%97-17$781$560,2852UTV Communications
7Beasts of the Southern Wild$69,563-44%69-63$1,008$11,029,93014Fox Searchlight
8Moonrise Kingdom$65,845-49%82-38$803$45,294,88819Focus
9For A Good Time, Call...$53,459-64%84-21$636$1,205,0455Focus
10Liberal Arts$49,11827%3212$1,535$150,2103IFC Films
11My Uncle Rafael$45,038-59%5-9$9,008$182,0842Rocky Mountain Pictures
1210 Years$39,721-46%6320$630$178,0353Anchor Bay Films
13The Apparition$38,104235%6530$586$4,901,2836Warner Bros.
14The Queen of Versailles$37,526-25%38-2$988$2,284,88611Magnolia Pictures
15To Rome with Love$35,620-35%23-27$1,549$16,592,13815Sony Pictures Classics
16The Watch$32,946-38%46-31$716$34,287,28410Fox
17Vulgaria$31,097--16--$1,944$31,0971China Lion Film
18Detropia$27,315-17%110$2,483$177,8784Loki Films
19Hubble 3D$27,013-11%14-1$1,930$34,546,616133Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Born to Be Wild 3D$26,80627%330$812$20,929,55578Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$26,522-65%40-45$663$3,115,1154Paramount
22The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$25,661-38%32-15$802$46,313,97622Fox Searchlight
23The Other Dream Team$19,821--2--$9,911$19,8211The Film Arcade
24Celeste and Jesse Forever$18,826-60%34-20$554$3,053,9959Sony Pictures Classics
25Backwards$17,050-26%94$1,894$50,8852Dada Films
26How To Survive A Plague$16,145-43%73$2,306$57,1252IFC Films
27Safety Not Guaranteed$12,675-37%34-6$373$3,980,77017FilmDistrict
28Ruby Sparks$9,363-53%17-26$551$2,498,09810Fox Searchlight
29Keep the Lights On$9,354-59%5-3$1,871$172,0374Music Box Films
30Hello I Must Be Going$8,769-58%11-4$797$83,8144Oscilloscope
31Toys in the Attic$7,87024%60$1,312$59,7774Hannover House
32Wild Horse, Wild Ride$7,648-51%8-6$956$94,6216Screen Media Films
33The Well-Digger's Daughter$7,648300%116$695$303,73711Kino Lorber
34Chicken With Plums$7,590-54%9-8$843$181,9737Sony Pictures Classics
35Occupy Unmasked$7,521-82%40$1,880$51,7872Magnolia / Magnet
362 Days In New York$7,440-48%9-9$827$601,4178Magnolia Pictures
37Tales of the Night$7,154--1--$7,154$10,9751GKIDS
38The Waiting Room$7,086--4--$1,772$15,9981International Film Circuit
39Compliance$6,146-52%15-1$410$302,4167Magnolia Pictures
40Somewhere Between$5,831-49%31$1,944$50,1136Long Shot Factory
41Farewell, My Queen$5,590-44%12-8$466$1,329,66012Cohen Media Group
42Elena (2012)$4,725137%31$1,575$228,23920Zeitgeist Films
43Hellbound?$4,32210%51$864$11,7502Area23a
44The Eye of the Storm$4,160--2--$2,080$67,0414Sycamore Entertainment
45Under the Sea 3D$3,873-75%70$553$32,371,867190Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Radio Unnameable$3,695-37%10$3,695$15,8262Kino Lorber
47Red Hook Summer$3,592--6--$599$331,0258Variance Films
4817 Girls$3,499-21%5-5$700$10,7002Strand Releasing
49Head Games$3,270--3--$1,090$4,8542Variance Films
50The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best$3,022-22%32$1,007$7,4662Oscilloscope
51Death by China$2,887596%21$1,444$25,5207Area23a
52Cosmopolis$2,348-10%5-4$470$761,5527Entertainment One Films
53Step Up to the Plate$2,066-79%1-5$2,066$26,8173Cinema Guild
54Husbands In Goa$1,991-56%4-3$498$7,4552UTV Communications
55Neil Young Journeys$1,910149%9-2$212$208,34014Sony Pictures Classics
56Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,714-23%70$245$3,374,5398ARC Entertainment
57Unforgivable$1,687427%10$1,687$145,39314Strand Releasing
58How To Grow A Band$1,623331%20$812$19,23725International Film Circuit
59Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,591-66%20$796$160,85821Rialto Pictures
60[REC] 3: Genesis$1,2583%2-1$629$8,9734Magnolia / Magnet
61Bringing Up Bobby$1,005--1--$1,005$1,0051Monterey Media
62You've Been Trumped$9217%2-1$461$19,3979International Film Circuit
63Headshot$532--2--$266$5321Kino Lorber
64Neighboring Sounds$416-73%20$208$42,5366Cinema Guild
65We Won't Grow Old Together$374--1--$374$10,31717The Film Desk
66Three Stars$369-63%10$369$8,6922First Run Features
675 Broken Cameras$292--1--$292$70,41118Kino Lorber
68Planet of Snail$274--1--$274$11,96710Cinema Guild
69Branded$24-93%1-1$24$353,4684Roadside Attractions