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, Oct. 12 - Sun, Oct. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$21,873,127-56%3,70645$5,902$86,131,9792Fox
2Argo$19,458,109--3,232--$6,020$19,458,1091Warner Bros.
3Sinister$18,007,634--2,527--$7,126$18,007,6341Lionsgate / Summit
4Hotel Transylvania$17,241,317-36%3,37523$5,109$102,133,9343Sony / Columbia
5Here Comes the Boom$11,816,596--3,014--$3,921$11,816,5961Sony / Columbia
6Pitch Perfect$9,266,940-38%2,78717$3,325$36,015,4033Universal
7Frankenweenie$7,054,334-38%3,0050$2,348$22,075,0022Disney
8Looper$6,201,665-49%2,605-388$2,381$51,344,0903Sony / TriStar
9Seven Psychopaths$4,174,915--1,480--$2,821$4,174,9151CBS Films
10Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,751,572--1,012--$1,731$1,751,5721Atlas Distribution
11End of Watch$1,702,048-57%1,551-819$1,097$36,374,2234Open Road
12Trouble with the Curve$1,555,388-59%1,812-1191$858$32,773,4974Warner Bros.
13House at the End of the Street$1,310,343-65%1,866-854$702$29,996,3474Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$2,150,06437%726505$2,962$6,135,5094Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$813,379-56%682-182$1,193$13,910,2875Weinstein Company
3The Dark Knight Rises$511,399-24%465-110$1,100$446,199,99613Warner Bros.
4Brave$469,731193%276154$1,702$234,463,47117Disney
5Finding Nemo 3D$387,942-76%480-1266$808$40,115,1725Disney
6Arbitrage$342,144-47%194-50$1,764$6,653,1495Roadside Attractions
7Resident Evil: Retribution$240,285-79%349-1012$688$41,752,4115Sony / Screen Gems
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$229,297-24%237-63$967$159,818,50714Fox
9Searching For Sugar Man$190,822120%157119$1,215$1,685,69412Sony Pictures Classics
10The Possession$161,024-74%369-452$436$48,732,0487Lionsgate
11The Bourne Legacy$160,460-53%245-237$655$112,582,74010Universal
12The Odd Life of Timothy Green$141,692-48%279-255$508$50,466,7479Disney
13Won't Back Down$138,709-86%513-2004$270$5,098,6923Fox
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$122,193-31%176-81$694$48,440,75811Fox
15ParaNorman$109,865-53%176-166$624$54,530,4779Focus
16Dredd 3D$107,349-83%155-676$693$13,157,0454Lionsgate
17Ted (2012)$95,655-35%145-42$660$218,511,80016Universal
18Premium Rush$90,95777%16386$558$20,122,3058Sony / Columbia
19Hope Springs (2012)$87,170-59%215-224$405$63,434,84210Sony / Columbia
20Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$86,625-15%122-33$710$216,366,73319Paramount / DreamWorks
21The Expendables 2$65,968-61%146-167$452$84,501,9589Lionsgate
22Lawless$59,746-82%287-324$208$37,156,1997Weinstein Company
23The Campaign$44,265-75%101-202$438$86,382,82810Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1English Vinglish$437,949-41%880$4,977$1,405,7582Eros International
2The Thieves$136,993--11--$12,454$136,9931Well Go USA
3Samsara$105,507-17%48-4$2,198$1,793,1278Oscilloscope
4The Paperboy$96,111-6%4938$1,961$236,9012Millennium Entertainment
5To the Arctic 3D$87,589-15%520$1,684$9,122,05426Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Middle of Nowhere (2012)$67,909--6--$11,318$67,9091AFFRM
7Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$55,809-34%17-1$3,283$438,8374IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
8The Intouchables$54,346-49%59-25$921$12,749,65721Weinstein Company
9The Amazing Spider-Man$50,848-59%73-72$697$262,030,66315Sony / Columbia
10Sleepwalk With Me$48,564-48%58-37$837$2,120,4498IFC Films
11The Oranges$44,207-78%56-54$789$319,4272IDP/ATO Pictures
12Barfi!$37,233-77%34-76$1,095$2,779,1725UTV Communications
13Moonrise Kingdom$35,673-35%56-36$637$45,451,32121Focus
14Hubble 3D$33,748-27%162$2,109$34,697,705135Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Born to Be Wild 3D$28,853-17%30-3$962$21,031,13480Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Other Dream Team$27,836114%125$2,320$70,3803The Film Arcade
17Smashed$26,943--4--$6,736$26,9431Sony Pictures Classics
18Beasts of the Southern Wild$25,255-39%36-15$702$11,152,26616Fox Searchlight
19The House I Live In$21,48731%86$2,686$45,7302Abramorama
20Liberal Arts$18,291-42%25-4$732$241,7645IFC Films
21Robot & Frank$16,659-74%34-36$490$3,217,2149IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
22Least Among Saints$15,774--3--$5,258$15,7741Brainstorm Media
23To Rome with Love$15,320-30%249$638$16,654,22717Sony Pictures Classics
24The Big Picture (2012)$13,760--2--$6,880$13,7601MPI Media
25V/H/S$12,333-66%182$685$65,1302Magnolia / Magnet
26Ruby Sparks$11,689147%155$779$2,523,82812Fox Searchlight
27Keep the Lights On$11,08667%63$1,848$199,1776Music Box Films
28The Watch$10,844-63%14-18$775$34,350,55312Fox
29How To Survive A Plague$10,779-10%92$1,198$94,0034IFC Films
30Special Forces$10,759--5--$2,152$10,7591Entertainment One Films
31Simon and the Oaks$9,964--1--$9,964$9,9641The Film Arcade
32Somewhere Between$9,374287%20$4,687$64,3758Long Shot Factory
33The Queen of Versailles$9,205-61%17-14$541$2,358,10213Magnolia Pictures
34Wuthering Heights (2012)$8,803-2%43$2,201$21,9202Oscilloscope
35The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$8,774-18%9-9$975$46,363,98024Fox Searchlight
36Thaandavam$8,223-78%3-18$2,741$206,0253UTV Communications
37Trade of Innocents$7,7401216%32$2,580$8,7552Monterey Media
38Celeste and Jesse Forever$6,25216%150$417$3,077,62211Sony Pictures Classics
39Safety Not Guaranteed$6,208-18%18-6$345$4,007,79219FilmDistrict
40Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$6,093--4--$1,523$23,7292Rainbow Releasing
41Under the Sea 3D$5,562-15%50$1,112$32,395,013192Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Farewell, My Queen$5,46134%80$683$1,341,60114Cohen Media Group
43Wild Horse, Wild Ride$5,080-11%5-2$1,016$111,2058Screen Media Films
44Gayby$4,792--1--$4,792$4,7921The Film Collaborative
45Tristana (2012 re-issue)$4,754--1--$4,754$4,7541Cohen Media Group
46War of the Buttons (2012)$4,737--5--$947$4,7371Weinstein Company
47Chicken With Plums$4,452-68%11-13$405$213,0029Sony Pictures Classics
48The Well-Digger's Daughter$4,252-31%3-3$1,417$325,03913Kino Lorber
49Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$3,830-88%6-6$638$47,7582Roadside Attractions
50Killer Joe$3,805--13--$293$1,987,76212LD Entertainment
51Step Up to the Plate$3,692--5--$738$33,1965Cinema Guild
52Photographic Memory$3,006--2--$1,503$3,0061First Run Features
53The Revisionaries$2,6873%21$1,344$6,8472Kino Lorber
542 Days In New York$2,581-58%5-9$516$615,54310Magnolia Pictures
55Bel Borba Aqui$2,45531%10$2,455$6,0882Abramorama
56Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$2,079-69%32$693$15,5182Drafthouse Films
57Unforgivable$2,04761%21$1,024$150,44716Strand Releasing
58Compliance$1,555-28%5-2$311$311,9359Magnolia Pictures
59Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,070-45%1-1$1,070$164,51323Rialto Pictures
60Husbands In Goa$1,010--2--$505$8,5854UTV Communications
61Toys in the Attic$823-55%2-2$412$64,9186Hannover House
625 Broken Cameras$741-55%21$371$73,19620Kino Lorber
63Girl Model$645--1--$645$19,9146First Run Features
64Vulgaria$638-94%1-8$638$58,7163China Lion Film
65Nobody Else But You$611--1--$611$42,58023First Run Features
66Now, Forager$453-71%21$227$4,5092Argot Pictures
67Neil Young Journeys$453-88%2-3$227$214,58816Sony Pictures Classics
68Bringing Up Bobby$355--2--$178$1,6283Monterey Media
69Kumare$352--1--$352$125,06517Kino Lorber
70Breathing$316--1--$316$3,3427Kino Lorber
71Hellbound?$224-95%1-4$224$19,1054Area23a
72Radio Unnameable$68-29%10$68$18,4244Kino Lorber