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, Nov. 16 - Sun, Nov. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$141,067,634--4,070--$34,660$141,067,6341Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$41,104,513-53%3,5050$11,727$160,941,6212Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$21,049,4062129%1,7751764$11,859$22,468,2422Disney / DreamWorks
4Wreck-It Ralph$18,582,937-44%3,622-130$5,131$121,750,2273Disney
5Flight$8,802,881-40%2,612565$3,370$61,523,6913Paramount
6Argo$4,046,366-39%2,210-553$1,831$91,998,8466Warner Bros.
7Taken 2$2,126,620-47%2,063-424$1,031$134,651,0097Fox
8Pitch Perfect$1,267,855-51%1,122-269$1,130$61,084,2138Universal
9Here Comes the Boom$1,172,656-54%1,350-694$869$40,991,6716Sony / Columbia
10Hotel Transylvania$942,921-61%1,248-1318$756$142,734,5198Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jab Tak Hai Jaan$1,283,585--160--$8,022$1,941,8051Yash Raj Films
2Cloud Atlas$929,229-65%920-1103$1,010$24,923,1324Warner Bros.
3The Sessions$910,50467%516388$1,765$2,813,9385Fox Searchlight
4The Man With the Iron Fists$718,905-72%910-962$790$14,681,8803Universal
5The Perks of Being A Wallflower$585,179-48%511-96$1,145$15,572,2839Lionsgate / Summit
6Sinister$456,027-70%789-765$578$47,451,2776Lionsgate / Summit
7Paranormal Activity 4$383,755-81%850-1498$451$53,504,5985Paramount
8Son of Sardaar$341,552--109--$3,134$463,1671Eros International
9Alex Cross$280,182-69%535-555$524$25,194,8405Lionsgate / Summit
10Brave$223,608-26%220-19$1,016$236,619,92222Disney
11Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$213,936-84%456-1446$469$17,127,7764Open Road
12Looper$206,383-65%214-277$964$65,117,0448Sony / TriStar
13Chasing Mavericks$179,544-60%198-261$907$5,619,0384Fox
14A Late Quartet$158,226-11%10038$1,582$530,8183Entertainment One / RKO
15Seven Psychopaths$157,527-61%171-185$921$14,457,6316CBS Films
16The Odd Life of Timothy Green$152,328-23%209-16$729$51,245,87614Disney
17Fun Size$136,778-82%388-913$353$9,153,5984Paramount
18Trouble with the Curve$127,172-50%272-149$468$35,529,4189Warner Bros.
19ParaNorman$116,291-29%180-18$646$55,633,87214Focus
20Frankenweenie$116,091-56%177-204$656$34,055,3487Disney
21House at the End of the Street$102,276151%17597$584$31,354,6709Relativity Media
22The Dark Knight Rises$93,291-38%160-83$583$447,911,14818Warner Bros.
23Ice Age: Continental Drift$87,149-21%132-15$660$160,692,10919Fox
24The Campaign$29,381-51%101-37$291$86,897,18215Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$443,003--16--$27,688$443,0031Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$320,690--16--$20,043$320,6901Focus
3The Other Son$91,888-32%48-5$1,914$678,2794Cohen Media Group
4Chasing Ice$80,649--10--$8,065$106,0482Submarine Deluxe
5A Royal Affair$78,284105%3225$2,446$138,1252Magnolia Pictures
6To the Arctic 3D$74,986-23%520$1,442$9,815,03631Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Searching For Sugar Man$68,832-33%54-40$1,275$2,670,91717Sony Pictures Classics
8Arbitrage$53,924-36%80-7$674$7,761,71210Roadside Attractions
9End of Watch$52,532-52%75-50$700$39,126,4909Open Road
10The Master$50,056-52%52-36$963$15,788,70110Weinstein Company
11Holy Motors$48,250--23--$2,098$192,8035Indomina Releasing
12Hubble 3D$47,886-10%17-1$2,817$35,115,654140Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$41,014-24%72-10$570$48,869,51716Fox
14Born to Be Wild 3D$36,43612%300$1,215$21,317,46485Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Flat$35,434-37%261$1,363$306,4985IFC Films
16The Expendables 2$35,365-44%95-39$372$85,017,40114Lionsgate
17Samsara$31,110-36%31-17$1,004$2,456,55713Oscilloscope
18This Must Be the Place$27,570-12%154$1,838$87,2243Weinstein Company
19The Possession$27,231-57%81-40$336$49,122,31912Lionsgate
20Smashed$25,256-35%39-3$648$296,3426Sony Pictures Classics
21Masquerade (2012)$21,275--7--$3,039$844,8889CJ Entertainment
22Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$20,959-50%15-9$1,397$859,7809IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
23Brooklyn Castle$17,4220%9-2$1,936$138,4645Producers Distribution Agency
24The Intouchables$13,267-47%24-10$553$13,003,61326Weinstein Company
25Dangerous Liaisons (2012)$12,978-28%60$2,163$39,5882Well Go USA
26Starlet$9,986-36%93$1,110$33,6402Music Box Films
27Somewhere Between$9,388409%42$2,347$142,62813Long Shot Factory
28The Loneliest Planet$7,387-64%7-6$1,055$93,9844IFC Films
29Won't Back Down$6,148-17%24-14$256$5,308,5538Fox
30The Big Picture (2012)$5,833-51%5-3$1,167$125,4006MPI Media
31Lawless$5,486-27%19-1$289$37,389,03412Weinstein Company
32English Vinglish$5,272-68%880$60$1,863,5927Eros International
33Under the Sea 3D$5,164-10%70$738$32,441,296197Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Wuthering Heights (2012)$4,533-19%94$504$84,4397Oscilloscope
35Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$4,102-71%15-28$273$3,325,9546Atlas Distribution
36Robot & Frank$3,920-52%6-6$653$3,294,83014IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
37The Man in the White Suit (2012 re-issue)$3,874--1--$3,874$3,8741Rialto Pictures
38The Paperboy$3,856-84%10-24$386$692,3377Millennium Entertainment
39Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$3,837-36%32$1,279$19,8413Zeitgeist Films
40Liberal Arts$3,802-47%10-1$380$317,19010IFC Films
41Port of Shadows (2012 re-issue)$3,641--1--$3,641$17,03710Rialto Pictures
42Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$3,641245%10$3,641$170,20628Rialto Pictures
43Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$3,626--2--$1,813$68,3457Rainbow Releasing
4428 Hotel Rooms$3,08065%32$1,027$5,4712Oscilloscope
45Chicken With Plums$3,014-24%11-3$274$243,23314Sony Pictures Classics
46Hitler's Children$2,939--1--$2,939$2,9391Film Movement
47The Queen of Versailles$2,878-48%5-3$576$2,401,65218Magnolia Pictures
48The Law in These Parts$2,814--1--$2,814$4,3771Cinema Guild
49Price Check$2,783--1--$2,783$2,7831IFC Films
50Sleepwalk With Me$2,778-62%11-2$253$2,263,43613IFC Films
51Orchestra of Exiles$2,723148%31$908$20,6554First Run Features
52Tai Chi Zero$2,628-65%3-4$876$210,2885Variance / Well Go USA
53The House I Live In$2,621-83%3-8$874$163,3927Abramorama
54The Waiting Room$2,288-77%1-3$2,288$147,1528International Film Circuit
55Simon and the Oaks$2,146-84%5-12$429$150,1096The Film Arcade
56Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$1,793151%32$598$40,6677Drafthouse Films
57The Thieves$1,765-81%2-9$883$662,5446Well Go USA
58Citadel$1,738-70%43$435$8,3362Cinedigm
59In Another Country$1,673-48%10$1,673$6,7172Kino Lorber
60Red Hook Summer$1,390--2--$695$338,80315Variance Films
61The Well-Digger's Daughter$1,318-65%3-2$439$365,17818Kino Lorber
62Photographic Memory$1,245--2--$623$7,7116First Run Features
63You've Been Trumped$1,23469%1-1$1,234$28,45016International Film Circuit
64We Won't Grow Old Together$1,016--1--$1,016$12,28724The Film Desk
65North Sea Texas$818-62%1-1$818$11,6503Strand Releasing
66Keep the Lights On$778-81%3-4$259$236,77911Music Box Films
67Celeste and Jesse Forever$727-41%3-2$242$3,093,09316Sony Pictures Classics
68Nobody Walks$552-81%2-3$276$24,9955Magnolia Pictures
69Head Games$469--1--$469$14,0569Variance Films
70Bestiaire$350--2--$175$1,4285Kimstim Films
71All Together$272-76%1-1$272$35,1255Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
72Girl Model$267--1--$267$21,09211First Run Features
73The Revisionaries$1904%10$190$17,9437Kino Lorber
74Sushi: The Global Catch$140--1--$140$4,58316Alive Mind Cinema
75Breathing$70--1--$70$3,82012Kino Lorber
76Bringing Up Bobby$38--1--$38$4,9758Monterey Media