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, Dec. 7 - Sun, Dec. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$10,780,201-35%3,401-62$3,170$261,400,2815Sony / Columbia
2Rise of The Guardians$10,400,618-22%3,639-33$2,858$61,774,1923Paramount / DreamWorks
3The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$9,156,265-47%3,646-362$2,511$268,691,0294Lionsgate / Summit
4Lincoln$8,916,813-33%2,014-4$4,427$97,137,4475Disney / DreamWorks
5Life of Pi$8,330,764-31%2,94618$2,828$60,948,2933Fox
6Playing For Keeps (2012)$5,750,288--2,837--$2,027$5,750,2881FilmDistrict
7Wreck-It Ralph$4,859,368-30%2,746-341$1,770$164,402,9346Disney
8Red Dawn (2012)$4,236,105-35%2,754-27$1,538$37,240,9203FilmDistrict
9Flight$3,130,305-30%2,431-172$1,288$86,202,5416Paramount
10Killing Them Softly$2,806,901-59%2,4240$1,158$11,830,6382Weinstein Company
11The Collection$1,487,655-52%1,4030$1,060$5,455,3282LD Entertainment
12End of Watch$751,6233209%1,2491225$602$39,989,76612Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$2,171,665-30%3710$5,854$13,964,4054Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$1,544,859-31%42238$3,661$6,603,0424Focus
3Argo$1,482,345-26%944-99$1,570$103,160,0159Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$712,54474%181131$3,937$1,661,6703Fox Searchlight
5Talaash$478,559-71%162-12$2,954$2,428,9192Reliance Entertainment
6Taken 2$387,227-17%430-66$901$137,700,30410Fox
7Pitch Perfect$305,765-21%387-16$790$63,517,40811Universal
8Khiladi 786$228,967--115--$1,991$228,9671Eros International
9The Sessions$218,973-34%197-29$1,112$4,948,3428Fox Searchlight
10Cloud Atlas$174,815-28%191-3$915$26,452,9717Warner Bros.
11Here Comes the Boom$143,911-36%234-100$615$42,556,7709Sony / Columbia
12The Perks of Being A Wallflower$138,498-35%175-14$791$16,858,39312Lionsgate / Summit
13Looper$135,413-32%232-48$584$66,146,08011Sony / TriStar
14Alex Cross$114,565120%214100$535$25,617,8978Lionsgate / Summit
15Hotel Transylvania$102,606-24%196-52$524$143,826,41211Sony / Columbia
16The Man With the Iron Fists$85,975-16%1817$475$15,522,0606Universal
17Seven Psychopaths$71,069-30%141-21$504$14,903,8859CBS Films
18Brave$62,399-35%151-30$413$237,155,66425Disney
19The Odd Life of Timothy Green$60,246-21%132-15$456$51,687,65817Disney
20Son of Sardaar$4,573-75%1090$42$770,5944Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$113,77982%171$6,693$314,7673Warner Bros.
2Chasing Ice$102,401--57--$1,797$502,7805Submarine Deluxe
3A Werewolf Boy$85,033--19--$4,475$123,6342CJ Entertainment
4Hyde Park on Hudson$81,362--4--$20,341$81,3621Focus
5A Late Quartet$73,290-22%63-11$1,163$995,6426Entertainment One / RKO
6Finding Nemo 3D$70,812-7%74-5$957$40,846,69613Disney
7Back to 1942$56,604-46%18-2$3,145$212,4752China Lion Film
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$56,3559%90-12$626$160,953,22422Fox
9The Other Son$55,978-3%433$1,302$963,5917Cohen Media Group
10Burn$54,407--4--$13,602$64,2865Area23a
11A Royal Affair$53,889-6%432$1,253$459,0875Magnolia Pictures
12Rust and Bone$52,059110%42$13,015$128,5443Sony Pictures Classics
13To the Arctic 3D$41,710-19%520$802$10,129,04334Warner Bros. / IMAX
14ParaNorman$39,333-34%81-23$486$55,925,77917Focus
15Searching For Sugar Man$36,822-21%42-11$877$2,893,91620Sony Pictures Classics
16Sinister$36,564-10%77-11$475$47,823,8549Lionsgate / Summit
17Hubble 3D$33,382-3%16-3$2,086$35,372,605143Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Frankenweenie$32,947-42%75-25$439$34,368,37910Disney
19Fun Size$28,675-41%80-36$358$9,402,4107Paramount
20Hecho en Mexico$28,001-63%2614$1,077$121,4722Lionsgate / Pantelion
21The Central Park Five$27,622-17%103$2,762$123,3333IFC Films
22Chasing Mavericks$26,965-37%67-12$402$5,874,5707Fox
23Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$26,852-48%76-48$353$17,507,4397Open Road
24The Dark Knight Rises$24,331-40%62-18$392$448,130,64221Warner Bros.
25House at the End of the Street$24,240-45%68-40$356$31,588,93212Relativity Media
26Born to Be Wild 3D$24,056-40%300$802$21,475,92288Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Lay the Favorite$20,998--61--$344$20,9981RADiUS-TWC
28The Flat$20,789-15%17-2$1,223$418,7298IFC Films
29Trouble with the Curve$19,547-43%71-29$275$35,754,55512Warner Bros.
30Waiting for Lightning$19,537--11--$1,776$19,5371IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
31Deadfall (2012)$19,391--11--$1,763$19,3911Magnolia Pictures
32Paranormal Activity 4$17,904-31%48-22$373$53,745,4148Paramount
33Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$17,845-21%47-5$380$48,984,79319Fox
34Smashed$15,928329%2914$549$356,9879Sony Pictures Classics
35Arbitrage$15,580-22%25-10$623$7,877,44113Roadside Attractions
36The Master$12,069-31%230$525$15,895,73913Weinstein Company
37Beware of Mr. Baker$10,349-15%10$10,349$36,5482SnagFilms
38Starlet$9,386-10%101$939$70,5685Music Box Films
39Samsara$8,891-65%8-17$1,111$2,550,74716Oscilloscope
40Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$7,176-47%153$478$928,15712IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
41Lost Angels: Skid Row Is My Home$7,039--1--$7,039$7,0391Cinema Libre
42The Big Picture (2012)$5,952-3%51$1,190$151,4579MPI Media
43Brooklyn Castle$5,490-10%40$1,373$183,7338Producers Distribution Agency
44Wagner & Me$4,891--2--$2,446$17,9471First Run Features
45This Must Be the Place$4,540-31%5-2$908$136,3396Weinstein Company
46The Waiting Room$4,390-62%4-1$1,098$168,11211International Film Circuit
47In Our Nature$4,378--1--$4,378$4,3781Cinedigm
48North Sea Texas$4,349--3--$1,450$16,2526Strand Releasing
49The Rabbi's Cat$4,301--1--$4,301$4,3011GKIDS
50California Solo$4,23824%21$2,119$5,0082Strand Releasing
51The House I Live In$4,215129%43$1,054$176,36810Abramorama
52The Loneliest Planet$3,685-32%6-4$614$123,1747IFC Films
53Under the Sea 3D$3,358-7%7-1$480$32,467,327200Warner Bros. / IMAX
54The Thieves$3,181-59%20$1,591$681,5549Well Go USA
55The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$3,099--1--$3,099$3,0991Indican Pictures
56The Intouchables$2,913-66%12-7$243$13,049,07829Weinstein Company
57Somewhere Between$2,768-2%1-1$2,768$171,36816Long Shot Factory
58Tchoupitoulas$2,379--1--$2,379$2,3791Oscilloscope
59Love, Marilyn$2,370--1--$2,370$6,9502Submarine Deluxe
60Keep the Lights On$1,951178%1-2$1,951$241,84214Music Box Films
61Masquerade (2012)$1,839-46%1-2$1,839$898,82812CJ Entertainment
62The Well-Digger's Daughter$1,637511%21$819$372,36021Kino Lorber
63Only the Young$1,446--1--$1,446$1,4461Oscilloscope
64Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$1,331272%31$444$46,37010Drafthouse Films
65Kumare$1,284-18%10$1,284$130,83625Kino Lorber
66The Imposter$1,209-43%20$605$901,95422Indomina Releasing
67Cheerful Weather for the Wedding$727--1--$727$7271IFC Films
68My Worst Nightmare$668--1--$668$7,9938Strand Releasing
69All Together$63839%10$638$37,2388Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
70Chicken With Plums$586-23%4-3$147$253,70517Sony Pictures Classics
71Citadel$584-58%2-5$292$12,1695Cinedigm
72Meet The Fokkens$447--1--$447$29,35718Kino Lorber
73Celeste and Jesse Forever$3662%20$183$3,094,68719Sony Pictures Classics
74Orchestra of Exiles$328--2--$164$24,7107First Run Features
75Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$189--2--$95$83,87610Roadside Attractions
76Alps$15233%10$152$15,95422Kino Lorber
77Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film$74--1--$74$3,62719Kino Lorber