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. 14 - Sun, Dec. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$84,617,303--4,045--$20,919$84,617,3031Warner Bros. / New Line
2Rise of The Guardians$7,143,445-31%3,387-252$2,109$71,085,2684Paramount / DreamWorks
3Lincoln$7,033,132-21%2,285271$3,078$107,687,3196Disney / DreamWorks
4Skyfall$6,555,732-39%2,924-477$2,242$271,921,7956Sony / Columbia
5Life of Pi$5,413,066-35%2,548-398$2,124$69,572,4724Fox
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$5,136,074-44%3,042-604$1,688$276,826,1435Lionsgate / Summit
7Wreck-It Ralph$3,216,043-34%2,249-497$1,430$168,721,5927Disney
8Playing For Keeps (2012)$3,146,443-45%2,8403$1,108$10,737,5352FilmDistrict
9Red Dawn (2012)$2,408,882-43%2,250-504$1,071$40,904,3054FilmDistrict
10Flight$1,910,666-39%1,823-608$1,048$89,418,7047Paramount
11Killing Them Softly$1,008,127-64%1,427-997$706$14,140,4323Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$2,109,274-3%3710$5,685$16,979,3235Weinstein Company
2Argo$1,170,175-21%667-277$1,754$104,955,07910Warner Bros.
3Hitchcock$1,107,65955%561380$1,974$3,071,8714Fox Searchlight
4Anna Karenina (2012)$1,022,214-34%409-13$2,499$8,380,5175Focus
5The Collection$529,158-64%621-782$852$6,520,7943LD Entertainment
6Taken 2$288,772-25%339-91$852$138,132,49311Fox
7Pitch Perfect$245,680-20%332-55$740$63,869,42312Universal
8Talaash$168,828-65%113-49$1,494$2,706,4833Reliance Entertainment
9The Sessions$147,487-33%151-46$977$5,208,5389Fox Searchlight
10End of Watch$91,195-88%172-1077$530$40,469,93613Open Road
11Looper$89,512-34%190-42$471$66,305,04512Sony / TriStar
12The Perks of Being A Wallflower$87,459-37%125-50$700$17,008,01313Lionsgate / Summit
13Here Comes the Boom$81,619-43%150-84$544$42,680,15910Sony / Columbia
14Sinister$77,378112%184107$421$47,917,44410Lionsgate / Summit
15Hotel Transylvania$74,170-28%136-60$545$143,923,82012Sony / Columbia
16Alex Cross$73,777-36%175-39$422$25,739,7579Lionsgate / Summit
17Khiladi 786$61,563-73%1150$535$352,6842Eros International
18Paranormal Activity 4$56,616216%157109$361$53,808,2349Paramount
19Seven Psychopaths$45,457-36%100-41$455$14,989,76110CBS Films
20The Odd Life of Timothy Green$42,362-30%105-27$403$51,749,34618Disney
21Brave$39,680-36%115-36$345$237,211,82526Disney
22The Man With the Iron Fists$39,380-54%105-76$375$15,608,5457Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$292,796260%3632$8,133$404,8162Focus
2The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$91,933-19%14-3$6,567$449,4424Warner Bros.
3Cloud Atlas$83,295-52%98-93$850$26,623,2238Warner Bros.
4Chasing Ice$65,559-36%53-4$1,237$612,0896Submarine Deluxe
5Finding Nemo 3D$63,755-10%70-4$911$40,930,67014Disney
6Rust and Bone$57,40710%62$9,568$209,0534Sony Pictures Classics
7A Werewolf Boy$52,381-38%201$2,619$222,5813CJ Entertainment
8A Late Quartet$51,339-30%46-17$1,116$1,084,3397Entertainment One / RKO
9A Royal Affair$46,514-14%5613$831$534,2676Magnolia Pictures
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$45,736-19%84-6$544$161,011,39123Fox
11Any Day Now$40,489--16--$2,531$40,4891Music Box Films
12The Central Park Five$38,32939%2212$1,742$175,8014IFC Films
13To the Arctic 3D$37,371-10%520$719$10,208,06835Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Hubble 3D$37,30812%14-2$2,665$35,443,590144Warner Bros. / IMAX
15ParaNorman$28,679-27%61-20$470$55,964,93518Focus
16Frankenweenie$24,126-27%56-19$431$34,403,19111Disney
17Searching For Sugar Man$22,555-39%31-11$728$2,931,59921Sony Pictures Classics
18Born to Be Wild 3D$19,471-19%300$649$21,509,30589Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Chasing Mavericks$18,964-30%46-21$412$5,904,9308Fox
20The Intouchables$18,091521%2513$724$13,069,90130Weinstein Company
21Deadfall (2012)$16,649-14%176$979$45,3922Magnolia Pictures
22Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$15,068-16%41-6$368$49,002,81520Fox
23The Flat$14,817-29%15-2$988$445,9199IFC Films
24Samsara$14,20360%113$1,291$2,587,43117Oscilloscope
25Hecho en Mexico$14,146-49%10-16$1,415$145,9363Lionsgate / Pantelion
26Burn$12,236-78%40$3,059$104,6136Area23a
27Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$11,530-57%45-31$256$17,529,1578Open Road
28House at the End of the Street$11,347-53%41-27$277$31,607,59813Relativity Media
29The Master$9,361-22%14-9$669$15,912,49914Weinstein Company
30Arbitrage$6,507-58%10-15$651$7,890,70114Roadside Attractions
31Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$6,249--2--$3,125$88,55711Rainbow Releasing
32Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$4,532-37%14-1$324$938,47613IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
33Under the Sea 3D$4,41932%5-2$884$32,473,827201Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Beware of Mr. Baker$4,414-57%10$4,414$45,2523SnagFilms
35Smashed$4,157-74%10-19$416$368,88710Sony Pictures Classics
36The Big Picture (2012)$3,866-35%3-2$1,289$158,41110MPI Media
37Save the Date$3,755--2--$1,878$3,7551IFC Films
38The Loneliest Planet$3,644-1%5-1$729$128,5198IFC Films
39Let Fury Have the Hour$3,386--1--$3,386$3,3861CAVU Pictures
40Wagner & Me$3,278-33%42$820$26,0312First Run Features
41This Must Be the Place$3,071-32%3-2$1,024$142,2427Weinstein Company
42Somewhere Between$2,9195%21$1,460$177,63317Long Shot Factory
43Step Up to the Plate$2,452--2--$1,226$42,72914Cinema Guild
44Lost Angels: Skid Row Is My Home$2,436-65%10$2,436$11,4882Cinema Libre
45Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$2,33075%52$466$49,45811Drafthouse Films
46Masquerade (2012)$1,8440%10$1,844$902,33713CJ Entertainment
47The Well-Digger's Daughter$1,82812%20$914$375,00922Kino Lorber
48Tchoupitoulas$1,774-25%21$887$5,5512Oscilloscope
49Starlet$1,654-82%4-6$414$76,2106Music Box Films
50Only the Young$1,5306%21$765$3,5582Oscilloscope
51Brooklyn Castle$1,356-75%2-2$678$186,6909Producers Distribution Agency
52North Sea Texas$1,259-71%2-1$630$20,5127Strand Releasing
53The House I Live In$1,223-71%1-3$1,223$181,78211Abramorama
54The Waiting Room$1,082-75%3-1$361$174,99112International Film Circuit
55Cheerful Weather for the Wedding$1,01640%21$508$1,9492IFC Films
56The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$1,008-67%10$1,008$5,6092Indican Pictures
57In Our Nature$893-80%10$893$6,1752Cinedigm
58Neighboring Sounds$868--1--$868$47,97417Cinema Guild
59California Solo$853-80%20$427$10,9113Strand Releasing
60Keep the Lights On$820-58%10$820$243,53615Music Box Films
61The Law in These Parts$504--1--$504$10,8135Cinema Guild
62Planet of Snail$431--1--$431$13,22221Cinema Guild
63All Together$343-46%10$343$37,7349Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
64Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning$319--2--$160$5,2473Magnolia / Magnet
65Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet$319--2--$160$7941Kino Lorber
66Citadel$192-67%20$96$12,6636Cinedigm
67Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$168--1--$168$27,6877Zeitgeist Films
68The Revisionaries$164--1--$164$18,26211Kino Lorber
69In Another Country$25--1--$25$7,9436Kino Lorber