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, Dec. 21 - Sun, Dec. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$36,888,365-56%4,10055$8,997$150,041,2652Warner Bros. / New Line
2Jack Reacher$15,210,156--3,352--$4,538$15,210,1561Paramount
3This is 40$11,579,175--2,913--$3,975$11,579,1751Universal
4Rise of The Guardians$5,732,817-20%3,031-356$1,891$79,527,0475Paramount / DreamWorks
5Lincoln$5,525,774-21%2,2938$2,410$116,673,5987Disney / DreamWorks
6The Guilt Trip$5,290,629--2,431--$2,176$7,321,2431Paramount
7Skyfall$4,867,540-26%2,365-559$2,058$279,959,3147Sony / Columbia
8Monsters, Inc. 3D$4,774,686--2,618--$1,824$6,259,6671Disney
9Life of Pi$4,017,237-26%1,750-798$2,296$76,373,4815Fox
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,626,955-49%2,000-1042$1,313$281,632,6896Lionsgate / Summit
11Wreck-It Ralph$1,819,036-43%1,444-805$1,260$171,741,5618Disney
12Red Dawn (2012)$794,880-67%1,011-1239$786$42,626,7835FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$2,162,993--840--$2,575$2,282,3681Paramount
2Silver Linings Playbook$1,781,196-16%3710$4,801$19,861,2386Weinstein Company
3Dabangg 2$1,019,213--166--$6,140$1,019,2131Eros International
4Argo$899,693-23%450-217$1,999$106,435,36311Warner Bros.
5Flight$678,171-65%742-1081$914$90,957,8588Paramount
6Anna Karenina (2012)$669,187-35%331-78$2,022$9,639,3746Focus
7Hitchcock$579,676-48%535-26$1,084$4,194,9685Fox Searchlight
8Playing For Keeps (2012)$424,105-87%851-1989$498$12,410,4633FilmDistrict
9Hotel Transylvania$313,892323%301165$1,043$144,264,74013Sony / Columbia
10Here Comes the Boom$218,796168%291141$752$42,936,47711Sony / Columbia
11Taken 2$204,623-29%275-64$744$138,469,72312Fox
12Pitch Perfect$130,545-47%214-118$610$64,124,35813Universal
13Killing Them Softly$113,244-89%149-1278$760$14,736,3314Weinstein Company
14The Collection$80,202-85%112-509$716$6,810,7544LD Entertainment
15The Perks of Being A Wallflower$77,094-12%14116$547$17,146,73014Lionsgate / Summit
16End of Watch$72,466-21%1720$421$40,594,53814Open Road
17Frankenweenie$69,592188%178122$391$34,485,37812Disney
18Looper$34,437-62%100-90$344$66,396,95413Sony / TriStar
19Khiladi 786$1,516-98%1150$13$380,9823Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$417,150--5--$83,430$646,1611Sony / Columbia
2Hyde Park on Hudson$387,57932%8650$4,507$916,5713Focus
3The Impossible$143,818--15--$9,588$143,8181Lionsgate / Summit
4Rust and Bone$126,763121%2721$4,695$366,5295Sony Pictures Classics
5The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$106,72416%151$7,115$621,6815Warner Bros.
6The Sessions$91,222-38%98-53$931$5,375,00910Fox Searchlight
7Amour$68,266--3--$22,755$97,8171Sony Pictures Classics
8Hubble 3D$51,74839%12-2$4,312$35,539,669145Warner Bros. / IMAX
9A Late Quartet$48,093-6%39-7$1,233$1,165,5218Entertainment One / RKO
10To the Arctic 3D$46,81125%520$900$10,307,86436Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Cloud Atlas$39,829-52%50-48$797$26,721,9019Warner Bros.
12On the Road$39,550--4--$9,888$39,5501IFC Films
13Talaash$35,548-79%25-88$1,422$2,801,6654Reliance Entertainment
14A Werewolf Boy$29,804-43%9-11$3,312$295,4004CJ Entertainment
15Sinister$28,154-64%93-91$303$47,988,00311Lionsgate / Summit
16Alex Cross$27,298-63%94-81$290$25,801,29110Lionsgate / Summit
17A Royal Affair$26,774-42%36-20$744$585,8727Magnolia Pictures
18Ice Age: Continental Drift$25,801-44%72-12$358$161,055,79024Fox
19Any Day Now$23,665-42%193$1,246$82,3852Music Box Films
20Not Fade Away$19,182--3--$6,394$19,1821Paramount Vantage
21Born to Be Wild 3D$18,192-7%300$606$21,551,66790Warner Bros. / IMAX
22The Central Park Five$18,003-53%19-3$948$217,2385IFC Films
23Finding Nemo 3D$17,962-72%36-34$499$40,975,99315Disney
24Searching For Sugar Man$15,703-30%25-6$628$2,960,48822Sony Pictures Classics
25Paranormal Activity 4$12,141-79%50-107$243$53,849,88810Paramount
26The Master$11,56824%13-1$890$15,933,45215Weinstein Company
27The Odd Life of Timothy Green$10,124-76%49-56$207$51,778,21619Disney
28Back to 1942$9,414--5--$1,883$300,4644China Lion Film
29The Intouchables$8,901-51%7-18$1,272$13,094,64631Weinstein Company
30Brave$7,365-81%39-76$189$237,236,93827Disney
31Samsara$6,306-56%8-3$788$2,601,84718Oscilloscope
32Django (2012 re-issue)$6,150--8--$769$6,1501Rialto Pictures
33ParaNorman$5,349-81%24-37$223$55,978,94219Focus
34Chasing Mavericks$4,590-76%18-28$255$5,919,2109Fox
35Under the Sea 3D$4,370-1%61$728$32,479,778202Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Deadfall (2012)$4,088-75%8-9$511$58,6013Magnolia Pictures
37Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$3,643-20%7-7$520$945,95914IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
38Arbitrage$3,580-45%5-5$716$7,899,16615Roadside Attractions
39Brooklyn Castle$3,383149%20$1,692$190,89610Producers Distribution Agency
40The Well-Digger's Daughter$2,63944%31$880$378,90523Kino Lorber
41The Flat$2,501-83%6-9$417$455,20310IFC Films
42Smashed$2,143-48%5-5$429$372,53711Sony Pictures Classics
43In Another Country$1,7096736%32$570$9,6527Kino Lorber
44Keep the Lights On$1,17944%10$1,179$245,13816Music Box Films
45Wagner & Me$1,136-65%2-2$568$28,2223First Run Features
46California Solo$1,00718%1-1$1,007$12,4644Strand Releasing
47Masquerade (2012)$868-53%10$868$905,10814CJ Entertainment
48Beware of Mr. Baker$822-81%10$822$50,7504SnagFilms
49All Together$58470%10$584$38,48210Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
50Now, Forager$546--1--$546$7,75712Argot Pictures
51Kumare$497--1--$497$131,41727Kino Lorber
52North Sea Texas$493-61%1-1$493$21,6158Strand Releasing
53Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$443164%21$222$28,2998Zeitgeist Films
54Starlet$254-85%1-3$254$77,0807Music Box Films
55Somewhere Between$139-95%1-1$139$179,11718Long Shot Factory