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, Jan. 18 - Sun, Jan. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mama$28,402,310--2,647--$10,730$28,402,3101Universal
2Zero Dark Thirty$15,797,612-35%2,9469$5,362$54,142,3695Sony / Columbia
3Silver Linings Playbook$10,752,836114%2,5231713$4,262$54,712,10610Weinstein Company
4Gangster Squad$8,640,540-49%3,1030$2,785$31,750,6002Warner Bros.
5Broken City$8,268,908--2,620--$3,156$8,268,9081Fox
6A Haunted House$8,170,023-55%2,1600$3,782$29,783,2002Open Road
7Django Unchained$7,755,800-30%2,516-496$3,083$137,874,5354Weinstein Company
8Les Miserables (2012)$7,491,995-22%2,579-348$2,905$130,050,0154Universal
9The Last Stand$6,281,433--2,913--$2,156$6,281,4331Lionsgate
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$6,176,941-33%2,323-689$2,659$287,166,6826Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lincoln$5,475,263-14%2,174147$2,519$160,611,34211Disney / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$4,252,418-30%2,337-620$1,820$66,277,5724Fox
13Life of Pi$3,351,62524%1,256499$2,668$99,188,9309Fox
14Jack Reacher$2,237,947-54%1,707-1000$1,311$76,415,2805Paramount
15This is 40$2,032,805-54%1,232-1088$1,650$64,913,8055Universal
16Wreck-It Ralph$1,302,47498%1,312836$993$180,809,77812Disney
17Texas Chainsaw 3D$1,269,949-76%1,474-1185$862$33,462,8873Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Impossible$2,476,238-2%88678$2,795$10,192,8035Lionsgate / Summit
2Argo$2,262,94780%756135$2,993$114,784,50115Warner Bros.
3Skyfall$969,241-38%507-316$1,912$300,856,31511Sony / Columbia
4Monsters, Inc. 3D$752,545-56%565-562$1,332$31,693,0605Disney
5The Guilt Trip$605,194-68%642-964$943$35,697,7785Paramount
6Rise of The Guardians$560,742-47%474-431$1,183$99,497,1059Paramount / DreamWorks
7Hyde Park on Hudson$419,693-30%194-52$2,163$4,861,2267Focus
8Hotel Transylvania$364,3433%237-15$1,537$147,078,98117Sony / Columbia
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$333,772-49%306-236$1,091$290,713,79510Lionsgate / Summit
10Flight$286,60294%300150$955$93,091,05712Paramount
11Rust and Bone$223,76520%16889$1,332$1,461,3079Sony Pictures Classics
12Red Dawn (2012)$215,05299%24924$864$44,287,9909FilmDistrict
13Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$214,958-53%265-165$811$12,164,9645Paramount
14Here Comes the Boom$198,237-7%209-19$949$44,646,00215Sony / Columbia
15Anna Karenina (2012)$164,220-29%117-27$1,404$12,234,11410Focus
16Promised Land (2012)$122,042-90%134-1513$911$7,534,1284Focus
17Taken 2$105,395-28%156-34$676$139,653,87116Fox
18Frankenweenie$71,841-16%100-27$718$35,146,78916Disney
19Pitch Perfect$69,365-32%125-29$555$64,896,59317Universal
20Hitchcock$68,735-27%122-5$563$5,773,9909Fox Searchlight
21Dabangg 2$1,107-72%1660$7$2,505,3475Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Amour$373,58645%3621$10,377$1,145,2815Sony Pictures Classics
2Quartet$304,263546%3230$9,508$376,3402Weinstein Company
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$149,9692266%7167$2,112$11,455,00530Fox Searchlight
4LUV$83,194--45--$1,849$83,1941Indomina Media
5To the Arctic 3D$73,6236%520$1,416$10,860,83140Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Perks of Being A Wallflower$51,430-23%73-27$705$17,659,36918Lionsgate / Summit
7Hubble 3D$51,42636%171$3,025$35,989,914149Warner Bros. / IMAX
8A Royal Affair$49,334291%389$1,298$751,59511Magnolia Pictures
9The Sessions$43,360-25%628$699$5,793,78514Fox Searchlight
10Born to Be Wild 3D$32,37935%300$1,079$21,774,36094Warner Bros. / IMAX
1156 Up$32,03581%42$8,009$91,5013First Run Features
12Cloud Atlas$29,838-59%58-104$514$27,093,69613Warner Bros.
13Searching For Sugar Man$29,35412%275$1,087$3,135,74626Sony Pictures Classics
14Ice Age: Continental Drift$22,734-20%40-8$568$161,269,08728Fox
15A Late Quartet$18,868-38%14-3$1,348$1,444,79812Entertainment One / RKO
16Space Station 3D$18,06037%42$4,515$87,004,334562IMAX
17Playing For Keeps (2012)$17,773-45%58-49$306$12,935,5097FilmDistrict
18The Master$17,426-21%14-2$1,245$16,044,36119Weinstein Company
19Deep Sea 3D$14,66633%41$3,667$45,308,573360Warner Bros. / IMAX
20The House I Live In$12,551435%53$2,510$199,25416Abramorama
21The Rabbi's Cat$10,333--7--$1,476$17,3137GKIDS
22Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$8,29334%70$1,185$984,20418IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
23West of Memphis$7,962182%97$885$55,8064Sony Pictures Classics
24Not Fade Away$6,937-83%56-121$124$605,7475Paramount Vantage
25Killing Them Softly$6,270-66%12-19$523$14,953,9868Weinstein Company
26Somewhere Between$6,108-1%32$2,036$203,55322Long Shot Factory
27Under the Sea 3D$5,64849%74$807$32,513,828206Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$5,530--1--$5,530$5,5301Kino Lorber
29Any Day Now$5,203-42%7-8$743$157,8136Music Box Films
30Let My People Go!$3,59461%32$1,198$7,0832Zeitgeist Films
31Brief Reunion$3,085--2--$1,543$3,0851Striped Entertainment
32Robot & Frank$2,311-82%10-16$231$3,324,42823IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
33The Waiting Room$2,077293%32$692$179,33817International Film Circuit
345 Broken Cameras$1,777--1--$1,777$77,38434Kino Lorber
35Orchestra of Exiles$1,640--1--$1,640$26,35013First Run Features
36Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$1,512-66%1-1$1,512$42,82212Zeitgeist Films
37The Invisible War$1,361--4--$340$64,01031Cinedigm
38Deadfall (2012)$1,322812%21$661$65,8047Magnolia Pictures
39Brooklyn Castle$1,292-41%31$431$207,71214Producers Distribution Agency
40Django (2012 re-issue)$1,181222%20$591$20,3525Rialto Pictures
41Officer Down$1,061--1--$1,061$1,0611Anchor Bay Films
42Wagner & Me$1,058-35%1-1$1,058$31,8857First Run Features
43The Law in These Parts$748--1--$748$11,97610Cinema Guild
44Nothing But a Man (2012 re-issue)$566-2%10$566$7,74011APD/Cinema Conservancy
45A Dark Truth$424-78%1-2$424$4,4423Magnolia Pictures
46California Solo$294-81%10$294$15,3288Strand Releasing
47The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$205-20%10$205$6,8597Indican Pictures
48North Sea Texas$75--1--$75$25,59312Strand Releasing
49Storage 24$72--1--$72$721Magnolia / Magnet
50Neighboring Sounds$32--1--$32$48,00622Cinema Guild