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. 25 - Sun, Jan. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$19,690,956--3,372--$5,840$19,690,9561Paramount
2Mama$13,088,145-54%2,68235$4,880$48,875,5852Universal
3Zero Dark Thirty$9,700,132-39%2,929-17$3,312$69,803,9796Sony / Columbia
4Silver Linings Playbook$9,444,039-12%2,641118$3,576$68,908,66611Weinstein Company
5Parker$7,008,222--2,224--$3,151$7,008,2221FilmDistrict
6Django Unchained$4,946,932-36%2,007-509$2,465$146,236,7585Weinstein Company
7Movie 43$4,805,878--2,023--$2,376$4,805,8781Relativity Media
8Gangster Squad$4,278,235-50%2,590-513$1,652$39,725,1023Warner Bros.
9Les Miserables (2012)$4,221,055-44%2,210-369$1,910$137,546,2055Universal
10Broken City$4,019,558-51%2,6222$1,533$15,289,5472Fox
11Lincoln$3,863,689-29%1,909-265$2,024$167,051,52312Disney / DreamWorks
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$3,385,361-45%1,675-648$2,021$293,323,8317Warner Bros. / New Line
13A Haunted House$3,244,017-60%2,002-158$1,620$35,439,9983Open Road
14Parental Guidance$2,502,684-41%1,736-601$1,442$70,845,4975Fox
15The Last Stand$2,150,562-66%2,9130$738$10,684,5072Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$2,587,148-23%941-315$2,749$103,427,50810Fox
2The Impossible$1,935,638-22%782-104$2,475$13,297,3936Lionsgate / Summit
3Argo$1,812,358-20%635-121$2,854$117,568,78516Warner Bros.
4Quartet$1,159,032281%163131$7,111$1,699,8613Weinstein Company
5Race 2$884,757--153--$5,783$884,7571UTV Motion Pictures
6Jack Reacher$820,389-63%888-819$924$78,173,4826Paramount
7Skyfall$791,239-18%456-51$1,735$302,044,12612Sony / Columbia
8Wreck-It Ralph$731,879-44%588-724$1,245$182,484,64013Disney
9This is 40$719,935-65%507-725$1,420$66,323,7256Universal
10Monsters, Inc. 3D$385,041-49%322-243$1,196$32,488,0706Disney
11Rise of The Guardians$371,328-34%305-169$1,217$100,212,85710Paramount / DreamWorks
12Hotel Transylvania$350,870-4%228-9$1,539$147,615,10418Sony / Columbia
13The Guilt Trip$268,464-56%352-290$763$36,239,9186Paramount
14Hyde Park on Hudson$257,600-39%144-50$1,789$5,311,9698Focus
15The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$220,734-34%216-90$1,022$291,075,68911Lionsgate / Summit
16Flight$213,387-26%263-37$811$93,451,12813Paramount
17Here Comes the Boom$166,870-16%191-18$874$44,912,74416Sony / Columbia
18Red Dawn (2012)$150,184-30%205-44$733$44,537,47010FilmDistrict
19Texas Chainsaw 3D$136,257-89%285-1189$478$33,993,9644Lionsgate
20Rust and Bone$121,542-46%116-52$1,048$1,702,52010Sony Pictures Classics
21Taken 2$65,953-37%124-32$532$139,761,28417Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Amour$467,15325%6428$7,299$1,801,0616Sony Pictures Classics
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$158,3236%62-9$2,554$11,697,92831Fox Searchlight
3Anna Karenina (2012)$110,256-33%98-19$1,125$12,433,44511Focus
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$93,328-57%96-169$972$12,376,2446Paramount
5A Royal Affair$73,03548%402$1,826$853,94112Magnolia Pictures
6The Master$70,422304%3723$1,903$16,128,16720Weinstein Company
7To the Arctic 3D$63,715-13%520$1,225$10,979,72141Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Hubble 3D$51,3140%192$2,701$36,089,515150Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Frankenweenie$49,613-31%84-16$591$35,233,31517Disney
10Hitchcock$43,657-36%90-32$485$5,857,51710Fox Searchlight
11The Sessions$43,045-1%620$694$5,861,58915Fox Searchlight
12Pitch Perfect$42,765-38%91-34$470$64,966,85818Universal
1356 Up$37,35217%117$3,396$186,3374First Run Features
14Chasing Ice$36,159--27--$1,339$1,065,13012Submarine Deluxe
15Searching For Sugar Man$31,8088%26-1$1,223$3,182,61927Sony Pictures Classics
16The Perks of Being A Wallflower$29,782-42%56-17$532$17,713,83819Lionsgate / Summit
17Born to Be Wild 3D$29,536-9%300$985$21,827,49195Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Beware of Mr. Baker$25,798--15--$1,720$79,7069SnagFilms
19West of Memphis$22,176179%145$1,584$82,0785Sony Pictures Classics
20LUV$19,836-76%21-24$945$138,9782Indomina Media
21Ice Age: Continental Drift$19,015-16%33-7$576$161,299,49229Fox
22Space Station 3D$15,329-15%3-1$5,110$87,035,763563IMAX
23A Late Quartet$14,425-24%10-4$1,443$1,471,80513Entertainment One / RKO
24Deep Sea 3D$12,989-11%40$3,247$45,332,564361Warner Bros. / IMAX
25John Dies at the End$12,467--1--$12,467$12,4671Magnolia / Magnet
26Yossi$12,287--2--$6,144$12,2871Strand Releasing
27Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$10,481--1--$10,481$10,4811Music Box Films
28Under the Sea 3D$9,70672%70$1,387$32,525,203207Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Playing For Keeps (2012)$8,502-52%35-23$243$12,952,5848FilmDistrict
30Any Day Now$8,04555%136$619$170,0917Music Box Films
31Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$6,776-18%81$847$996,24219IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
32The Other Son$4,010--6--$668$1,243,24214Cohen Media Group
33The Waiting Room$3,45066%52$690$185,35218International Film Circuit
34The Pirogue$3,444--1--$3,444$4,1321ArtMattan Productions
35In Another Country$3,120--2--$1,560$19,99412Kino Lorber
36Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$2,83888%21$1,419$47,52613Zeitgeist Films
375 Broken Cameras$2,56044%21$1,280$81,49935Kino Lorber
38Killing Them Softly$2,261-64%3-9$754$14,960,1159Weinstein Company
39The House I Live In$2,027-84%1-4$2,027$207,42817Abramorama
40Brooklyn Castle$1,92849%1-2$1,928$211,32815Producers Distribution Agency
41Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$1,821-67%10$1,821$10,9402Kino Lorber
42Starlet$1,738--5--$348$86,16412Music Box Films
43The Revisionaries$1,142--1--$1,142$21,73117Kino Lorber
44Wagner & Me$1,1367%10$1,136$34,1788First Run Features
45Somewhere Between$1,073-82%1-2$1,073$210,97523Long Shot Factory
46The Man in the White Suit (2012 re-issue)$861--1--$861$8,26511Rialto Pictures
47My Worst Nightmare$790--2--$395$19,44615Strand Releasing
48Port of Shadows (2012 re-issue)$781--1--$781$17,81820Rialto Pictures
49Django (2012 re-issue)$535-55%20$268$22,2456Rialto Pictures
50A Dark Truth$363-14%10$363$5,7504Magnolia Pictures
51The Invisible War$313-77%40$78$64,65532Cinedigm
52Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$200--1--$200$92,72017Roadside Attractions