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, Feb. 1 - Sun, Feb. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Warm Bodies$20,353,967--3,009--$6,764$20,353,9671Lionsgate / Summit
2Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$9,423,274-52%3,3753$2,792$34,676,0682Paramount
3Silver Linings Playbook$7,738,058-18%2,809168$2,755$80,002,61612Weinstein Company
4Mama$6,590,970-50%2,78199$2,370$58,123,0703Universal
5Zero Dark Thirty$5,176,428-47%2,871-58$1,803$77,673,9787Sony / Columbia
6Bullet to the Head$4,548,201--2,404--$1,892$4,548,2011Warner Bros.
7Parker$3,302,415-53%2,23814$1,476$12,527,2972FilmDistrict
8Django Unchained$3,002,769-39%1,777-230$1,690$150,942,9586Weinstein Company
9Les Miserables (2012)$2,420,885-43%1,848-362$1,310$141,504,1306Universal
10Lincoln$2,402,224-38%1,756-153$1,368$170,776,74213Disney / DreamWorks
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,901,164-44%1,300-375$1,462$296,193,6848Warner Bros. / New Line
12Gangster Squad$1,843,089-57%1,625-965$1,134$43,092,1474Warner Bros.
13Movie 43$1,641,849-66%2,0230$812$7,700,1232Relativity Media
14A Haunted House$1,522,116-53%1,501-501$1,014$37,756,0194Open Road
15Parental Guidance$1,488,766-41%1,480-256$1,006$72,900,5906Fox
16Broken City$1,461,321-64%1,786-836$818$18,135,4113Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$2,029,32412%935300$2,170$120,372,13917Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$1,872,632-28%902-39$2,076$106,106,36311Fox
3Stand Up Guys$1,486,390--659--$2,256$1,486,3901Lionsgate / Roadside
4The Impossible$1,305,464-33%765-17$1,706$15,214,0957Lionsgate / Summit
5Quartet$1,192,5273%20239$5,904$3,482,7004Weinstein Company
6Wreck-It Ralph$594,174-19%66072$900$183,223,81614Disney
7Skyfall$526,926-33%425-31$1,240$302,823,50413Sony / Columbia
8This is 40$376,730-48%373-134$1,010$66,928,6057Universal
9The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$371,605--106--$3,506$371,6051ShortsHD
10Jack Reacher$328,045-60%450-438$729$78,754,4407Paramount
11Race 2$285,233-68%139-14$2,052$1,371,8152UTV Motion Pictures
12The Last Stand$270,812-87%689-2224$393$11,704,4543Lionsgate
13Rise of The Guardians$268,655-28%3072$875$100,560,40911Paramount / DreamWorks
14Hotel Transylvania$257,313-27%224-4$1,149$147,938,70219Sony / Columbia
15Monsters, Inc. 3D$252,745-34%269-53$940$32,829,6027Disney
16Hyde Park on Hudson$181,791-29%1440$1,262$5,604,7719Focus
17The Guilt Trip$172,814-36%291-61$594$36,517,7187Paramount
18The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$136,688-38%189-27$723$291,281,77812Lionsgate / Summit
19Here Comes the Boom$116,238-30%175-16$664$45,064,66317Sony / Columbia
20Flight$112,365-47%200-63$562$93,640,92514Paramount
21Red Dawn (2012)$85,856-43%153-52$561$44,667,52611FilmDistrict
22Playing For Keeps (2012)$69,608719%148113$470$13,027,1439FilmDistrict
23Texas Chainsaw 3D$40,225-70%121-164$332$34,070,6385Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Amour$450,400-4%9430$4,791$2,441,2607Sony Pictures Classics
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$120,627-24%620$1,946$11,876,67532Fox Searchlight
3A Royal Affair$96,70832%444$2,198$1,000,81413Magnolia Pictures
4Anna Karenina (2012)$72,766-34%90-8$809$12,568,25012Focus
5Rust and Bone$71,466-41%80-36$893$1,834,08911Sony Pictures Classics
6Sound City$62,842--16--$3,928$183,3561Variance Films
7The Gatekeepers$61,552--3--$20,517$80,8901Sony Pictures Classics
8To the Arctic 3D$56,852-11%520$1,093$11,081,39042Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Hubble 3D$47,558-7%18-1$2,642$36,184,998151Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Master$42,013-40%28-9$1,500$16,202,31721Weinstein Company
11Koch$35,196--2--$17,598$35,1961Zeitgeist Films
12Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$34,338-63%50-46$687$12,449,7077Paramount
13Taken 2$34,064-48%83-41$410$139,813,35718Fox
1456 Up$26,343-29%132$2,026$229,9775First Run Features
15Born to Be Wild 3D$24,699-16%300$823$21,867,38796Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Frankenweenie$24,281-51%59-25$412$35,267,02518Disney
17The Sessions$22,190-48%29-33$765$5,909,88516Fox Searchlight
18Space Station 3D$21,55541%30$7,185$87,077,613564IMAX
19Searching For Sugar Man$19,917-37%18-8$1,107$3,212,49128Sony Pictures Classics
20Hitchcock$17,660-60%44-46$401$5,892,43211Fox Searchlight
21A Late Quartet$15,5258%122$1,294$1,497,82714Entertainment One / RKO
22The Perks of Being A Wallflower$14,322-52%37-19$387$17,738,57020Lionsgate / Summit
23Pitch Perfect$13,940-67%41-50$340$64,990,79819Universal
24Deep Sea 3D$12,340-5%40$3,085$45,355,355362Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Ice Age: Continental Drift$11,898-37%330$361$161,317,42330Fox
26West of Memphis$11,079-50%8-6$1,385$101,5806Sony Pictures Classics
27Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$9,283--1--$9,283$9,2831First Run Features
28Little Fugitive (2013 re-issue)$9,040--1--$9,040$9,0401APD/Cinema Conservancy
29John Dies at the End$7,218-42%21$3,609$22,2852Magnolia / Magnet
30Beware of Mr. Baker$7,001-73%7-8$1,000$100,14010SnagFilms
31Under the Sea 3D$6,309-35%81$789$32,533,099208Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Girls Against Boys$6,111--2--$3,056$6,1111Anchor Bay Films
33Yossi$5,798-53%20$2,899$24,0112Strand Releasing
34LUV$5,437-73%8-13$680$151,5263Indomina Media
35Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$5,038-26%6-2$840$1,004,82120IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
36The House I Live In$4,104102%10$4,104$208,35918Abramorama
37Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$3,339-68%10$3,339$19,3912Music Box Films
38The Pirogue$2,914-15%10$2,914$8,8362ArtMattan Productions
39Killing Them Softly$2,77223%30$924$14,964,12010Weinstein Company
40The Other Son$2,267-43%4-2$567$1,247,16815Cohen Media Group
41Django (2012 re-issue)$1,848245%42$462$25,0977Rialto Pictures
425 Broken Cameras$1,839-28%31$613$84,91236Kino Lorber
43Any Day Now$1,637-80%5-8$327$176,7468Music Box Films
44Neighboring Sounds$1,511--1--$1,511$49,64124Cinema Guild
45Meet The Fokkens$1,285--1--$1,285$30,81026Kino Lorber
46The Waiting Room$1,151-67%2-3$576$189,40319International Film Circuit
47In Another Country$1,103-65%20$552$23,30013Kino Lorber
48Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$765-73%20$383$51,52114Zeitgeist Films
49The Law in These Parts$736--1--$736$13,37612Cinema Guild
50Sushi: The Global Catch$288--1--$288$5,75727Alive Mind Cinema
51Step Up to the Plate$268--1--$268$43,74721Cinema Guild
52Wagner & Me$70-94%10$70$35,1749First Run Features