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. 8 - Sun, Feb. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$34,551,025--3,141--$11,000$34,551,0251Universal
2Warm Bodies$11,356,090-44%3,0090$3,774$36,481,1722Lionsgate / Summit
3Side Effects (2013)$9,303,145--2,605--$3,571$9,303,1451Open Road
4Silver Linings Playbook$6,425,271-17%2,8090$2,287$89,519,51013Weinstein Company
5Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$5,753,165-39%3,285-90$1,751$43,836,0183Paramount
6Mama$4,229,665-36%2,677-104$1,580$63,951,8104Universal
7Zero Dark Thirty$4,006,860-23%2,562-309$1,564$83,567,4508Sony / Columbia
8Argo$2,375,34417%1,405470$1,691$123,608,95718Warner Bros.
9Django Unchained$2,303,495-23%1,502-275$1,534$154,516,6277Weinstein Company
10Bullet to the Head$2,078,192-54%2,4040$864$8,269,2142Warner Bros.
11Lincoln$1,873,537-22%1,517-239$1,235$173,621,00614Disney / DreamWorks
12Parker$1,867,411-43%2,004-234$932$15,848,0643FilmDistrict
13Les Miserables (2012)$1,555,550-36%1,447-401$1,075$143,983,7057Universal
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,468,374-23%1,001-299$1,467$298,333,4269Warner Bros. / New Line
15Parental Guidance$1,071,766-28%1,219-261$879$74,344,2567Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$1,965,737--300--$6,552$1,965,7371Paramount
2Life of Pi$1,745,744-7%92422$1,889$108,530,24912Fox
3Wreck-It Ralph$1,065,81779%75797$1,408$184,414,53215Disney
4The Impossible$957,594-27%739-26$1,296$16,668,3388Lionsgate / Summit
5Quartet$940,930-21%24442$3,856$5,000,4175Weinstein Company
6Gangster Squad$874,071-53%942-683$928$44,807,9115Warner Bros.
7A Haunted House$780,058-49%913-588$854$39,000,4515Open Road
8Stand Up Guys$646,910-56%67011$966$2,766,6742Lionsgate / Roadside
9Broken City$489,536-67%755-1031$648$19,233,0004Fox
10Skyfall$434,210-18%370-55$1,174$303,460,11614Sony / Columbia
11The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$387,7094%15145$2,568$924,7122ShortsHD
12Amour$376,233-16%12531$3,010$3,019,1118Sony Pictures Classics
13Movie 43$279,717-83%777-1246$360$8,661,1803Relativity Media
14Rise of The Guardians$254,284-5%275-32$925$100,865,90812Paramount / DreamWorks
15Jack Reacher$235,703-28%307-143$768$79,116,9448Paramount
16Monsters, Inc. 3D$217,662-14%236-33$922$33,095,6808Disney
17This is 40$194,605-48%278-95$700$67,255,6208Universal
18Hotel Transylvania$160,173-38%191-33$839$148,151,97520Sony / Columbia
19Hyde Park on Hudson$136,945-25%130-14$1,053$5,832,37710Focus
20The Guilt Trip$108,025-37%225-66$480$36,695,5628Paramount
21Texas Chainsaw 3D$101,742153%18564$550$34,185,7916Lionsgate
22The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$99,805-27%160-29$624$291,429,27313Lionsgate / Summit
23Here Comes the Boom$97,585-16%144-31$678$45,193,96118Sony / Columbia
24The Last Stand$93,427-66%239-450$391$11,904,8354Lionsgate
25Flight$58,432-48%115-85$508$93,749,20315Paramount
26Red Dawn (2012)$54,198-37%105-48$516$44,750,61512FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beasts of the Southern Wild$124,4343%9735$1,283$12,062,57633Fox Searchlight
2ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$95,236--25--$3,809$95,2361UTV Motion Pictures
3Race 2$81,944-71%63-76$1,301$1,524,8773UTV Motion Pictures
4A Royal Affair$63,642-34%37-7$1,720$1,110,19814Magnolia Pictures
5Anna Karenina (2012)$61,504-15%911$676$12,679,18713Focus
6To the Arctic 3D$61,4178%520$1,181$11,169,29343Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Hubble 3D$47,283-1%17-1$2,781$36,272,150152Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Born to Be Wild 3D$43,56776%300$1,452$21,924,34497Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Space Station 3D$43,103100%30$14,368$87,134,591565IMAX
10Deep Sea 3D$42,350243%73$6,050$45,404,580363Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Gatekeepers$42,071-32%30$14,024$152,5382Sony Pictures Classics
12Killing Them Softly$38,2931281%8784$440$15,003,53711Weinstein Company
1356 Up$37,75043%163$2,359$280,8556First Run Features
14Lost in Thailand$32,206--35--$920$32,2061WAMCR
15Sound City$31,675-50%193$1,667$245,1102Variance Films
16Lore$31,498--6--$5,250$31,4981Music Box Films
17Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$31,171-9%47-3$663$12,495,8658Paramount
18Rust and Bone$29,363-59%51-29$576$1,899,33112Sony Pictures Classics
19Playing For Keeps (2012)$28,161-60%81-67$348$13,081,68110FilmDistrict
20Koch$26,023-26%42$6,506$77,7592Zeitgeist Films
21The Master$23,758-43%291$819$16,247,15922Weinstein Company
22Searching For Sugar Man$20,5553%202$1,028$3,245,67129Sony Pictures Classics
23John Dies at the End$20,364182%97$2,263$45,1823Magnolia / Magnet
24Hitchcock$19,96513%36-8$555$5,924,22412Fox Searchlight
25Taken 2$15,057-56%35-48$430$139,840,85419Fox
26The Sessions$11,712-47%18-11$651$5,933,82817Fox Searchlight
27West of Memphis$10,045-9%102$1,005$117,8047Sony Pictures Classics
28Yossi$8,89653%64$1,483$35,6093Strand Releasing
29A Late Quartet$8,813-43%120$734$1,514,02915Entertainment One / RKO
30Frankenweenie$6,727-72%20-39$336$35,280,41819Disney
31The Sorcerer and the White Snake$5,530--5--$1,106$5,5301Magnolia / Magnet
32The Waiting Room$5,242355%42$1,311$194,64020International Film Circuit
33Pitch Perfect$3,895-72%15-26$260$64,998,36820Universal
34Night Across the Street$3,248--1--$3,248$3,2481Cinema Guild
35Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$3,138-6%10$3,138$25,1723Music Box Films
36Under the Sea 3D$3,118-51%80$390$32,539,408209Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Beware of Mr. Baker$2,935-58%3-4$978$106,91411SnagFilms
385 Broken Cameras$2,62843%74$375$89,50137Kino Lorber
39Let My People Go!$1,787--2--$894$11,0615Zeitgeist Films
40Masquerade (2012)$1,752--4--$438$909,69021CJ Entertainment
41Brief Reunion$1,674--1--$1,674$5,8914Striped Entertainment
42The House I Live In$1,626-60%32$542$210,75219Abramorama
43Any Day Now$1,576-4%50$315$179,9039Music Box Films
44The Other Son$1,546-32%3-1$515$1,249,71916Cohen Media Group
45LUV$1,504-72%3-5$501$156,2514Indomina Media
46Step Up to the Plate$1,238362%21$619$44,98522Cinema Guild
47Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder$1,197--1--$1,197$1,1971First Run Features
48The Invisible War$996--1--$996$66,16734Cinedigm
49Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$994-89%10$994$11,5832First Run Features
50Neighboring Sounds$914-40%10$914$52,04225Cinema Guild
51Clandestine Childhood$880--2--$440$9,0175Film Movement
52Port of Shadows (2012 re-issue)$611--1--$611$26,76522Rialto Pictures
53Nothing But a Man (2012 re-issue)$443--1--$443$9,24814APD/Cinema Conservancy
54Wagner & Me$242246%10$242$35,41610First Run Features