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. 22 - Sun, Feb. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$14,017,085-41%3,22257$4,350$93,619,6153Universal
2Snitch (2013)$13,167,607--2,511--$5,244$13,167,6071Lionsgate / Summit
3Escape From Planet Earth$10,682,037-33%3,35365$3,186$34,812,6992Weinstein Company
4Safe Haven$10,454,713-51%3,2230$3,244$47,916,3562Relativity Media
5A Good Day to Die Hard$10,165,633-59%3,5552$2,860$51,967,8972Fox
6Dark Skies$8,189,166--2,313--$3,540$8,189,1661Weinstein / Dimension
7Silver Linings Playbook$5,750,866-8%2,012-190$2,858$107,176,01215Weinstein Company
8Warm Bodies$4,825,388-46%2,644-253$1,825$58,243,4414Lionsgate / Summit
9Beautiful Creatures (2013)$3,608,333-52%2,9500$1,223$16,570,5982Warner Bros.
10Side Effects (2013)$3,357,039-46%2,070-535$1,622$25,099,5553Open Road
11Zero Dark Thirty$2,230,084-26%1,197-330$1,863$91,539,07510Sony / Columbia
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,684,532-52%1,425-678$1,182$52,945,0865Paramount
13Mama$1,173,900-56%1,163-485$1,009$70,230,5706Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,827,165-16%802-101$2,278$129,653,50220Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$1,605,3662%572-75$2,807$113,525,12614Fox
3Lincoln$1,481,081-9%875-132$1,693$178,603,57116Disney / DreamWorks
4Quartet$1,125,886-14%35623$3,163$8,844,9507Weinstein Company
5Django Unchained$971,655-36%659-358$1,474$158,783,4309Weinstein Company
6Amour$716,1862%32822$2,183$5,147,24210Sony Pictures Classics
7Wreck-It Ralph$645,870-19%402-104$1,607$186,676,41117Disney
8Les Miserables (2012)$634,825-26%462-214$1,374$146,696,6909Universal
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$550,483-44%388-217$1,419$300,952,37911Warner Bros. / New Line
10Kai Po Che$522,765--110--$4,752$522,7651UTV Motion Pictures
11Bless Me, Ultima$470,109--263--$1,787$947,2291Arenas Entertainment
12Rise of The Guardians$370,176-12%305-33$1,214$102,017,12314Paramount / DreamWorks
13Parental Guidance$296,950-39%381-222$779$75,772,7339Fox
14The Impossible$289,277-40%273-149$1,060$18,052,76010Lionsgate / Summit
15The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$263,830-29%246-20$1,072$1,920,8094ShortsHD
16The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$212,790-26%223-31$954$292,123,22115Lionsgate / Summit
17A Haunted House$202,016-32%302-38$669$39,863,7207Open Road
18Skyfall$143,543-46%184-78$780$304,164,76016Sony / Columbia
19Gangster Squad$140,156-31%202-8$694$45,595,2197Warner Bros.
20The Guilt Trip$137,528166%18698$739$36,961,59210Paramount
21Parker$122,878-72%212-493$580$17,365,6485FilmDistrict
22Jack Reacher$70,418-45%100-75$704$79,465,89010Paramount
23The Last Stand$55,665115%11460$488$12,026,6706Lionsgate
24Bullet to the Head$39,071-84%105-365$372$9,397,5234Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beasts of the Southern Wild$213,57541%73-119$2,926$12,572,08535Fox Searchlight
2The Gatekeepers$133,740196%1915$7,039$380,5804Sony Pictures Classics
3No (2013)$69,752-3%62$11,625$182,0342Sony Pictures Classics
4Hyde Park on Hudson$63,407-38%65-21$975$6,126,49212Focus
5Hubble 3D$58,389-24%254$2,336$36,537,671154Warner Bros. / IMAX
6To the Arctic 3D$56,687-29%520$1,090$11,387,80745Warner Bros. / IMAX
756 Up$55,669-20%325$1,740$464,6178First Run Features
8Broken City$49,534-41%98-35$505$19,583,5526Fox
9This is 40$47,970-52%96-71$500$67,523,38510Universal
10A Royal Affair$36,732-48%25-9$1,469$1,331,19316Magnolia Pictures
11Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$36,72241%169$2,295$107,4735Music Box Films
12Stand Up Guys$35,488-67%41-78$866$3,264,1174Lionsgate / Roadside
13The Master$34,08325%20-2$1,704$16,340,14624Weinstein Company
14Monsters, Inc. 3D$33,966-55%45-54$755$33,316,49310Disney
15Searching For Sugar Man$32,58340%3011$1,086$3,322,28931Sony Pictures Classics
16Born to Be Wild 3D$27,212-41%300$907$22,045,26599Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Like Someone in Love$22,0041%96$2,445$56,1382IFC Films
18Koch$20,992-44%9-2$2,332$168,0384Zeitgeist Films
19Texas Chainsaw 3D$20,962-65%44-52$476$34,334,2568Lionsgate
20Rust and Bone$20,325-22%30-3$678$1,980,99414Sony Pictures Classics
21Lore$20,263-47%80$2,533$124,7643Music Box Films
22John Dies at the End$20,20287%177$1,188$87,7445Magnolia / Magnet
23My Worst Nightmare$20,092--1--$20,092$21,45619Strand Releasing
24Space Station 3D$19,00665%42$4,752$87,249,009567IMAX
25Anna Karenina (2012)$16,597-59%28-23$593$12,802,90715Focus
26Sound City$15,924-32%170$937$314,1104Variance Films
27ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$15,392-71%9-13$1,710$218,2573UTV Motion Pictures
28Hitchcock$13,82844%162$864$5,963,60814Fox Searchlight
29Movie 43$12,163-34%21-14$579$8,799,3745Relativity Media
30West of Memphis$11,02491%124$919$141,9289Sony Pictures Classics
31The Sessions$9,552-21%160$597$5,972,47819Fox Searchlight
32The Power of Few$9,35023%53$1,870$17,7012Steelyard Pictures
33Yossi$9,034-41%70$1,291$74,1715Strand Releasing
34Camp (2013)$7,785--1--$7,785$7,7851Freestyle Releasing
35Under the Sea 3D$5,714-54%8-2$714$32,576,151211Warner Bros. / IMAX
36A Late Quartet$5,432-58%7-6$776$1,544,77017Entertainment One / RKO
37Deep Sea 3D$3,975-41%4-3$994$45,431,928365Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Frankenweenie$3,747233%30$1,249$35,287,78821Disney
3911 Flowers$3,516--2--$1,758$3,5161First Run Features
40Race 2$3,273-81%5-6$655$1,578,9965UTV Motion Pictures
41Beware of Mr. Baker$2,445270%1-1$2,445$112,24813SnagFilms
42The Waiting Room$2,301-33%3-1$767$202,95422International Film Circuit
43Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$1,913--3--$638$14,6974First Run Features
44Masquerade (2012)$1,84555%42$461$914,42223CJ Entertainment
455 Broken Cameras$1,829-13%2-4$915$98,04139Kino Lorber
46Inescapable$1,545--2--$773$1,5451IFC Films
47Nothing But a Man (2012 re-issue)$1,092--2--$546$10,34016APD/Cinema Conservancy
48The Sorcerer and the White Snake$977-64%1-3$977$16,3883Magnolia / Magnet
49Little Fugitive (2013 re-issue)$667-25%10$667$18,4274APD/Cinema Conservancy
50Le combat dans l'ile (2009 re-issue)$327--1--$327$49,545194The Film Desk
51Breathing$311--1--$311$4,63026Kino Lorber
52Radio Unnameable$228--1--$228$20,34623Kino Lorber