NORTH AMERICA: Weekend Actuals: 'The Maze Runner' Easily Leads with Strong $32.51M; 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' #2 with $12.76M; 'This Is Where I Leave You' #3 with $11.56MSeptember 22, 2014 01:20 PM

by Daniel Garris

As was widely expected, Fox's The Maze Runner debuted comfortably in first place this weekend with $32.51 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 $11.26 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.1 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased 20 percent on Saturday to gross $13.47 million and fell 42 percent on Sunday to gross $7.78 million. That placed the film's 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 10.1 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 $12.76 million. Universal's modestly budgeted action thriller starring Liam Neeson opened just below pre-release expectations. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened softer than Liam's recent vehicles; including 35 percent softer than the $19.67 million debut of 2012's The Grey. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened with $4.76 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.43 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased a modest 7 percent on Saturday to take in $5.07 million and declined 42 percent on Sunday to gross $2.93 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of just 2.68 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 $11.56 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey opened towards the lower end of its modest expectations. This Is Where I Leave You opened 15 percent below the $13.53 million start of 2011's The Change-Up. This Is Where I Leave You started with $3.87 million on Friday, increased a very solid 28 percent on Saturday to take in $4.94 million and declined 44 percent on Sunday to gross $2.75 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.99 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 60 percent from last weekend's first place debut to place in fourth with $9.79 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 $39.70 million. That places No Good Deed 5 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 $8.87 million. The family sequel from Warner Bros. was down 44 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 $26.93 million in ten days, but is currently running 28 percent behind the $37.18 million ten-day take of Dolphin Tale.

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy placed in sixth with $5.24 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero film from Marvel was down a very solid 35 percent from last weekend. With a massive 52-day take of $313.73 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 $0.85 million from 602 locations. That gave the low-budget Kevin Smith directed horror film a per-location average of just $1,407 for the frame.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Mar. 22 - Sun, Mar. 24

Wide (1000+)

1The Croods$43,639,736--4,046--$10,786$43,639,7361Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Olympus Has Fallen$30,373,794--3,098--$9,804$30,373,7941FilmDistrict
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$21,568,957-48%3,805-107$5,669$177,097,0903Disney
4The Call$8,900,935-48%2,5070$3,550$31,105,0562Sony / TriStar
6Spring Breakers$4,858,9441747%1,1041101$4,401$5,265,8022A24
7The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$4,321,388-58%3,1600$1,368$17,411,8182Warner Bros. / New Line
8Jack the Giant Slayer$2,949,101-53%2,560-797$1,152$59,036,3844Warner Bros. / New Line
9Identity Thief$2,588,355-41%2,166-676$1,195$127,770,3007Universal
10Snitch (2013)$1,885,200-46%1,807-546$1,043$40,297,7495Lionsgate / Summit
11Silver Linings Playbook$1,585,071-37%1,044-558$1,518$127,163,61419Weinstein Company
12Safe Haven$1,137,864-54%1,279-927$890$68,918,0096Relativity Media
1321 And Over$1,028,521-61%1,134-1290$907$24,163,8414Relativity Media
14Escape From Planet Earth$477,522-80%1,494-717$320$53,354,8996Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

1Life of Pi$720,257-41%489-157$1,473$122,546,76818Fox
2Quartet$578,043-38%425-263$1,360$15,914,27211Weinstein Company
3Stoker$353,32633%275181$1,285$1,124,6514Fox Searchlight
4A Good Day to Die Hard$323,549-72%448-669$722$66,260,7316Fox
5The Last Exorcism Part II$320,567-75%455-1120$705$15,009,4744CBS Films
6Dead Man Down$306,090-86%612-1576$500$10,611,9583FilmDistrict
7Emperor$283,763-55%237-74$1,197$2,600,7323Roadside Attractions
8Django Unchained$283,6190%29630$958$162,007,43513Weinstein Company
9Side Effects (2013)$269,562-50%225-177$1,198$30,980,6737Open Road
10Warm Bodies$238,069-58%299-360$796$65,019,0078Lionsgate / Summit
11Lincoln$217,555-45%292-174$745$181,809,33520Disney / DreamWorks
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$207,973112%20979$995$54,931,8069Paramount
13Wreck-It Ralph$197,051-36%238-39$828$188,742,35721Disney
14Dark Skies$186,012-66%205-498$907$17,015,4975Weinstein / Dimension
15The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$178,205-44%235-70$758$302,695,93815Warner Bros. / New Line
16InAPPropriate Comedy$156,414--275--$569$156,4141Freestyle Releasing
17Argo$142,310-72%185-355$769$135,519,14524Warner Bros.
18Zero Dark Thirty$138,415-68%215-235$644$95,614,94914Sony / Columbia
19Parental Guidance$135,529-11%185-37$733$76,736,12613Fox
20Rise of The Guardians$102,496-41%162-51$633$103,174,22018Paramount / DreamWorks
21Beautiful Creatures (2013)$98,63336%18863$525$19,304,5506Warner Bros.
22Les Miserables (2012)$94,810-52%129-112$735$148,673,16513Universal
24The Impossible$76,890-9%12318$625$18,736,34514Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

1No (2013)$197,5459%6012$3,292$989,9806Sony Pictures Classics
2The Gatekeepers$170,606-25%948$1,815$1,589,3008Sony Pictures Classics
3New World$129,954--24--$5,415$129,9541Well Go USA
4On the Road$102,445--42--$2,439$256,69514IFC Films
5Ginger & Rosa$98,706130%3431$2,903$118,7882A24
6Hubble 3D$76,15531%252$3,046$37,022,041158Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Lore$70,867-28%49-2$1,446$496,8267Music Box Films
8From Up on Poppy Hill$59,6934%64$9,949$131,9262GKIDS
9Amour$55,197-46%90-39$613$6,591,72914Sony Pictures Classics
10Monsters, Inc. 3D$46,816-34%49-9$955$33,760,98914Disney
11To the Arctic 3D$46,427-19%520$893$11,783,18149Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Sapphires$38,372--4--$9,593$38,3721Weinstein Company
13Born to Be Wild 3D$33,191-16%300$1,106$22,268,994103Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Gangster Squad$29,964-10%500$599$45,968,22411Warner Bros.
15Upside Down$26,145-9%3928$670$68,1432Millennium Entertainment
16Space Station 3D$25,24256%50$5,048$87,456,091571IMAX
17Searching For Sugar Man$23,780-34%25-9$951$3,559,83835Sony Pictures Classics
19Hava Nagila (The Movie)$23,121-50%21-3$1,101$190,9394International Film Circuit
20Bless Me, Ultima$22,701-53%21-24$1,081$1,513,4625Arenas Entertainment
21The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$22,368-59%28-17$799$347,6944Methinx Entertainment
22Gimme the Loot$21,065--1--$21,065$21,0651IFC Films
23West of Memphis$20,620-27%401$516$271,08513Sony Pictures Classics
24Like Someone in Love$20,501-32%235$891$178,7106IFC Films
25Kai Po Che$16,951-62%18-24$942$1,105,5595UTV Motion Pictures
26Camp (2013)$15,975-38%172$940$89,6915Freestyle Releasing
27Starbuck$15,530--3--$5,177$3,470,5551eOne Films US
28Hyde Park on Hudson$14,160-37%20-11$708$6,367,78016Focus
29Koch$13,547-33%160$847$291,5558Zeitgeist Films
30A Royal Affair$12,619-45%12-7$1,052$1,471,82920Magnolia Pictures
31Under the Sea 3D$12,033-31%112$1,094$32,671,385215Warner Bros. / IMAX
3256 Up$11,519-19%16-4$720$624,01612First Run Features
33Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$11,456-56%16-5$716$278,6739Music Box Films
34My Brother the Devil$10,305--2--$5,153$10,3051Paladin/108 Media
35Rust and Bone$9,816-11%172$577$2,057,62618Sony Pictures Classics
36The Waiting Room$9,29490%83$1,162$233,24826International Film Circuit
37Beyond the Hills$8,592-64%7-7$1,227$66,9103IFC Films
38Hunky Dory$7,443--11--$677$7,4431Variance Films
39A Resurrection$7,300--17--$429$7,3001Archstone Distribution
40War Witch$7,20411%116$655$37,9024Tribeca Film
41Girl Rising$7,140-52%4-1$1,785$435,0263Gathr Films
42Deep Sea 3D$6,95325%30$2,318$45,470,062369Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)$6,424-48%21$3,212$57,7263Tribeca Film
44Dorfman in Love$6,410--7--$916$6,4101Brainstorm Media
45Any Day Now$5,848--7--$835$194,88915Music Box Films
46The We and the I$5,8390%75$834$28,2543Paladin/108 Media
47Le Pont du Nord (2013 re-issue)$5,333--1--$5,333$6,1451The Film Desk
48Leviathan (2013)$5,27415%20$2,637$37,5444Cinema Guild
49The Silence$5,0305%40$1,258$24,2773Music Box Films
50Leonie$4,5501464%32$1,517$5,2192Monterey Media
51Rangrezz$4,318--11--$393$4,3181UTV Motion Pictures
52John Dies at the End$4,142-31%10-3$414$134,7379Magnolia / Magnet
53Yossi$3,852277%1-2$3,852$111,5699Strand Releasing
54A Place at the Table$3,835-72%17-2$226$191,9594Magnolia Pictures
55Broken City$3,512-32%11-1$319$19,682,78310Fox
56Love and Honor (2013)$2,815--2--$1,408$2,8151IFC Films
57The Girl (2013)$2,745-60%70$392$26,3673Brainstorm Media / Vitagraph
58M (2013 re-issue)$2,570-58%10$2,570$13,3532Kino Lorber
59The ABC's of Death$2,558-32%7-7$365$19,6213Magnet / Drafthouse
60Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey$2,029-80%6-13$338$53,6763Cinedigm
61The Happy Poet$1,847--1--$1,847$1,8471Cinema Libre Studio
62Sound City$1,801-78%2-9$901$377,0988Variance Films
63Hitler's Children$1,702--1--$1,702$26,08319Film Movement
64Come Out and Play$1,600--10--$160$1,6001Cinedigm Entertainment
65Silver Circle$1,314--1--$1,314$1,3141Area23a
66You Don't Need Feet to Dance$1,239--1--$1,239$1,2391First Run Features
67If I Were You$1,208-69%5-9$242$7,5502Kino Lorber
68The Attacks of 26/11$1,006-91%510$20$248,3464Eros International
69Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$974--2--$487$20,99310Kino Lorber
70The Power of Few$880--1--$880$30,4446Steelyard Pictures
71A Fierce Green Fire$848-89%3-2$283$14,7124First Run Features
72The End of Love$376-90%1-2$376$7,9634Variance Films
73Orchestra of Exiles$29614%10$296$27,67322First Run Features
74Masquerade (2012)$293-90%1-3$293$921,89127CJ Entertainment
75Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$239-10%1-1$239$28,9998First Run Features
765 Broken Cameras$194-8%1-1$194$102,53443Kino Lorber