Grosses

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, Apr. 12 - Sun, Apr. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$27,487,144--3,003--$9,153$27,487,1441Warner Bros.
2Scary Movie 5$14,157,367--3,402--$4,161$14,157,3671Weinstein / Dimension
3The Croods$13,115,074-36%3,689-190$3,555$142,439,1444Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4G.I. Joe: Retaliation$10,894,415-48%3,535-199$3,082$102,520,1133Paramount
5Evil Dead$9,488,302-63%3,0250$3,137$41,530,0842Sony / TriStar
6Jurassic Park 3D$8,861,820-52%2,7787$3,190$31,970,9852Universal
7Olympus Has Fallen$7,250,084-29%2,935-124$2,470$81,856,8984FilmDistrict
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$4,859,958-39%2,504-401$1,941$219,381,3706Disney
9Tyler Perry's Temptation$4,503,102-55%1,805-242$2,495$45,425,0983Lionsgate
10The Host (2013)$2,383,023-54%2,172-1030$1,097$23,428,4833Open Road
11The Call$1,952,122-44%1,630-372$1,198$48,574,2155Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$3,865,687450%514484$7,521$5,239,8663Focus
2Trance$896,608584%438434$2,047$1,071,2162Fox Searchlight
3Admission$877,293-55%909-498$965$16,795,2474Focus
4Identity Thief$541,425-32%564-157$960$132,022,26510Universal
5Silver Linings Playbook$408,626-32%451-73$906$130,333,79822Weinstein Company
6Spring Breakers$380,203-68%426-646$892$13,529,1905A24
7Jack the Giant Slayer$323,074-38%331-171$976$62,958,2917Warner Bros. / New Line
8Life of Pi$237,645-33%217-52$1,095$124,279,74121Fox
9Quartet$226,750-38%224-28$1,012$17,577,66514Weinstein Company
10Warm Bodies$222,101-18%279-8$796$65,898,06711Lionsgate / Summit
11Safe Haven$181,065-34%277-83$654$70,604,6969Relativity Media
12Escape From Planet Earth$158,175-40%276-156$573$54,660,1139Weinstein Company
13The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$154,190-68%274-261$563$22,129,4005Warner Bros. / New Line
14A Good Day to Die Hard$151,143-8%210-15$720$67,006,7659Fox
15Snitch (2013)$133,093-41%215-89$619$41,988,9718Lionsgate / Summit
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$101,591-27%154-26$660$55,587,13912Paramount
17Django Unchained$81,138-41%126-57$644$162,691,58216Weinstein Company
18Wreck-It Ralph$78,963-17%134-22$589$189,288,87724Disney
1921 And Over$76,909-54%107-73$719$25,431,6767Relativity Media
20Argo$57,276-33%1720$333$135,986,92327Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Company You Keep$277,818111%4136$6,776$450,4282Sony Pictures Classics
2The Sapphires$248,945-15%9333$2,677$784,3464Weinstein Company
3Renoir$182,47178%4929$3,724$423,4593IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
4No (2013)$155,218-26%9910$1,568$1,845,0529Sony Pictures Classics
5To the Wonder$116,551--17--$6,856$116,5511Magnolia Pictures
6Not Today$96,347--41--$2,350$96,3471Freestyle Releasing
7From Up on Poppy Hill$94,039-28%498$1,919$608,9775GKIDS
8The Gatekeepers$71,873-58%90-41$799$2,258,44011Sony Pictures Classics
9Upstream Color$71,220149%1110$6,475$109,9512ERBP
10Hubble 3D$63,027-20%184$3,502$37,592,206161Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Impossible$59,8361%77-3$777$18,996,75517Lionsgate / Summit
12To the Arctic 3D$55,3269%520$1,064$12,123,51452Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Ginger & Rosa$55,025-56%71-28$775$683,9265A24
14Side Effects (2013)$53,029-49%53-27$1,001$31,479,38910Open Road
15Parental Guidance$52,748-36%90-20$586$77,118,97716Fox
16Emperor$52,176-61%96-24$544$3,219,1416Roadside Attractions
17Fists of Legend$49,252--23--$2,141$49,2521CJ Entertainment
18Monsters, Inc. 3D$40,975-3%30-2$1,366$33,943,00417Disney
19Room 237$35,805-28%209$1,790$148,8373IFC Midnight
20On the Road$35,616-67%64-43$557$677,13317IFC Films
21Dark Skies$34,92485%25-3$1,397$17,217,8588Weinstein / Dimension
22Camp (2013)$34,05794%2113$1,622$169,0368Freestyle Releasing
23Lore$32,841-57%33-17$995$782,97110Music Box Films
24Starbuck$32,311-44%321$1,010$3,658,8314eOne Films US
25The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$30,686-22%55-22$558$302,975,07518Warner Bros. / New Line
26Blancanieves$28,058-19%173$1,650$116,6053Cohen Media Group
27Dead Man Down$28,018-45%94-52$298$10,880,9266FilmDistrict
28No Place on Earth$24,45677%119$2,223$42,8702Magnolia Pictures
29New World$23,057-58%9-10$2,562$450,2224Well Go USA
30Lincoln$22,962-52%58-44$396$182,182,83623Disney / DreamWorks
31Space Station 3D$21,213-16%53$4,243$87,658,388574IMAX
32Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$19,681-72%13-3$1,514$110,6542CodeBlack Films
33The Angels' Share$18,837--3--$6,279$18,8371IFC Films
34Under the Sea 3D$18,503-21%184$1,028$32,786,971218Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Born to Be Wild 3D$15,969-44%300$532$22,457,828106Warner Bros. / IMAX
36It's a Disaster$15,305--3--$5,102$15,3051Oscilloscope
37Settai$15,245-71%15-18$1,016$76,6652UTV Motion Pictures
38Amour$13,849-13%28-2$495$6,712,91417Sony Pictures Classics
39Stoker$12,012-81%30-59$400$1,672,4957Fox Searchlight
40Leonie$9,826217%116$893$29,6655Monterey Media
41Searching For Sugar Man$9,234-43%14-4$660$3,626,83238Sony Pictures Classics
42Deep Sea 3D$8,16431%31$2,721$45,503,646372Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Hava Nagila (The Movie)$6,839-30%11-2$622$250,4137International Film Circuit
44A Royal Affair$6,519-58%6-5$1,087$1,530,26223Magnolia Pictures
45Gimme the Loot$6,164-52%7-1$881$77,3674IFC Films
46Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$6,043-50%10$6,043$21,4382Cinema Guild
47Simon Killer$5,4578%21$2,729$12,5462IFC Films
48Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$5,147-46%100$515$318,23812Music Box Films
49Like Someone in Love$5,012-12%142$358$215,6379IFC Films
50Koch$4,935-21%3-4$1,645$328,80911Zeitgeist Films
51Beyond the Hills$4,671-44%7-5$667$105,1596IFC Films
52Neighboring Sounds$3,960--3--$1,320$57,30234Cinema Guild
53Girl Rising$3,650-67%4842$76$668,9226Gathr Films
54West of Memphis$3,27130%174$192$307,03916Sony Pictures Classics
55A Place at the Table$3,133-18%9-5$348$212,2787Magnolia Pictures
56Sound City$3,0244%40$756$398,20511Variance Films
57Leviathan (2013)$2,959291%53$592$48,3547Cinema Guild
58Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$2,332-50%51$466$10,3302First Run Features
5956 Up$1,989-73%4-6$497$673,14215First Run Features
60The Brass Teapot$1,421-68%20$711$6,6432Magnolia Pictures
61The Silence$1,415-90%4-7$354$76,2716Music Box Films
62Violeta Went to Heaven$1,37743%2-1$689$11,2573Kino Lorber
63Yossi$1,168--1--$1,168$116,20712Strand Releasing
64Hunky Dory$1,129-7%30$376$17,0734Variance Films
65Silver Circle$96778%10$967$4,0804Area23a
665 Broken Cameras$890106%10$890$103,90146Kino Lorber
67M (2013 re-issue)$890-83%1-2$890$26,6485Kino Lorber
68Wrong$797-75%1-7$797$38,0423Drafthouse Films
69Himmatwala$669-97%3-58$223$270,5783UTV Motion Pictures
70Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder$621--2--$311$4,81610First Run Features
71Orchestra of Exiles$613-68%20$307$34,18825First Run Features
72Kai Po Che$538-62%1-1$538$1,120,7858UTV Motion Pictures
73The Waiting Room$502-75%10$502$243,15729International Film Circuit
74Masquerade (2012)$477--1--$477$922,60030CJ Entertainment
75A Fierce Green Fire$370-80%1-1$370$20,6477First Run Features
7611 Flowers$310-50%10$310$8,9418First Run Features
77Radio Unnameable$285-77%10$285$24,01730Kino Lorber
78The Ghastly Love of Johnny X$120--1--$120$23725Strand Releasing
79Into the White$90--1--$90$901Magnolia Pictures
80Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film$33--1--$33$3,80437Kino Lorber