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, May. 10 - Sun, May. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$72,525,615-58%4,2530$17,053$284,946,6992Disney
2The Great Gatsby (2013)$50,085,184--3,535--$14,168$50,085,1841Warner Bros.
3Pain and Gain$5,001,029-33%3,30316$1,514$41,609,2293Paramount
4Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$4,611,534--2,041--$2,259$4,611,5341Lionsgate
542 (2013)$4,588,209-24%2,930-415$1,566$84,670,0885Warner Bros.
6Oblivion (2013)$4,114,665-27%2,770-660$1,485$81,906,2804Universal
7The Croods$3,609,028-14%2,650-265$1,362$173,224,5058Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8The Big Wedding$2,490,362-36%2,298-335$1,084$18,278,0533Lionsgate
9Scary Movie 5$675,942-53%1,007-850$671$30,613,9725Weinstein / Dimension

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$2,538,59917%852276$2,980$8,558,5783Roadside Attractions
2Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,078,233-49%774-386$1,393$230,260,55310Disney
3Olympus Has Fallen$741,518-38%836-796$887$96,619,1428FilmDistrict
4The Place Beyond the Pines$705,333-45%669-493$1,054$20,008,8697Focus
5Jurassic Park 3D$633,935-29%653-327$971$44,752,8456Universal
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$607,403-52%750-1054$810$119,764,2947Paramount
7The Company You Keep$400,501-43%394-147$1,017$4,130,7516Sony Pictures Classics
8Evil Dead$291,266-53%443-516$657$53,756,7746Sony / TriStar
9Jack the Giant Slayer$247,325-16%281-54$880$64,482,91311Warner Bros. / New Line
10Identity Thief$192,585-6%279-21$690$133,714,59014Universal
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$186,995-55%278-226$673$51,699,4947Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$156,4523%30111$520$26,366,0367Open Road
13The Sapphires$137,879-6%118-5$1,168$1,837,7698Weinstein Company
14Home Run$131,1872%131-33$1,001$2,722,6414IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
15Silver Linings Playbook$123,892-38%323-145$384$131,927,47526Weinstein Company
16Snitch (2013)$117,126-14%188-27$623$42,687,50612Lionsgate / Summit
17Escape From Planet Earth$101,481-18%254-3$400$55,340,71813Weinstein Company
18The Call$92,9840%121-79$768$51,069,3879Sony / TriStar
19Admission$70,97882%15643$455$17,873,5168Focus
20Safe Haven$45,170-40%124-45$364$71,281,71013Relativity Media
21Aftershock (2013)$40,179--110--$365$40,1791RADiUS-TWC
22Side Effects (2013)$35,362-47%108-57$327$32,154,41014Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Go Goa Gone$170,044--92--$1,848$170,0441Eros International
2Renoir$150,2883%8612$1,748$1,291,5767IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
3The Iceman$111,86327%1713$6,580$239,3922Millennium Entertainment
4Kon-Tiki$84,74914%228$3,852$225,4973Weinstein Company
5The Reluctant Fundamentalist$73,819-14%4611$1,605$244,2773IFC Films
6Filly Brown$67,927-60%92-112$738$2,725,7164Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Shootout at Wadala$61,604-71%890$692$338,4332Eros International
8In the House$61,01330%3412$1,795$222,5454Cohen Media Group
9Hubble 3D$54,234-6%16-2$3,390$38,084,656165Warner Bros. / IMAX
10At Any Price$50,94761%5032$1,019$124,5343Sony Pictures Classics
11No One Lives$47,798--53--$902$47,8001Anchor Bay Films
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$44,42312%2319$1,931$106,7802eOne Films US
13To the Arctic 3D$43,9079%520$844$12,445,08056Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$40,516-52%4323$942$142,8852Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Life of Pi$38,928-33%70-29$556$124,817,43025Fox
16The Angels' Share$37,580-4%385$989$217,3945IFC Films
17Love Is All You Need$37,1781%106$3,718$88,1642Sony Pictures Classics
18Quartet$36,143-17%59-27$613$18,158,90318Weinstein Company
19No (2013)$33,6931%39-6$864$2,247,18813Sony Pictures Classics
20From Up on Poppy Hill$29,667-11%37-2$802$897,1119GKIDS
21Stories We Tell$27,053--2--$13,527$27,0531Roadside Attractions
22What Maisie Knew$24,56014%32$8,187$55,7122Millenium Entertainment
23To the Wonder$22,902-37%402$573$505,9485Magnolia Pictures
24Trance$21,836-50%40-46$546$2,268,6926Fox Searchlight
25Under the Sea 3D$21,81521%180$1,212$32,915,557222Warner Bros. / IMAX
26A Good Day to Die Hard$18,449-56%50-22$369$67,323,60813Fox
27Born to Be Wild 3D$16,883-12%300$563$22,616,318110Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Dark Skies$15,3978%290$531$17,387,71112Weinstein / Dimension
29Ginger & Rosa$15,03315%22-2$683$849,1869A24
30Something in the Air$14,1607%107$1,416$35,1622IFC Films
31King's Faith$14,00035%147$1,000$59,2943Waking Giants Entertainment
32The Gatekeepers$13,10320%191$690$2,376,99115Sony Pictures Classics
3321 And Over$12,153-51%37-45$328$25,675,76511Relativity Media
34Hava Nagila (The Movie)$12,098-23%110$1,100$305,77011International Film Circuit
35One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$11,515--1--$11,515$13,5941Zeitgeist Films
36Spring Breakers$11,014-58%16-27$688$14,030,7389A24
37Venus and Serena$10,981--4--$2,745$10,9811Magnolia Pictures
38Space Station 3D$10,465-46%2-3$5,233$87,804,433578IMAX
39Parental Guidance$9,422-29%29-13$325$77,253,08320Fox
40No Place on Earth$7,755-52%10-9$776$139,8936Magnolia Pictures
41The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$7,700-49%6-4$1,283$549,63211Methinx Entertainment
42Sightseers$7,384--2--$3,692$7,3841IFC Films
43Starbuck$6,978-66%9-19$775$3,777,5708eOne Films US
44Blancanieves$6,643-62%11-4$604$236,3947Cohen Media Group
45Deep Sea 3D$6,54783%53$1,309$45,537,614376Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$6,401316%41$1,600$29,3984Kino Lorber
47Lore$6,369-19%6-2$1,062$884,20714Music Box Films
48The Lords of Salem$5,942-75%15-35$396$1,163,5084Anchor Bay Films
49Room 237$5,518-60%22-6$251$259,7657IFC Midnight
50Emperor$5,374-36%10-10$537$3,319,35610Roadside Attractions
51Not Today$5,27937%52$1,056$159,1305Freestyle Releasing
52Arthur Newman$5,204-60%10-25$520$202,1933Cinedigm
53Post Tenebras Lux$4,8013%10$4,801$16,6222Strand Releasing
54Searching For Sugar Man$4,63849%7-2$663$3,662,32242Sony Pictures Classics
55Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$4,232-48%3-1$1,411$58,2924Kino Lorber
56Storm Surfers 3D$4,06232%31$1,354$19,7953XLrator Media
57Kiss of the Damned$4,03148%75$576$8,6492Magnolia / Magnet
58Girl Rising$4,0003%6324$63$1,148,29710Gathr Films
59The Painting (2013)$3,627--1--$3,627$3,6271GKIDS
60Tai Chi Hero$3,035-39%2-3$1,518$27,4953Well Go USA
61A Place at the Table$2,69833%5-2$540$230,52211Magnolia Pictures
62Sound City$2,411--3--$804$411,32215Variance Films
63Free the Mind$2,365-81%21$1,183$18,4422International Film Circuit
64An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$2,027-55%20$1,014$21,7743Variance Films
65Leonie$1,815-30%3-1$605$52,1789Monterey Media
66Leviathan (2013)$1,750196%42$438$56,87911Cinema Guild
6756 Up$1,739-32%31$580$693,93019First Run Features
68Camp (2013)$1,568-77%3-9$523$314,95812Freestyle Releasing
69Django Unchained$1,534-65%5-7$307$162,804,64820Weinstein Company
70Amour$1,498-50%4-7$375$6,738,95421Sony Pictures Classics
71Gimme the Loot$1,245-25%6-4$208$97,7688IFC Films
72Dead Man's Burden$1,020-87%10$1,020$9,8142Cinedigm
73Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$968-62%21$484$35,80615First Run Features
74Koch$884-3%1-1$884$339,81215Zeitgeist Films
75M (2013 re-issue)$742--1--$742$27,8429Kino Lorber
76The Silence$663-66%21$332$83,00910Music Box Films
77The Waiting Room$375--1--$375$244,09233International Film Circuit
78Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$370-24%10$370$30,8026Cinema Guild
79Fists of Legend$88-96%1-2$88$134,0655CJ Entertainment
80Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$85--1--$85$22,56017Kino Lorber
81A Fierce Green Fire$63-96%10$63$29,57011First Run Features