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. 17 - Sun, May. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Trek Into Darkness$70,165,559--3,868--$18,140$83,701,9811Paramount
2Iron Man 3$35,770,094-51%4,237-16$8,442$337,661,9773Disney
3The Great Gatsby (2013)$23,939,228-52%3,55015$6,743$90,682,8322Warner Bros.
4Pain and Gain$3,237,689-35%2,429-874$1,333$46,712,1834Paramount
5The Croods$3,024,602-16%2,373-277$1,275$177,024,7859Fox / DreamWorks Animation
642 (2013)$2,812,115-39%2,380-550$1,182$88,816,6276Warner Bros.
7Oblivion (2013)$2,337,050-43%2,077-693$1,125$85,588,0105Universal
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$2,159,980-53%2,0410$1,058$7,867,7572Lionsgate
9The Big Wedding$1,210,204-51%1,443-855$839$20,308,1884Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$2,232,961-12%960108$2,326$11,660,3864Roadside Attractions
2Oz: The Great and Powerful$871,165-19%535-239$1,628$231,351,16111Disney
3G.I. Joe: Retaliation$580,176-4%409-341$1,419$120,522,0438Paramount
4The Iceman$464,147315%165148$2,813$762,8853Millennium Entertainment
5Olympus Has Fallen$429,867-42%466-370$922$97,332,5489FilmDistrict
6Scary Movie 5$420,253-38%508-499$827$31,206,3766Weinstein / Dimension
7Jurassic Park 3D$340,260-46%428-225$795$45,299,6807Universal
8The Place Beyond the Pines$306,969-56%317-352$968$20,627,9768Focus
9Escape From Planet Earth$244,552141%693439$353$55,612,39814Weinstein Company
10Jack the Giant Slayer$231,339-6%250-31$925$64,789,19612Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Company You Keep$225,469-44%223-171$1,011$4,510,5007Sony Pictures Classics
12The Call$215,368132%229108$940$51,319,36210Sony / TriStar
13Identity Thief$214,49011%241-38$890$133,989,14015Universal
14Evil Dead$158,325-46%208-235$761$54,036,2837Sony / TriStar
15The Host (2013)$112,421-28%231-70$487$26,542,1988Open Road
16Snitch (2013)$110,407-6%153-35$722$42,838,78613Lionsgate / Summit
17The Sapphires$98,358-29%102-16$964$1,989,1589Weinstein Company
18Tyler Perry's Temptation$87,446-53%150-128$583$51,847,8168Lionsgate
19Silver Linings Playbook$47,033-62%131-192$359$132,028,68027Weinstein Company
20Admission$46,480-35%129-27$360$17,954,9909Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$157,11485%6139$2,576$419,7384Weinstein Company
2Frances Ha$137,398--4--$34,350$137,3981IFC Films
3Stories We Tell$131,589386%2321$5,721$175,1032Roadside Attractions
4Renoir$115,026-23%80-6$1,438$1,484,1978IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
5Rangeelay$73,541--20--$3,677$73,5411Eros International
6Love Is All You Need$68,89585%2212$3,132$172,1273Sony Pictures Classics
7The Reluctant Fundamentalist$67,242-9%5812$1,159$348,2734IFC Films
8Hubble 3D$60,99912%193$3,210$38,223,594166Warner Bros. / IMAX
9In the House$54,018-11%362$1,501$304,5995Cohen Media Group
10Go Goa Gone$53,058-69%920$577$270,1392Eros International
11To the Arctic 3D$50,44315%520$970$12,536,19957Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Home Run$44,975-66%86-45$523$2,817,8015IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
13Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$42,465-4%241$1,769$182,2993eOne Films US
14Ginger & Rosa$40,197167%286$1,436$908,49010A24
15What Maisie Knew$31,99530%41$7,999$101,9003Millenium Entertainment
16Life of Pi$30,142-23%51-19$591$124,863,50526Fox
17At Any Price$28,576-44%38-12$752$176,0154Sony Pictures Classics
18Safe Haven$26,919-40%90-34$299$71,324,50914Relativity Media
19Filly Brown$24,265-64%39-53$622$2,767,6935Lionsgate / Pantelion
20Quartet$21,650-40%42-17$515$18,196,20419Weinstein Company
21Space Station 3D$19,53087%119$1,775$87,871,421579IMAX
22From Up on Poppy Hill$19,344-35%31-6$624$928,99710GKIDS
23Dark Skies$17,28212%323$540$17,411,93013Weinstein / Dimension
24No (2013)$17,155-49%38-1$451$2,276,22614Sony Pictures Classics
25The Angels' Share$16,517-56%25-13$661$248,5676IFC Films
26Born to Be Wild 3D$15,918-6%300$531$22,651,521111Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Lore$14,559129%137$1,120$903,80215Music Box Films
28Not Today$14,333172%61$2,389$176,7946Freestyle Releasing
29A Good Day to Die Hard$13,703-26%31-19$442$67,344,39214Fox
30Augustine$13,616--5--$2,723$13,6161Music Box Films
31Trance$13,005-40%23-17$565$2,295,6147Fox Searchlight
32Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$12,966-68%25-18$519$169,3793Lionsgate / Pantelion
33Under the Sea 3D$12,520-43%15-3$835$32,946,193223Warner Bros. / IMAX
34To the Wonder$11,599-49%26-14$446$534,7466Magnolia Pictures
35Spring Breakers$9,925-10%11-5$902$14,049,59310A24
36Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$9,697129%1-2$9,697$70,2455Kino Lorber
37Parental Guidance$9,089-4%22-7$413$77,264,92621Fox
38Shootout at Wadala$8,938-85%890$100$365,7333Eros International
39Venus and Serena$8,693-21%73$1,242$23,6642Magnolia Pictures
40Something in the Air$8,342-41%9-1$927$52,9133IFC Films
41Sightseers$8,10110%53$1,620$19,0372IFC Films
42The Gatekeepers$7,250-45%3819$191$2,391,84916Sony Pictures Classics
43Deep Sea 3D$7,1109%4-1$1,778$45,548,853377Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Free the Mind$6,998196%97$778$316,8963International Film Circuit
45Hava Nagila (The Movie)$6,998-42%9-2$778$316,89612International Film Circuit
46Starbuck$6,941-1%90$771$3,790,0599eOne Films US
47Hating Breitbart (PG-13)$6,602--15--$440$6,6021Freestyle Releasing
48Pieta$6,222--12--$519$6,2221Drafthouse Films
49No One Lives$6,131-87%12-41$511$72,1402Anchor Bay Films
50The English Teacher$6,001--2--$3,001$6,0011Cinedigm
51Emperor$4,552-15%7-3$650$3,326,60411Roadside Attractions
52King's Faith$4,434-68%9-5$493$67,3144Waking Giants Entertainment
53Searching For Sugar Man$3,561-23%6-1$594$3,667,23043Sony Pictures Classics
54Bidder 70$2,477--1--$2,477$2,4771First Run Features
55No Place on Earth$2,301-70%7-3$329$146,0717Magnolia Pictures
56The Silence$1,937192%20$969$85,80911Music Box Films
57Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$1,926-70%40$482$33,6625Kino Lorber
58The Painting (2013)$1,765-51%10$1,765$6,2772GKIDS
59Arthur Newman$1,654-68%4-6$414$204,7204Cinedigm
60Koch$1,25142%21$626$342,21216Zeitgeist Films
61Tai Chi Hero$1,214-60%20$607$30,2044Well Go USA
62Camp (2013)$1,197-24%2-1$599$316,57813Freestyle Releasing
63Kiss of the Damned$944-77%5-2$189$12,0773Magnolia / Magnet
64One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$938-92%21$469$18,4622Zeitgeist Films
65All Together$935--1--$935$43,18031Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
66The Ghastly Love of Johnny X$895--2--$448$1,72530Strand Releasing
6756 Up$475-73%1-2$475$695,37120First Run Features
68Girl Rising$340-92%37-26$9$1,231,08411Gathr Films
69Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$338--2--$169$29,9467First Run Features
70Dead Man's Burden$280-73%10$280$10,8083Cinedigm
71Leonie$253-86%2-1$127$53,69210Monterey Media
7211 Flowers$176--1--$176$9,21313First Run Features
73M (2013 re-issue)$142-81%10$142$28,25910Kino Lorber