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, Jul. 26 - Sun, Jul. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolverine$53,113,752--3,924--$13,536$53,113,7521Fox
2The Conjuring$22,208,389-47%3,022119$7,349$83,945,0172Warner Bros. / New Line
3Despicable Me 2$16,424,135-34%3,476-344$4,725$306,812,7204Universal
4Turbo$13,740,247-36%3,8093$3,607$56,183,2452Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Grown Ups 2$11,600,811-42%3,258-233$3,561$101,764,5823Sony / Columbia
6Red 2$9,337,197-48%3,0160$3,096$35,011,5532Lionsgate / Summit
7Pacific Rim$7,703,461-52%2,602-683$2,961$84,189,5653Warner Bros.
8The Heat$6,914,664-26%2,384-305$2,900$141,309,4085Fox
9R.I.P.D.$6,070,525-52%2,850-2$2,130$24,565,5052Universal
10Fruitvale Station$4,590,219521%1,0641030$4,314$6,272,5353Weinstein Company
11Monsters University$2,854,838-44%1,470-716$1,942$255,467,0266Disney
12World War Z$2,800,685-46%1,440-626$1,945$192,660,2316Paramount
13The Lone Ranger$1,684,417-62%1,267-1006$1,329$85,321,4304Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$3,445,81457%886582$3,889$9,077,2554Fox Searchlight
2The To Do List$1,579,402--591--$2,672$1,579,4021CBS Films
3White House Down$913,848-62%676-778$1,352$70,638,6175Sony / Columbia
4Man of Steel$749,233-59%501-549$1,495$286,807,5057Warner Bros.
5Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$728,502-64%498-250$1,463$31,481,4324Lionsgate / Summit
6This Is The End$503,525-57%270-352$1,865$95,617,8107Sony / Columbia
720 Feet from Stardom$370,518-7%14712$2,521$3,002,7697RADiUS-TWC
8Epic$313,403-18%289-30$1,084$106,189,99310Fox
9Fast & Furious 6$311,055-3%267-12$1,165$237,614,90510Universal
10Now You See Me$287,148-34%215-118$1,336$114,980,7399Lionsgate / Summit
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$267,014-20%271-31$985$144,155,41912Warner Bros.
12Star Trek Into Darkness$250,053-35%180-70$1,389$225,602,79611Paramount
13The Internship$201,574-11%197-5$1,023$43,923,1718Fox
14Girl Most Likely$191,352-72%227-124$843$1,216,4662Roadside Attractions
15The Croods$178,981-15%194-18$923$186,383,77719Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16After Earth$167,062-15%167-22$1,000$60,047,4079Sony / Columbia
17The Purge$117,750-9%1571$750$64,265,6208Universal
18Iron Man 3$116,814-24%124-21$942$407,358,76613Disney
19The Hangover Part III$66,942-41%147-55$455$112,017,45410Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Jasmine$612,064--6--$102,011$612,0641Sony Pictures Classics
2Blackfish$172,954128%2116$8,236$295,6672Magnolia Pictures
3Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$149,373-54%60-36$2,490$1,445,4053Reliance Entertainment
4I'm So Excited$143,892-6%7626$1,893$900,1655Sony Pictures Classics
5Only God Forgives$117,544-63%813$1,451$576,2392RADiUS-TWC
6Unfinished Song$113,667-27%82-6$1,386$1,266,5996Weinstein Company
7Before Midnight$112,615-34%78-29$1,444$7,598,76710Sony Pictures Classics
8The Attack$106,474-16%44-2$2,420$1,069,5576Cohen Media Group
9The Hunt$105,91887%4031$2,648$259,1103Magnolia Pictures
10Still Mine$94,29223%3415$2,773$666,9873IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
11Hubble 3D$81,698-11%161$5,106$39,774,012176Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Mud$78,081-18%73-4$1,070$21,372,52214Roadside Attractions
13Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$74,602-49%77-18$969$3,996,7468Roadside Attractions
14The Bling Ring$49,872-29%34-4$1,467$5,726,5067A24
15The Act of Killing$41,67152%32$13,890$84,0152Drafthouse Films
16Fill the Void$40,790-51%42-19$971$1,644,66610Sony Pictures Classics
17Bajatey Raho$37,801--44--$859$37,8011Eros International
18Space Station 3D$34,70523%20$17,353$88,633,065589IMAX
19Frances Ha$32,121-36%23-9$1,397$3,931,21811IFC Films
20Crystal Fairy$27,3417%1910$1,439$109,1793IFC Films
21Deep Sea 3D$24,844130%96$2,760$45,727,997387Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Hannah Arendt$24,794-10%15-6$1,653$438,0649Zeitgeist Films
23Under the Sea 3D$22,559-9%90$2,507$33,338,551233Warner Bros. / IMAX
24To the Arctic 3D$22,169-14%14-3$1,584$13,282,62067Warner Bros. / IMAX
25The East$20,473-43%20-11$1,024$2,245,9989Fox Searchlight
26Computer Chess$18,47091%86$2,309$43,0382Kino Lorber
27A Hijacking$17,809-24%19-2$937$354,1246Magnolia Pictures
28Born to Be Wild 3D$17,618-10%183$979$22,783,538121Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Museum Hours$15,588-31%74$2,227$188,1815Cinema Guild
30Pain and Gain$14,870-49%35-35$425$49,768,38714Paramount
31Kon-Tiki$13,72336%145$980$1,487,75614Weinstein Company
32Renoir$13,422--9--$1,491$2,229,53918IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
33The Rooftop$12,503-74%6-11$2,084$74,3732Well Go USA
34Tiny Times$12,294--3--$4,098$12,2941China Lion Film
35Storm Surfers 3D$8,516-48%4-3$2,129$104,74214XLrator Media
36The Servant (2013 re-issue)$7,859--1--$7,859$7,8591Rialto Pictures
37Love Is All You Need$7,626-35%9-9$847$1,557,88813Sony Pictures Classics
38Dirty Wars$6,85310%13-4$527$356,0778IFC Films
39Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$6,841-64%8-1$855$83,8994Magnolia Pictures
40Drug War$5,926--1--$5,926$5,9261Variance Films / Well Go USA
41Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$5,31864%42$1,330$143,78215Kino Lorber
42Stories We Tell$4,714-78%14-8$337$1,538,95812Roadside Attractions
43What Maisie Knew$4,618-2%6-2$770$1,065,00013Millenium Entertainment
44Byzantium$3,282-24%5-6$656$81,8885IFC Films
45Free the Mind$3,063--3--$1,021$88,86213International Film Circuit
46The Iceman$2,976-61%8-6$372$1,967,21913Millennium Entertainment
47Copperhead$2,782-88%2-34$1,391$161,5155Brainstorm Media
48More Than Honey$2,772-50%2-1$1,386$56,6767Kino Lorber
49One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$2,573-53%3-2$858$90,17912Zeitgeist Films
50A Band Called Death$2,25610%62$376$110,2145Drafthouse Films
51No Place on Earth$2,088-15%30$696$197,93817Magnolia Pictures
52Pandora's Promise$2,041-43%21$1,021$65,9197Abramorama
53V/H/S/2$1,942-60%5-6$388$21,3683Magnolia / Magnet
54Shadow Dancer$1,88176%2-1$941$99,1349Magnolia Pictures
55The Look of Love$1,842--6--$307$14,5804IFC Films
56Terms and Conditions May Apply$1,645-57%20$823$15,8343Variance Films
57Stuck in Love$1,557-20%1-2$1,557$72,1584Millennium Entertainment
58At Any Price$1,43145%40$358$379,79114Sony Pictures Classics
59The Company You Keep$1,259-87%6-3$210$5,132,44217Sony Pictures Classics
60Hava Nagila (The Movie)$1,112--2--$556$362,08522International Film Circuit
61Augustine$1,080-74%2-2$540$97,45011Music Box Films
62An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$930-71%1-1$930$65,97514Variance Films
63Viola$924-32%21$462$14,7123Cinema Guild
64The Wall$798-36%10$798$22,4129Music Box Films
65Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$797-45%20$399$104,80415Kino Lorber
66You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$621--2--$311$15,1708Kino Lorber
67Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$504-73%10$504$42,50315Rialto Pictures
68Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$504-73%10$504$23,73521Rialto Pictures
69The Silence$472--2--$236$95,14121Music Box Films
70√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$43458%10$434$14,8108Magnolia Pictures
71Searching For Sugar Man$356-45%21$178$3,692,40253Sony Pictures Classics
72Sound City$270--1--$270$419,36126Variance Films
73The History of Future Folk$176--1--$176$15,9439Variance / FilmBuff