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, Aug. 9 - Sun, Aug. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Elysium$29,807,393--3,284--$9,077$29,807,3931Sony / TriStar
2We're the Millers$26,419,396--3,260--$8,104$37,908,1791Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$22,232,291--3,702--$6,005$22,232,2911Disney
4Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$14,401,054--3,031--$4,751$23,258,1131Fox
52 Guns$11,249,145-58%3,0283$3,715$48,638,0502Universal
6The Smurfs 2$9,328,495-47%3,8671$2,412$46,471,9982Sony / Columbia
7The Wolverine$8,024,404-62%2,867-1057$2,799$112,010,5743Fox
8The Conjuring$6,627,356-49%2,650-465$2,501$120,672,2624Warner Bros. / New Line
9Despicable Me 2$5,915,650-42%2,395-812$2,470$338,481,8456Universal
10Grown Ups 2$3,645,565-54%2,102-973$1,734$123,786,4965Sony / Columbia
11Turbo$2,351,120-62%1,771-1214$1,328$75,121,0744Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Heat$1,966,274-57%1,351-723$1,455$153,582,2197Fox
13Red 2$1,940,423-65%1,574-1181$1,233$49,351,6454Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Jasmine$2,345,40726%11969$19,709$6,041,2463Sony Pictures Classics
2Chennai Express$2,220,497--196--$11,329$2,416,5131UTV Motion Pictures
3Pacific Rim$1,550,226-65%980-823$1,582$96,779,7575Warner Bros.
4The Way, Way Back$1,491,433-45%780-221$1,912$16,311,6216Fox Searchlight
5Fruitvale Station$1,406,275-46%828-258$1,698$13,453,9355Weinstein Company
6Man of Steel$750,30761%426122$1,761$288,681,9709Warner Bros.
7Monsters University$683,659-51%405-474$1,688$260,171,1758Disney
8World War Z$654,475-64%505-407$1,296$197,458,1078Paramount
9R.I.P.D.$458,915-81%478-1225$960$31,970,1104Universal
10The Lone Ranger$290,661-56%261-292$1,114$87,344,9736Disney
11Star Trek Into Darkness$287,830-40%256-44$1,124$226,801,05613Paramount
1220 Feet from Stardom$194,228-35%112-23$1,734$3,851,5129RADiUS-TWC
13Lovelace$184,536--118--$1,564$184,5361RADiUS-TWC
14White House Down$161,842-68%159-194$1,018$71,947,0107Sony / Columbia
15Epic$160,241-29%222-33$722$106,984,45312Fox
16Fast & Furious 6$146,985-36%191-39$770$238,286,64012Universal
17Now You See Me$143,607-53%143-63$1,004$115,750,14711Lionsgate / Summit
18This Is The End$116,816-63%102-66$1,145$96,505,1939Sony / Columbia
19The Internship$100,996-42%136-36$743$44,422,69010Fox
20The Croods$95,092-33%142-20$670$186,855,00821Fox / DreamWorks Animation
21The Great Gatsby (2013)$84,474-53%135-93$626$144,710,21314Warner Bros.
22After Earth$77,509-38%109-37$711$60,424,49411Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$266,58935%1915$14,031$534,6922A24
2Blackfish$233,103-13%8126$2,878$1,044,5534Magnolia Pictures
3Hubble 3D$88,9785%130$6,844$40,141,035178Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Attack$88,049-6%451$1,957$1,365,0608Cohen Media Group
5In a World...$70,541--3--$23,514$70,5411Roadside Attractions
6The To Do List$69,809-89%86-499$812$3,447,3393CBS Films
7Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$62,096-75%77-137$806$32,163,0636Lionsgate / Summit
8Still Mine$58,597-39%31-10$1,890$909,3115IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
9Iron Man 3$58,175-76%71-305$819$407,848,52315Disney
10Unfinished Song$53,963-37%53-15$1,018$1,509,9868Weinstein Company
11I'm So Excited$50,864-59%52-47$978$1,216,1687Sony Pictures Classics
12Before Midnight$46,199-71%56-170$825$7,940,52612Sony Pictures Classics
13Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$40,501-25%53-5$764$4,169,35410Roadside Attractions
14The Act of Killing$38,537-23%269$1,482$239,2594Drafthouse Films
15Prince Avalanche$36,694--14--$2,621$36,6941Magnolia Pictures
16Space Station 3D$34,7695%1-1$34,769$88,789,317591IMAX
17Mud$32,344-47%44-18$735$21,538,36716Roadside Attractions
18Europa Report$27,22622%107$2,723$58,6302Magnolia / Magnet
19Hannah Arendt$24,138-34%150$1,609$533,71811Zeitgeist Films
20Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$23,195-71%16-26$1,450$1,626,2895Reliance Entertainment
21The Hunt$23,065-69%26-21$887$458,9365Magnolia Pictures
22Snake and Mongoose$20,254--1--$20,254$20,2541Rocky Mountain Pictures
23Under the Sea 3D$20,10516%82$2,513$33,436,902235Warner Bros. / IMAX
24To the Arctic 3D$20,102-16%120$1,675$13,382,19369Warner Bros. / IMAX
25The Hangover Part III$19,959-76%46-57$434$112,186,62512Warner Bros.
26Museum Hours$19,648135%148$1,403$235,7657Cinema Guild
27The Artist and the Model$18,386--5--$3,677$45,1002Cohen Media Group
28The Bling Ring$16,982-26%401$425$5,806,4609A24
29Only God Forgives$14,760-70%17-28$868$742,0884RADiUS-TWC
30Drug War$13,38234%84$1,673$38,7413Variance Films / Well Go USA
31Frances Ha$13,221-43%15-7$881$4,001,58513IFC Films
32Fill the Void$12,920-53%19-14$680$1,722,97912Sony Pictures Classics
33Pain and Gain$12,30140%19-1$647$49,803,78016Paramount
34Deep Sea 3D$11,578-10%111$1,053$45,793,980389Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Born to Be Wild 3D$11,177-26%141$798$22,846,662123Warner Bros. / IMAX
36The Canyons$11,076-17%43$2,769$31,1622IFC Films
37When Comedy Went to School$11,052-35%61$1,842$47,9602International Film Circuit
38Love Is All You Need$9,328-24%12-1$777$1,589,05515Sony Pictures Classics
39Girl Most Likely$7,808-80%12-24$651$1,370,0614Roadside Attractions
40Stories We Tell$6,088-53%10-7$609$1,569,74214Roadside Attractions
41Computer Chess$5,705-52%5-1$1,141$79,6174Kino Lorber
42I Give It a Year$5,436--2--$2,718$5,4361Magnolia Pictures
43Free the Mind$4,900106%42$1,225$98,16915International Film Circuit
44Crystal Fairy$4,227-78%10-10$423$164,2875IFC Films
45M (2013 re-issue)$4,199--2--$2,100$33,64822Kino Lorber
46Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$4,15845%5-1$832$96,3986Magnolia Pictures
47Terms and Conditions May Apply$3,225-66%2-4$1,613$35,5375Variance Films
48Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers$3,050-36%10$3,050$13,6722Doppelgänger Releasing
49More Than Honey$2,85219%31$951$64,0339Kino Lorber
50Hava Nagila (The Movie)$2,363--3--$788$364,73924International Film Circuit
51Copperhead$2,239-44%1-1$2,239$171,7407Brainstorm Media
52A Hijacking$2,114-67%4-3$529$373,4168Magnolia Pictures
53Augustine$2,05459%32$685$102,19813Music Box Films
54Storm Surfers 3D$1,614122%21$807$113,41416XLrator Media
55Searching For Sugar Man$1,568513%10$1,568$3,694,80855Sony Pictures Classics
56The Wall$1,268-11%31$423$25,95011Music Box Films
57Post Tenebras Lux$1,223--2--$612$38,91115Strand Releasing
58Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$966--1--$966$107,06617Kino Lorber
59In the Fog$935--2--$468$11,6549Strand Releasing
60Rising From Ashes$874-88%2-1$437$11,4222First Run Features
61Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$267-88%1-1$267$146,81717Kino Lorber
62A Band Called Death$233-67%30$78$114,8357Drafthouse Films
63You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$193--2--$97$16,10610Kino Lorber
64√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$50-82%10$50$16,67110Magnolia Pictures
65Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$32-78%1-1$32$27,1569First Run Features