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, Aug. 30 - Sun, Sep. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1One Direction: This Is Us$15,815,497--2,735--$5,783$15,815,4971Sony / TriStar
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$14,878,286-10%3,330220$4,468$74,143,3923Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$12,715,243-3%3,4450$3,691$109,667,1614Warner Bros. / New Line
4Planes$7,751,705-10%3,259-119$2,379$70,839,3754Disney
5Elysium$6,438,868-7%2,539-374$2,536$78,542,5974Sony / TriStar
6The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$5,475,416-41%3,1180$1,756$22,929,6002Sony / Screen Gems
7The World's End$5,036,312-43%1,5532$3,243$16,845,5462Focus
8Getaway$4,503,892--2,130--$2,115$4,503,8921Warner Bros.
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,481,327-15%2,393-337$1,873$55,021,3464Fox
10You're Next$4,091,822-42%2,4370$1,679$13,431,5302Lionsgate
11Blue Jasmine$3,986,5680%1,179-104$3,381$20,453,0366Sony Pictures Classics
12Despicable Me 2$2,760,4606%1,284-118$2,150$354,699,2509Universal
132 Guns$2,638,570-21%1,411-430$1,870$69,348,4755Universal
14Kick-Ass 2$1,950,525-55%1,646-1299$1,185$26,479,5703Universal
15The Smurfs 2$1,948,376-30%1,366-486$1,426$66,102,6125Sony / Columbia
16Monsters University$1,566,639301%1,8891646$829$263,568,95311Disney
17World War Z$1,262,720301%1,2471008$1,013$200,286,55111Paramount
18Jobs$1,203,026-58%1,302-1079$924$14,467,3463Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$7,846,426--348--$22,547$7,846,4261Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$2,477,7921768%749742$3,308$2,673,8362Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$2,464,931--870--$2,833$2,976,7771Focus
4The Wolverine$1,713,346-31%988-461$1,734$127,822,2286Fox
5The Conjuring$1,423,322-31%903-452$1,576$133,896,2327Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Spectacular Now$1,127,17182%385231$2,928$3,469,4505A24
7Grown Ups 2$795,748-12%471-149$1,689$130,188,4478Sony / Columbia
8Pacific Rim$789,39696%401141$1,969$100,166,4478Warner Bros.
9Star Trek Into Darkness$784,350637%958814$819$228,225,16016Paramount
10Turbo$755,40117%438-32$1,725$79,802,8847Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Way, Way Back$744,07483%654352$1,138$19,564,6479Fox Searchlight
12The Heat$679,84925%393-16$1,730$157,305,50610Fox
13The Lone Ranger$403,991115%254113$1,591$88,470,8949Disney
14Now You See Me$383,47014%239-7$1,604$116,981,31514Lionsgate / Summit
15Red 2$367,0146%261-128$1,406$52,113,1107Lionsgate / Summit
16Man of Steel$290,194-18%284-19$1,022$290,650,27612Warner Bros.
17White House Down$243,087-9%206-23$1,180$72,772,84910Sony / Columbia
18R.I.P.D.$228,96011%1812$1,265$33,032,0557Universal
19Fruitvale Station$192,492-30%294-98$655$15,525,6648Weinstein Company
20Iron Man 3$190,470-12%160-13$1,190$408,834,39318Disney
21Paranoia$174,338-87%392-2067$445$7,035,8023Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Satyagraha$412,148--83--$4,966$412,1481UTV Motion Pictures
2In a World...$332,59217%9116$3,655$1,196,0624Roadside Attractions
3Chennai Express$231,990-40%93-51$2,495$5,066,7854UTV Motion Pictures
4Austenland$190,77671%5230$3,669$420,1433Sony Pictures Classics
5This Is The End$102,642125%34-4$3,019$96,907,99612Sony / Columbia
6Fast & Furious 6$92,33576%59-39$1,565$238,664,22515Universal
7Short Term 12$91,96964%1612$5,748$168,4322Cinedigm
8Blackfish$91,556-32%82-17$1,117$1,811,0647Magnolia Pictures
920 Feet from Stardom$83,009-3%58-12$1,431$4,376,72012RADiUS-TWC
10Hubble 3D$68,43716%11-2$6,222$40,550,566181Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Ain't Them Bodies Saints$66,0821%4113$1,612$207,0363IFC Films
12The Attack$57,56295%170$3,386$1,580,78711Cohen Media Group
13Epic$47,656-38%80-35$596$107,431,68315Fox
14The Croods$47,65619%45-24$1,059$187,116,89824Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15Drinking Buddies$45,439133%1210$3,787$74,4862Magnolia Pictures
16Passion$33,545--14--$2,396$33,5451eOne Films US
17You Will Be My Son$28,35049%60$4,725$83,1893Cohen Media Group
18Afternoon Delight$27,352--2--$13,676$27,3521The Film Arcade
19Cutie and the Boxer$23,518-18%120$1,960$101,3343RADiUS-TWC
20Museum Hours$21,7340%143$1,552$357,80710Cinema Guild
21Therese (2013)$20,7984%82$2,600$52,1522MPI Pictures
22Space Station 3D$18,265-17%32$6,088$88,927,248594IMAX
23Born to Be Wild 3D$17,73275%9-2$1,970$22,939,445126Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Under the Sea 3D$17,67311%71$2,525$33,570,396238Warner Bros. / IMAX
25To the Arctic 3D$16,52145%132$1,271$13,494,91972Warner Bros. / IMAX
26When Comedy Went to School$16,12111%12-1$1,343$131,1645International Film Circuit
27Before Midnight$16,036-13%18-31$891$8,046,45015Sony Pictures Classics
28Una Noche$15,671-9%52$3,134$42,9402IFC Films
29Prince Avalanche$15,306-8%235$665$143,3264Magnolia Pictures
30Still Mine$15,00171%151$1,000$1,011,9718IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
31The Internship$14,129-45%20-27$706$44,641,14313Fox
32The Artist and the Model$13,454387%96$1,495$93,0605Cohen Media Group
33Deep Sea 3D$11,97067%90$1,330$45,849,344392Warner Bros. / IMAX
34The Hunt$11,005-51%11-19$1,000$565,0458Magnolia Pictures
35The Act of Killing$9,732-24%150$649$375,8767Drafthouse Films
36Hannah Arendt$9,441-51%8-6$1,180$633,14214Zeitgeist Films
37I Declare War$8,634--14--$617$8,6341Drafthouse Films
38Frances Ha$8,05426%4-4$2,014$4,051,55616IFC Films
39Drug War$8,015-21%7-4$1,145$108,5346Variance Films / Well Go USA
40I'm So Excited$7,939-39%11-11$722$1,325,27710Sony Pictures Classics
41The Servant (2013 re-issue)$7,270112%21$3,635$31,2896Rialto Pictures
42Unfinished Song$6,323-64%17-10$372$1,628,20911Weinstein Company
43Our Nixon$6,090--3--$2,030$6,0901Cinedigm
44The Patience Stone$5,233-16%51$1,047$64,8953Sony Pictures Classics
45Free the Mind$4,5869%40$1,147$114,97218International Film Circuit
46Love Is All You Need$4,422166%30$1,474$1,613,40418Sony Pictures Classics
47Lovelace$4,2741%5-1$855$352,7554RADiUS-TWC
48A Hijacking$3,448-17%5-1$690$400,88911Magnolia Pictures
49Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$3,216-75%13-14$247$4,265,42213Roadside Attractions
50Fill the Void$3,07929%7-3$440$1,760,27415Sony Pictures Classics
51Savannah$2,883-82%5-9$577$24,5332Ketchup Entertainment
52Crystal Fairy$2,718-3%9-4$302$186,9588IFC Films
53Only God Forgives$2,6841%30$895$775,8497RADiUS-TWC
54Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$2,321--2--$1,161$29,47712First Run Features
55Underdogs (2013)$2,304-57%1-1$2,304$32,9123Freestyle Releasing
56Mud$2,142-73%6-10$357$21,587,40419Roadside Attractions
57The Trials of Muhammad Ali$1,984-33%10$1,984$7,1042Kino Lorber
58I Give It a Year$1,890-40%40$473$23,6344Magnolia Pictures
59The Bling Ring$1,871-26%6-1$312$5,836,64812A24
60Inch'Allah$1,6612%20$831$460,3843eOne Films US
61American Made Movie$1,613--2--$807$35,8211Variance Films
62The Silence$1,611--1--$1,611$96,86226Music Box Films
63The Last Flight of the Champion$1,493--15--$100$1,4931High Top Releasing
64Europa Report$1,429-83%3-7$476$114,3595Magnolia / Magnet
65Approaching Midnight$1,119--6--$187$1,1191Monterey Media
66Stories We Tell$946-73%4-2$237$1,585,83617Roadside Attractions
67Paradise: Faith$896-59%2-1$448$4,4162Strand Releasing
68An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$714--1--$714$67,85819Variance Films
69Computer Chess$552-73%1-1$552$92,6137Kino Lorber
70Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers$527-75%2-1$264$18,6585Doppelgänger Releasing
71Girl Most Likely$524-44%10$524$1,377,5397Roadside Attractions
72A Band Called Death$499-44%21$250$123,74410Drafthouse Films
73100 Bloody Acres$262--1--$262$6,23410Doppelgänger Releasing
74More Than Honey$228-23%10$228$68,08112Kino Lorber
75Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$170-73%1-4$170$19,23213Magnolia Pictures
76Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$31-96%1-2$31$101,5579Magnolia Pictures