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, Oct. 4 - Sun, Oct. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$55,785,112--3,575--$15,604$55,785,1121Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$20,950,192-38%4,0010$5,236$60,006,9182Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$7,706,712--3,026--$2,547$7,706,7121Fox
4Prisoners$5,748,464-47%3,236-54$1,776$47,928,4323Warner Bros.
5Rush (2013)$4,477,525-55%2,30811$1,940$18,163,8443Universal
6Don Jon$4,155,261-52%2,4220$1,716$16,072,5782Relativity Media
7Baggage Claim$4,075,011-55%2,0303$2,007$15,135,0922Fox Searchlight
8Insidious Chapter 2$3,899,566-40%2,607-513$1,496$74,773,1534FilmDistrict
9We're the Millers$1,605,475-43%1,606-799$1,000$144,895,4889Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Family (2013)$1,531,825-59%2,023-871$757$34,637,7284Relativity Media
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,227,395-49%1,563-499$785$112,405,1358Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pulling Strings$2,467,168--387--$6,375$2,467,1681Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Enough Said$2,192,6424%437210$5,017$5,429,2383Fox Searchlight
3Instructions Not Included$1,842,297-47%858-90$2,147$41,258,3936Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Grace Unplugged$998,145--511--$1,953$998,1451Roadside Attractions
5Metallica Through The Never$697,763-56%589284$1,185$2,738,9782Picturehouse
6Riddick$540,650-66%795-1031$680$41,199,5705Universal
7Battle of the Year$540,397-73%907-1101$596$8,486,8933Sony / Screen Gems
8Despicable Me 2$485,010-39%485-263$1,000$362,435,61014Universal
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$430,081-46%513-494$838$65,985,4719Fox
10Monsters University$421,057166%25072$1,684$266,530,36616Disney
11Grown Ups 2$384,105-30%335-55$1,147$132,454,09213Sony / Columbia
12Besharam$364,962--217--$1,682$482,1821Reliance Entertainment
13Blue Jasmine$348,197-44%289-239$1,205$31,284,98211Sony Pictures Classics
14Parkland$310,246--257--$1,207$310,2461Exclusive Media
15Planes$258,155-66%376-1050$687$88,135,4709Disney
16Turbo$205,233-18%222-60$924$82,220,20012Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17The Wolverine$181,559-33%241-88$753$131,590,01711Fox
18Elysium$168,663-66%222-340$760$92,212,2979Sony / TriStar
19The Wizard of Oz 3D$159,246-71%246-59$647$5,404,2123Warner Bros.
20Red 2$148,922131%20393$734$53,043,40412Lionsgate / Summit
212 Guns$130,050-55%200-203$650$75,247,56510Universal
22The Heat$121,818-33%182-69$669$159,137,89415Fox
23The Conjuring$118,885-41%202-136$589$137,163,05112Warner Bros. / New Line
24The Smurfs 2$111,402-56%156-197$714$70,061,06310Sony / Columbia
25The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$67,633-65%146-183$463$31,165,4217Sony / Screen Gems
26The World's End$63,197-67%131-150$482$25,838,5787Focus
27The Way, Way Back$33,540-63%131-27$256$21,387,27014Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Face Reader$159,720--19--$8,406$159,7201Pan Media & Entertainment
2Inequality for All$139,351-1%4113$3,399$339,0762RADiUS-TWC
3Generation Iron$133,750-11%70-14$1,911$540,9003The Vladar Company
4Wadjda$120,07863%4428$2,729$460,5444Sony Pictures Classics
5Linsanity$99,462--9--$11,051$99,4621Ketchup Entertainment
6Pacific Rim$63,440-43%92-48$690$101,728,53513Warner Bros.
7In a World...$57,663-49%78-43$739$2,705,0959Roadside Attractions
8Austenland$54,228-43%65-42$834$1,833,6698Sony Pictures Classics
9This Is The End$48,496-60%97-108$500$101,470,20217Sony / Columbia
10The Spectacular Now$43,425-62%58-84$749$6,741,31210A24
11World War Z$43,271-51%75-85$577$202,351,61116Paramount
12On the Job$35,308-37%22-7$1,605$133,9072Well Go USA
13Haute Cuisine$33,5184%6046$559$107,3873Weinstein Company
14One Direction: This Is Us$33,232-76%60-168$554$28,873,3746Sony / TriStar
15Short Term 12$32,436-44%36-19$901$871,7977Cinedigm
16Thanks for Sharing$31,767-80%65-186$489$1,010,8093Roadside Attractions
17The Grandmaster$30,334-71%35-108$867$6,566,8407Weinstein Company
18The Lone Ranger$30,163-50%48-41$628$89,289,91014Disney
19Fruitvale Station$23,466-3%7634$309$16,049,37713Weinstein Company
20The Summit$20,904--8--$2,613$20,9041IFC Films
21A Touch of Sin$19,867--2--$9,934$19,8671Kino Lorber
22A.C.O.D.$19,001--3--$6,334$19,0011The Film Arcade
23You Will Be My Son$17,18542%14-3$1,228$203,6368Cohen Media Group
24Muscle Shoals$16,72320%43$4,181$34,1902Magnolia Pictures
25Hubble 3D$15,595-48%11-4$1,418$40,832,623186Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Populaire$14,98915%5834$258$152,3455Weinstein Company
27Space Station 3D$14,172-24%3-2$4,724$89,078,311599IMAX
28Salinger$14,090-78%21-113$671$557,1745Weinstein Company
29Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon$13,528-59%12-23$1,127$69,4662AMC Entertainment
30Blue Caprice$10,332-48%3611$287$76,9344IFC Films
31Zaytoun$9,00279%94$1,000$22,8413Strand Releasing
32You're Next$8,389-73%45-67$186$18,426,9377Lionsgate
33Concussion$8,313--2--$4,157$8,3131RADiUS-TWC
34We Are What We Are (2013)$8,278-40%86$1,035$25,6672eOne Films US
35Murder 11$8,106--2--$4,053$15,9951Indican Pictures
36Nothing Left to Fear$7,886--5--$1,577$7,8861Anchor Bay Films
37When Comedy Went to School$7,495141%103$750$177,05610International Film Circuit
38The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$6,70922%21$3,355$16,3162Rialto Pictures
39Museum Hours$6,629-55%12-4$552$508,97115Cinema Guild
40Still Mine$6,543-39%160$409$1,142,55013IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
41Born to Be Wild 3D$6,170-36%5-4$1,234$22,994,208131Warner Bros. / IMAX
42To the Arctic 3D$5,798-39%9-1$644$13,563,07277Warner Bros. / IMAX
43I Used to Be Darker$5,69561%21$2,848$9,9852Strand Releasing
44Deep Sea 3D$5,53762%20$2,769$45,891,690397Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Phata Poster Nikla Hero$5,503-93%940$59$408,9943Eros International
46The Patience Stone$5,42053%167$339$122,9058Sony Pictures Classics
47Under the Sea 3D$5,269-43%6-1$878$33,627,423243Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Let the Fire Burn$5,226--1--$5,226$7,7351Zeitgeist Films
49The Citizen$5,007-57%63$835$19,2885Monterey Media
50Good Ol' Freda$4,787-69%14-3$342$94,0315Magnolia Pictures
51All Is Bright$4,556--10--$456$4,5561Anchor Bay Films
52The Trials of Muhammad Ali$4,517-33%90$502$27,9907Kino Lorber
53Bad Milo!$4,503--11--$409$4,5031Magnolia / Magnet
54CBGB$3,909--1--$3,909$3,9091XLrator Media
55Prince Avalanche$3,58836%123$299$191,5459Magnolia Pictures
56The Ultimate Life$3,097-82%9-38$344$1,326,0595High Top Releasing
57Argento's Dracula 3D$3,085--6--$514$3,0851IFC Midnight
58The Institute$3,017--2--$1,509$3,0171Argot Pictures
59Blackfish$2,959-78%11-11$269$2,056,44512Magnolia Pictures
60Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$2,908-35%6-2$485$4,327,76418Roadside Attractions
61Hannah Arendt$2,734-17%30$911$696,09319Zeitgeist Films
62Grand Masti$2,546-86%640$40$413,0754Eros International
63Drinking Buddies$2,358-76%6-16$393$325,5567Magnolia Pictures
64Dislecksia: The Movie$2,213--1--$2,213$2,2131Area23a
65Touchy Feely$2,154-7%41$539$33,5195Magnolia Pictures
66C.O.G.$2,099-61%4-5$525$53,4753Screen Media / Focus World
67Free the Mind$1,787-44%40$447$135,05523International Film Circuit
68The Last Day of August$1,693--1--$1,693$1,6931Striped Entertainment
69Drug War$1,641--3--$547$124,89811Variance Films / Well Go USA
70Ip Man: The Final Fight$1,578-78%1-5$1,578$33,1213Well Go USA
71Europa Report$1,505236%42$376$125,47510Magnolia / Magnet
72Before Midnight$1,356-60%5-1$271$8,108,52720Sony Pictures Classics
73Jewtopia$1,118-83%2-6$559$45,6603Le Petit Canyon Productions
74Terms and Conditions May Apply$1,093--3--$364$48,38813Variance Films
75Stories We Tell$81181%2-2$406$1,599,03822Roadside Attractions
76The Silence$592--2--$296$99,65431Music Box Films
77The Act of Killing$443-80%4-6$111$441,20512Drafthouse Films
78Informant$374-69%30$125$8,3454Music Box Films
79I'm So Excited$360-36%53$72$1,357,97115Sony Pictures Classics
80Computer Chess$237-94%1-2$237$100,59512Kino Lorber
81Men at Lunch$232--1--$232$2,3293First Run Features
82Shepard & Dark$207-83%10$207$4,4172Music Box Films
83Our Nixon$128-65%10$128$19,2496Cinedigm
84I Declare War$113304%21$57$14,9286Drafthouse Films
85Fire in the Blood$112--1--$112$9,5255International Film Circuit
86You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$18-94%1-1$18$18,50718Kino Lorber