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, Oct. 11 - Sun, Oct. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$43,188,256-23%3,66085$11,800$122,323,1752Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$25,718,314--3,020--$8,516$25,718,3141Sony / Columbia
3Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$13,774,742-34%3,874-127$3,556$77,611,4193Sony / Columbia
4Machete Kills$3,837,183--2,538--$1,512$3,837,1831Open Road
5Runner Runner$3,770,288-51%3,0260$1,246$14,159,2462Fox
6Prisoners$3,635,392-37%2,855-381$1,273$53,590,2714Warner Bros.
7Insidious Chapter 2$2,720,492-30%2,156-451$1,262$78,517,5095FilmDistrict
8Rush (2013)$2,385,655-47%2,130-178$1,120$22,222,9244Universal
9Don Jon$2,369,453-43%1,996-426$1,187$20,170,6033Relativity Media
10Baggage Claim$2,033,062-50%1,320-710$1,540$18,230,5403Fox Searchlight
11We're the Millers$1,101,318-31%1,150-456$958$146,525,20510Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Family (2013)$583,845-62%1,050-973$556$35,808,1945Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$1,911,256-13%606169$3,154$8,162,8554Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$1,270,218-49%42841$2,968$4,244,6862Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$1,041,966-43%711-147$1,465$42,716,4547Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$623,672-49%980-583$636$113,544,4439Weinstein Company
5Grace Unplugged$524,548-47%502-9$1,045$1,748,6562Roadside Attractions
6Romeo and Juliet (2013)$520,116--461--$1,128$520,1161Relativity Media
7Despicable Me 2$505,6154%434-51$1,165$363,060,13015Universal
8Monsters University$356,823-15%235-15$1,518$267,047,97817Disney
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$354,549-18%404-109$878$66,475,60210Fox
10Grown Ups 2$270,576-30%261-74$1,037$132,827,60514Sony / Columbia
11Riddick$255,865-53%430-365$595$41,658,4206Universal
12The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$254,279--147--$1,730$254,2791Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
13The Smurfs 2$250,918125%268112$936$70,333,62611Sony / Columbia
14Planes$232,365-10%3804$611$88,442,74610Disney
15Blue Jasmine$230,428-34%190-99$1,213$31,672,81012Sony Pictures Classics
16Metallica Through The Never$215,211-69%289-300$745$3,178,8503Picturehouse
17The Wolverine$178,959-1%227-14$788$131,844,93412Fox
18Turbo$160,060-22%187-35$856$82,445,35413Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19Battle of the Year$142,173-74%210-697$677$8,792,6564Sony / Screen Gems
202 Guns$116,185-11%166-34$700$75,422,68511Universal
21Red 2$105,670-29%168-35$629$53,215,97913Lionsgate / Summit
22The Heat$96,227-21%139-43$692$159,279,40116Fox
23Parkland$92,438-70%133-124$695$528,0152Exclusive Media
24Elysium$87,792-48%140-82$627$92,370,04510Sony / TriStar
25Besharam$81,631-78%126-91$648$644,1722Reliance Entertainment
26The Conjuring$68,003-43%145-57$469$137,274,46413Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inequality for All$152,81810%8039$1,910$558,5893RADiUS-TWC
2The Saratov Approach$137,226--23--$5,966$212,5261Purdie Distribution
3The Face Reader$117,454-26%190$6,182$360,5742Pan Media & Entertainment
4Wadjda$105,418-12%473$2,243$616,1045Sony Pictures Classics
5Generation Iron$75,770-43%34-36$2,229$631,3674The Vladar Company
6Escape From Tomorrow$63,297--30--$2,110$63,2971Producers Distribution Agency
7Linsanity$51,693-48%167$3,231$184,3782Ketchup Entertainment
8Muscle Shoals$50,419201%1410$3,601$95,2353Magnolia Pictures
9In a World...$45,025-22%54-24$834$2,780,74110Roadside Attractions
10You're Next$44,769434%8742$515$18,474,2688Lionsgate
11The Summit$42,665104%3426$1,255$76,8732IFC Films
12Austenland$41,950-23%52-13$807$1,901,1169Sony Pictures Classics
13A.C.O.D.$34,09479%1815$1,894$60,5332The Film Arcade
14Pacific Rim$33,403-47%52-40$642$101,785,48214Warner Bros.
15Hubble 3D$32,821110%132$2,525$40,913,443187Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The World's End$32,142-49%73-58$440$25,902,9208Focus
17The Wizard of Oz 3D$30,225-81%50-196$605$5,493,1814Warner Bros.
18Space Station 3D$28,791103%30$9,597$89,150,927600IMAX
19Haute Cuisine$24,633-27%30-30$821$153,0944Weinstein Company
20The Way, Way Back$23,198-31%63-68$368$21,425,33615Fox Searchlight
21The Spectacular Now$19,343-55%33-25$586$6,777,90911A24
22Short Term 12$18,999-41%30-6$633$908,6408Cinedigm
23A Touch of Sin$18,334-8%64$3,056$49,5752Kino Lorber
24We Are What We Are (2013)$16,27297%135$1,252$47,5103eOne Films US
25Fruitvale Station$11,343-52%41-35$277$16,072,92414Weinstein Company
26When Comedy Went to School$11,09948%122$925$192,52111International Film Circuit
27You Will Be My Son$10,948-36%10-4$1,095$221,2059Cohen Media Group
28On the Job$9,558-73%8-14$1,195$161,2173Well Go USA
29Salinger$9,510-33%16-5$594$575,7756Weinstein Company
30Born to Be Wild 3D$8,73742%94$971$23,013,600132Warner Bros. / IMAX
31The Grandmaster$7,808-74%16-19$488$6,585,4518Weinstein Company
32To the Arctic 3D$7,55230%101$755$13,575,37678Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Ghost Team One$7,345--15--$490$7,3451The Film Arcade
34Thanks for Sharing$7,179-77%16-49$449$1,032,4814Roadside Attractions
35As I Lay Dying$7,143--1--$7,143$7,1431Millenium Entertainment
36CBGB$7,11182%32$2,370$11,1872XLrator Media
37Good Ol' Freda$6,71540%11-3$610$104,3826Magnolia Pictures
38Deep Sea 3D$6,46317%20$3,232$45,900,643398Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Russian Ark (2013 re-issue)$6,430--1--$6,430$27,9696Kino Lorber
40Still Mine$5,688-13%10-6$569$1,154,46614IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
41Under the Sea 3D$5,5706%60$928$33,629,261244Warner Bros. / IMAX
42God Loves Uganda$5,530--1--$5,530$5,5301Variance Films
43Broadway Idiot$5,514--1--$5,514$5,5141FilmBuff
44Populaire$5,354-64%21-37$255$166,9056Weinstein Company
45Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon$5,278-61%2-10$2,639$81,9833AMC Entertainment
46Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$4,236--1--$4,236$4,2361First Run Features
47Bad Milo!$4,101-9%9-2$456$12,3462Magnolia / Magnet
48The Patience Stone$3,860-29%204$193$130,0609Sony Pictures Classics
49Blackfish$3,56821%132$274$2,063,31213Magnolia Pictures
50Museum Hours$3,325-50%7-5$475$516,03116Cinema Guild
51Blue Caprice$3,094-70%16-20$193$86,7495IFC Films
52Trouble Every Day (2013 re-issue)$2,984--1--$2,984$2,9841The Film Desk
53Murder 11$2,214-73%20$1,107$19,1672Indican Pictures
54Drinking Buddies$1,876-20%71$268$328,6428Magnolia Pictures
55Dislecksia: The Movie$1,701-23%10$1,701$5,1722Area23a
56The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,683-75%20$842$18,8303Rialto Pictures
57Cassadaga$1,678--3--$559$1,6781Archstone Distribution
58Free the Mind$1,631-9%3-1$544$139,00724International Film Circuit
59Ip Man: The Final Fight$1,6011%10$1,601$36,0414Well Go USA
60I Used to Be Darker$1,542-73%20$771$14,1393Strand Releasing
61I'm So Excited$1,435299%72$205$1,359,79616Sony Pictures Classics
62Prince Avalanche$1,368-62%4-8$342$193,33610Magnolia Pictures
63Shepard & Dark$1,216487%21$608$5,8363Music Box Films
64Zaytoun$1,083-88%2-7$542$26,3624Strand Releasing
65The Trials of Muhammad Ali$1,074-76%6-3$179$30,4708Kino Lorber
66The Citizen$872-83%4-2$218$22,0546Monterey Media
67The Institute$843-72%20$422$6,2962Argot Pictures
68Touchy Feely$780-64%3-1$260$35,0226Magnolia Pictures
69Leviathan (2013)$761--1--$761$75,97633Cinema Guild
70Rising From Ashes$747--2--$374$35,52511First Run Features
71Before Midnight$615-55%4-1$154$8,110,62121Sony Pictures Classics
72The Act of Killing$4410%40$110$443,20313Drafthouse Films
73C.O.G.$242-88%1-3$242$55,3014Screen Media / Focus World
74Fire in the Blood$14832%10$148$10,2036International Film Circuit
75Terms and Conditions May Apply$101-91%30$34$48,75514Variance Films