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. 25 - Sun, Oct. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$32,055,177--3,336--$9,609$32,055,1771Paramount
2Gravity$20,135,387-33%3,707-113$5,432$199,649,7484Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$11,642,040-29%3,143123$3,704$69,916,0833Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$7,842,930--3,044--$2,577$7,842,9301Fox
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$6,275,325-35%3,111-491$2,017$100,786,5795Sony / Columbia
6Carrie (2013)$5,988,713-63%3,1570$1,897$26,110,0682Sony / Screen Gems
7Escape Plan$4,558,239-54%2,8830$1,581$17,641,8212Lionsgate / Summit
8Prisoners$1,068,339-48%1,347-813$793$59,127,4016Warner Bros.
9Insidious Chapter 2$880,293-41%1,229-436$716$82,133,6787FilmDistrict
10The Fifth Estate$570,890-66%1,7690$323$2,848,3562Disney / DreamWorks
11Machete Kills$305,268-75%1,253-1285$244$7,268,6593Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$2,134,325131%123104$17,352$3,394,2682Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$1,588,004-9%83578$1,902$13,054,0966Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$700,695-44%677-520$1,035$25,856,5346Universal
4We're the Millers$582,445-22%786-95$741$148,561,67812Warner Bros. / New Line
5Runner Runner$560,118-66%969-1042$578$18,819,5384Fox
6Baggage Claim$560,046-49%594-271$943$20,837,8145Fox Searchlight
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$506,315-48%4581$1,105$1,716,4872High Top Releasing
8Don Jon$495,999-58%540-574$919$23,501,6225Relativity Media
9Despicable Me 2$390,370-20%379-16$1,030$364,248,63017Universal
10Instructions Not Included$283,651-47%301-174$942$43,956,2679Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$269,717-30%444-158$607$114,742,82011Weinstein Company
12Pulling Strings$268,912-56%315-123$854$5,574,5854Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Planes$242,49860%321111$755$88,992,71312Disney
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$227,140-24%303-47$750$67,221,11412Fox
15Monsters University$208,569-32%207-23$1,008$267,788,62019Disney
16Blue Jasmine$149,267-21%119-33$1,254$32,210,61514Sony Pictures Classics
17Grown Ups 2$139,825-33%188-35$744$133,318,54816Sony / Columbia
18Grace Unplugged$120,978-48%208-105$582$2,367,0914Roadside Attractions
19The Smurfs 2$104,115-48%205-37$508$70,777,76313Sony / Columbia
20The Wolverine$102,772-33%164-43$627$132,244,11914Fox
21The Family (2013)$88,788-59%218-265$407$36,485,5407Relativity Media
22Turbo$74,749-38%108-41$692$82,729,69915Fox / DreamWorks Animation
23Riddick$60,060-49%156-97$385$41,997,7908Universal
24The Conjuring$27,605-36%100-13$276$137,387,27215Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$512,600448%8276$6,251$650,7872Roadside Attractions
2The Saratov Approach$157,22719%4319$3,656$674,1833Purdie Distribution
3Wadjda$123,035-13%8721$1,414$984,9147Sony Pictures Classics
4Blue Is the Warmest Color$100,316--4--$25,079$100,3161IFC Films
5Inequality for All$83,076-35%97-6$856$937,3455RADiUS-TWC
6Muscle Shoals$82,966-13%5620$1,482$341,5255Magnolia Pictures
7Metallica Through The Never$48,361--22--$2,198$3,419,9675Picturehouse
8Kill Your Darlings$41,982-21%84$5,248$132,1902Sony Pictures Classics
9The Heat$39,460-49%80-23$493$159,469,28818Fox
10Romeo and Juliet (2013)$35,813-84%91-370$394$1,070,7083Relativity Media
11Elysium$35,780-36%61-32$587$92,531,47212Sony / TriStar
12Hubble 3D$35,000-18%141$2,500$41,055,526189Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Austenland$30,971-17%43-4$720$2,008,18511Sony Pictures Classics
14The Summit$24,672-42%53-17$466$194,1594IFC Films
15In a World...$22,916-38%32-15$716$2,879,10112Roadside Attractions
16Space Station 3D$22,785-11%51$4,557$89,258,423602IMAX
17Spinning Plates$20,718--3--$6,906$20,7181The Film Arcade
18A.C.O.D.$16,857-63%19-23$887$157,1214The Film Arcade
19The Square (2013)$16,359--1--$16,359$16,3591Netflix Originals
20Escape From Tomorrow$15,287-17%110$1,390$140,8063Producers Distribution Agency
21The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$13,722-84%49-98$280$487,3483Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
22Short Term 12$13,6097%18-4$756$951,90110Cinedigm
23Parkland$13,090-57%20-12$655$640,5954Exclusive Media
24Linsanity$12,846-23%8-1$1,606$252,7924Ketchup Entertainment
25The World's End$11,960-16%26-14$460$25,955,72910Focus
26Seasons of Gray$11,714-63%14-10$837$51,5612EchoLight Studios
27American Promise$11,001--4--$2,750$39,3252Rada Film Group
28The Way, Way Back$10,250-43%23-15$446$21,475,65317Fox Searchlight
29Thanks for Sharing$9,4441%11-3$859$1,059,2396Roadside Attractions
3020 Feet from Stardom$9,36419%12-5$780$4,713,79820RADiUS-TWC
31Haute Cuisine$8,599-57%14-7$614$212,0726Weinstein Company
32Born to Be Wild 3D$8,36258%102$836$23,052,481134Warner Bros. / IMAX
33To the Arctic 3D$8,3473%101$835$13,602,34180Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Torn$8,28870%54$1,658$16,5962The Film Collective
35The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$8,286226%1411$592$31,7575Rialto Pictures
36We Are What We Are (2013)$8,1874%175$482$76,6335eOne Films US
37Good Ol' Freda$7,811139%135$601$121,3258Magnolia Pictures
38The Spectacular Now$7,176-68%24-30$299$6,830,53113A24
39Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$7,006--1--$7,006$7,0061Cinepix
40Deep Sea 3D$6,88579%32$2,295$45,929,289400Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Fruitvale Station$4,884-38%16-4$305$16,095,50116Weinstein Company
42Camille Claudel 1915$4,683-8%21$2,342$14,6642Kino Lorber
43Bastards$4,432--1--$4,432$6,3681IFC Films
44Zaytoun$4,35012%62$725$36,8276Strand Releasing
45I'm So Excited$3,240--5--$648$1,366,03618Sony Pictures Classics
46Under the Sea 3D$3,104-31%72$443$33,649,535246Warner Bros. / IMAX
47The Patience Stone$3,0599%5-3$612$140,84011Sony Pictures Classics
48The Trials of Muhammad Ali$3,012-36%41$753$41,11210Kino Lorber
49I Used to Be Darker$2,761107%52$552$20,3715Strand Releasing
50When Comedy Went to School$2,249-45%4-2$562$207,38913International Film Circuit
51Russian Ark (2013 re-issue)$1,992--2--$996$34,4748Kino Lorber
52Il Futuro$1,6571946%10$1,657$11,4688Strand Releasing
53Drinking Buddies$1,635-53%5-8$327$338,37810Magnolia Pictures
54Shepard & Dark$1,631330%21$816$9,6845Music Box Films
55Birth of the Living Dead$1,62031%104$162$3,1912First Run Features
56Guitar Innovators: John Fahey & Nels Cline$1,457--2--$729$4,42211First Run Features
57A Touch of Sin$1,338-85%2-4$669$76,3834Kino Lorber
58Museum Hours$1,289-73%4-2$322$530,35618Cinema Guild
59Let the Fire Burn$1,171-42%20$586$21,5734Zeitgeist Films
60Prince Avalanche$1,05520%3-4$352$196,88012Magnolia Pictures
61Before Midnight$930--3--$310$8,113,73723Sony Pictures Classics
62Hannah Arendt$735-72%1-1$735$710,92122Zeitgeist Films
63Bad Milo!$559-71%2-3$280$17,8964Magnolia / Magnet
64Informant$506--2--$253$9,7707Music Box Films
65Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$415-78%10$415$9,6553First Run Features
66Free the Mind$413-71%20$207$146,18826International Film Circuit
67Murder 11$406--1--$406$21,3154Indican Pictures
68Cassadaga$268-32%2-1$134$2,5773Archstone Distribution
69Fire in the Blood$263--2--$132$10,6468International Film Circuit
70Broadway Idiot$199-98%1-5$199$23,4083FilmBuff
71The Citizen$178-71%1-1$178$24,1178Monterey Media
72The Act of Killing$64-88%1-1$64$446,17915Drafthouse Films