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, Nov. 8 - Sun, Nov. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$85,737,841--3,841--$22,322$85,737,8411Disney
2Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$11,326,977-43%3,187-158$3,554$78,773,6033Paramount
3Free Birds$11,112,063-30%3,7360$2,974$30,128,5142Relativity Media
4Last Vegas$11,036,270-32%3,08217$3,581$33,467,0062CBS Films
5Ender's Game$10,259,188-62%3,4070$3,011$44,010,4882Lionsgate / Summit
6Gravity$8,535,339-33%2,720-304$3,138$231,249,8316Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$6,675,73139%1,144734$5,835$17,421,3124Fox Searchlight
8Captain Phillips$5,712,028-32%2,646-375$2,159$90,894,0445Sony / Columbia
9About Time$4,758,070342%1,2001025$3,965$6,275,7432Universal
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$2,776,914-33%1,836-594$1,512$109,953,0947Sony / Columbia
11Carrie (2013)$1,285,158-61%1,512-740$850$34,050,7754Sony / Screen Gems
12Escape Plan$845,029-63%1,049-917$806$23,207,8644Lionsgate / Summit
13The Counselor$815,757-76%1,022-2022$798$15,860,7943Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$1,130,95498%399269$2,834$2,798,5554Roadside Attractions
2Enough Said$633,686-42%429-233$1,477$15,839,3628Fox Searchlight
3Krrish3$526,989-50%2080$2,534$1,870,1082Eros International
4Despicable Me 2$474,31512%3101$1,530$365,353,62019Universal
5We're the Millers$272,416-34%358-197$761$149,681,84614Warner Bros. / New Line
6Planes$219,407-17%261-28$841$89,605,27514Disney
7Prisoners$179,076-55%225-240$796$60,269,0888Warner Bros.
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$167,177-20%216-35$774$67,707,24214Fox
9Elysium$165,843595%192154$864$92,748,40714Sony / TriStar
10Machete Kills$150,112-8%212-51$708$7,949,1475Open Road
11Insidious Chapter 2$141,421-65%229-324$618$83,050,5309FilmDistrict
12Lee Daniels' The Butler$140,381-27%214-98$656$115,300,15513Weinstein Company
13Monsters University$129,092-27%158-18$817$268,186,28221Disney
14Rush (2013)$123,030-64%164-139$750$26,751,2998Universal
15Baggage Claim$98,685-59%135-159$731$21,384,0737Fox Searchlight
16Diana$90,42933%10062$904$193,5322eOne Films US
17Grown Ups 2$85,823-28%111-37$773$133,586,66018Sony / Columbia
18Runner Runner$39,922-61%119-118$335$19,242,0846Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$638,704145%3526$18,249$993,0882Focus
2Blue Is the Warmest Color$249,77711%7134$3,518$746,4283IFC Films
3The Book Thief$105,005--4--$26,251$105,0051Fox
4Don Jon$103,095-40%92-89$1,121$24,077,9997Relativity Media
5The Saratov Approach$93,913-35%41-2$2,291$1,094,3035Purdie Distribution
6Great Expectations (2013)$88,500--86--$1,029$88,5001Main Street Films
7Kill Your Darlings$83,10724%3213$2,597$331,9604Sony Pictures Classics
8Blue Jasmine$82,244-26%60-34$1,371$32,519,48016Sony Pictures Classics
9Wadjda$57,489-39%59-25$974$1,235,8239Sony Pictures Classics
10I'm in Love with a Church Girl$55,904-71%74-169$755$2,165,7474High Top Releasing
11The Smurfs 2$53,465-33%94-41$569$70,948,91715Sony / Columbia
12Turbo$53,021-12%62-7$855$82,871,89617Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Pulling Strings$49,794-28%76-33$655$5,782,3956Lionsgate / Pantelion
14The Wolverine$45,512-38%77-42$591$132,425,01816Fox
15Hubble 3D$44,56324%141$3,183$41,186,627191Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Instructions Not Included$36,649-67%52-84$705$44,194,96611Lionsgate / Pantelion
17Muscle Shoals$34,265-41%35-11$979$505,2237Magnolia Pictures
18The Armstrong Lie$28,992--5--$5,798$28,9921Sony Pictures Classics
19How I Live Now$28,547--68--$420$28,5471Magnolia Pictures
20Austenland$25,275-3%6328$401$2,081,91313Sony Pictures Classics
21Inequality for All$24,046-54%37-30$650$1,124,2497RADiUS-TWC
22Space Station 3D$22,9230%51$4,585$89,341,874604IMAX
23The Family (2013)$22,414-53%57-30$393$36,623,0449Relativity Media
24Grace Unplugged$19,347-57%37-44$523$2,480,9576Roadside Attractions
25Reaching for the Moon$14,573--2--$7,287$14,5731Wolfe Releasing
26Spinning Plates$12,83111%60$2,139$57,7293The Film Arcade
27In a World...$12,595-33%18-4$700$2,927,33714Roadside Attractions
28Running From Crazy$12,39882%54$2,480$22,2402Vitagraph Films
29The Fifth Estate$11,827-64%23-88$514$3,218,1004Disney / DreamWorks
30The Heat$10,674-63%28-14$381$159,532,29820Fox
31Deep Sea 3D$9,58960%3-1$3,196$45,952,581402Warner Bros. / IMAX
32To the Arctic 3D$9,14138%123$762$13,631,10282Warner Bros. / IMAX
33I Am Divine$8,83870%73$1,263$32,1975The Film Collaborative
34The Ghosts in Our Machine$8,756--1--$8,756$8,7561Ghosts Media Inc.
35American Promise$8,220--3--$2,740$77,0094Rada Film Group
36The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$7,247-21%21$3,624$19,8292Zeitgeist Films
37The Square (2013)$6,764--2--$3,382$47,1743Netflix Originals
38The Trials of Muhammad Ali$6,620274%30$2,207$53,13512Kino Lorber
39The World's End$6,446-25%9-7$716$25,982,54712Focus
40Romeo and Juliet (2013)$6,394-36%21-1$304$1,124,8055Relativity Media
41Go for Sisters$6,001--2--$3,001$6,0011Variance Films
42The Broken Circle Breakdown$5,630--2--$2,815$14,1522Tribeca Film
43The Spectacular Now$5,517108%12-6$460$6,846,34515A24
44Born to Be Wild 3D$5,314-36%8-2$664$23,078,929136Warner Bros. / IMAX
4520 Feet from Stardom$5,187-51%4-5$1,297$4,752,64522RADiUS-TWC
46At Berkeley$5,069--2--$2,535$5,0691Zipporah Films
47Seasons of Gray$4,751-37%6-2$792$70,6054EchoLight Studios
48When Comedy Went to School$4,679-8%3-2$1,560$219,22815International Film Circuit
49Approved for Adoption$4,014--1--$4,014$4,0141GKIDS
50Under the Sea 3D$3,882-1%51$776$33,659,281248Warner Bros. / IMAX
51Big Sur$3,838-77%5-8$768$29,8582Ketchup Entertainment
52The Way, Way Back$3,735-61%7-8$534$21,496,72719Fox Searchlight
53Let the Fire Burn$3,606-60%5-4$721$41,9436Zeitgeist Films
54Finding Mr. Right$3,430--3--$1,143$3,4301China Lion Film
55Museum Hours$3,32564%2-1$1,663$538,82820Cinema Guild
56Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$3,265-38%32$1,088$22,5953Cinepix
57Short Term 12$3,130-31%5-3$626$970,17612Cinedigm
58Le Joli Mai (2013 re-issue)$2,759--2--$1,380$30,6529Icarus Films
59People of a Feather$2,413--1--$2,413$2,4131First Run Features
60God Loves Uganda$2,413-26%3-2$804$27,6365Variance Films
61The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$2,158-63%3-2$719$52,5457Rialto Pictures
62Good Ol' Freda$2,144-39%6-1$357$131,90710Magnolia Pictures
63Linsanity$2,04713%3-1$682$268,9416Ketchup Entertainment
64A Touch of Sin$1,514-25%40$379$82,0786Kino Lorber
65The Patience Stone$1,502101%3-1$501$145,11813Sony Pictures Classics
66Birth of the Living Dead$1,494332%1-1$1,494$8,5904First Run Features
67The Act of Killing$1,315--2--$658$447,49417Drafthouse Films
68Il Futuro$1,263--3--$421$13,70310Strand Releasing
69Best Man Down$1,171--2--$586$1,1711Magnolia Pictures
70Escape From Tomorrow$1,011-82%3-4$337$166,0165Producers Distribution Agency
71Drinking Buddies$1,00611%42$252$341,93512Magnolia Pictures
72Broadway Idiot$8579%10$857$27,5955FilmBuff
73Terms and Conditions May Apply$821--2--$411$51,50718Variance Films
74Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$783--1--$783$12,8665First Run Features
75Camille Claudel 1915$78313%21$392$19,0374Kino Lorber
76Prince Avalanche$648-83%3-2$216$203,27814Magnolia Pictures
77La Maison de la Radio$609--1--$609$7,16910Kino Lorber
78Mr. Nobody$456-72%2-2$228$2,7442Magnolia Pictures
79Computer Chess$406--1--$406$101,21817Kino Lorber
80Free the Mind$358--1--$358$146,57728International Film Circuit
81I Used to Be Darker$280289%10$280$21,9647Strand Releasing
82Rising From Ashes$257--1--$257$35,89215First Run Features
83Drug War$182--1--$182$127,87716Variance Films / Well Go USA