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. 15 - Sun, Nov. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$36,586,016-57%3,8410$9,525$145,097,1302Disney
2The Best Man Holiday$30,107,555--2,024--$14,875$30,107,5551Universal
3Last Vegas$8,439,544-24%3,237155$2,607$46,532,5273CBS Films
4Free Birds$8,106,151-27%3,510-226$2,309$42,024,3563Relativity Media
5Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$7,421,536-34%3,1903$2,327$89,953,1744Paramount
6Gravity$6,104,096-28%2,560-160$2,384$240,379,7107Warner Bros.
7Ender's Game$6,017,337-41%3,236-171$1,859$53,593,9213Lionsgate / Summit
812 Years a Slave$4,604,706-31%1,411267$3,263$24,853,4915Fox Searchlight
9Captain Phillips$4,385,218-23%2,626-20$1,670$97,502,6766Sony / Columbia
10About Time$3,340,625-30%1,28080$2,610$11,446,2733Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,975,559-29%1,645-191$1,201$113,042,0578Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$1,751,359174%184149$9,518$3,012,2953Focus
2Ram-Leela$1,449,174--204--$7,104$1,449,1741Eros International
3All Is Lost$916,761-19%48384$1,898$4,219,3655Roadside Attractions
4Carrie (2013)$560,206-56%933-579$600$35,031,1175Sony / Screen Gems
5Escape Plan$549,752-35%687-362$800$24,123,3055Lionsgate / Summit
6Enough Said$502,536-21%393-36$1,279$16,585,2509Fox Searchlight
7Despicable Me 2$417,850-12%305-5$1,370$365,943,52020Universal
8The Counselor$352,433-57%481-541$733$16,584,6844Fox
9Blue Is the Warmest Color$264,4816%10837$2,449$1,141,4664IFC Films
10Prisoners$241,65935%355130$681$60,583,7289Warner Bros.
11We're the Millers$219,343-19%303-55$724$150,024,26215Warner Bros. / New Line
12Planes$184,509-16%246-15$750$89,883,32815Disney
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$153,469-8%215-1$714$67,924,68315Fox
14Krrish3$139,696-73%2080$672$2,123,3333Eros International
15Elysium$117,457-29%181-11$649$92,947,67515Sony / TriStar
16Lee Daniels' The Butler$99,534-29%176-38$566$115,472,48214Weinstein Company
17Rush (2013)$94,975-23%131-33$725$26,903,7099Universal
18Insidious Chapter 2$94,686-33%167-62$567$83,184,98210FilmDistrict
19Monsters University$90,011-30%145-13$621$268,317,68122Disney
20Baggage Claim$58,139-41%108-27$538$21,468,9668Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$420,532300%2925$14,501$564,0502Fox
2Nebraska$140,401--4--$35,100$140,4011Paramount Vantage
3Kill Your Darlings$119,12143%7139$1,678$489,2145Sony Pictures Classics
4I'm in Love with a Church Girl$118,370112%55-19$2,152$2,304,2225High Top Releasing
5The Saratov Approach$90,589-4%410$2,209$1,247,0786Purdie Distribution
6Great Expectations (2013)$76,537-14%85-1$900$203,9052Main Street Films
7The Christmas Candle$68,655--5--$13,731$68,6551EchoLight Studios
8Blue Jasmine$63,433-23%52-8$1,220$32,616,61317Sony Pictures Classics
9Don Jon$61,019-41%48-44$1,271$24,194,5418Relativity Media
10Diana$54,991-39%83-17$663$298,1333eOne Films US
11Grown Ups 2$54,665-36%91-20$601$133,668,52519Sony / Columbia
12The Smurfs 2$47,853-10%88-6$544$71,017,78416Sony / Columbia
13Muscle Shoals$44,32429%449$1,007$568,6128Magnolia Pictures
14Hubble 3D$43,684-2%12-2$3,640$41,268,854192Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Armstrong Lie$41,15642%1813$2,286$81,2862Sony Pictures Classics
16Turbo$38,508-27%53-9$727$82,930,07718Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17The Wolverine$37,357-18%65-12$575$132,481,84317Fox
18Wadjda$32,888-43%40-19$822$1,287,21010Sony Pictures Classics
19Instructions Not Included$31,102-15%47-5$662$44,239,36212Lionsgate / Pantelion
20Pulling Strings$30,550-39%760$402$5,831,9287Lionsgate / Pantelion
21The Great Beauty$23,442--1--$23,442$23,4421Janus Films
22Runner Runner$23,278-42%76-43$306$19,285,2217Fox
23The Fifth Estate$16,26538%8057$203$3,240,5475Disney / DreamWorks
24Austenland$14,365-43%26-37$553$2,109,78114Sony Pictures Classics
25The Family (2013)$13,456-40%30-27$449$36,648,64510Relativity Media
26In a World...$12,7331%9-9$1,415$2,944,46115Roadside Attractions
27Space Station 3D$12,109-47%4-1$3,027$89,385,109605IMAX
28Spinning Plates$11,606-10%60$1,934$76,4264The Film Arcade
29Inequality for All$11,438-52%20-17$572$1,147,1178RADiUS-TWC
30Grace Unplugged$11,364-41%29-8$392$2,498,1657Roadside Attractions
31Romeo and Juliet (2013)$10,32261%298$356$1,142,6106Relativity Media
32Faust$10,030--2--$5,015$13,1391Leisure Time Features
33The Heat$9,204-14%27-1$341$159,545,15721Fox
34Reaching for the Moon$9,161-37%20$4,581$31,6642Wolfe Releasing
35Short Term 12$8,930185%1510$595$981,96413Cinedigm
36To the Arctic 3D$8,905-3%9-3$989$13,647,39983Warner Bros. / IMAX
37The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$8,77521%42$2,194$31,9273Zeitgeist Films
38Charlie Countryman$7,973--15--$532$7,9731Millennium Entertainment
39Deep Sea 3D$7,921-17%2-1$3,961$45,966,654403Warner Bros. / IMAX
40How I Live Now$7,371-74%21-47$351$52,4712Magnolia Pictures
41Go for Sisters$7,35523%20$3,678$16,0302Variance Films
4220 Feet from Stardom$6,57427%73$939$4,763,86723RADiUS-TWC
43God Loves Uganda$5,594132%30$1,865$34,1506Variance Films
44Born to Be Wild 3D$5,5114%113$501$23,087,050137Warner Bros. / IMAX
45The Ghosts in Our Machine$5,228-40%21$2,614$16,0452Ghosts Media Inc.
46Museum Hours$4,30229%1-1$4,302$543,83621Cinema Guild
47Running From Crazy$4,024-68%3-2$1,341$31,7613Vitagraph Films
48Under the Sea 3D$3,9281%94$436$33,668,016249Warner Bros. / IMAX
49The World's End$3,795-41%8-1$474$25,989,73313Focus
50Escape From Tomorrow$3,413238%2-1$1,707$169,7196Producers Distribution Agency
51The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$3,11044%30$1,037$56,6088Rialto Pictures
52The Way, Way Back$3,069-18%6-1$512$21,501,09820Fox Searchlight
53Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$2,802-14%2-1$1,401$28,4494Cinepix
54Le Joli Mai (2013 re-issue)$2,708-2%20$1,354$36,43910Icarus Films
55The Act of Killing$2,31376%20$1,157$449,91818Drafthouse Films
56A Touch of Sin$2,06937%51$414$86,0877Kino Lorber
57When Comedy Went to School$2,032-57%2-1$1,016$223,59116International Film Circuit
58I Am Divine$1,870-79%2-5$935$37,0996The Film Collaborative
59Let the Fire Burn$1,733-52%3-2$578$46,9987Zeitgeist Films
60Fire in the Blood$1,512--2--$756$15,04811International Film Circuit
61The Patience Stone$1,5070%30$502$147,29314Sony Pictures Classics
62Good Ol' Freda$1,377-36%93$153$134,11511Magnolia Pictures
63The Spectacular Now$1,316-76%8-4$165$6,850,01316A24
64The Trials of Muhammad Ali$1,293-80%41$323$56,29913Kino Lorber
65Sweet Dreams (2013)$1,217--1--$1,217$5,9703International Film Circuit
66Terms and Conditions May Apply$8929%1-1$892$53,02619Variance Films
67Rising From Ashes$862235%21$431$36,75416First Run Features
68Big Sur$826-78%1-4$826$33,6213Ketchup Entertainment
69Drinking Buddies$759-25%3-1$253$342,93613Magnolia Pictures
70Prince Avalanche$566-13%30$189$204,95115Magnolia Pictures
71Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$552-30%10$552$13,7106First Run Features
72Camille Claudel 1915$466-40%20$233$20,8255Kino Lorber
73Zaytoun$378--1--$378$42,2869Strand Releasing
74Il Futuro$280-78%1-2$280$13,98311Strand Releasing
75Mr. Nobody$88-81%1-1$88$2,9813Magnolia Pictures
76Best Man Down$60-95%1-1$60$1,8422Magnolia Pictures