'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.

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, Dec. 6 - Sun, Dec. 8

Wide (1000+)

1Frozen (2013)$31,616,230-53%3,7420$8,449$134,253,6663Disney
2The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$26,185,886-65%4,1630$6,290$335,850,8423Lionsgate
3Out of the Furnace$5,220,288--2,101--$2,485$5,247,3641Relativity Media
4Thor: The Dark World$4,811,545-57%3,074-212$1,565$193,711,1875Disney
5Delivery Man$3,742,544-45%2,905-131$1,288$24,767,3263Disney / DreamWorks
6Homefront$3,428,440-50%2,5700$1,334$15,328,8302Open Road
7The Book Thief$2,625,623-46%1,31682$1,995$12,000,6785Fox
8The Best Man Holiday$2,609,890-68%1,577-140$1,655$67,175,5054Universal
9Last Vegas$1,265,334-53%1,539-315$822$60,586,9426CBS Films
1012 Years a Slave$1,146,959-50%1,082-83$1,060$35,019,0798Fox Searchlight
11Black Nativity$1,026,757-72%1,5259$673$6,404,7602Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$820,378-54%1,157-346$709$100,020,9137Paramount
13Free Birds$342,419-81%1,202-1085$285$53,789,3456Relativity Media
14Lee Daniels' The Butler$265,019529%1,007936$263$115,922,17517Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

1Philomena$2,195,341-40%8350$2,629$8,167,9763Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$1,505,669-40%73438$2,051$12,453,9936Focus
3Gravity$1,211,279-53%900-116$1,346$251,486,53310Warner Bros.
4Nebraska$521,279-29%11311$4,613$2,238,7574Paramount Vantage
5Captain Phillips$510,201-56%640-167$797$103,500,5789Sony / Columbia
6Ender's Game$483,974-60%608-235$796$60,119,7156Lionsgate / Summit
7Oldboy (2013)$301,455-66%5830$517$1,956,6712FilmDistrict
8About Time$220,780-41%266-65$830$15,001,3786Universal
9The Christmas Candle$171,709-56%306-46$561$1,909,6424EchoLight Studios
10Despicable Me 2$171,360-50%252-19$680$367,157,95523Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$163,130-58%312-395$523$115,269,29511Sony / Columbia
12All Is Lost$106,529-45%147-7$725$5,486,1698Roadside Attractions
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$54,795-49%140-23$391$68,316,15818Fox
14Don Jon$51,760134%12599$414$24,360,78911Relativity Media
15Insidious Chapter 2$49,099-45%122-18$402$83,529,39213FilmDistrict
16Ram-Leela$40,249-76%2040$197$2,674,1344Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Inside Llewyn Davis$405,411--4--$101,353$405,4111CBS Films
2R... Rajkumar$124,669--91--$1,370$124,6691Eros International
3The Great Beauty$89,819-32%307$2,994$396,9434Janus Films
4Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$75,394-11%40$18,849$181,1102Weinstein Company
5Blue Is the Warmest Color$75,205-34%78-16$964$1,784,6327IFC Films
6Narco Cultura$66,4932846%4645$1,446$81,9003Cinedigm
7Enough Said$64,855-47%94-27$690$17,292,84112Fox Searchlight
8Escape Plan$37,169-22%81-60$459$24,610,1448Lionsgate / Summit
9Kill Your Darlings$36,720-46%72-2$510$827,5518Sony Pictures Classics
10The Armstrong Lie$36,35013%7746$472$243,9875Sony Pictures Classics
11Instructions Not Included$35,285-46%46-22$767$44,456,50915Lionsgate / Pantelion
12The Family (2013)$28,369-47%96-34$296$36,858,97813Relativity Media
13Blue Jasmine$27,360-27%352$782$32,785,74720Sony Pictures Classics
14Hubble 3D$24,896-49%121$2,075$41,483,483195Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Punk Singer$24,566-1%1613$1,535$61,9592IFC Films
16Bettie Page Reveals All$23,631183%2119$1,125$42,1713Music Box Films
17The Counselor$23,251-23%71-7$327$16,894,1277Fox
18Space Station 3D$16,537-39%51$3,307$89,539,722608IMAX
19Monsters University$16,400-57%75-22$219$268,472,40825Disney
20The Saratov Approach$16,046-62%270$594$1,444,9199Purdie Distribution
21Twice Born$14,947--10--$1,495$14,9471eOne Films US
22Inequality for All$12,711456%145$908$1,181,55811RADiUS-TWC
23Baggage Claim$12,574-37%420$299$21,549,73711Fox Searchlight
24Turbo$12,016-49%35-4$343$83,024,90021Fox / DreamWorks Animation
25Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$11,401-34%82$1,425$78,3483IFC Films
26Wadjda$9,859-31%16-5$616$1,355,31713Sony Pictures Classics
27Spinning Plates$8,563--6--$1,427$99,1277The Film Arcade
28Sweet Dreams (2013)$7,975526%75$1,139$17,4726International Film Circuit
29Muscle Shoals$6,562-49%13-7$505$647,19711Magnolia Pictures
30To the Arctic 3D$5,91810%101$592$13,691,49886Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Singh Saab the Great$5,758-81%540$107$223,6603Eros International
32The Heat$5,6350%18-7$313$159,578,35224Fox
33The Last Days on Mars$4,608--3--$1,536$4,6081Magnolia / Magnet
34Cousin Jules (2013 re-issue)$4,284-17%10$4,284$14,2382Cinema Guild
35Let the Fire Burn$4,2702272%32$1,423$53,39810Zeitgeist Films
36Austenland$3,199-61%11-5$291$2,144,01117Sony Pictures Classics
37Journey to the South Pacific$3,196-61%10$3,196$14,7832IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
38Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$2,933-94%6-50$489$341,4043Reliance Entertainment
39Paradise: Hope$2,664--1--$2,664$2,6641Strand Releasing
4020 Feet from Stardom$2,592-1%104$259$4,779,60826RADiUS-TWC
41A Touch of Sin$2,53042%32$843$99,66510Kino Lorber
42Born to Be Wild 3D$2,2467%61$374$23,109,181140Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Runner Runner$2,131-55%16-7$133$19,316,64610Fox
44The Ghosts in Our Machine$1,962--1--$1,962$20,3445Ghosts Media Inc.
45Under the Sea 3D$1,881-37%62$314$33,682,283252Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Deep Sea 3D$1,626-70%1-3$1,626$45,994,071406Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Breakfast with Curtis$1,601--1--$1,601$2,3751Abramorama / Bond 360
48I Am Divine$1,396-56%3-2$465$49,3009The Film Collaborative
49When Comedy Went to School$1,089-19%3-1$363$229,00919International Film Circuit
50Faust$1,041-62%32$347$34,3764Leisure Time Features
51The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$948-50%1-1$948$49,8986Zeitgeist Films
52Rising From Ashes$919--1--$919$37,67319First Run Features
53Museum Hours$86117%20$431$548,69924Cinema Guild
54Short Term 12$859-82%4-2$215$1,006,28416Cinedigm
55Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$673--1--$673$42,89236Cinema Guild
56La Maison de la Radio$563--1--$563$8,06014Kino Lorber
57Caught in the Web$313-13%21$157$1,0672levelFILM / Vitagraph