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, Dec. 27 - Sun, Dec. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$29,031,732-8%3,9280$7,391$189,501,2783Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$28,596,31946%3,335-205$8,575$248,117,7956Disney
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$19,662,532-25%3,5070$5,607$83,179,5502Paramount
4American Hustle$18,718,811-2%2,5070$7,467$59,169,1643Sony / Columbia
5The Wolf of Wall Street$18,361,578--2,537--$7,238$34,153,1371Paramount
6Saving Mr. Banks$13,453,53344%2,1100$6,376$37,276,1503Disney
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$12,765,508--2,909--$4,388$25,360,4681Fox
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$10,061,47915%2,315-634$4,346$390,985,3226Lionsgate
947 Ronin$9,910,310--2,689--$3,686$20,612,5301Universal
10Walking With Dinosaurs$7,276,1723%3,24312$2,244$20,944,4782Fox
11Grudge Match$7,021,993--2,838--$2,474$13,140,2151Warner Bros.
12Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$6,887,194-18%1,788-406$3,852$43,206,2703Lionsgate
13Justin Bieber's Believe$2,007,567--1,037--$1,936$4,270,0671Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$2,240,7457566%975971$2,298$4,550,2135Weinstein Company
2Philomena$1,767,56046%727-11$2,431$16,444,9836Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$1,248,95815%16113$7,758$4,619,6734CBS Films
4Dhoom 3$1,068,141-69%220-19$4,855$6,817,7732Yash Raj Films
5Nebraska$737,73131%250-60$2,951$5,711,5367Paramount Vantage
6Thor: The Dark World$636,073-53%319-797$1,994$202,363,6108Disney
7The Book Thief$614,094-18%481-199$1,277$17,884,5868Fox
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$509,53472%303-10$1,682$116,601,84714Sony / Columbia
9Gravity$508,15018%175-127$2,904$254,593,55413Warner Bros.
1012 Years a Slave$372,9791%154-147$2,422$37,798,96311Fox Searchlight
11Dallas Buyers Club$278,692-27%124-206$2,248$15,730,4889Focus
12Ender's Game$270,481155%24962$1,086$61,170,5079Lionsgate / Summit
13Last Vegas$253,2401%221-112$1,146$62,693,0019CBS Films
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$233,96021%257-21$910$101,263,07110Paramount
15Free Birds$226,884231%24359$934$54,434,9069Relativity Media
16The Best Man Holiday$216,680-45%120-231$1,806$70,249,9507Universal
17Captain Phillips$140,7990%111-61$1,268$104,568,72312Sony / Columbia
18Despicable Me 2$128,68531%165-32$780$367,736,34526Universal
19Delivery Man$119,803-75%136-527$881$29,647,3986Disney / DreamWorks
20Escape Plan$68,7577%107-31$643$24,956,83811Lionsgate / Summit
21Out of the Furnace$41,037-87%102-626$402$11,121,7884Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$649,673150%4741$13,823$1,541,9942Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$179,302--5--$35,860$179,3021Weinstein Company
3Hubble 3D$172,788316%10-2$17,279$41,870,622198Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Lone Survivor$90,872--2--$45,436$153,8391Universal
5The Great Beauty$70,1292%420$1,670$786,8607Janus Films
6All Is Lost$64,61133%67-16$964$5,947,56111Roadside Attractions
7Homefront$64,480-88%75-600$860$20,097,9285Open Road
8Personal Tailor$54,730-51%90$6,081$257,4522China Lion Film
9The Past$34,17417%52$6,835$88,1782Sony Pictures Classics
10The Invisible Woman$31,948--3--$10,649$53,0641Sony Pictures Classics
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$26,103-3%53-32$493$68,470,83021Fox
12Blue Is the Warmest Color$25,705-18%24-7$1,071$2,013,86810IFC Films
13Enough Said$24,039-1%27-15$890$17,454,74615Fox Searchlight
14Lee Daniels' The Butler$23,34251%34-9$687$116,170,29720Weinstein Company
15Kill Your Darlings$21,95811%288$784$950,00911Sony Pictures Classics
16Blue Jasmine$21,305-5%23-3$926$33,010,93123Sony Pictures Classics
17Journey to the South Pacific$19,598296%30$6,533$54,8835IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
18The Saratov Approach$17,35356%14-6$1,240$1,524,25012Purdie Distribution
19Space Station 3D$16,079-45%3-3$5,360$89,685,171611IMAX
20Black Nativity$11,944-66%24-39$498$7,000,8565Fox Searchlight
21The Christmas Candle$10,916-69%16-51$682$2,247,7717EchoLight Studios
22To the Arctic 3D$9,730211%80$1,216$13,725,14289Warner Bros. / IMAX
23The Armstrong Lie$7,970-2%14-2$569$331,7948Sony Pictures Classics
24Deep Sea 3D$7,542217%1-1$7,542$46,014,615409Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Under the Sea 3D$7,178161%3-2$2,393$33,698,877255Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$7,17781%135$552$123,3576IFC Films
27Wadjda$7,13013%161$446$1,394,99016Sony Pictures Classics
28The Counselor$6,106-1%240$254$16,949,81410Fox
29Bettie Page Reveals All$5,640--5--$1,128$73,3726Music Box Films
30Oldboy (2013)$4,921123%210$234$2,189,1825FilmDistrict
3120 Feet from Stardom$4,86967%8-2$609$4,814,54329RADiUS-TWC
32The Family (2013)$4,444-12%290$153$36,910,65616Relativity Media
33Don Jon$4,060-66%31-1$131$24,468,31414Relativity Media
34Born to Be Wild 3D$3,7873165%40$947$23,117,555143Warner Bros. / IMAX
35The Punk Singer$3,592-7%10-5$359$108,2895IFC Films
36I Am Divine$2,796--4--$699$60,00312The Film Collaborative
37Muscle Shoals$2,4486%7-2$350$666,86214Magnolia Pictures
38Austenland$2,351168%50$470$2,155,33420Sony Pictures Classics
39Maidentrip$1,80411%10$1,804$4,2162First Run Features
40Inequality for All$1,349283%1-1$1,349$1,192,34114RADiUS-TWC
41The Selfish Giant$1,288-50%31$429$6,1642IFC Films
42The Act of Killing$1,1135%20$557$459,06124Drafthouse Films
43Here Comes the Devil$60436%21$302$2,6983Magnolia / Magnet
44The Last Days on Mars$49865%10$498$22,3144Magnolia / Magnet