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, Jan. 10 - Sun, Jan. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lone Survivor$37,849,91044504%2,8752873$13,165$38,231,4713Universal
2Frozen (2013)$14,728,118-25%3,239-79$4,547$317,319,1068Disney
3The Legend Of Hercules$8,868,318--2,104--$4,215$8,868,3181Lionsgate / Summit
4The Wolf of Wall Street$8,839,220-33%2,521-36$3,506$78,425,7713Paramount
5American Hustle$8,302,205-33%2,629111$3,158$101,265,1335Sony / Columbia
6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$8,022,353-49%3,075-655$2,609$242,226,7885Warner Bros. / New Line
7Saving Mr. Banks$6,556,216-25%2,671561$2,455$68,927,4425Disney
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$6,284,630-66%2,88316$2,180$28,456,0192Paramount
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$5,838,849-45%3,012-395$1,939$118,256,7934Paramount
10Her (2013)$5,383,775645%1,7291682$3,114$8,783,0754Warner Bros.
11The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$4,383,208-38%1,762-381$2,488$413,775,8598Lionsgate
12The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$4,302,846-46%2,584-338$1,665$52,593,6083Fox
13Grudge Match$1,907,216-64%2,005-851$951$28,410,6463Warner Bros.
1447 Ronin$1,644,310-67%1,359-1331$1,210$36,444,1953Universal
15Walking With Dinosaurs$1,405,976-62%1,339-1221$1,050$33,715,0034Fox
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$1,090,856-63%1,040-434$1,049$51,854,7535Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1August: Osage County$7,158,2655016%905900$7,910$7,703,6503Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$1,882,54875%729573$2,582$9,315,6746CBS Films
3Philomena$1,385,067-4%6070$2,282$21,941,0958Weinstein Company
4Nebraska$885,46343%521281$1,700$8,215,1179Paramount Vantage
5Gravity$419,092-12%155-10$2,704$256,224,79615Warner Bros.
6The Book Thief$393,076-26%303-26$1,297$19,742,81010Fox
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$330,155-25%264-14$1,251$118,068,91216Sony / Columbia
8Thor: The Dark World$314,894-34%257-34$1,225$203,934,48010Disney
9Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$275,067-74%363-647$758$7,760,2707Weinstein Company
1012 Years a Slave$270,760-18%114-37$2,375$38,904,53513Fox Searchlight
11Dallas Buyers Club$239,889-21%125-3$1,919$16,681,97211Focus
12Last Vegas$177,580-11%240-17$740$63,392,48911CBS Films
13Free Birds$157,622-25%232-21$679$55,122,44811Relativity Media
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$135,415-23%192-28$705$101,830,23212Paramount
15Captain Phillips$95,475-21%1149$838$104,987,52614Sony / Columbia
16Lee Daniels' The Butler$90,452-11%1363$665$116,427,14922Weinstein Company
17Delivery Man$79,589-19%133-12$598$29,984,2698Disney / DreamWorks
18Despicable Me 2$66,445-31%137-14$485$368,049,63528Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhoom 3$99,244-68%43-95$2,308$8,031,9554Yash Raj Films
2The Suspect$86,137--20--$4,307$86,1371Well Go USA
3The Past$78,305125%1712$4,606$248,7574Sony Pictures Classics
4The Great Beauty$71,793-20%38-5$1,889$1,080,9999Janus Films
5The Invisible Woman$44,11263%95$4,901$170,2363Sony Pictures Classics
6Escape Plan$38,807-23%77-7$504$25,121,29113Lionsgate / Summit
7All Is Lost$36,516-22%69-2$529$6,108,04113Roadside Attractions
8The Saratov Approach$32,43759%259$1,297$1,613,59914Purdie Distribution
9Justin Bieber's Believe$29,441-95%75-962$393$6,187,0553Open Road
10Hubble 3D$26,860-54%101$2,686$42,104,491200Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Blue Is the Warmest Color$23,668-14%16-8$1,479$2,112,28012IFC Films
12Enough Said$19,678-7%20-3$984$17,536,78817Fox Searchlight
13Space Station 3D$19,386-55%20$9,693$89,829,013613IMAX
14Blue Jasmine$17,715-9%16-4$1,107$33,082,94925Sony Pictures Classics
15Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$14,079-32%33-6$427$68,537,59423Fox
16Out of the Furnace$13,739-40%37-22$371$11,214,8466Relativity Media
17Cold Comes the Night$11,603--21--$553$11,6031Stage 6 Films / Samuel Goldwyn
18The Armstrong Lie$10,27867%12-3$857$359,50410Sony Pictures Classics
19In Bloom$9,280--2--$4,640$9,2801Big World Pictures
20Personal Tailor$9,114-68%4-5$2,279$368,8394China Lion Film
21Kill Your Darlings$8,323-54%10-15$832$1,006,49113Sony Pictures Classics
22Journey to the South Pacific$8,1426%40$2,036$90,1637IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
23To the Arctic 3D$7,3645%71$1,052$13,756,93591Warner Bros. / IMAX
24The Counselor$5,07324%17-4$298$16,969,39012Fox
25If You Build It$4,949--1--$4,949$4,9491Long Shot Factory
26The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box$4,756--82--$58$4,7561RLJ / Image Entertainment
27The Rocket (2013)$4,621--2--$2,311$4,6211Kino Lorber
28Born to Be Wild 3D$4,26324%63$711$23,131,628145Warner Bros. / IMAX
29A Touch of Sin$3,887--6--$648$135,18915Kino Lorber
30Muscle Shoals$3,56763%50$713$677,41216Magnolia Pictures
31Black Nativity$3,499-6%150$233$7,017,1787Fox Searchlight
3220 Feet from Stardom$3,472-5%84$434$4,831,81431RADiUS-TWC
33Raze$3,453--2--$1,727$3,4531IFC Midnight
34Bettie Page Reveals All$3,373-50%6-1$562$88,5158Music Box Films
35Wadjda$3,231-38%9-1$359$1,416,94118Sony Pictures Classics
36Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$3,226--1--$3,226$3,2261Anchor Bay Films
37Under the Sea 3D$3,126-38%40$782$33,718,427257Warner Bros. / IMAX
38The Best Offer$2,323-10%10$2,323$6,0312IFC Films
39Interior. Leather Bar.$2,199-58%21$1,100$9,2692Strand Releasing
40The Punk Singer$2,014-56%7-6$288$121,4187IFC Films
41The Act of Killing$893-54%40$223$464,51826Drafthouse Films
42Camille Claudel 1915$864--1--$864$31,44013Kino Lorber
43Inequality for All$68544%1-3$685$1,194,63916RADiUS-TWC
44Sweet Dreams (2013)$574468%10$574$26,98511International Film Circuit
45Here Comes the Devil$54970%20$275$3,8995Magnolia / Magnet
46The End of Time$370--1--$370$3,1347First Run Features
47Beyond Outrage$365-81%10$365$3,6412Magnolia / Magnet
48Deep Sea 3D$316--1--$316$46,018,207411Warner Bros. / IMAX
49The Last Days on Mars$245-51%20$123$23,8386Magnolia / Magnet