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. 31 - Sun, Feb. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$12,035,720-43%2,867108$4,198$92,698,4703Universal
2Frozen (2013)$8,933,513-2%2,754-3$3,244$359,635,84211Disney
3That Awkward Moment$8,742,109--2,809--$3,112$8,742,1091Focus
4The Nut Job$7,278,450-40%3,4720$2,096$49,911,4453Open Road
5Lone Survivor$7,096,330-45%3,285123$2,160$104,789,8866Universal
6Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$5,310,447-42%2,907-480$1,827$38,878,4173Paramount
7Labor Day (2013)$5,175,282--2,584--$2,003$5,175,2821Paramount
8American Hustle$4,160,234-41%2,216-88$1,877$133,481,4138Sony / Columbia
9I, Frankenstein$3,754,423-56%2,7530$1,364$14,724,4932Lionsgate
10The Wolf of Wall Street$3,400,780-38%1,607-197$2,116$103,927,5416Paramount
11August: Osage County$2,952,698-41%2,319-92$1,273$31,580,8446Weinstein Company
12Gravity$2,022,0280%1,132-128$1,786$263,989,37418Warner Bros.
1312 Years a Slave$1,442,164-29%1,172-59$1,231$45,850,55916Fox Searchlight
14Dallas Buyers Club$1,363,086-33%1,052-58$1,296$22,542,48614Focus
15Saving Mr. Banks$1,069,136-49%1,075-585$995$81,042,1138Disney
16Devil's Due$1,034,167-63%1,290-1254$802$14,790,0353Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,235,102-42%933-352$1,324$254,264,9168Warner Bros. / New Line
2Her (2013)$1,189,397-48%803-522$1,481$21,236,9137Warner Bros.
3Nebraska$1,142,673-26%875-93$1,306$13,659,57112Paramount Vantage
4Philomena$965,107-10%56762$1,702$27,380,35311Weinstein Company
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$940,092-39%822-229$1,144$421,408,63611Lionsgate
6The Legend Of Hercules$532,267-57%598-773$890$17,961,4074Lionsgate / Summit
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$348,294-43%410-130$849$56,887,1826Fox
8The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$329,505--105--$3,138$329,5051ShortsHD
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$319,676-61%420-404$761$124,411,1297Paramount
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$307,185-55%347-38$885$1,192,3312Roadside Attractions
11Inside Llewyn Davis$291,294-43%214-75$1,361$12,473,5339CBS Films
12Walking With Dinosaurs$222,345-8%323-7$688$34,969,5877Fox
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$176,589-34%220-22$803$119,112,92419Sony / Columbia
14Jai Ho$176,214-79%1950$904$1,187,2662Eros International
15Captain Phillips$175,590-44%245-57$717$106,545,33817Sony / Columbia
16The Invisible Woman$156,462-40%136-17$1,150$860,2866Sony Pictures Classics
17The Book Thief$146,398-31%178-19$822$20,762,25213Fox
1847 Ronin$137,515-46%174-65$790$38,297,3056Universal
19Delivery Man$109,271201%173116$632$30,257,07811Disney / DreamWorks
20Thor: The Dark World$105,227-37%121-32$870$204,674,79013Disney
21Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$95,15991%16331$584$52,433,3968Lionsgate
22Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$80,064-73%150-377$534$32,286,4975Paramount
23Grudge Match$66,069-35%241-3$274$29,342,8086Warner Bros.
24Free Birds$59,969-37%135-36$444$55,520,08514Relativity Media
25Last Vegas$43,431-48%104-55$418$63,834,48514CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$169,285200%2926$5,837$247,6942Roadside Attractions
2The Saratov Approach$117,65897%8443$1,401$1,917,27817Purdie Distribution
3The Great Beauty$113,987-3%521$2,192$1,637,18912Janus Films
4The Past$109,3386%4916$2,231$674,4777Sony Pictures Classics
5Tim's Vermeer$49,777--4--$12,444$70,7541Sony Pictures Classics
6Journey to the South Pacific$48,091-15%120$4,008$288,11410IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
712 O'Clock Boys$44,108--21--$2,100$44,1081Oscilloscope
8Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$37,218-23%77-25$483$8,141,08510Weinstein Company
9Stranger By the Lake$36,56632%75$5,224$75,1652Strand Releasing
10At Middleton$33,768--20--$1,688$33,7681Anchor Bay / Freestyle
11Hubble 3D$27,878-32%172$1,640$42,334,106203Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Blue Jasmine$18,200-43%28-8$650$33,230,07328Sony Pictures Classics
13Like Father, Like Son (2014)$17,153-21%84$2,144$75,5483IFC Films
14Space Station 3D$16,719-19%30$5,573$89,970,849616IMAX
15All Is Lost$12,085-30%25-5$483$6,244,28516Roadside Attractions
16Lee Daniels' The Butler$11,812-67%52-49$227$116,624,13425Weinstein Company
17Out of the Furnace$7,919-63%36-38$220$11,326,8369Relativity Media
18Visitors$7,325-19%54$1,465$18,2492Cinedigm
19The Best Offer$7,006-54%10-5$701$56,4955IFC Films
20Peter Brook: The Tightrope$6,768--1--$6,768$10,3011First Run Features
21Knights of Badassdom$6,371-63%11-2$579$68,6802eOne Films US
22Born to Be Wild 3D$5,84711%9-2$650$23,155,250148Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Blue Is the Warmest Color$5,622-30%6-1$937$2,172,79115IFC Films
24To the Arctic 3D$5,4305%112$494$13,787,50894Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Love Is in the Air$4,937--6--$823$4,9371Focus World
26The Jewish Cardinal$3,578--1--$3,578$20,9354Film Movement
27Generation War$3,486-60%40$872$30,9923Music Box Films
28American Mustang$2,916-37%21$1,458$16,4593Vitagraph / Just Media
29A Touch of Sin$2,873-15%3-2$958$151,93818Kino Lorber
30Under the Sea 3D$2,725-18%3-1$908$33,731,799260Warner Bros. / IMAX
31The Wait$1,878--3--$626$2,1095Monterey Media
32Fire in the Blood$1,3672341%21$684$23,87322International Film Circuit
33The Armstrong Lie$1,309-75%1-3$1,309$377,47913Sony Pictures Classics
3420 Feet from Stardom$1,060-51%3-1$353$4,837,14234RADiUS-TWC
35Big Bad Wolves$1,055-73%70$151$20,4113Magnolia / Magnet
36Cutie and the Boxer$1,015217%2-1$508$192,04725RADiUS-TWC
37Run & Jump$1,000-75%1-1$1,000$6,5692IFC Films
38Muscle Shoals$9731%5-1$195$687,69419Magnolia Pictures
39The Act of Killing$97169%32$324$473,45729Drafthouse Films
40Kill Your Darlings$858-74%2-5$429$1,021,38116Sony Pictures Classics
41Maidentrip$723-90%1-3$723$33,0677First Run Features
42Sweet Dreams (2013)$717--2--$359$31,00014International Film Circuit
43Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America$499-65%10$499$2,3462First Run Features
44Short Term 12$31316%2-1$157$1,009,68524Cinedigm
45Trouble Every Day (2013 re-issue)$155--1--$155$7,80117The Film Desk
46Inequality for All$124-96%2-7$62$1,201,91219RADiUS-TWC
47People of a Feather$92--1--$92$5,65113First Run Features
48The Rocket (2013)$75-95%1-4$75$18,8044Kino Lorber