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, Feb. 7 - Sun, Feb. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$69,050,279--3,775--$18,291$69,050,2791Warner Bros.
2The Monuments Men$22,003,433--3,083--$7,137$22,003,4331Sony / Columbia
3Ride Along$9,589,940-20%2,800-67$3,425$105,312,5304Universal
4Frozen (2013)$6,872,811-23%2,460-294$2,794$368,637,43712Disney
5Lone Survivor$5,565,860-22%2,869-416$1,940$112,852,1467Universal
6That Awkward Moment$5,237,186-40%2,8090$1,864$16,545,2212Focus
7Vampire Academy$3,921,742--2,676--$1,466$3,921,7421Weinstein Company
8The Nut Job$3,753,080-48%3,004-468$1,249$55,025,7444Open Road
9Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$3,531,287-34%2,139-768$1,651$44,400,7024Paramount
10Labor Day (2013)$3,184,785-38%2,5840$1,233$10,127,1812Paramount
11American Hustle$3,068,641-26%1,640-576$1,871$138,085,7219Sony / Columbia
12The Wolf of Wall Street$2,582,764-24%1,167-440$2,213$107,896,5887Paramount
13August: Osage County$1,481,391-50%1,327-992$1,116$34,290,5117Weinstein Company
14I, Frankenstein$1,476,556-61%1,427-1326$1,035$17,483,8493Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$1,671,437-17%701-431$2,384$266,474,23719Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$816,563-43%678-494$1,204$47,347,83717Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$797,653-17%504-63$1,583$28,672,57512Weinstein Company
4Her (2013)$731,145-39%457-346$1,600$22,464,0328Warner Bros.
5Nebraska$703,207-38%525-350$1,339$14,943,27513Paramount Vantage
6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$688,196-44%537-396$1,282$255,398,3749Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$660,668-30%529-293$1,249$422,411,45312Lionsgate
8Dallas Buyers Club$607,425-55%488-564$1,245$23,679,91115Focus
9Saving Mr. Banks$423,037-60%485-590$872$81,877,2559Disney
10The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$391,98719%14237$2,760$872,0672ShortsHD
11Thor: The Dark World$332,369216%233112$1,426$205,045,52014Disney
12Devil's Due$320,478-69%385-905$832$15,405,1634Fox
13Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$260,047-19%346-74$752$124,794,3128Paramount
14The Legend Of Hercules$233,261-56%248-350$941$18,389,0685Lionsgate / Summit
15The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$189,341-46%242-168$782$57,198,1707Fox
16Walking With Dinosaurs$172,595-22%251-72$688$35,199,8108Fox
17Inside Llewyn Davis$159,826-45%129-85$1,239$12,756,46010CBS Films
18Grudge Match$144,229118%341100$423$29,520,9617Warner Bros.
19Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$123,935-30%197-23$629$119,275,86220Sony / Columbia
20Captain Phillips$110,894-37%182-63$609$106,735,67518Sony / Columbia
21The Book Thief$102,831-30%135-43$762$20,949,90314Fox
22Delivery Man$77,466-29%142-31$546$30,380,12912Disney / DreamWorks
23Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$69,486-27%115-48$604$52,528,3309Lionsgate
24Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$68,701-14%103-47$667$32,385,0516Paramount
25Free Birds$34,438-43%109-26$316$55,567,50515Relativity Media
26Jai Ho$26,645-85%1950$137$1,256,7863Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hasee Toh Phasee$336,985--88--$3,829$336,9851Reliance Entertainment
2Gloria (2014)$247,24046%6536$3,804$551,9763Roadside Attractions
3The Attorney$216,035--27--$8,001$216,0351Well Go USA
4The Great Beauty$109,007-4%531$2,057$1,803,40013Janus Films
5The Past$103,469-5%6718$1,544$841,5968Sony Pictures Classics
6The Invisible Woman$59,342-62%74-62$802$983,6487Sony Pictures Classics
7Gimme Shelter (2014)$54,890-82%76-271$722$1,335,0653Roadside Attractions
8Journey to the South Pacific$51,7818%131$3,983$356,41411IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
9The Saratov Approach$40,914-65%56-28$731$2,052,00818Purdie Distribution
10Hubble 3D$40,11144%170$2,359$42,406,546204Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Tim's Vermeer$39,009-22%73$5,573$127,5612Sony Pictures Classics
12Stranger By the Lake$38,1114%125$3,176$130,3473Strand Releasing
13Kids for Cash$36,639--4--$9,160$36,6391SenArt Films / Paladin
14Last Vegas$22,397-48%60-44$373$63,881,08715CBS Films
15Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$19,802-47%46-31$430$8,185,21211Weinstein Company
16Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$15,292--2--$7,646$21,6691Kino Lorber
17Space Station 3D$14,827-11%2-1$7,414$90,007,659617IMAX
18The Last of the Unjust$14,328--8--$1,791$14,3281Cohen Media Group
19Blue Jasmine$10,874-40%22-6$494$33,252,98829Sony Pictures Classics
20Like Father, Like Son (2014)$9,708-43%7-1$1,387$94,8704IFC Films
21A Field in England$9,498--13--$731$9,4981Drafthouse Films
22Visitors$7,7566%72$1,108$30,7583Cinedigm
23Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$7,298--1--$7,298$7,2981Rialto Pictures
24Knights of Badassdom$5,169-19%9-2$574$86,7963eOne Films US
25Blue Is the Warmest Color$4,722-16%60$787$2,182,49416IFC Films
26The Best Offer$4,700-33%122$392$67,4206IFC Films
2720 Feet from Stardom$3,828261%74$547$4,842,89835RADiUS-TWC
28Born to Be Wild 3D$3,648-38%8-1$456$23,162,692149Warner Bros. / IMAX
29The Act of Killing$3,612272%2017$181$479,58130Drafthouse Films
30Cavemen$3,544--12--$295$3,5441Well Go USA
31When Comedy Went to School$3,474--5--$695$242,40328International Film Circuit
32At Middleton$3,458-90%8-12$432$49,9532Anchor Bay / Freestyle
33All Is Lost$3,173-74%12-13$264$6,253,16217Roadside Attractions
34Under the Sea 3D$3,10314%30$1,034$33,735,851261Warner Bros. / IMAX
35To the Arctic 3D$2,770-49%9-2$308$13,795,02095Warner Bros. / IMAX
36In Bloom$2,738--2--$1,369$26,6315Big World Pictures
37American Mustang$2,027-30%31$676$18,8504Vitagraph / Just Media
38Kill Your Darlings$2,007134%42$502$1,024,17517Sony Pictures Classics
39Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,822-85%11-41$166$116,631,31026Weinstein Company
40The Rocket (2013)$1,8082311%43$452$20,6125Kino Lorber
41The Armstrong Lie$1,75434%32$585$380,77614Sony Pictures Classics
42Peter Brook: The Tightrope$1,737-74%10$1,737$14,9672First Run Features
43The Pretty One$1,484--1--$1,484$1,4841Dada Films
44Free the Mind$1,388--2--$694$151,29841International Film Circuit
45Trouble Every Day (2013 re-issue)$1,388795%10$1,388$9,18918The Film Desk
46Run & Jump$1,33634%32$445$8,2433IFC Films
47Big Bad Wolves$1,1337%5-2$227$22,0944Magnolia / Magnet
48Love Is in the Air$1,103-78%3-3$368$7,6362Focus World
49Sweet Dreams (2013)$95233%20$476$32,27315International Film Circuit
50Inequality for All$820561%31$273$1,203,40520RADiUS-TWC
51A Touch of Sin$665-77%2-1$333$153,61819Kino Lorber
52Museum Hours$659--2--$330$556,23433Cinema Guild
53Short Term 12$654109%31$218$1,010,41425Cinedigm
54Demi-Soeur$634--1--$634$6341Rialto Premieres
55Fire in the Blood$582-57%20$291$24,94323International Film Circuit
56Cutie and the Boxer$578-43%20$289$193,11326RADiUS-TWC
57The End of Time$492--1--$492$3,77611First Run Features
58Deep Sea 3D$460--2--$230$46,019,629415Warner Bros. / IMAX
59Muscle Shoals$266-73%2-3$133$688,87520Magnolia Pictures
60Cousin Jules (2013 re-issue)$253--1--$253$17,58411Cinema Guild
61Maidentrip$88-88%10$88$33,5668First Run Features