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, Mar. 28 - Sun, Mar. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Noah$43,720,472--3,567--$12,257$43,720,4721Paramount
2Divergent$25,619,578-53%3,9360$6,509$94,379,5862Lionsgate / Summit
3Muppets Most Wanted$11,279,128-34%3,1940$3,531$33,116,8172Disney
4Mr. Peabody & Sherman$9,070,635-23%3,299-308$2,750$94,479,4484Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5God's Not Dead$8,797,666-5%1,178398$7,468$21,750,6842Freestyle / Pure Flix
6Sabotage (2014)$5,272,444--2,486--$2,121$5,272,4441Open Road
7Need For Speed$4,226,216-47%2,705-410$1,562$37,644,2373Disney / DreamWorks
8300: Rise of an Empire$4,209,290-51%2,601-484$1,618$101,054,7044Warner Bros.
9Non-Stop (2014)$4,010,885-38%2,515-430$1,595$85,091,0605Universal
10The LEGO Movie$3,018,060-27%2,001-500$1,508$248,216,7808Warner Bros.
11Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$1,121,830-64%1,139-757$985$14,999,9353Lionsgate
12Son of God$1,064,201-61%1,277-862$833$57,854,9435Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$8,539,79526%977673$8,741$24,171,6104Fox Searchlight
2Cesar Chavez$2,861,528--664--$4,310$2,861,5281Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Bad Words$2,560,186407%842755$3,041$3,478,8763Focus
4The Monuments Men$428,787-55%501-437$856$76,588,2488Sony / Columbia
5Frozen (2013)$337,736-54%387-682$873$398,391,61119Disney
6Ride Along$318,390-49%360-290$884$133,659,26511Universal
7The Nut Job$312,530-7%294-41$1,063$63,106,25511Open Road
83 Days to Kill$211,705-64%340-412$623$30,233,9786Relativity Media
9Veronica Mars$158,425-66%210-137$754$3,182,5763Warner Bros.
1012 Years a Slave$134,083-70%228-294$588$56,378,41024Fox Searchlight
11Enemy$124,578-37%12024$1,038$769,8893A24
12Gravity$121,981-46%135-67$904$273,312,63926Warner Bros.
13American Hustle$107,603-54%188-93$572$150,017,42116Sony / Columbia
14Philomena$106,001-49%202-95$525$37,325,12419Weinstein Company
15The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$103,597-24%185-39$560$258,206,25316Warner Bros. / New Line
16RoboCop (2014)$97,144-57%168-160$578$57,279,4237Sony / Columbia
17Pompeii$92,852-26%162-39$573$22,970,5436Sony / TriStar
18Lone Survivor$89,925-36%165-46$545$124,964,47614Universal
19The Wolf of Wall Street$86,772-55%134-81$648$116,866,72714Paramount
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$75,482-12%107-21$705$50,549,10711Paramount
21The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$63,523-45%158-53$402$424,645,57719Lionsgate
22Her (2013)$48,944-31%11037$445$25,459,68715Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lunchbox$287,43056%7337$3,937$885,4515Sony Pictures Classics
2Le Week-End$215,38758%5025$4,308$472,9013Music Box Films
3The Raid 2$165,292--7--$23,613$165,2921Sony Pictures Classics
4Journey to the South Pacific$133,6989%170$7,865$1,669,87118IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
5Nymphomaniac: Volume I$124,442-21%3813$3,275$367,2192Magnolia Pictures
6The Wind Rises$121,923-40%78-72$1,563$4,922,6756Disney
7Tim's Vermeer$90,463-42%94-35$962$1,424,0019Sony Pictures Classics
8Mistaken for Strangers$87,743--9--$9,749$87,7431Abramorama
9About Last Night$74,145-63%91-123$815$48,419,4307Sony / Screen Gems
10Particle Fever$68,796-13%276$2,548$442,5954Abramorama / Bond 360
11Jerusalem 3D$67,915-33%325$2,122$3,344,60028National Geographic
12Hubble 3D$65,02628%170$3,825$43,171,097211Warner Bros. / IMAX
13On My Way$59,23612%3111$1,911$149,6133Cohen Media Group
14Dallas Buyers Club$56,477-62%99-79$570$27,191,66622Focus
15That Awkward Moment$42,143-41%68-25$620$26,049,0829Focus
1650 to 1$39,638-49%18-1$2,202$146,7372Ten Furlongs
17Jodorowsky's Dune$36,0340%74$5,148$90,6882Sony Pictures Classics
18August: Osage County$32,791-47%81-60$405$37,672,09814Weinstein Company
19Saving Mr. Banks$31,610-36%55-21$575$83,262,22416Disney
20Ernest & Celestine$30,812184%125$2,568$128,8695GKIDS
21The Great Beauty$24,520-41%20-25$1,226$2,784,68720Janus Films
22The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$22,821-16%43-20$531$58,201,17414Fox
23Rob the Mob$22,36462%54$4,473$40,3262Millennium Entertainment
24Gloria (2014)$20,655-50%36-14$574$2,025,38610Roadside Attractions
25The Book Thief$20,23623%310$653$21,464,17521Fox
26Anita (2014)$19,990-55%70$2,856$80,2812IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
27Walking With Dinosaurs$18,544-14%42-17$442$36,051,81715Fox
28Just a Sigh$17,404--5--$3,481$33,5772Distrib Films
29Thor: The Dark World$16,833-31%41-18$411$206,314,55921Disney
30Breathe In$15,324--18--$851$15,3241Cohen Media Group
31To the Arctic 3D$14,36314%6-6$2,394$13,922,280102Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Winter's Tale$12,737-66%85-59$150$12,591,6607Warner Bros.
33Stalingrad (2014)$11,24457%6653$170$1,004,1425Sony / Columbia
34Born to Be Wild 3D$10,84373%12-1$904$23,249,280156Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Under the Sea 3D$9,53742%7-1$1,362$33,815,340268Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Big Men$9,4027%30$3,134$35,4063Abramorama
37Cheap Thrills$9,133-51%75$1,305$32,6792Drafthouse Films
38Dishkiyaoon$8,173--11--$743$8,1731Eros International
39The Invisible Woman$7,837-36%160$490$1,206,95314Sony Pictures Classics
40The Missing Picture$7,711-24%4-1$1,928$25,6652Strand Releasing
41The Past$7,0478%233$306$1,319,94115Sony Pictures Classics
42Vampire Academy$6,344-51%24-11$264$7,785,9568Weinstein Company
43Stranger By the Lake$4,379-51%4-12$1,095$315,32210Strand Releasing
44Child's Pose$4,003-52%4-6$1,001$71,7616Zeitgeist Films
45When Comedy Went to School$2,753-28%5-2$551$363,19735International Film Circuit
46Grand Piano$2,572-7%6-4$429$19,1634Magnolia / Magnet
47Jews of Egypt$2,179--1--$2,179$2,1791ArtMattan Productions
48In Bloom$1,996450%1-1$1,996$41,57512Big World Pictures
49Blood Ties$1,873-93%5-23$375$41,2292Roadside Attractions
5020 Feet from Stardom$1,628-31%4-3$407$4,938,07542RADiUS-TWC
51Journey to the West$1,4376%3-1$479$16,6304Magnolia / Magnet
52Visitors$1,42830%40$357$81,27610Cinedigm
53Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$1,428-82%51$286$113,8358Kino Lorber
54Maidentrip$1,335-61%4-3$334$64,89615First Run Features
55The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$1,288-78%4-5$322$2,357,8909ShortsHD
56Refuge$1,274--1--$1,274$1,2741Strand Releasing
57Blue Jasmine$1,244-68%3-9$415$33,404,87136Sony Pictures Classics
58Girl on a Bicycle$1,019-65%1-1$1,019$86,7097Monterey Media
59Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$998-29%21$499$26,0048Rialto Pictures
60Sweet Dreams (2013)$972-61%3-1$324$39,75122International Film Circuit
61Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$888--1--$888$51,4277Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
62Free the Mind$63661%10$636$157,00748International Film Circuit
63The Right Kind of Wrong$338-20%10$338$2,0223Magnolia Pictures