'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.

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, Apr. 25 - Sun, Apr. 27

Wide (1000+)

1The Other Woman (2014)$24,763,752--3,205--$7,727$24,763,7521Fox
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$16,219,025-37%3,620-205$4,480$225,059,2414Disney
3Heaven is for Real$14,351,252-36%2,705288$5,305$52,462,1682Sony / TriStar
4Rio 2$13,881,457-37%3,703-272$3,749$96,389,9003Fox
5Brick Mansions$9,516,855--2,647--$3,595$9,516,8551Relativity Media
6Transcendence$4,265,176-61%3,4550$1,234$18,632,1422Warner Bros.
7The Quiet Ones$3,880,053--2,027--$1,914$3,880,0531Lionsgate
9Divergent$3,658,966-35%2,066-420$1,771$139,521,8576Lionsgate / Summit
10A Haunted House 2$3,202,679-64%2,3100$1,386$14,183,3352Open Road
11God's Not Dead$2,805,833-40%1,600-196$1,754$52,705,6606Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Draft Day$2,783,208-51%2,080-701$1,338$24,161,0593Lionsgate / Summit
13The Grand Budapest Hotel$2,459,171-28%1,021-259$2,409$48,803,1528Fox Searchlight
15Oculus$2,184,015-58%1,881-767$1,161$25,223,3013Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Railway Man$578,452252%156130$3,708$895,2913Weinstein Company
2Muppets Most Wanted$566,362-46%565-364$1,002$49,411,3896Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$552,283-30%468-312$1,180$108,047,8788Fox / DreamWorks Animation
42 States$434,587-60%1372$3,172$1,742,4492UTV Motion Pictures
5The LEGO Movie$355,963-11%303-37$1,175$252,798,44112Warner Bros.
6The Lunchbox$322,434-8%1657$1,954$2,696,3299Sony Pictures Classics
7Under the Skin (2014)$273,167-35%158-18$1,729$1,531,5874A24
8300: Rise of an Empire$231,5630%32560$713$105,814,5328Warner Bros.
9Non-Stop (2014)$203,175-46%252-108$806$90,490,7059Universal
10Frozen (2013)$189,962-27%227-63$837$400,175,40123Disney
11Need For Speed$171,085-42%187-71$915$42,904,6367Disney / DreamWorks
12Le Week-End$149,496-44%129-20$1,159$1,844,0187Music Box Films
13The Monuments Men$115,638-20%166-55$697$77,685,63112Sony / Columbia
14The Nut Job$101,646-8%160-41$635$64,165,44415Open Road
15RoboCop (2014)$94,185-18%147-28$641$57,883,00311Sony / Columbia
16Son of God$70,088-74%211-292$332$59,569,9289Fox
17Dom Hemingway$64,619-55%119-10$543$435,1874Fox Searchlight
18Bad Words$48,339-71%114-109$424$7,678,8687Focus
19Gravity$39,367-45%105-40$375$274,052,11030Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Fading Gigolo$300,56666%3732$8,123$545,0592Millennium Entertainment
2Only Lovers Left Alive$200,94372%5336$3,791$500,9643Sony Pictures Classics
3Finding Vivian Maier$147,20211%6021$2,453$702,0385IFC Films
4Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$141,474-23%370$3,824$1,100,7754Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Journey to the South Pacific$84,7755%161$5,298$2,304,28722IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7The Raid 2$80,706-78%71-468$1,137$2,480,8015Sony Pictures Classics
8Hubble 3D$53,869-32%180$2,993$43,789,282215Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Jodorowsky's Dune$48,75925%4110$1,189$381,1466Sony Pictures Classics
10Particle Fever$43,72032%22-1$1,987$718,0948Abramorama / Bond 360
11Cesar Chavez$42,920-48%45-72$954$5,482,5465Lionsgate / Pantelion
123 Days to Kill$41,717-38%85-25$491$30,610,84410Relativity Media
13Joe (2014)$38,315-49%41-7$935$298,3523Roadside Attractions
14Sabotage (2014)$36,215-55%75-55$483$10,431,7685Open Road
15The German Doctor$34,259--5--$6,852$34,2591IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
16About Last Night$33,563-47%67-42$501$48,637,68411Sony / Screen Gems
17Blue Ruin$32,608--7--$4,658$32,6081RADiUS-TWC
18The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$28,94127%146$2,067$109,5834Zeitgeist Films
19Alan Partridge$28,688127%2211$1,304$117,3044Magnolia Pictures
20That Demon Within$28,441-63%12-5$2,370$140,6332China Lion Film
21Dancing in Jaffa$23,31432%134$1,793$66,7013IFC Films
2250 to 1$21,063-64%23-33$916$642,9646Ten Furlongs
23Nymphomaniac: Volume II$17,158-30%311$553$278,9484Magnolia Pictures
2412 Years a Slave$17,141-34%32-21$536$56,651,94328Fox Searchlight
25Beneath the Harvest Sky$16,768--8--$2,096$16,7681Tribeca Film
26The Wind Rises$15,855-10%268$610$5,153,72610Disney
27Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$15,781-66%87-27$181$15,968,1247Lionsgate
28Philomena$14,654-52%33-68$444$37,675,70023Weinstein Company
29Nymphomaniac: Volume I$14,205-30%16-10$888$726,0746Magnolia Pictures
30Ernest & Celestine$13,102-6%20-11$655$258,9609GKIDS
31Tim's Vermeer$12,986-30%23-5$565$1,623,54113Sony Pictures Classics
32Watermark$11,364-40%168$710$64,2664eOne Films US
33On My Way$10,929--5--$2,186$280,1267Cohen Media Group
34Hateship Loveship$10,13657%1613$634$27,8433IFC Films
35Last Passenger$9,326--10--$933$9,3261Cohen Media Group
36The Unknown Known$8,419-75%22-27$383$254,0684RADiUS-TWC
37Under the Sea 3D$7,194-36%81$899$33,893,053272Warner Bros. / IMAX
39To the Arctic 3D$6,451-5%61$1,075$14,004,225106Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Gloria (2014)$6,105-12%9-4$678$2,092,90914Roadside Attractions
41Who Is Dayani Cristal?$5,712--2--$2,856$5,7121Kino Lorber
42August: Osage County$5,44067%7-9$777$37,734,47318Weinstein Company
43Frankie & Alice$5,067-83%24-19$211$693,1814Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
44Bright Days Ahead$4,919--4--$1,230$4,9191Tribeca Film
45The Final Member$4,759131%103$476$7,9492Drafthouse Films
46Make Your Move$4,660-94%40-102$117$122,2932High Top Releasing
47Young and Beautiful$4,607--1--$4,607$4,6071IFC Films
48The Missing Picture$4,526486%53$905$46,2236Strand Releasing
49For No Good Reason$4,516--2--$2,258$4,5161Sony Pictures Classics
50Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$4,240--2--$2,120$34,03312Rialto Pictures
51Born to Be Wild 3D$4,18865%112$381$23,293,356160Warner Bros. / IMAX
52Child's Pose$4,063-19%51$813$94,85310Zeitgeist Films
53Dallas Buyers Club$3,978-54%12-2$332$27,296,51426Focus
54The Retrieval$3,9531%54$791$27,9497Variance Films
55Bicycling with Molière$3,896--1--$3,896$5,2661Strand Releasing
56Anita (2014)$3,742--6--$624$173,6346IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
57Rob the Mob$3,363-72%4-9$841$182,5986Millennium Entertainment
58Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$3,225-23%3-3$1,075$155,04612Kino Lorber
59Just a Sigh$2,013--2--$1,007$55,3676Distrib Films
60It Felt Like Love$1,814536%32$605$31,1736Variance Films
61Manakamana$1,562-57%10$1,562$7,6112Cinema Guild
62American Mustang$1,513-68%10$1,513$47,67915Vitagraph / Just Media
63The Invisible Woman$1,32222%21$661$1,228,29518Sony Pictures Classics
64Godzilla: The Japanese Original$936-91%10$936$21,8742Rialto Pictures
65Gabrielle (2014)$892-71%10$892$4,8042eOne Films US
6620 Feet from Stardom$887491%10$887$4,943,11446RADiUS-TWC
67Stranger By the Lake$688--4--$172$324,02614Strand Releasing
68Mistaken for Strangers$646--2--$323$135,2755Abramorama
69No God, No Master$623-62%20$312$3,5375Monterey Media
70In Bloom$426--1--$426$49,06816Big World Pictures
71Tasting Menu$236-96%1-4$236$9,0852Magnolia Pictures
72Redwood Highway$130-44%1-1$130$4273Monterey Media