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, May. 23 - Sun, May. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: Days of Future Past$90,823,660--3,996--$22,729$90,823,6601Fox
2Godzilla (2014)$30,946,416-67%3,9520$7,831$148,294,7832Warner Bros.
3Blended$14,284,031--3,555--$4,018$14,284,0311Warner Bros.
4Neighbors (2014)$14,022,660-44%3,266-45$4,294$113,702,5253Universal
5The Amazing Spider-Man 2$7,823,388-53%3,160-831$2,476$184,924,5804Sony / Columbia
6Million Dollar Arm$6,968,980-34%3,0190$2,308$20,503,7852Disney
7The Other Woman (2014)$3,710,407-41%2,154-900$1,723$77,808,8295Fox
8Rio 2$2,467,206-34%1,701-670$1,450$121,565,2467Fox
9Heaven is for Real$2,033,488-54%1,720-1173$1,182$85,833,5666Sony / TriStar
10Captain America: The Winter Soldier$1,744,727-52%1,373-898$1,271$253,585,7258Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$2,266,586220%498426$4,551$3,554,8853Open Road
2Belle$1,654,79976%453280$3,653$3,854,5594Fox Searchlight
3Moms' Night Out$777,515-56%861-185$903$8,743,3613Sony / TriStar
4Divergent$691,352-41%644-347$1,074$147,901,27310Lionsgate / Summit
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$657,051-37%360-270$1,825$56,589,49712Fox Searchlight
6Kochadaiiyaan - The Legend$583,172--161--$3,622$583,1721Eros International
7The Railway Man$551,94381%600417$920$3,443,3367Weinstein Company
8Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$449,827-77%674-1904$667$7,683,1053Clarius Entertainment
9The Immigrant$442,774905%147144$3,012$513,1142Weinstein Company
10The LEGO Movie$407,255-22%323-32$1,261$254,921,74316Warner Bros.
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$283,633-7%286-33$992$109,676,48512Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Fading Gigolo$278,617-30%186-170$1,498$3,118,3106Millennium Entertainment
13Fed Up$243,55632%10247$2,388$704,5923RADiUS-TWC
14God's Not Dead$235,402-68%245-535$961$59,505,63610Freestyle / Pure Flix
15Noah$220,0934%219-67$1,005$100,575,3999Paramount
16Muppets Most Wanted$195,39288%26974$726$50,382,52810Disney
17Brick Mansions$157,343-69%168-556$937$19,961,0515Relativity Media
18Non-Stop (2014)$148,410-45%153-67$970$91,667,11513Universal
19Bears$136,174-64%214-366$636$17,183,8256Disneynature
20Locke$120,034-41%111-10$1,081$1,037,3805A24
21Transcendence$94,906-66%202-113$470$22,828,8206Warner Bros.
22Draft Day$77,625-79%145-350$535$28,570,1857Lionsgate / Summit
23Oculus$58,805-28%105-35$560$27,523,8417Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ida (2014)$204,20161%3413$6,006$611,8454Music Box Films
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$150,6475%392$3,863$2,119,6998Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Lunchbox$96,501-41%68-62$1,419$3,859,73213Sony Pictures Classics
4Palo Alto$96,149-9%426$2,289$358,8723Tribeca Film
5Words and Pictures$87,879--10--$8,788$87,8791Roadside Attractions
6The Hornet's Nest$83,224261%5740$1,460$148,6993Freestyle Releasing
7Only Lovers Left Alive$81,025-34%70-25$1,158$1,449,2517Sony Pictures Classics
8A Haunted House 2$75,053-19%88-36$853$17,171,9256Open Road
9Journey to the South Pacific$71,756-1%183$3,986$2,849,16526IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
10Hubble 3D$66,55517%204$3,328$44,267,729219Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Under the Skin (2014)$51,507-34%32-24$1,610$2,325,2898A24
12Jerusalem 3D$46,91436%217$2,234$4,234,32436National Geographic
13Chinese Puzzle$42,37080%108$4,237$78,9072Cohen Media Group
14Need For Speed$40,849-67%89-71$459$43,442,48811Disney / DreamWorks
15Cold in July$40,317--6--$6,720$40,3171IFC Films
16The Quiet Ones$38,757-76%92-249$421$8,447,6585Lionsgate
17Frozen (2013)$34,955-19%73-39$479$400,577,50127Disney
18The German Doctor$33,898-46%23-16$1,474$340,2195IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
19300: Rise of an Empire$33,114-80%71-84$466$106,563,98812Warner Bros.
20Heropanti$32,831--16--$2,052$32,8311UTV Motion Pictures
21Finding Vivian Maier$28,378-55%40-24$709$1,313,4249IFC Films
22The Dance of Reality$24,768--2--$12,384$24,7681ABKCO Films
23The Double (2014)$23,669-20%164$1,479$94,9553Magnolia Pictures
24Redwood Highway$14,950231%85$1,869$35,1507Monterey Media
2550 to 1$14,657479%104$1,466$701,56010Ten Furlongs
26Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$13,744--2--$6,872$13,7441IFC Films
27Le Week-End$13,316-61%21-19$634$2,186,81711Music Box Films
28God's Pocket$12,002-84%28-52$429$154,7303IFC Films
29Jodorowsky's Dune$11,69910%173$688$577,80310Sony Pictures Classics
30Half of a Yellow Sun$9,668100%65$1,611$17,1022Monterey Media
31The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$8,066-46%11-4$733$219,0098Zeitgeist Films
32Particle Fever$7,002-63%3-8$2,334$842,46112Abramorama / Bond 360
33Godzilla: The Japanese Original$6,822-8%4-4$1,706$128,0026Rialto Pictures
34Young and Beautiful$6,27134%85$784$41,6645IFC Films
35Accident (2014 re-issue)$5,798--1--$5,798$5,7981Rialto Pictures
36Nymphomaniac: Volume I$4,870-28%5-2$974$772,73810Magnolia Pictures
37To the Arctic 3D$4,851-35%50$970$14,061,655110Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$4,704-7%54$941$16,9592International Film Circuit
39Under the Sea 3D$4,574-42%92$508$33,970,153276Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Tim's Vermeer$3,831-6%5-2$766$1,670,80617Sony Pictures Classics
41Son of God$3,762-52%21-25$179$59,688,97013Fox
42Bad Words$2,921-86%21-62$139$7,777,56011Focus
432 States$2,519-93%4-28$630$2,236,6296UTV Motion Pictures
44Nymphomaniac: Volume II$2,21012%60$368$318,5178Magnolia Pictures
45The Raid 2$2,189-68%6-5$365$2,609,5819Sony Pictures Classics
46Born to Be Wild 3D$2,156-33%122$180$23,326,145164Warner Bros. / IMAX
47For No Good Reason$2,110-51%4-3$528$34,4095Sony Pictures Classics
48Bicycling with Molière$1,8351%2-2$918$35,5575Strand Releasing
49Ilo Ilo$1,16710%2-1$584$39,6288Film Movement
50The Unknown Known$1,15375%52$231$268,6708RADiUS-TWC
51Blue Ruin$1,118-88%5-19$224$246,9035RADiUS-TWC
52The Jewish Cardinal$9227%2-1$461$127,76120Film Movement
53Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$845--1--$845$57,36915Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
54Next Year Jerusalem$836-68%10$836$4,3602First Run Features
55Deep Sea 3D$695--3--$232$46,047,731430Warner Bros. / IMAX
56That Demon Within$629-46%10$629$170,7256China Lion Film
57For a Woman$617-56%1-3$617$15,2134Film Movement
58Tasting Menu$505-80%1-3$505$14,8716Magnolia Pictures
59Alan Partridge$444-83%2-2$222$153,1468Magnolia Pictures
60Grand Départ$339--1--$339$3391Rialto Premieres
6120 Feet from Stardom$33251%21$166$4,945,60450RADiUS-TWC
62The Missing Picture$324-2%20$162$51,33710Strand Releasing
63Sweet Dreams (2013)$320--3--$107$53,25730International Film Circuit
64Stage Fright (2014)$305-79%1-9$305$6,6933Magnolia / Magnet
65In Bloom$280119%10$280$51,55420Big World Pictures
66More Than the Rainbow$96--1--$96$1,6774First Run Features
67No God, No Master$58-27%10$58$6,7969Monterey Media