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, Jul. 4 - Sun, Jul. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$37,050,185-63%4,2330$8,753$175,395,9542Paramount
2Tammy$21,577,049--3,465--$6,227$33,306,5891Warner Bros. / New Line
322 Jump Street$9,803,332-38%3,324-102$2,949$159,269,6254Sony / Columbia
4Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$9,740,471--3,049--$3,195$15,252,3231Sony / Screen Gems
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$8,961,088-32%3,297-453$2,718$140,215,4524Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Earth to Echo$8,364,658--3,230--$2,590$13,567,5571Relativity Media
7Maleficent$6,159,176-26%2,389-684$2,578$213,919,6646Disney
8Jersey Boys$5,155,145-33%2,630-275$1,960$36,690,9403Warner Bros.
9Think Like a Man Too$4,874,105-53%1,729-496$2,819$57,172,8293Sony / Screen Gems
10Edge of Tomorrow$3,660,337-32%1,538-997$2,380$90,887,4905Warner Bros.
11America (2014)$2,743,7537007%1,1051102$2,483$4,062,7212Lionsgate
12The Fault in Our Stars$2,515,113-51%1,865-980$1,349$115,918,6425Fox
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,893,127-43%1,044-970$1,813$227,113,1297Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$1,695,6782%686-115$2,472$22,057,4309Open Road
2Begin Again$1,256,583837%175170$7,180$1,794,8322Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$1,007,926489%250242$4,032$1,509,4452RADiUS-TWC
4The Amazing Spider-Man 2$460,40343%28915$1,593$200,938,01510Sony / Columbia
5Godzilla (2014)$419,108-55%352-398$1,191$197,902,7228Warner Bros.
6Neighbors (2014)$417,425-47%315-195$1,325$148,039,0559Universal
7Obvious Child$374,447-32%2026$1,854$1,918,5215A24
8Rio 2$369,686-17%311-11$1,189$128,872,81413Fox
9Blended$334,203-44%305-170$1,096$44,180,2187Warner Bros.
10Captain America: The Winter Soldier$332,370-18%251-30$1,324$257,842,26114Disney
11A Million Ways to Die in the West$281,535-50%227-256$1,240$42,264,7056Universal
12Ida (2014)$233,333-12%103-29$2,265$2,865,41710Music Box Films
13A Hard Day's Night (2014 re-issue)$220,542--102--$2,162$220,5421Janus Films
14Heaven is for Real$191,964-19%186-25$1,032$90,541,82512Sony / TriStar
15Belle$188,738-26%123-52$1,534$9,998,45710Fox Searchlight
16Million Dollar Arm$182,805-39%163-110$1,122$35,361,0558Disney
17Divergent$145,082-26%184-26$788$150,832,20316Lionsgate / Summit
18Ek Villain$116,279-72%1040$1,118$684,7002Eros International
19The Other Woman (2014)$96,108-41%142-53$677$83,602,71511Fox
20The LEGO Movie$63,962-56%240-95$267$257,186,16522Warner Bros.
21Mr. Peabody & Sherman$51,473-36%111-30$464$111,141,06418Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Seduction$168,661-29%91-28$1,853$2,474,3216eOne Films US
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$149,2043%410$3,639$3,892,00414Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Life Itself$131,411--23--$5,714$131,4111Magnolia Pictures
4Third Person$106,37043%3416$3,129$278,3053Sony Pictures Classics
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$100,089-16%72-18$1,390$58,722,69318Fox Searchlight
6Words and Pictures$98,049-28%61-44$1,607$1,893,1607Roadside Attractions
7Journey to the South Pacific$64,64121%180$3,591$3,557,51132IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
8Hubble 3D$58,54029%12-10$4,878$44,938,115225Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Moms' Night Out$51,157-39%96-21$533$10,378,2259Sony / TriStar
10Yves Saint Laurent$47,14195%108$4,714$101,7022Weinstein Company
11Le Chef$44,54725%18-1$2,475$120,5863Cohen Media Group
12God's Not Dead$36,204-40%60-30$603$60,720,58316Freestyle / Pure Flix
13The Breakup Guru$36,194-42%10-2$3,619$147,3912China Lion Film
14Venus in Fur$29,94720%122$2,496$112,2083IFC Films
15Jerusalem 3D$29,12121%11-3$2,647$4,617,11842National Geographic
16Only Lovers Left Alive$15,521-21%12-10$1,293$1,766,79513Sony Pictures Classics
17A Coffee in Berlin$15,085-36%111$1,371$82,6764Music Box Films
18A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$14,66829%42$3,667$56,9283Big World Pictures
19Lekar Hum Deewana Dil$14,418--50--$288$14,4181Eros International
20Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$14,183-1%85$1,773$35,8362Magnolia Pictures
21Fading Gigolo$11,804-52%12-12$984$3,747,83312Millennium Entertainment
22Bears$11,787-55%31-41$380$17,748,88212Disneynature
23Under the Sea 3D$11,53865%70$1,648$34,099,549282Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Under the Skin (2014)$11,452-9%12-2$954$2,549,90914A24
25Muppets Most Wanted$10,954-64%41-26$267$51,163,44716Disney
26Locke$10,444-10%11-4$949$1,315,49611A24
27The Rover$10,147-89%21-226$483$1,024,7714A24
28Night Moves$9,741-37%11-3$886$241,1186Cinedigm
29Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$9,359-5%232$407$8,449,1659Clarius Entertainment
3050 to 1$9,350-45%8-4$1,169$785,96516Ten Furlongs
31Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$8,534-65%12-19$711$194,7905RADiUS-TWC
32Chinese Puzzle$8,077-29%8-6$1,010$316,3238Cohen Media Group
33Code Black$7,978-64%1-1$7,978$52,3323Long Shot Factory
34The Lunchbox$7,949-36%5-11$1,590$4,178,28119Sony Pictures Classics
35Frozen (2013)$7,22639%11-3$657$400,728,42433Disney
36The Railway Man$6,986-58%14-24$499$4,425,30513Weinstein Company
37Fed Up$6,832-72%18-14$380$1,488,1399RADiUS-TWC
38The Signal (2014)$6,740-90%35-145$193$588,2054Focus
39Under the Electric Sky$6,540-72%90$727$188,9056Focus
40Hellion$5,553-47%7-1$793$40,7534IFC Films
41Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$4,901-27%60$817$127,7437IFC Films
42The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz$4,397-80%4-8$1,099$40,8162FilmBuff / Participant
43The Double (2014)$3,958-12%7-2$565$170,7559Magnolia Pictures
44Borgman$3,87347%73$553$44,3335Drafthouse Films
45Ilo Ilo$3,845-24%20$1,923$52,60314Film Movement
46We Are the Best!$3,405-55%12-7$284$156,0806Magnolia Pictures
47Finding Vivian Maier$3,167-57%7-3$452$1,466,91615IFC Films
48Coherence$3,023--3--$1,008$40,4073Oscilloscope
49Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$2,7862%3-4$929$41,5248International Film Circuit
50Cold in July$2,764-41%6-2$461$414,6237IFC Films
51Redwood Highway$2,720-49%2-5$1,360$115,12413Monterey Media
52Lucky Them$2,70719%4-2$677$32,8536IFC Films
53Ivory Tower$2,381-88%3-9$794$90,5964IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
54The Hornet's Nest$2,219209%1-1$2,219$309,5519Freestyle Releasing
55Siddharth$1,922-58%10$1,922$10,3622Zeitgeist Films
56The Last Sentence$1,820-82%2-4$910$31,7933Music Box Films
57Jodorowsky's Dune$1,449-65%3-4$483$641,74416Sony Pictures Classics
58The Amazing Catfish$1,203-44%2-1$602$10,6704Strand Releasing
59Filth$1,123-7%30$374$31,8406Magnolia / Magnet
60The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$886-47%10$886$10,0518First Run Features
61Godzilla: The Japanese Original$805--1--$805$144,56212Rialto Pictures
62Bicycling with Molière$73414%20$367$55,92011Strand Releasing
63Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$653-31%1-1$653$61,03221Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
64Born to Be Wild 3D$653595%5-1$131$23,423,237170Warner Bros. / IMAX
65Nothing Bad Can Happen$444-84%2-2$222$4,2862Drafthouse Films
66To the Arctic 3D$401-73%1-1$401$14,143,113116Warner Bros. / IMAX
67Deep Sea 3D$229-28%1-3$229$46,068,008436Warner Bros. / IMAX
68The Girl on the Train (2014)$211--1--$211$2111Monterey Media
69Half of a Yellow Sun$208-63%1-3$208$38,6178Monterey Media
70The Jewish Cardinal$20728%10$207$130,46326Film Movement
71For No Good Reason$121-86%1-4$121$62,28611Sony Pictures Classics