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, Jul. 11 - Sun, Jul. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$72,611,427--3,967--$18,304$72,611,4271Fox
2Transformers: Age of Extinction$16,302,415-56%3,913-320$4,166$208,833,7133Paramount
3Tammy$12,555,151-42%3,4650$3,623$56,998,7522Warner Bros. / New Line
422 Jump Street$6,501,558-34%2,811-513$2,313$171,762,6975Sony / Columbia
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$6,073,372-32%2,885-412$2,105$152,276,7335Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Earth to Echo$5,488,277-34%3,2300$1,699$24,585,8162Relativity Media
7Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$4,750,289-51%3,0490$1,558$25,052,0992Sony / Screen Gems
8Maleficent$4,180,586-32%2,077-312$2,013$222,005,3947Disney
9Jersey Boys$2,517,430-51%1,968-662$1,279$41,712,0404Warner Bros.
10Think Like a Man Too$2,400,983-51%1,231-498$1,950$61,807,2454Sony / Screen Gems
11America (2014)$2,393,811-13%1,1050$2,166$8,211,7913Lionsgate
12Edge of Tomorrow$1,813,249-50%1,103-435$1,644$94,498,3416Warner Bros.
13The Fault in Our Stars$1,506,215-40%1,002-863$1,503$119,629,6996Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Begin Again$2,820,839124%939764$3,004$5,171,5873Weinstein Company
2Chef$1,259,140-26%70115$1,796$24,075,14010Open Road
3X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,025,365-46%655-389$1,565$229,162,4368Fox
4Snowpiercer$635,370-37%356106$1,785$2,635,4723RADiUS-TWC
5Rio 2$392,0996%285-26$1,376$129,626,91114Fox
6Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania$380,011--101--$3,762$380,0111Reliance Entertainment
7Neighbors (2014)$357,625-14%267-48$1,339$148,636,11010Universal
8The Amazing Spider-Man 2$344,843-25%275-14$1,254$201,597,62511Sony / Columbia
9Blended$342,8193%33530$1,023$44,713,3148Warner Bros.
10Godzilla (2014)$246,234-41%303-49$813$198,355,1859Warner Bros.
11Third Person$238,026124%227193$1,049$556,5564Sony Pictures Classics
12Obvious Child$219,325-41%134-68$1,637$2,344,8456A24
13Captain America: The Winter Soldier$213,468-36%215-36$993$258,258,22215Disney
14A Million Ways to Die in the West$213,320-24%188-39$1,135$42,615,6857Universal
15Million Dollar Arm$186,1582%22461$831$35,643,7529Disney
16Heaven is for Real$151,510-21%173-13$876$90,836,06713Sony / TriStar
17Belle$137,810-27%107-16$1,288$10,249,49511Fox Searchlight
18The LEGO Movie$78,61223%350110$225$257,335,78123Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$387,618--5--$77,524$387,6181IFC Films
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$151,5172%410$3,696$4,240,61515Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Ida (2014)$147,712-37%88-15$1,679$3,119,85411Music Box Films
4Life Itself$141,5558%6643$2,145$329,0212Magnolia Pictures
5The Grand Seduction$121,338-28%921$1,319$2,706,8687eOne Films US
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$69,321-31%63-9$1,100$58,848,86619Fox Searchlight
7A Hard Day's Night (2014 re-issue)$65,488-70%56-46$1,169$427,5062Janus Films
8The Other Woman (2014)$65,152-32%96-46$679$83,742,26512Fox
9Journey to the South Pacific$59,243-8%180$3,291$3,682,42133IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
10Hubble 3D$52,611-10%131$4,047$45,057,568226Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Words and Pictures$47,582-51%40-21$1,190$1,986,5488Roadside Attractions
12Venus in Fur$42,21141%197$2,222$170,0774IFC Films
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$41,178-20%78-33$528$111,233,40119Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Land Ho!$34,319--4--$8,580$34,3191Sony Pictures Classics
15Yves Saint Laurent$33,887-28%144$2,421$162,2713Weinstein Company
16Le Chef$30,782-31%12-6$2,565$169,8574Cohen Media Group
17Moms' Night Out$22,680-56%54-42$420$10,429,70710Sony / TriStar
18Jerusalem 3D$20,492-30%143$1,464$4,671,77143National Geographic
19Code Black$19,696147%76$2,814$75,3864Long Shot Factory
20Only Lovers Left Alive$17,22711%120$1,436$1,794,05914Sony Pictures Classics
21A Coffee in Berlin$15,4022%10-1$1,540$107,5195Music Box Films
22The Breakup Guru$14,390-60%6-4$2,398$183,6833China Lion Film
23A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$13,822-6%62$2,304$79,4244Big World Pictures
24God's Not Dead$11,622-68%25-35$465$60,722,24717Freestyle / Pure Flix
25The Rover$10,1660%12-9$847$1,043,5725A24
26Under the Sea 3D$10,111-12%6-1$1,685$34,127,720283Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Under the Skin (2014)$9,855-14%9-3$1,095$2,565,63915A24
28Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$9,588-32%91$1,065$55,4403Magnolia Pictures
29Locke$8,741-16%10-1$874$1,329,64812A24
3050 to 1$8,019-14%7-1$1,146$798,53617Ten Furlongs
31Bears$7,107-40%22-9$323$17,769,44213Disneynature
32Fading Gigolo$6,736-43%10-2$674$3,763,97313Millennium Entertainment
33Ivory Tower$6,252163%30$2,084$99,5555IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
34Citizen Koch$6,218--9--$691$142,7296Variance Films
35The Last Sentence$6,002230%64$1,000$38,5904Music Box Films
36Muppets Most Wanted$5,892-46%23-18$256$51,178,89317Disney
37Fed Up$5,878-14%202$294$1,501,12710RADiUS-TWC
38Chinese Puzzle$5,784-28%102$578$335,4309Cohen Media Group
39Frozen (2013)$5,751-20%9-2$639$400,736,60034Disney
40Half of a Yellow Sun$5,1612381%43$1,290$44,7659Monterey Media
41Closed Curtain$5,002--1--$5,002$7,6561Variance Films
42Finding Vivian Maier$4,85453%81$607$1,479,30916IFC Films
43The Lunchbox$4,647-42%105$465$4,185,81720Sony Pictures Classics
44The Double (2014)$4,2136%70$602$178,96110Magnolia Pictures
45The Signal (2014)$4,079-39%15-20$272$597,4205Focus
46The Railway Man$3,284-53%11-3$299$4,435,08314Weinstein Company
47We Are the Best!$2,907-15%10-2$291$159,9717Magnolia Pictures
48For a Woman$2,575--1--$2,575$28,13111Film Movement
49Redwood Highway$2,537-7%20$1,269$119,24314Monterey Media
50Hellion$2,529-54%92$281$46,1105IFC Films
51Night Moves$2,213-77%6-5$369$248,3837Cinedigm
52Lucky Them$1,905-30%40$476$37,8377IFC Films
53Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$1,895-78%6-6$316$202,4056RADiUS-TWC
54Siddharth$1,718-11%10$1,718$13,3843Zeitgeist Films
55Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$1,534-69%60$256$133,2968IFC Films
56Borgman$1,499-61%5-2$300$51,7226Drafthouse Films
57A Long Way Down$1,426--1--$1,426$1,4261Magnolia Pictures
58The Empty Hours$1,366--1--$1,366$1,3661Strand Releasing
59The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz$1,342-69%2-2$671$46,3793FilmBuff / Participant
60Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$1,218-87%10-13$122$8,456,32510Clarius Entertainment
61Cold in July$1,202-57%5-1$240$416,8438IFC Films
62To the Arctic 3D$1,114178%21$557$14,147,968117Warner Bros. / IMAX
63Jodorowsky's Dune$620-57%2-1$310$644,03617Sony Pictures Classics
64For No Good Reason$607402%32$202$63,03212Sony Pictures Classics
65Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$550-80%2-1$275$44,3839International Film Circuit
66Bicycling with Molière$525-28%1-1$525$57,09412Strand Releasing
67The Hornet's Nest$520-77%21$260$310,18010Freestyle Releasing
68Under the Electric Sky$473-93%1-8$473$196,0777Focus
69The Girl on the Train (2014)$468122%21$234$4682Monterey Media
70Ilo Ilo$441-89%1-1$441$54,07115Film Movement
71Deep Sea 3D$41983%21$210$46,069,917437Warner Bros. / IMAX
72Filth$404-64%2-1$202$33,4767Magnolia / Magnet
73Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$320-51%10$320$61,35222Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
74The Jewish Cardinal$198-4%10$198$130,66127Film Movement
75Born to Be Wild 3D$104-84%4-1$26$23,433,602171Warner Bros. / IMAX
76Nothing Bad Can Happen$65-85%1-1$65$4,6793Drafthouse Films
77The Amazing Catfish$50-96%1-1$50$11,2785Strand Releasing
78Evergreen: The Road to Legalization$12--1--$12$1,6145First Run Features