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. 18 - Sun, Jul. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$36,254,310-50%3,9692$9,134$139,207,1542Fox
2The Purge: Anarchy$29,816,675--2,806--$10,626$29,816,6751Universal
3Planes: Fire and Rescue$17,509,407--3,826--$4,576$17,509,4071Disney
4Sex Tape$14,608,152--3,062--$4,771$14,608,1521Sony / Columbia
5Transformers: Age of Extinction$9,845,720-40%3,224-689$3,054$227,002,6084Paramount
6Tammy$7,402,208-41%3,402-63$2,176$71,050,3043Warner Bros. / New Line
722 Jump Street$4,703,353-28%2,229-582$2,110$180,512,4646Sony / Columbia
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$3,904,709-36%2,169-716$1,800$160,776,6046Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Earth to Echo$3,267,824-40%2,450-780$1,334$31,987,1383Relativity Media
10Maleficent$3,238,213-23%1,541-536$2,101$228,303,4488Disney
11Begin Again$2,639,584-6%1,302363$2,027$9,365,2504Weinstein Company
12America (2014)$1,677,356-30%1,030-75$1,629$11,421,0524Lionsgate
13Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$1,537,715-68%1,491-1558$1,031$29,221,4653Sony / Screen Gems
14Jersey Boys$1,201,490-52%1,003-965$1,198$44,435,2105Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$1,110,317-12%552-149$2,011$25,922,00211Open Road
2Edge of Tomorrow$1,103,226-39%602-501$1,833$96,617,8767Warner Bros.
3Think Like a Man Too$1,070,856-55%628-603$1,705$63,935,1835Sony / Screen Gems
4Persecuted$851,391--736--$1,157$851,3911Millennium Entertainment
5The Fault in Our Stars$816,412-46%557-445$1,466$121,599,4907Fox
6X-Men: Days of Future Past$710,704-31%387-268$1,836$230,485,3669Fox
7Godzilla (2014)$515,187109%32623$1,580$199,019,97910Warner Bros.
8Snowpiercer$452,825-29%211-145$2,146$3,454,2484RADiUS-TWC
9Rio 2$302,953-23%256-29$1,183$130,238,94115Fox
10Blended$275,771-20%285-50$968$45,212,8219Warner Bros.
11Neighbors (2014)$252,975-29%230-37$1,100$149,093,03011Universal
12The Amazing Spider-Man 2$237,749-31%218-57$1,091$202,084,84312Sony / Columbia
13Captain America: The Winter Soldier$181,371-15%191-24$950$258,591,35216Disney
14Million Dollar Arm$169,823-9%175-49$970$35,955,57210Disney
15Life Itself$128,909-9%10034$1,289$538,6553Magnolia Pictures
16Heaven is for Real$128,225-15%149-24$861$91,080,55714Sony / TriStar
17Third Person$111,217-53%154-73$722$785,3515Sony Pictures Classics
18The LEGO Movie$42,286-46%202-148$209$257,484,82724Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$1,170,217202%3429$34,418$1,785,3842IFC Films
2Wish I Was Here$484,401--68--$7,124$484,4011Focus
3Obvious Child$172,584-21%96-38$1,798$2,635,4737A24
4Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$162,5827%410$3,965$4,621,71016Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Ida (2014)$125,530-15%80-8$1,569$3,341,59412Music Box Films
6The Grand Seduction$125,2473%90-2$1,392$2,936,9558eOne Films US
7Belle$111,464-19%92-15$1,212$10,449,14812Fox Searchlight
8Journey to the South Pacific$77,21830%180$4,290$3,833,35834IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
9Hubble 3D$59,94514%141$4,282$45,188,815227Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Grand Budapest Hotel$52,376-24%46-17$1,139$58,943,02020Fox Searchlight
11Words and Pictures$41,648-12%33-7$1,262$2,058,7289Roadside Attractions
12The Other Woman (2014)$35,874-45%60-36$598$83,821,08913Fox
13Land Ho!$34,9052%73$4,986$84,7202Sony Pictures Classics
14A Hard Day's Night (2014 re-issue)$34,499-47%29-27$1,190$515,0053Janus Films
15Le Chef$31,8523%153$2,123$219,8025Cohen Media Group
16There’s No Place Like Utopia$30,710--1--$30,710$30,7101Rocky Mountain Pictures
17I Origins$27,652--4--$6,913$27,6521Fox Searchlight
18Mood Indigo$26,511--2--$13,256$26,5111Drafthouse Films
19Yves Saint Laurent$25,572-25%11-3$2,325$210,3184Weinstein Company
20Mr. Peabody & Sherman$23,302-43%63-15$370$111,291,01020Fox / DreamWorks Animation
21A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$21,87058%93$2,430$107,1955Big World Pictures
22Jerusalem 3D$19,994-2%11-3$1,818$4,724,52544National Geographic
23A Five Star Life$15,996--1--$15,996$15,9961Music Box Films
24Only Lovers Left Alive$13,675-21%11-1$1,243$1,814,14015Sony Pictures Classics
25Video Games: The Movie$12,759--25--$510$12,7591Variance Films
26Under the Sea 3D$12,43123%115$1,130$34,158,726284Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Code Black$12,136-38%70$1,734$99,1115Long Shot Factory
28Siddharth$10,942537%54$2,188$25,4834Zeitgeist Films
29Closed Curtain$9,89198%43$2,473$21,4542Variance Films
30The Rover$9,577-6%11-1$871$1,061,2076A24
31A Coffee in Berlin$9,529-38%8-2$1,191$129,6226Music Box Films
32Under the Skin (2014)$8,884-10%90$987$2,581,11216A24
33Coherence$8,812--7--$1,259$68,8775Oscilloscope
34The Breakup Guru$7,573-47%3-3$2,524$201,2144China Lion Film
35Locke$7,325-16%7-3$1,046$1,341,75913A24
36Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$6,788-29%7-2$970$67,2034Magnolia Pictures
37God's Not Dead$6,433-45%11-14$585$60,737,88218Freestyle / Pure Flix
38Fed Up$5,8720%12-8$489$1,515,79811RADiUS-TWC
39A Long Way Down$5,006251%54$1,001$7,4352Magnolia Pictures
40The Lunchbox$4,7663%6-4$794$4,193,34421Sony Pictures Classics
41Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$3,18668%104$319$206,1197RADiUS-TWC
42The Last Sentence$3,100-48%3-3$1,033$45,4175Music Box Films
43The Double (2014)$2,952-30%4-3$738$185,74111Magnolia Pictures
44We Are the Best!$2,890-1%8-2$361$165,0648Magnolia Pictures
45The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz$2,849112%1-1$2,849$48,9114FilmBuff / Participant
4650 to 1$2,261-72%4-3$565$806,94318Ten Furlongs
47To the Arctic 3D$2,18396%31$728$14,153,532118Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Redwood Highway$2,134-16%31$711$123,31115Monterey Media
49The Empty Hours$1,96644%21$983$4,6092Strand Releasing
50Borgman$1,88926%50$378$55,3797Drafthouse Films
51Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$1,513373%10$1,513$62,86523Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
52Citizen Koch$1,403-77%3-6$468$147,4337Variance Films
53Bicycling with Molière$1,244137%21$622$58,77213Strand Releasing
54Night Moves$1,024-54%3-3$341$250,4218Cinedigm
55Jodorowsky's Dune$98960%42$247$645,34518Sony Pictures Classics
56Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$875-28%8-2$109$8,458,99411Clarius Entertainment
57Godzilla: The Japanese Original$819--1--$819$146,41814Rialto Pictures
58As It Is in Heaven (2014)$531--1--$531$3,5262Embark Visuals
59The Hornet's Nest$318-39%1-1$318$311,04611Freestyle Releasing
60Filth$277-31%1-1$277$34,3218Magnolia / Magnet
61For No Good Reason$251-59%1-2$251$64,88413Sony Pictures Classics
62Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$228-59%31$76$44,61110International Film Circuit
63Deep Sea 3D$222-47%20$111$46,070,691438Warner Bros. / IMAX
64The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$182--1--$182$10,60710First Run Features
65Born to Be Wild 3D$18174%62$30$23,447,616172Warner Bros. / IMAX