Grosses

'The Maze Runner' Leads on Monday with $1.87MSeptember 23, 2014 12:37 PM

by Daniel Garris

Fox's The Maze Runner took in $1.87 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The modestly budgeted young adult adaptation was down 76 percent from Sunday, which is an early sign of the film having a significant family audience. The Maze Runner has grossed $34.38 million in four days, which represents a strong start, especially with the film's cost in mind. The film is running in line with expectations and 19 percent ahead of the $28.89 million four-day start of last year's Ender's Game. Fox has already scheduled The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials for release on September 18, 2015.

A Walk Among the Tombstones placed in second with $0.96 million. Universal's modestly budgeted action thriller starring Liam Neeson was down a solid 67 percent from Sunday's performance. However, in the bigger picture A Walk Among the Tombstones is still performing a bit below pre-release expectations (and soft by Neeson's recent box office standards) with a four-day start of $13.72 million. That places the film 35 percent behind the $21.12 million four-day take of 2012's The Grey.

Warner's This Is Where I Leave You placed in third with $0.86 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey fell 69 percent from Sunday. This Is Where I Leave You has grossed $12.42 million in four days. That is towards the lower end of the film's modest expectations and places the film 18 percent behind the $15.16 million four-day start of 2011's The Change-Up.

Sony's No Good Deed took fourth place with $0.59 million. The low-budget thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson was down 73 percent from Sunday and down a very sharp 63 percent from last Monday. No Good Deed surpassed the $40 million mark yesterday and has grossed a healthy $40.29 million in eleven days of release.

Guardians of the Galaxy rounded out Monday's top five with $0.36 million. Disney's blockbuster sci-fi superhero film fell 74 percent from Sunday and 37 percent from last Monday. Guardians of the Galaxy has grossed $314.09 million in 53 days and is now just $4.32 million away from reaching the $318.41 million final unadjusted domestic gross of 2008's Iron Man.

Dolphin Tale 2 followed in sixth with $0.31 million. Warner's family film sequel was down a steep 88 percent from Sunday and down 40 percent from last Monday. Dolphin Tale 2 has grossed $27.24 million in eleven days. That is on the low end of expectations and places the film 28 percent behind the $37.79 million eleven-day take of 2011's Dolphin Tale.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Dec. 18 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 18 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$26,159,649--3,622--$7,222$26,159,6490New Line
2Maid in Manhattan$1,362,774-12%2,838--$480$23,118,6251Sony / Columbia
3Star Trek: Nemesis$728,581-27%2,711--$269$21,407,9111Paramount
4Die Another Day$635,273-15%3,37730$188$133,850,4774MGM
5Drumline$584,524-7%1,836--$318$14,560,1381Fox
6Analyze That$434,994-14%2,6350$165$21,166,1662Warner Bros.
7Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets$433,646-14%3,025-362$143$224,011,4735Warner Bros.
8The Hot Chick$427,323-6%2,217--$193$8,742,9201Disney
9The Santa Clause 2$291,3792%2,207-149$132$126,249,5577Disney
10My Big Fat Greek Wedding$170,362-6%1,230-27$139$199,807,72635IFC Films