'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 Sat, Feb. 19 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 19 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitch$13,292,02845%3,5750$3,718$80,769,0222Sony / Columbia
2Constantine$10,978,2211%3,006--$3,652$21,860,9971Warner Bros.
3Because of Winn-Dixie$4,266,47851%3,188--$1,338$7,089,6701Fox
4Son of the Mask$3,181,62367%2,966--$1,073$5,089,9831New Line
5Million Dollar Baby$3,011,88687%2,10570$1,431$52,130,93110Warner Bros.
6Are We There Yet?$2,772,05483%2,519-291$1,100$67,294,6395Sony / Columbia
7Boogeyman$2,242,21140%2,572-480$872$39,492,9843Sony / Screen Gems
8The Aviator (2004)$1,877,14695%1,710-486$1,098$86,822,2879Miramax
9Pooh's Heffalump Movie$1,845,351116%2,5290$730$9,954,2432Disney
10Sideways$1,732,31292%1,300-319$1,333$56,860,13718Fox Searchlight