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.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, May. 11 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 2$8,380,235-11%4,380--$1,913$145,869,6971Paramount
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$803,0001%3,3320$241$50,078,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
3The Back-up Plan$465,84529%3,003-277$155$30,932,2123CBS Films
4Date Night$464,16623%2,734-359$170$81,842,8555Fox
5How to Train Your Dragon$435,24614%3,003-423$145$201,831,1797Paramount / DreamWorks
6Clash of the Titans (2010)$233,0009%2,157-580$108$158,453,0006Warner Bros.
7Oceans$222,38439%1,23222$181$16,514,3503Disneynature
8Death at a Funeral (2010)$221,19812%1,706-565$130$38,951,4174Sony / Screen Gems
9Furry Vengeance$219,33339%3,0025$73$12,476,6732Summit
10The Losers$214,00021%2,450-486$87$21,889,0003Warner Bros.
11Kick-Ass$204,3279%1,759-783$116$45,673,3454Lionsgate
12The Last Song$98,82623%1,303-973$76$60,520,0166Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Babies$179,9042%534--$337$2,516,9281Focus
2Hot Tub Time Machine$74,00014%802-310$92$48,737,0007MGM
3City Island$61,39835%247-22$249$3,054,5258Anchor Bay
4Alice in Wonderland (2010)$61,2446%582-468$105$330,976,85110Disney
5Avatar$47,0318%328-59$143$748,037,19521Fox
6Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$29,996-11%404-323$74$59,455,2656Lionsgate
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid$22,203-6%625-541$36$61,547,9838Fox
8The Ghost Writer$21,62813%231-105$94$14,921,25212Summit
9Greenberg$14,35255%114-29$126$4,087,0268Focus
10She's Out of My League$14,28011%26118$55$31,311,2729Paramount
11Shutter Island$13,20328%189-61$70$126,899,72312Paramount
12Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$11,18213%221-44$51$88,207,94613Fox
13Our Family Wedding$8,54510%11921$72$20,012,9649Fox Searchlight
14The Tooth Fairy$8,41813%160-26$53$59,729,47316Fox
15The Crazies$6,868-3%149-48$46$39,031,86711Overture
16Letters to God$5,5008%112-87$49$2,757,0005Vivendi
17Brooklyn's Finest$4,39416%113-33$39$27,130,18510Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$77,00060%48-1$1,604$5,236,0008Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$13,00049%182$722$21,908,00065Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Joneses$6,79015%68-55$100$1,360,8044Roadside Attractions
4Crazy Heart$5,79059%75-43$77$39,406,48921Fox Searchlight
5The Runaways$4,810-4%65-57$74$3,497,5368Apparition
6Cop Out$3,5000%91-50$38$44,837,00011Warner Bros.
7Remember Me$3,40264%76-42$45$19,062,4999Summit
8The Book of Eli$3,0003%61-16$49$94,829,00017Warner Bros.
9The Square (2010)$2,3454%17-7$138$222,3655Apparition
10The Secret of Kells$1,534-20%22-15$70$433,19010GKIDS
11The Blind Side$1,00067%25-21$40$255,946,00025Warner Bros.
12That Evening Sun$23512%4--$59$277,97327Freestyle