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.

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 Mon, May. 24 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$5,705,388-73%4,359--$1,309$76,543,5951Paramount / DreamWorks
2Iron Man 2$2,215,378-70%4,177-213$530$253,241,4393Paramount
3Robin Hood$1,857,655-65%3,5052$530$68,023,3452Universal
4Letters to Juliet$859,921-62%2,9757$289$28,192,4282Summit
5MacGruber$471,935-53%2,551--$185$4,515,4301Universal / Rogue
6Just Wright$361,746-67%1,8310$198$15,058,8172Fox Searchlight
7Date Night$266,069-60%1,869-612$142$91,014,8877Fox
8A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$232,000-59%2,125-950$109$60,200,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
9How to Train Your Dragon$190,992-66%1,751-869$109$211,181,9109Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Back-up Plan$95,256-57%1,079-1418$88$36,014,9635CBS Films
11Furry Vengeance$47,033-72%1,369-1326$34$16,178,8174Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Babies$87,548-62%395-148$222$5,189,9433Focus
2Kites$83,568-65%208--$402$1,042,8971Reliance Big Cinema
3Oceans$64,696-38%524-449$123$18,589,3615Disneynature
4Alice in Wonderland (2010)$59,816-59%4118$146$332,254,08212Disney
5Death at a Funeral (2010)$54,253-62%561-501$97$41,517,2836Sony / Screen Gems
6Kick-Ass$41,257-49%309-300$134$47,213,2076Lionsgate
7Clash of the Titans (2010)$40,000-62%412-888$97$161,005,0008Warner Bros.
8Avatar$38,557-40%167-112$231$748,860,22223Fox
9Hot Tub Time Machine$38,000-51%278-180$137$49,622,0009MGM
10City Island$31,363-73%234-19$134$4,222,96810Anchor Bay
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid$25,155-69%352-116$71$62,369,52010Fox
12The Last Song$23,338-59%357-445$65$61,665,0948Disney
13Shutter Island$18,700-82%256-54$73$127,582,84114Paramount
14The Losers$14,000-60%185-516$76$23,096,0005Warner Bros.
15Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$10,205-57%166-43$61$88,490,82315Fox
16Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$6,546-63%133-148$49$59,814,6488Lionsgate
17The Tooth Fairy$4,411-70%115-17$38$59,907,48818Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$68,000-14%480$1,417$6,445,00010Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Princess Kaiulani$18,908-60%4714$402$445,4202Roadside Attractions
3Under the Sea 3D$12,00033%180$667$22,120,00067Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Solitary Man$10,447-67%4--$2,612$105,3831Anchor Bay
5The Ghost Writer$8,241-59%86-64$96$15,216,76114Summit
6Our Family Wedding$4,749-70%84-19$57$20,170,54411Fox Searchlight
7Greenberg$3,864-57%47-30$82$4,220,65310Focus
8Letters to God$3,000--39-35$77$2,826,0007Vivendi
9The Runaways$2,133-59%30-19$71$3,562,69010Apparition
10The Secret of Kells$2,099-75%23-3$91$498,81312GKIDS
11The Joneses$1,266-59%27-29$47$1,428,5206Roadside Attractions
12The Square (2010)$1,146-65%12-2$96$263,4607Apparition
13Racing Dreams$680-86%31--$22$20,7281Hanover House
14Crazy Heart$658-74%28-22$24$39,455,73323Fox Searchlight