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.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, May. 25 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$4,688,230-18%4,359--$1,076$81,231,8251Paramount / DreamWorks
2Iron Man 2$1,810,492-18%4,177-213$433$255,051,9313Paramount
3Robin Hood$1,664,875-10%3,5052$475$69,688,2202Universal
4Letters to Juliet$886,4133%2,9757$298$29,078,8412Summit
5MacGruber$433,670-8%2,551--$170$4,949,1001Universal / Rogue
6Just Wright$359,592-1%1,8310$196$15,418,4092Fox Searchlight
7Date Night$240,142-10%1,869-612$128$91,255,0297Fox
8A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$214,000-8%2,125-950$101$60,414,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
9How to Train Your Dragon$145,658-24%1,751-869$83$211,327,5689Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Back-up Plan$91,493-4%1,079-1418$85$36,106,4565CBS Films
11Furry Vengeance$41,792-11%1,369-1326$31$16,220,6094Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Babies$85,331-3%395-148$216$5,275,2743Focus
2Alice in Wonderland (2010)$62,4404%4118$152$332,316,52212Disney
3Kites$58,614-30%208--$282$1,101,5111Reliance Big Cinema
4Death at a Funeral (2010)$53,572-1%561-501$95$41,570,8556Sony / Screen Gems
5Oceans$52,143-19%524-449$100$18,641,5045Disneynature
6City Island$38,73724%234-19$166$4,261,70510Anchor Bay
7Kick-Ass$36,038-13%309-300$117$47,249,2456Lionsgate
8Hot Tub Time Machine$35,000-8%278-180$126$49,658,0009MGM
9Clash of the Titans (2010)$34,000-15%412-888$83$161,039,0008Warner Bros.
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid$22,498-11%352-116$64$62,392,01810Fox
11The Last Song$22,306-4%357-445$62$61,687,4008Disney
12Avatar$22,063-43%167-112$132$748,882,28523Fox
13Shutter Island$20,1068%256-54$79$127,602,94714Paramount
14The Losers$12,000-14%185-516$65$23,108,0005Warner Bros.
15Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$9,079-11%166-43$55$88,499,90215Fox
16Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$6,452-1%133-148$49$59,821,1008Lionsgate
17The Tooth Fairy$5,53926%115-17$48$59,913,02718Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$70,0003%480$1,458$6,515,00010Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Princess Kaiulani$18,609-2%4714$396$464,0292Roadside Attractions
3Under the Sea 3D$12,0000%180$667$22,132,00067Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Solitary Man$8,255-21%4--$2,064$113,6381Anchor Bay
5The Ghost Writer$7,454-10%86-64$87$15,224,21514Summit
6Our Family Wedding$4,9925%84-19$59$20,175,53611Fox Searchlight
7Greenberg$4,68821%47-30$100$4,225,34110Focus
8The Secret of Kells$2,56822%23-3$112$501,38112GKIDS
9The Runaways$2,1883%30-19$73$3,564,82310Apparition
10Letters to God$1,900-37%39-35$49$2,828,0007Vivendi
11The Square (2010)$1,32315%12-2$110$264,7837Apparition
12The Joneses$1,187-6%27-29$44$1,429,7076Roadside Attractions
13Crazy Heart$1,12271%28-22$40$39,456,85523Fox Searchlight
14Racing Dreams$1,01850%31--$33$21,7461Hanover House