'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 Tue, Jun. 8 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$2,947,30521%4,38619$672$188,602,6433Paramount / DreamWorks
2Get Him to the Greek$2,199,005-12%2,697--$815$22,263,9551Universal
4Sex and the City 2$1,644,00015%3,4450$477$76,200,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
5Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$1,614,4835%3,6460$443$62,766,9792Disney
7Iron Man 2$827,4613%3,007-797$275$293,059,5605Paramount
8Splice$761,000-3%2,450--$311$8,935,0001Warner Bros
9Robin Hood$597,7705%2,599-774$230$95,665,5604Universal
10Letters to Juliet$450,61524%1,962-863$230$44,151,6964Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Date Night$80,6987%658-468$123$95,490,7819Fox
2Just Wright$69,885-9%518-677$135$20,340,7004Fox Searchlight
3How to Train Your Dragon$56,13627%343-482$164$213,983,55311Paramount / DreamWorks
4Raajneeti$56,00037%111--$505$934,0001UTV Communications
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid$39,74452%244-39$163$63,132,90612Fox
7City Island$31,73935%177-24$179$5,327,64512Anchor Bay
8A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$23,000-18%294-597$78$62,463,0006Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Losers$20,00011%206123$97$23,436,0007Warner Bros.
10Hot Tub Time Machine$19,0006%203-161$94$50,251,00011MGM
11Clash of the Titans (2010)$19,00027%134-91$142$161,597,00010Warner Bros.
12MacGruber$16,815-10%177-2369$95$8,496,3953Universal / Rogue
13The Back-up Plan$12,37737%153-238$81$36,815,0967CBS Films
14Shutter Island$11,2658%152-49$74$127,990,13016Paramount
15The Ghost Writer$11,03621%14789$75$15,461,24616Summit
17Furry Vengeance$9,04123%125-122$72$16,629,1656Summit
18Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$5,9882%105-72$57$60,084,44310Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$73,00011%47-1$1,553$7,700,00012Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Solitary Man$18,55944%2216$844$471,3573Anchor Bay
3Under the Sea 3D$17,00042%17-1$1,000$22,338,00069Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Princess Kaiulani$7,4859%25-13$299$722,5954Roadside Attractions
6Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$6,67824%81-27$82$88,677,17017Fox
7The Tooth Fairy$3,96631%46-30$86$60,002,00820Fox
8The Secret of Kells$3,48328%24-1$145$576,68414GKIDS
9The Square (2010)$1,271-12%172$75$309,6909Apparition
10Letters to God$35483%9-5$39$2,843,4379Vivendi
11The Joneses$61-57%7-1$9$1,438,7958Roadside Attractions