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 Sun, Jun. 20 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$32,067,098-14%4,028--$7,961$110,307,1891Disney
2The Karate Kid (2010)$9,995,684-10%3,6630$2,729$107,130,2392Sony / Columbia
3The A-Team$4,892,491-6%3,5449$1,380$50,427,5882Fox
4Get Him to the Greek$1,802,000-22%2,592-110$695$47,844,0003Universal
5Shrek Forever After$1,801,027-16%3,207-661$562$223,076,9255Paramount / DreamWorks
6Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$1,670,828-23%2,605-503$641$80,800,5744Disney
7Jonah Hex$1,628,000-10%2,825--$576$5,379,0001Warner Bros.
8Killers$1,404,858-28%2,619-240$536$39,302,4113Lionsgate
9Iron Man 2$1,107,6946%1,612-693$687$304,210,3297Paramount
10Marmaduke$583,223-52%2,495-718$234$27,711,0003Fox
11Robin Hood$533,0001%1,046-849$510$102,080,0006Universal
12Sex and the City 2$527,000-46%1,680-1070$314$90,170,0004Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Splice$294,000-17%944-1506$311$15,569,0003Warner Bros
2Letters to Juliet$190,964-40%806-525$237$48,591,4096Summit
3Solitary Man$119,400-38%10754$1,116$1,424,9935Anchor Bay
4Raavan$109,170-42%119--$917$480,7031Reliance Big Pictures
5Date Night$89,031-40%345-85$258$96,883,25711Fox
6Clash of the Titans (2010)$87,000-4%267-66$326$162,385,00012Warner Bros.
7How to Train Your Dragon$53,231-16%213-68$250$214,764,29813Paramount / DreamWorks
8City Island$52,037-39%133-26$391$5,937,64514Anchor Bay
9Death at a Funeral (2010)$47,407-20%16195$294$42,365,76810Sony / Screen Gems
10Just Wright$47,375-33%158-121$300$21,085,7566Fox Searchlight
11The Bounty Hunter$42,600-53%174-62$245$66,754,01714Sony / Columbia
12A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$38,000-16%228103$167$62,734,0008Warner Bros. / New Line
13Furry Vengeance$34,075-21%235-33$145$17,060,7948Summit
14Kick-Ass$24,906-13%157-21$159$47,950,72810Lionsgate
15The Back-up Plan$23,780-36%16654$143$37,050,5819CBS Films
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid$21,412-23%146-56$147$63,547,66614Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Winter's Bone$108,780-24%3935$2,789$474,3282Roadside Attractions
2Hubble 3D$90,000-3%502$1,800$8,633,00014Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cyrus$59,427-15%4--$14,857$181,7161Fox Searchlight
4Babies$29,725-16%97-49$306$7,081,1937Focus
5Raajneeti$24,000-29%56-68$429$1,436,0003UTV Communications
6Avatar$13,616-30%17-9$801$749,434,95027Fox
7Under the Sea 3D$9,000-25%150$600$22,499,00071Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Square (2010)$5,567-21%12-5$464$353,34811Apparition
9The Losers$5,400-28%31-96$174$23,581,0009Warner Bros.
10Princess Kaiulani$5,384-19%16-10$337$808,7256Roadside Attractions
11The Secret of Kells$4,3438%15-5$290$620,35716GKIDS
12The Joneses$3,617-13%7-1$517$1,456,85610Roadside Attractions
13Racing Dreams$636-12%2--$318$43,5335Hanover House