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 Fri, Jun. 25 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$17,950,64337%4,0280$4,456$185,502,3252Disney
2Grown Ups$14,407,593--3,534--$4,077$14,407,5931Sony / Columbia
3Knight and Day$6,322,34982%3,098--$2,041$13,610,8771Fox
4The Karate Kid (2010)$4,761,36751%3,74077$1,273$125,002,6673Sony / Columbia
5The A-Team$1,910,37438%3,242-302$589$58,753,3523Fox
6Get Him to the Greek$995,99529%2,189-403$455$52,471,7104Universal
7Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$967,03446%1,851-754$522$84,343,2295Disney
8Shrek Forever After$872,466-3%2,340-867$373$227,310,1906Paramount / DreamWorks
9Killers$634,7579%2,271-348$280$42,634,8304Lionsgate
10Jonah Hex$505,72619%2,8250$179$8,049,3672Warner Bros.
11Iron Man 2$410,96628%1,169-443$352$305,918,2358Paramount
12Marmaduke$315,1122%1,110-1385$284$29,346,6674Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sex and the City 2$389,544-5%901-779$432$92,242,8145Warner Bros. / New Line
2Robin Hood$190,66550%669-377$285$102,843,5107Universal
3How to Train Your Dragon$149,137168%333120$448$215,094,16614Paramount / DreamWorks
4Letters to Juliet$128,4332%509-297$252$49,259,3147Summit
5Solitary Man$121,826244%17770$688$1,716,3106Anchor Bay
6Date Night$77,89765%286-59$272$97,156,93112Fox
7Splice$73,031-8%340-604$215$16,061,7724Warner Bros
8Clash of the Titans (2010)$48,12028%226-41$213$162,581,34513Warner Bros.
9The Back-up Plan$44,523157%147-19$303$37,163,14610CBS Films
10Death at a Funeral (2010)$43,988--156-5$282$42,496,51511Sony / Screen Gems
11Furry Vengeance$42,15548%157-78$269$17,205,0789Summit
12The Bounty Hunter$35,352--104-70$340$66,880,57015Sony / Columbia
13City Island$29,57339%105-28$282$6,054,51815Anchor Bay
14Raavan$27,04973%115-4$235$600,3632Reliance Big Pictures
15A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$24,07010%172-56$140$62,846,1739Warner Bros. / New Line
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid$21,979-4%105-41$209$63,654,75515Fox
17Just Wright$21,97965%111-47$198$21,166,8877Fox Searchlight
18Kick-Ass$10,638-29%102-55$104$48,019,21711Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Winter's Bone$115,940226%7031$1,656$742,8933Roadside Attractions
2Cyrus$85,547347%1713$5,032$350,5792Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$72,166-7%500$1,443$9,001,77215Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Babies$12,123-43%64-33$189$7,165,3668Focus
5Avatar$9,634-36%15-2$642$749,500,63628Fox
6Under the Sea 3D$9,555-39%13-2$735$22,563,51172Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Square (2010)$4,956106%8-4$620$366,84912Apparition
8The Secret of Kells$2,88367%150$192$630,44017GKIDS
9Princess Kaiulani$1,648-33%8-8$206$822,0197Roadside Attractions
10The Joneses$860-40%3-4$287$1,462,25211Roadside Attractions
11Racing Dreams$316159%31$105$43,8496Hanover House
12Letters to God$173--2--$87$2,848,29912Vivendi