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, Aug. 17 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$3,866,939-2%3,270--$1,183$42,632,6851Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$3,341,82310%3,082--$1,084$29,490,1981Sony / Columbia
3The Other Guys$2,236,419-1%3,6510$613$74,449,0312Sony / Columbia
4Inception$1,541,4161%3,120-298$494$251,543,2575Warner Bros.
5Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$1,437,180-2%2,818--$510$13,512,3351Universal
6Step Up 3D$1,193,04713%2,4394$489$32,094,0612Disney
7Despicable Me$1,109,2851%2,923-490$380$224,402,6706Universal
8Dinner for Schmucks$969,5891%3,04642$318$60,711,7953Paramount / DreamWorks
9Salt$868,97613%2,834-483$307$105,075,6114Sony / Columbia
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$757,2787%2,728-977$278$36,686,2473Warner Bros.
11Toy Story 3$369,331-5%1,219-495$303$401,584,3539Disney
12Charlie St. Cloud$323,905-3%2,083-642$155$29,415,6453Universal
13The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$211,187-2%1,212-492$174$296,268,3437Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$184,9508%830-164$223$17,078,1936Focus
2Ramona and Beezus$163,3012%632-846$258$23,658,5594Fox
3Grown Ups$135,4571%968-801$140$158,323,6688Sony / Columbia
4Shrek Forever After$65,54120%254-54$258$237,356,20313Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Last Airbender$54,54513%364-275$150$129,806,3337Paramount
6Knight and Day$36,25717%310-26$117$75,356,5418Fox
7Predators$35,126-4%343-111$102$51,133,4476Fox
8Winter's Bone$28,26610%136-5$208$4,909,36710Roadside Attractions
9The A-Team$22,24717%204-37$109$76,834,72710Fox
10Middle Men$20,83617%2520$83$678,0122Paramount
11Marmaduke$19,88129%151-19$132$33,376,93811Fox
12Iron Man 2$19,04413%178-46$107$312,093,36015Paramount
13Killers$16,1289%169-3$95$47,031,46411Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$68,7330%541$1,273$13,541,83022Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$28,42429%163$1,777$23,723,11879Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Peepli Live$26,70443%64--$417$395,4861UTV Communications
4Flipped$20,0562%44-1$456$488,2942Warner Bros.
5The Concert$8,65917%190$456$215,1484Weinstein Company
6Cyrus$8,2122%84-48$98$7,268,9669Fox Searchlight
7Letters to Juliet$6,52912%61-42$107$52,991,90114Summit
8La Soga$6,0992%11--$554$64,60917-57 Releasing
9Sex and the City 2$5,01712%81-119$62$95,338,45112Warner Bros. / New Line
10Solitary Man$3,83068%28-17$137$4,264,39413Anchor Bay
11Date Night$3,54513%33-13$107$98,663,01619Fox
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$3,20116%122$267$87,9922Anchor Bay
13Tales From Earthsea$2,468-21%5--$494$26,2111Disney
14The People I've Slept With$2,428887%1--$2,428$6,3901People Pictures
15Twelve$61212%12-219$51$182,7482Hannover House
16Princess Kaiulani$494-24%32$165$867,49914Roadside Attractions
17City Island$322-1%81$40$6,666,45822Anchor Bay