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 Sat, Sep. 18 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Town$9,423,43313%2,861--$3,294$17,771,8691Warner Bros.
2Easy A$7,130,3065%2,856--$2,497$13,917,4691Sony / Screen Gems
3Devil$4,887,6602%2,809--$1,740$9,691,0501Universal
4Resident Evil: Afterlife$4,261,72942%3,2096$1,328$41,154,3902Sony / Screen Gems
5Alpha and Omega$4,130,65780%2,625--$1,574$6,419,4301Lionsgate
6Takers$1,410,81653%2,139-52$660$51,676,3814Sony / Screen Gems
7The American$1,205,88145%2,457-376$491$32,139,8343Focus
8The Other Guys$934,01958%1,827-419$511$114,957,2147Sony / Columbia
9Inception$910,67953%1,305-278$698$284,667,19910Warner Bros.
10Machete$708,83334%1,704-974$416$23,875,0173Fox
11Eat Pray Love$677,28335%1,668-671$406$77,163,2226Sony / Columbia
12The Expendables$630,67858%1,854-1204$340$100,677,4886Lionsgate
13Going the Distance (2010)$563,93923%2,007-1023$281$16,439,9553Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Last Exorcism$560,36342%2,013-718$278$39,855,6454Lionsgate
15Nanny McPhee Returns$452,580103%1,578-786$287$27,324,1605Universal
16The Switch (2010)$418,14441%1,158-437$361$26,385,5555Miramax

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$434,240119%939-436$462$244,460,53511Universal
2Lottery Ticket$308,61685%677-228$456$23,355,2225Warner Bros.
3Vampires Suck$274,97069%964-706$285$35,735,0815Fox
4Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$155,52047%383-236$406$30,981,0456Universal
5Salt$143,69650%335-149$429$116,903,1779Sony / Columbia
6Grown Ups$139,97262%304-35$460$161,017,45613Sony / Columbia
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$124,55597%360-65$346$42,935,0858Warner Bros.
8Avatar$105,39072%129-307$817$760,011,43840Fox
9Dinner for Schmucks$99,03137%313-223$316$72,155,8548Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$92,78953%339-848$274$300,047,90812Summit
11Flipped$79,01147%375-67$211$1,528,5057Warner Bros.
12Ramona and Beezus$78,14695%260-15$301$25,670,5199Fox
13The Kids Are All Right$74,37461%169-49$440$20,469,00811Focus
14Piranha 3D$67,60241%264-561$256$24,695,8235Weinstein Company
15The Last Airbender$53,15486%174-46$305$131,528,34912Paramount
16The Karate Kid (2010)$43,65078%147-21$297$176,563,97715Sony / Columbia
17Winter's Bone$37,72141%101-9$373$5,928,66215Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Catfish$94,2348%12--$7,853$181,2661Universal / Rogue
2Hubble 3D$64,81291%633$1,029$15,587,68527Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Never Let Me Go$45,33435%4--$11,334$123,8291Fox Searchlight
4The Tillman Story$26,70155%283$954$502,6335Weinstein Company
5Under the Sea 3D$18,771145%161$1,173$24,204,00284Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Knight and Day$16,89426%64-29$264$76,358,41213Fox
7We Are Family$16,68040%78--$214$586,5853UTV Communications
8Predators$14,66153%55-31$267$51,899,28711Fox
9Jack Goes Boating$12,36948%4--$3,092$20,7141Relativity / Overture
10The Romantics$10,22636%1412$730$73,1202Four of a Kind
11The Concert$8,85884%201$443$532,4039Weinstein Company
12Bran Nue Dae$7,54354%171$444$45,4812Freestyle Releasing
13Cyrus$4,07337%19-7$214$7,416,36214Fox Searchlight
14Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$3,189-10%1--$3,189$6,7491Collective Eye
15La Soga$2,63453%4-3$659$204,64067-57 Releasing
16Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo$96120%2--$481$1,7641Cinema Purgatorio
17Solitary Man$9601%7-2$137$4,352,67618Anchor Bay
18Princess Kaiulani$3641%2-1$182$882,97019Roadside Attractions
19The Disappearance of Alice Creed$248-23%3-1$83$156,2447Anchor Bay