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, Sep. 21 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Town$2,615,09014%2,861--$914$28,711,2961Warner Bros.
2Easy A$1,236,69615%2,856--$433$20,044,9451Sony / Screen Gems
3Resident Evil: Afterlife$905,8068%3,2096$282$45,638,7512Sony / Screen Gems
4Devil$856,4057%2,809--$305$13,946,3451Universal
5Alpha and Omega$364,66013%2,625--$139$9,795,6301Lionsgate
6The American$272,48131%2,457-376$111$33,252,5863Focus
7Takers$243,24913%2,139-52$114$52,830,1114Sony / Screen Gems
8Eat Pray Love$203,94630%1,668-671$122$77,961,4036Sony / Columbia
9Machete$187,9389%1,704-974$110$24,751,9413Fox
10Inception$178,13214%1,305-278$136$285,464,11310Warner Bros.
11The Other Guys$150,66515%1,827-419$82$115,685,3457Sony / Columbia
12Going the Distance (2010)$144,39723%2,007-1023$72$17,032,9313Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Expendables$128,82112%1,854-1204$69$101,264,1866Lionsgate
14The Switch (2010)$86,70929%1,158-437$75$26,754,0465Miramax
15The Last Exorcism$79,6211%2,013-718$40$40,272,0374Lionsgate
16Nanny McPhee Returns$55,55517%1,588-776$35$27,721,1355Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$51,98510%944-431$55$244,838,18511Universal
2Lottery Ticket$34,3699%677-228$51$23,571,2615Warner Bros.
3Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$30,8851%384-235$80$31,136,7306Universal
4Avatar$30,04425%129-307$233$760,137,07040Fox
5Vampires Suck$24,4503%964-706$25$35,913,7355Fox
6Dinner for Schmucks$19,72211%313-223$63$72,242,0918Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Kids Are All Right$17,27618%169-49$102$20,539,78211Focus
8The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$17,089-1%339-848$50$300,137,50012Summit
9Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$15,58016%360-65$43$43,048,5878Warner Bros.
10Piranha 3D$14,40310%264-561$55$24,758,2155Weinstein Company
11Flipped$13,1138%375-67$35$1,600,3387Warner Bros.
12Ramona and Beezus$10,502387%260-15$40$25,738,2709Fox
13The Last Airbender$9,85611%174-46$57$131,583,43612Paramount
14Winter's Bone$9,4448%103-13$92$5,972,37815Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$29,70912%633$472$15,698,87227Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Catfish$24,787-5%12--$2,066$308,1601Universal / Rogue
3Never Let Me Go$9,625-8%4--$2,406$176,8311Fox Searchlight
4The Romantics$7,257134%1412$518$91,8592Four of a Kind
5The Tillman Story$7,09218%283$253$532,4535Weinstein Company
6Under the Sea 3D$6,44010%16--$403$24,231,41884Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Predators$4,72244%55-31$86$51,916,57011Fox
8We Are Family$4,352101%78--$56$604,4863UTV Communications
9Jack Goes Boating$3,250-4%4--$813$35,5381Relativity / Overture
10The Concert$3,05445%201$153$547,3439Weinstein Company
11Knight and Day$2,551-16%64-29$40$76,370,46913Fox
12Bran Nue Dae$2,0758%171$122$55,1072Freestyle Releasing
13Cyrus$1,735-7%19-7$91$7,422,66814Fox Searchlight
14Solitary Man$56996%7-2$81$4,354,27018Anchor Bay
15La Soga$549138%4-3$137$207,50767-57 Releasing
16The Disappearance of Alice Creed$115195%3-1$38$156,6267Anchor Bay