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, Oct. 1 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$8,000,169--2,771--$2,887$8,000,1691Sony / Columbia
2Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$3,279,498120%3,59732$912$29,055,3492Fox
3The Town$3,131,681140%2,93550$1,067$57,439,1013Warner Bros.
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$2,571,219267%3,5750$719$21,763,0882Warner Bros.
5Easy A$2,274,171243%2,974118$765$37,702,3613Sony / Screen Gems
6Let Me In$1,913,696--2,021--$947$1,913,6961Relativity / Overture
7Case 39$1,828,478--2,211--$827$1,828,4781Paramount Vantage
8You Again$1,689,237196%2,5480$663$12,574,3042Disney
9Devil$1,124,235158%2,392-419$470$24,851,6403Universal
10Resident Evil: Afterlife$796,83894%1,907-735$418$54,627,1634Sony / Screen Gems
11Alpha and Omega$616,632201%2,303-322$268$16,641,2013Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$246,509123%625-282$394$287,747,67712Warner Bros.
2Takers$230,18592%773-640$298$55,607,0036Sony / Screen Gems
3Catfish$201,215235%13679$1,480$1,232,3873Universal / Rogue
4The Other Guys$134,24680%566-481$237$117,391,9559Sony / Columbia
5Despicable Me$108,805224%463-147$235$245,760,72513Universal
6Eat Pray Love$95,9635%398-457$241$79,486,0768Sony / Columbia
7Salt$87,630--288102$304$117,362,24711Sony / Columbia
8The Expendables$66,33921%410-442$162$102,351,3978Lionsgate
9Machete$64,9758%314-368$207$26,056,3945Fox
10The American$64,929-29%374-941$174$35,056,9725Focus
11Lottery Ticket$62,009298%302--$205$24,066,1497Warner Bros.
12Nanny McPhee Returns$55,315193%481-284$115$28,357,4207Universal
13Dinner for Schmucks$51,084107%261-62$196$72,695,55810Paramount / DreamWorks
14Grown Ups$44,208--230-35$192$161,527,74315Sony / Columbia
15Vampires Suck$42,880279%261-154$164$36,261,4237Fox
16The Last Exorcism$38,36759%307-400$125$40,904,4226Lionsgate
17Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$26,790178%188-79$143$43,339,45710Warner Bros.
18Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$22,80022%120-113$190$31,448,0558Universal
19The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$19,62654%141-83$139$300,362,57014Summit
20Ramona and Beezus$19,626317%161-30$122$25,910,62411Fox
21The Virginity Hit$17,357-48%434-266$40$503,9834Sony / Columbia
22Going the Distance (2010)$12,663-43%121-354$105$17,639,8025Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$158,3051163%3430$4,656$351,0392Paramount Vantage
2Never Let Me Go$54,088125%4317$1,258$591,4073Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$32,14418%58-3$554$16,068,46129Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Buried$30,989280%3322$939$170,0722Lionsgate
5Jack Goes Boating$28,838200%7942$365$200,4193Relativity / Overture
6Piranha 3D$18,171407%9529$191$24,852,0817Weinstein Company
7Winter's Bone$13,86487%72-7$193$6,091,30417Roadside Attractions
8The Kids Are All Right$12,65168%64-43$198$20,700,73913Focus
9Under the Sea 3D$8,75432%180$486$24,314,85986Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Tillman Story$7,86240%270$291$616,9017Weinstein Company
11Avatar$6,45758%19-10$340$760,261,38442Fox
12The Concert$5,38634%213$256$597,22911Weinstein Company
13Flipped$5,16410%35-71$148$1,728,7879Warner Bros.
14Bran Nue Dae$2,017-49%13-42$155$106,7914Freestyle Releasing
15The Disappearance of Alice Creed$847801%31$282$159,6639Anchor Bay
16Solitary Man$248-67%1-5$248$4,360,18520Anchor Bay