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 Mon, Oct. 4 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$2,056,636-63%2,771--$742$24,502,2891Sony / Columbia
2The Town$815,086-65%2,93550$278$64,871,8383Warner Bros.
3Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$773,942-67%3,59732$215$36,552,3712Fox
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$574,110-82%3,5750$161$30,653,4082Warner Bros.
5Case 39$439,869-67%2,211--$199$5,790,4391Paramount Vantage
6Let Me In$418,638-64%2,021--$207$5,566,1171Relativity / Overture
7Easy A$406,554-72%2,974118$137$42,583,5213Sony / Screen Gems
8You Again$357,827-73%2,5480$140$16,965,4602Disney
9Resident Evil: Afterlife$253,353-67%1,907-735$133$56,868,4534Sony / Screen Gems
10Devil$251,160-68%2,392-419$105$27,542,6203Universal
11Alpha and Omega$138,856-85%2,303-322$60$19,088,2933Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$68,316-63%625-282$109$288,473,69212Warner Bros.
2Catfish$57,815-63%13679$425$1,679,1643Universal / Rogue
3Takers$57,725-67%773-640$75$56,219,0726Sony / Screen Gems
4Eat Pray Love$31,870-64%398-457$80$79,741,9538Sony / Columbia
5The Other Guys$31,311-67%566-481$55$117,728,4319Sony / Columbia
6Despicable Me$30,095-76%463-147$65$246,121,86513Universal
7The Expendables$21,540-64%410-442$53$102,538,2608Lionsgate
8The American$19,914-60%374-941$53$35,222,3855Focus
9Machete$19,311-66%314-368$62$26,224,4515Fox
10Lottery Ticket$16,609-72%302-68$55$24,262,0147Warner Bros.
11Dinner for Schmucks$16,034-61%261-62$61$72,826,26810Paramount / DreamWorks
12Nanny McPhee Returns$14,430-77%481-284$30$28,535,3907Universal
13The Last Exorcism$10,384-61%307-400$34$41,000,4396Lionsgate
14Vampires Suck$9,739-74%261-154$37$36,375,1007Fox
15The Virginity Hit$7,252-41%434-266$17$542,5014Sony / Columbia
16Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$7,195-59%120-113$60$31,501,4658Universal
17Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$6,744-82%188-79$36$43,439,68910Warner Bros.
18The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$5,929-68%141-83$42$300,418,14514Summit
19Ramona and Beezus$4,560-81%161-30$28$25,976,88911Fox
20Going the Distance (2010)$3,657-59%121-354$30$17,670,0805Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$32,435-70%3430$954$634,0422Paramount Vantage
2Hubble 3D$25,786-36%58--$445$16,186,19029Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Never Let Me Go$18,348-65%4317$427$742,2213Fox Searchlight
4Buried$12,254-53%3322$371$248,7012Lionsgate
5Jack Goes Boating$9,778-64%7942$124$280,9793Relativity / Overture
6Under the Sea 3D$7,697-12%180$428$24,342,95486Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Kids Are All Right$6,101-46%64-43$95$20,737,90313Focus
8Piranha 3D$5,662-67%9529$60$24,905,4377Weinstein Company
9Winter's Bone$4,883-59%78-4$63$6,127,17417Roadside Attractions
10The Tillman Story$3,730-47%270$138$637,1077Weinstein Company
11Avatar$2,757-60%19-10$145$760,280,42242Fox
12The Concert$2,076-66%213$99$614,44111Weinstein Company
13Flipped$1,510-51%35-71$43$1,740,6509Warner Bros.
14Bran Nue Dae$682-41%13-42$52$110,7114Freestyle Releasing
15The Disappearance of Alice Creed$304-45%31$101$161,7639Anchor Bay