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 Sun, Oct. 17 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass 3D$11,583,954-31%3,081--$3,760$50,353,6411Paramount
2Red (2010)$5,250,177-43%3,255--$1,613$21,761,4081Summit
3Secretariat$2,489,141-38%3,0720$810$27,332,9412Disney
4The Social Network$2,396,518-48%2,86897$836$62,436,3643Sony / Columbia
5Life As We Know It$2,046,174-47%3,1500$650$28,620,1472Warner Bros.
6Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$1,288,733-32%2,502-723$515$45,994,7764Warner Bros.
7The Town$936,573-48%2,368-352$396$80,510,6295Warner Bros.
8My Soul to Take$757,455-46%2,529-43$300$11,915,5952Universal / Rogue
9Easy A$574,228-52%2,314-533$248$52,317,4815Sony / Screen Gems
10Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$555,479-49%2,045-784$272$47,894,8964Fox
11You Again$286,244-48%1,588-744$180$22,982,0004Disney
12Case 39$284,808-47%1,406-806$203$11,924,1153Paramount Vantage
13Let Me In$202,375-46%1,211-831$167$11,046,6913Relativity / Overture

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$297,789-43%75715$393$4,005,1612Focus
2Alpha and Omega$282,350-21%969-647$291$22,567,6215Lionsgate
3N-Secure$230,432-55%486--$474$1,166,4061Freestyle
4Devil$205,305-56%891-551$230$31,577,4705Universal
5Waiting for 'Superman'$182,382-39%18279$1,002$2,523,0754Paramount Vantage
6Nowhere Boy$96,348-38%215211$448$412,2142Weinstein Company
7Resident Evil: Afterlife$94,782-38%438-574$216$59,731,7946Sony / Screen Gems
8Despicable Me$92,960-40%332-21$280$247,050,99515Universal
9Never Let Me Go$87,786-38%23265$378$1,660,3535Fox Searchlight
10Inception$76,449-53%297-106$257$289,751,94714Warner Bros.
11I Want Your Money$68,224-30%537--$127$249,4281Freestyle
12Catfish$56,260-38%116-27$485$2,629,3565Universal / Rogue
13The Expendables$54,035-34%30681$177$102,981,57110Lionsgate
14Eat Pray Love$48,131-36%30388$159$80,267,42710Sony / Columbia
15Takers$40,844-56%215-197$190$57,091,8088Sony / Screen Gems
16Salt$37,355-42%200-66$187$118,174,53213Sony / Columbia
17Buried$34,829-35%10311$338$765,0014Lionsgate
18Nanny McPhee Returns$28,610-36%205-113$140$28,893,1859Universal
19Lottery Ticket$22,042-49%138-56$160$24,584,0829Warner Bros.
20Grown Ups$20,198-43%114-45$177$161,920,26517Sony / Columbia
21The Other Guys$20,193-63%174-115$116$118,206,67811Sony / Columbia
22The American$17,854-44%144-30$124$35,491,8727Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hereafter$66,223-29%6--$11,037$220,3221Warner Bros.
2Stone$64,133-35%4135$1,564$343,1002Relativity / Overture
3Hubble 3D$47,948-32%611$786$16,778,28231Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Conviction$28,620-36%11--$2,602$102,3511Fox Searchlight
5Machete$14,064-27%96-71$147$26,477,7667Fox
6Under the Sea 3D$11,791-33%16-2$737$24,496,76688Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$10,965-29%77-42$142$43,575,71612Warner Bros.
8Vampires Suck$10,908-46%87-103$125$36,588,5539Fox
9Jack Goes Boating$7,112-40%49-41$145$428,1345Relativity / Overture
10Ramona and Beezus$6,556-45%54-52$121$26,091,42613Fox
11The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$6,056-53%49-34$124$300,523,11316Summit
12Avatar$5,059-34%10-4$506$760,339,00444Fox
13I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$4,722-32%11-1$429$66,0192Anchor Bay
14Going the Distance (2010)$4,102-27%58-138$71$17,797,3167Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Kids Are All Right$4,054-38%28-3$145$20,803,23715Focus
16Winter's Bone$3,859-23%34-18$114$6,190,68619Roadside Attractions
17Piranha 3D$3,719-31%28-26$133$24,973,4789Weinstein Company
18The Tillman Story$3,257-40%17-7$192$690,6829Weinstein Company
19The Concert$1,991-7%9-1$221$641,42413Weinstein Company
20The Disappearance of Alice Creed$135-53%1-1$135$165,89311Anchor Bay