Grosses

'The Maze Runner' Easily Leads with Strong $32.5M; 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' #2 with $13.1M; 'This Is Where I Leave You' #3 with $11.9MSeptember 21, 2014 08:49 AM

by Daniel Garris

As was widely expected, Fox's The Maze Runner debuted comfortably in first place this weekend with an estimated $32.5 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 $11.25 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.1 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased 19 percent on Saturday to gross $13.43 million and is estimated to fall 42 percent on Sunday to gross $7.83 million. That places the film's estimated 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 10.2 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 an estimated $13.13 million. Universal's modestly budgeted action thriller starring Liam Neeson opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened softer than Liam's recent vehicles; including 33 percent softer than the $19.67 million debut of 2012's The Grey. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened with $4.7 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.43 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased a modest 8.5 percent on Saturday to take in $5.1 million and is estimated to decline 35 percent on Sunday to gross $3.33 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.79 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 an estimated $11.86 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey opened in line with its modest expectations. This Is Where I Leave You opened 12 percent below the $13.53 million start of 2011's The Change-Up. This Is Where I Leave You started with $3.9 million on Friday, increased a very solid 28 percent on Saturday to take in $4.98 million and is estimated to decline 40 percent on Sunday to gross $2.99 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.04 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 58 percent from last weekend's first place debut to place in fourth with an estimated $10.2 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 $40.11 million. That places No Good Deed 6 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 an estimated $9.01 million. The family sequel from Warner Bros. was down 43 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 $27.07 million in ten days, but is currently running 27 percent behind the $37.18 million ten-day take of Dolphin Tale.

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy placed in sixth with an estimated $5.18 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero film from Marvel was down 36 percent from last weekend. With a massive 52-day take of $313.67 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 an estimated $0.89 million from 602 locations. That gave the low-budget Kevin Smith directed horror film a per-location average of just $1,472 for the frame.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Oct. 18 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass 3D$4,448,427-62%3,081--$1,444$54,802,0681Paramount
2Red (2010)$1,658,429-68%3,255--$510$23,419,8371Summit
3The Social Network$777,706-68%2,86897$271$63,214,0703Sony / Columbia
4Secretariat$731,302-71%3,0720$238$28,064,2432Disney
5Life As We Know It$636,180-69%3,1500$202$29,256,3272Warner Bros.
6The Town$344,091-63%2,368-352$145$80,854,7205Warner Bros.
7Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$257,218-80%2,502-723$103$46,251,9944Warner Bros.
8My Soul to Take$252,105-67%2,529-43$100$12,167,7002Universal / Rogue
9Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$190,439-66%2,045-784$93$48,085,3354Fox
10Easy A$169,341-71%2,314-533$73$52,486,8225Sony / Screen Gems
11Case 39$99,520-65%1,406-806$71$12,023,6353Paramount Vantage
12You Again$92,378-68%1,588-744$58$23,074,3784Disney
13Let Me In$81,465-60%1,211-831$67$11,128,1563Relativity / Overture

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$105,658-65%75715$140$4,110,8192Focus
2Waiting for 'Superman'$78,551-57%18279$432$2,601,6264Paramount Vantage
3N-Secure$70,887-69%486--$146$1,237,2931Freestyle
4Devil$57,605-72%891-551$65$31,635,0755Universal
5Alpha and Omega$55,700-80%969-647$57$22,623,3215Lionsgate
6Never Let Me Go$34,480-61%23265$149$1,694,8335Fox Searchlight
7Nowhere Boy$33,404-65%215211$155$445,6182Weinstein Company
8Resident Evil: Afterlife$32,153-66%438-574$73$59,763,9476Sony / Screen Gems
9Inception$30,580-60%297-106$103$289,782,52714Warner Bros.
10I Want Your Money$26,338-61%537--$49$275,7661Freestyle
11Despicable Me$24,745-73%332-21$75$247,075,74015Universal
12Catfish$23,200-59%116-27$200$2,652,5565Universal / Rogue
13The Expendables$20,289-62%30681$66$103,001,86010Lionsgate
14Buried$14,799-58%10311$144$779,8004Lionsgate
15The American$7,720-57%144-30$54$35,499,5927Focus
16Nanny McPhee Returns$6,245-78%205-113$30$28,899,4309Universal
17Lottery Ticket$6,223-72%138-56$45$24,590,3059Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$28,825-40%611$473$16,807,10731Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Stone$21,434-67%4135$523$364,5342Relativity / Overture
3Hereafter$20,233-69%6--$3,372$240,5551Warner Bros.
4Conviction$9,152-68%11--$832$111,5031Fox Searchlight
5Under the Sea 3D$7,415-37%16-2$463$24,504,18188Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Machete$5,285-62%96-71$55$26,483,0517Fox
7Jack Goes Boating$2,974-58%49-41$61$431,1085Relativity / Overture
8The Kids Are All Right$2,422-40%28-3$87$20,805,65915Focus
9I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$2,307-51%11-1$210$68,3262Anchor Bay
10Vampires Suck$2,297-79%87-103$26$36,590,8509Fox
11Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$2,193-80%77-42$28$43,577,90912Warner Bros.
12The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$2,126-65%49-34$43$300,525,23916Summit
13Avatar$2,038-60%10-4$204$760,341,04244Fox
14Ramona and Beezus$1,862-72%54-52$34$26,093,28813Fox
15The Tillman Story$1,504-54%17-7$88$692,1869Weinstein Company
16Going the Distance (2010)$1,301-68%58-138$22$17,798,6177Warner Bros. / New Line
17Winter's Bone$1,059-73%37-20$29$6,191,95219Roadside Attractions
18Piranha 3D$1,054-72%28-26$38$24,974,5329Weinstein Company
19The Concert$355-82%9-1$39$641,77913Weinstein Company
20The Disappearance of Alice Creed$43-68%1-1$43$165,93611Anchor Bay