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 Tue, Nov. 2 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Saw 3D$1,888,962-5%2,808--$673$28,107,4661Lionsgate
2Red (2010)$1,205,17526%3,34976$360$60,981,8123Summit
3Paranormal Activity 2$1,185,059-11%3,23923$366$68,185,8542Paramount
4Jackass 3D$1,131,8704%3,13928$361$103,876,7253Paramount
5Hereafter$731,14231%2,424243$302$23,553,1473Warner Bros.
6Secretariat$695,58143%3,1080$224$45,892,0294Disney
7Life As We Know It$559,23727%2,860-159$196$44,533,8574Warner Bros.
8The Social Network$538,67721%2,767-154$195$80,505,7135Sony / Columbia
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$343,26754%2,010-226$171$53,239,5846Warner Bros.
10The Town$261,42120%1,608-310$163$88,105,3257Warner Bros.
11Easy A$127,1452%1,262-370$101$56,552,1377Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$236,37640%565510$418$2,788,8663Fox Searchlight
2Waiting for 'Superman'$108,17024%33040$328$4,788,4746Paramount Vantage
3Alpha and Omega$87,70745%676-51$130$24,235,5527Lionsgate
4Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$87,62425%933-322$94$51,377,5336Fox
5It's Kind of a Funny Story$62,1567%477-83$130$5,907,3174Focus
6Inception$47,08714%401-51$117$291,036,75016Warner Bros.
7Devil$41,335-7%635-7$65$33,185,3457Universal
8Stone$34,68814%12512$278$1,249,1694Relativity / Overture
9Despicable Me$31,82519%33511$95$247,935,70517Universal
10My Soul to Take$28,4100%713-976$40$14,694,4204Universal / Rogue
11N-Secure$25,944-8%367-78$71$2,453,3213Freestyle
12Case 39$19,5314%406-315$48$13,075,1815Paramount Vantage
13Let Me In$18,2995%378-135$48$11,932,1865Relativity / Overture
14Nowhere Boy$17,61726%153-62$115$1,020,0884Weinstein Company
15Never Let Me Go$14,96433%126-52$119$2,209,9357Fox Searchlight
16Catfish$14,3855%137-2$105$3,074,0537Universal / Rogue
17Buried$9,16625%10719$86$986,6046Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$39,82821%611$653$17,469,83733Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$9,71911%160$607$24,659,65590Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Avatar$4,3167%8-1$540$760,426,79346Fox
4Lottery Ticket$3,59817%70-22$51$24,715,37811Warner Bros.
5Machete$2,93915%566$52$26,558,0489Fox
6Wild Target$2,6472%4--$662$28,4231Freestyle
7The American$2,63050%42-34$63$35,600,6119Focus
8The Tillman Story$2,60332%240$108$745,98511Weinstein Company
9I Want Your Money$1,886-3%59-113$32$429,7313Freestyle
10Jack Goes Boating$1,255-13%350$36$475,0927Relativity / Overture
11Piranha 3D$1,07160%19--$56$24,992,15211Weinstein Company
12Vampires Suck$1,025-12%49-5$21$36,647,49911Fox
13Winter's Bone$8464%11-7$77$6,212,17421Roadside Attractions
14I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$221268%3-5$74$90,1024Anchor Bay
15The Concert$140-49%61$23$651,95415Weinstein Company