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. 16 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unstoppable (2010)$1,852,74121%3,207--$578$26,073,2641Fox
2Megamind$1,350,05222%3,9495$342$91,279,2152Paramount / DreamWorks
3Due Date$1,342,23719%3,36510$399$61,366,9102Warner Bros.
4Morning Glory (2010)$871,93236%2,518--$346$13,322,8721Paramount
5Skyline$762,8456%2,880--$265$13,175,1251Universal / Rogue
6Red (2010)$415,19527%2,878-351$144$80,418,3855Summit
7For Colored Girls$407,0910%2,1270$191$31,502,1482Lionsgate
8Saw 3D$265,36822%1,976-832$134$44,062,3403Lionsgate
9Jackass 3D$205,02316%1,607-558$128$115,025,1045Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$204,29114%2,403-765$85$82,313,4644Paramount
11Secretariat$177,52917%2,019-595$88$55,076,3416Disney
12The Social Network$141,65229%1,088-772$130$88,059,2637Sony / Columbia
13Hereafter$129,39127%1,691-674$77$31,679,7295Warner Bros.
14Life As We Know It$100,12338%1,239-711$81$50,927,1806Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$94,78120%175129$542$2,093,6792Summit
2Conviction$74,65651%493-179$151$6,146,9705Fox Searchlight
3The Town$40,83025%375-426$109$90,700,0509Warner Bros.
4Waiting for 'Superman'$27,77916%204-38$136$5,943,7078Paramount Vantage
5Despicable Me$24,57020%273-34$90$248,860,45519Universal
6Inception$21,08111%262-29$80$291,872,74718Warner Bros.
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$18,63232%249-104$75$52,180,5258Fox
8Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$8,16429%240-500$34$54,377,0078Warner Bros.
9Nowhere Boy$7,85726%111-64$71$1,345,0556Weinstein Company
10Let Me In$6,6773%14348$47$12,080,5837Relativity / Overture
11Alpha and Omega$4,98118%123-165$40$24,598,9969Lionsgate
12Devil$4,8100%120-164$40$33,592,7809Universal
13Case 39$3,3751%106-51$32$13,255,2067Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$48,70125%2218$2,214$899,3282Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$27,77124%56-4$496$18,128,46535Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stone$10,42721%87-22$120$1,659,5766Relativity / Overture
4Under the Sea 3D$6,19519%140$443$24,807,00592Warner Bros. / IMAX
5It's Kind of a Funny Story$4,66011%67-134$70$6,318,7486Focus
6Cool It$4,29626%41--$105$34,5421Roadside Attractions
7Never Let Me Go$2,95937%32-19$92$2,336,4739Fox Searchlight
8Catfish$2,375-17%25-30$95$3,206,4639Universal / Rogue
9Jack Goes Boating$1,09752%343$32$514,0039Relativity / Overture
10Wild Target$928-16%50$186$56,8543Freestyle
11Winter's Bone$92747%100$93$6,223,92223Roadside Attractions
12The Tillman Story$787-22%21-3$37$784,39413Weinstein Company
13N-Secure$654-12%20-85$33$2,594,2065Freestyle
14Avatar$47934%6-3$80$760,505,68348Fox
15The Concert$34089%3-1$113$657,71417Weinstein Company
16Piranha 3D$74-18%82$9$25,003,03613Weinstein Company
17I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$17-78%1-1$17$92,4966Anchor Bay