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.

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 Wed, Nov. 17 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unstoppable (2010)$1,445,752-22%3,207--$451$27,519,0161Fox
2Due Date$1,108,166-17%3,36510$329$62,475,0762Warner Bros.
3Megamind$1,048,349-22%3,9495$265$92,327,5642Paramount / DreamWorks
4Morning Glory (2010)$680,392-22%2,5180$270$14,003,2641Paramount
5Skyline$561,535-26%2,880--$195$13,736,6601Universal / Rogue
6Red (2010)$352,671-15%2,878-351$123$80,771,0565Summit
7For Colored Girls$327,514-20%2,1270$154$31,829,6622Lionsgate
8Saw 3D$204,297-23%1,976-832$103$44,266,6373Lionsgate
9Jackass 3D$179,200-13%1,607-558$112$115,204,3045Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$167,532-18%2,403-765$70$82,480,9964Paramount
11Secretariat$165,432-7%2,019-595$82$55,241,7736Disney
12The Social Network$126,783-10%1,088-772$117$88,186,0467Sony / Columbia
13Hereafter$113,003-13%1,691-514$67$31,792,7325Warner Bros.
14Life As We Know It$84,093-16%1,239-486$68$51,011,2736Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$89,908-5%175129$514$2,183,5872Summit
2Conviction$59,493-20%493-179$121$6,206,4635Fox Searchlight
3The Town$39,197-4%375-266$105$90,739,2479Warner Bros.
4Waiting for 'Superman'$36,08930%204-38$177$5,979,7968Paramount Vantage
5Inception$20,908-1%262-29$80$291,893,65518Warner Bros.
6Despicable Me$19,110-22%273-34$70$248,879,56519Universal
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$16,266-13%249-104$65$52,196,7918Fox
8Nowhere Boy$7,8540%111-64$71$1,352,9096Weinstein Company
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$6,640-19%240-290$28$54,383,6478Warner Bros.
10Let Me In$6,093-9%14348$43$12,086,6767Relativity / Overture
11Devil$4,215-12%120-164$35$33,596,9959Universal
12Alpha and Omega$3,972-20%123-165$32$24,602,9689Lionsgate
13Case 39$3,4532%106-51$33$13,258,6597Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$44,724-8%2218$2,033$944,0522Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$31,35213%56-4$560$18,159,81735Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stone$8,885-15%87-22$102$1,668,4616Relativity / Overture
4Under the Sea 3D$7,92328%140$566$24,814,92892Warner Bros. / IMAX
5It's Kind of a Funny Story$4,9787%67-134$74$6,323,7266Focus
6Cool It$3,444-20%41--$84$37,9861Roadside Attractions
7Never Let Me Go$3,1226%32-19$98$2,339,5959Fox Searchlight
8Catfish$2,3850%25-30$95$3,208,8489Universal / Rogue
9Jack Goes Boating$1,20410%34-610$35$515,2079Relativity / Overture
10The Tillman Story$97824%21-3$47$785,37213Weinstein Company
11Wild Target$899-3%50$180$57,7533Freestyle
12N-Secure$83428%20-85$42$2,595,0405Freestyle
13Avatar$4984%6-3$83$760,506,18148Fox
14The Concert$272-20%3-1$91$657,98617Weinstein Company
15Winter's Bone$244-74%100$24$6,224,16623Roadside Attractions
16Piranha 3D$57-23%82$7$25,003,09313Weinstein Company