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 Sat, Nov. 27 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$18,728,940-10%4,1250$4,540$209,530,6192Warner Bros.
2Tangled$18,553,073-5%3,603--$5,149$58,041,1441Disney
3Megamind$4,855,800-8%3,411-368$1,424$127,753,2614Paramount / DreamWorks
4Unstoppable (2010)$4,778,5533%3,183-26$1,501$58,408,7343Fox
5Burlesque$4,658,5863%3,037--$1,534$14,548,7181Sony / Screen Gems
6Love and Other Drugs$3,870,7911%2,455--$1,577$11,848,7601Fox
7Faster (2010)$3,460,8757%2,454--$1,410$10,174,9171CBS Films
8Due Date$2,945,3024%2,555-674$1,153$83,466,6604Warner Bros.
9The Next Three Days$1,944,8877%2,5640$759$13,469,0202Lionsgate
10Morning Glory (2010)$1,577,166-1%2,441-103$646$25,607,1393Paramount
11Skyline$469,6557%1,189-1694$395$19,983,9353Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$680,6444%293185$2,323$4,049,1464Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$650,45810%39610$1,643$5,638,2604Summit
3For Colored Girls$593,16911%605-611$980$36,328,5754Lionsgate
4Red (2010)$571,6051%914-1120$625$85,879,9467Summit
5The Social Network$294,2094%291-280$1,011$90,293,1069Sony / Columbia
6Secretariat$250,112-9%501-509$499$57,425,7238Disney
7Despicable Me$148,9607%266-2$560$249,650,17021Universal
8The Town$133,06213%318153$418$91,366,02211Warner Bros.
9Paranormal Activity 2$92,7675%279-822$332$84,066,7216Paramount
10Easy A$83,53916%251146$333$57,875,22211Sony / Screen Gems
11Jackass 3D$75,202-1%183-504$411$116,532,8297Paramount
12Life As We Know It$68,09813%249-309$273$51,953,9658Warner Bros.
13Alpha and Omega$66,16010%228-24$290$25,038,34011Lionsgate
14Saw 3D$57,14312%145-661$394$45,647,5045Lionsgate
15Inception$50,1244%144-54$348$292,256,47020Warner Bros.
16Hereafter$33,06517%202-201$164$32,441,5677Warner Bros.
17Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$29,82020%130-8$229$54,562,50510Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$131,73911%4--$32,935$250,7911Weinstein Company
2Guzaarish$80,12435%96-12$835$841,8842UTV
3Hubble 3D$77,571-4%570$1,361$18,684,80637Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Conviction$32,56423%86-104$379$6,556,5577Fox Searchlight
5The Nutcracker in 3D$25,8057%45--$573$71,5451Freestyle Releasing
6Waiting for 'Superman'$22,627-4%69-49$328$6,238,55110Paramount Vantage
7Under the Sea 3D$20,849-5%130$1,604$24,928,47794Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$20,18719%90-95$224$52,392,93910Fox
9Stone$6,94323%23-32$302$1,737,9718Relativity / Overture
10Nowhere Boy$6,49632%40-20$162$1,418,7158Weinstein Company
11Catfish$3,285-1%9-4$365$3,233,15811Universal / Rogue
12Wild Target$3,062-2%6-1$510$74,8115Freestyle
13Let Me In$2,89013%31-54$93$12,128,2109Relativity / Overture
14Jack Goes Boating$2,31080%9-9$257$527,45911Relativity / Overture
15The Tillman Story$942-5%132$72$792,10115Weinstein Company
16Cool It$495224%1-41$495$57,6803Roadside Attractions
17Winter's Bone$2365%2-2$118$6,226,17925Roadside Attractions