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, Dec. 6 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,138,366-76%4,1250$276$245,657,4823Warner Bros.
2Tangled$1,049,654-84%3,6030$291$97,620,4662Disney
3Burlesque$522,099-67%3,0370$172$27,508,7552Sony / Screen Gems
4Love and Other Drugs$440,213-67%2,4583$179$23,015,1002Fox
5Unstoppable (2010)$384,647-71%3,152-31$122$69,147,5114Fox
6Faster (2010)$328,725-68%2,47016$133$18,546,4552CBS Films
7Due Date$317,431-67%2,450-105$130$91,199,5695Warner Bros.
8The Warrior's Way$257,147-67%1,622--$159$3,305,8121Relativity Media
9Megamind$245,363-83%3,173-238$77$136,856,5245Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Next Three Days$208,828-66%2,236-328$93$18,510,7453Lionsgate
11Morning Glory (2010)$139,820-64%2,263-178$62$29,151,3024Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$142,214-67%433140$328$6,753,9765Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$75,328-69%43640$173$7,381,7705Summit
3Red (2010)$67,594-61%779-135$87$87,238,5068Summit
4Skyline$34,395-70%578-611$60$20,989,7904Universal / Rogue
5For Colored Girls$32,356-69%485-120$67$37,284,3795Lionsgate
6The Social Network$31,779-67%260-31$122$91,001,90210Sony / Columbia
7The Town$17,381-66%3180$55$91,752,89412Warner Bros.
8Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$15,115-78%322192$47$54,826,32211Warner Bros.
9Despicable Me$13,860-78%28014$50$250,017,90022Universal
10Jackass 3D$13,148-47%180-3$73$116,746,1768Paramount
11Conviction$7,588-56%10721$71$6,671,4158Fox Searchlight
12Paranormal Activity 2$7,460-69%200-79$37$84,264,9487Paramount
13Inception$6,203-60%117-27$53$292,390,10321Warner Bros.
14Life As We Know It$6,066-75%208-41$29$52,128,4669Warner Bros.
15The Nutcracker in 3D$4,201-84%11570$37$163,7162Freestyle Releasing
16Hereafter$4,020-70%114-88$35$32,442,0618Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$210,708-57%18--$11,706$1,654,5171Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$27,022-73%62$4,504$834,9952Weinstein Company
3Hubble 3D$20,874-31%570$366$18,966,19238Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$10,916-59%15--$728$190,3745Warner Bros.
5I Love You Phillip Morris$9,159-76%7--$1,308$121,8711Roadside Attractions
6Under the Sea 3D$6,179-18%130$475$24,995,82095Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Nowhere Boy$4,878-2%23-17$212$1,450,2439Weinstein Company
8Waiting for 'Superman'$4,067-64%8516$48$6,325,49911Paramount Vantage
9Guzaarish$2,598-85%58-38$45$992,1253UTV
10Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$1,610-65%59-31$27$52,439,47211Fox
11Stone$1,512-59%22-1$69$1,762,9499Relativity / Overture
12Wild Target$1,302-59%137$100$93,0366Freestyle
13The Tillman Story$1,032-50%141$74$801,02716Weinstein Company
14Winter's Bone$30685%20$153$6,229,21626Roadside Attractions
15Cool It$297-49%1514$20$60,1984Roadside Attractions
16Jack Goes Boating$112-77%90$12$533,40212Relativity / Overture
17Let Me In$89-71%11-20$8$12,134,50910Relativity / Overture