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, Dec. 14 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$1,727,7675%3,555--$486$27,370,9351Fox
2The Tourist$1,675,61123%2,756--$608$19,510,9111Sony / Columbia
3Tangled$1,002,18615%3,565-38$281$117,269,8243Disney
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$803,09811%3,577-548$225$259,196,9474Warner Bros.
5Burlesque$451,02731%2,876-161$157$33,337,3303Sony / Screen Gems
6Love and Other Drugs$419,12832%2,240-218$187$28,365,8933Fox
7Unstoppable (2010)$355,46618%2,967-185$120$74,885,7015Fox
8Due Date$301,16711%1,990-460$151$95,493,2516Warner Bros.
9Faster (2010)$203,52919%2,106-364$97$21,712,0953CBS Films
10Megamind$194,3799%2,425-748$80$140,591,4366Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Next Three Days$133,22229%1,426-810$93$20,537,7254Lionsgate
12The Warrior's Way$125,4047%1,6220$77$5,194,8302Relativity Media
13Morning Glory (2010)$71,90526%1,004-1259$72$30,329,5825Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$141,14421%416-17$339$8,508,4736Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$63,95624%4360$147$8,322,6966Summit
3Red (2010)$51,66019%564-215$92$87,991,8589Summit
4The Social Network$40,61831%227-33$179$91,467,95211Sony / Columbia
5The Town$18,24415%255-63$72$91,981,11013Warner Bros.
6Despicable Me$17,85017%255-25$70$250,285,42023Universal
7Skyline$16,6209%277-301$60$21,285,0355Universal / Rogue
8Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$14,92212%288-34$52$55,060,95212Warner Bros.
9For Colored Girls$13,686-4%243-242$56$37,561,3976Lionsgate
10Jackass 3D$7,13428%108-72$66$116,844,9729Paramount
11Life As We Know It$6,19411%120-88$52$52,221,67710Warner Bros.
12Inception$6,00615%108-9$56$292,473,45822Warner Bros.
13Paranormal Activity 2$4,655-19%125-75$37$84,344,4878Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$475,89612%9072$5,288$6,485,5142Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$84,65431%1913$4,455$1,673,2543Weinstein Company
3The Fighter$37,90225%4--$9,476$368,1881Paramount
4Hubble 3D$25,73024%570$451$19,198,46539Warner Bros. / IMAX
5I Love You Phillip Morris$18,0587%3528$516$339,3672Roadside Attractions
6The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$11,88470%150$792$352,1946Warner Bros.
7Waiting for 'Superman'$8,44410%55-30$154$6,388,01012Paramount Vantage
8Conviction$5,93839%75-32$79$6,744,2509Fox Searchlight
9Under the Sea 3D$5,60123%11-2$509$25,045,09696Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Tempest$5,0334%5--$1,007$52,2921Disney
11Hereafter$4,06727%87-27$47$32,497,9709Warner Bros.
12Hemingway's Garden of Eden$1,652-11%14--$118$15,9191Roadside Attractions
13Stone$1,42449%19-3$75$1,779,65710Relativity / Overture
14The Nutcracker in 3D$1,105-6%37-78$30$192,8433Freestyle Releasing
15Jack Goes Boating$97737%4233$23$540,49613Relativity / Overture
16Wild Target$8558%10-3$86$118,8357Freestyle
17Frankie & Alice (2010)$5287%1--$528$8,7891Freestyle Releasing
18Winter's Bone$249-37%31$83$6,233,07327Roadside Attractions
19Cool It$13835%10-5$14$62,2075Roadside Attractions