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 Sun, Jan. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Little Fockers$6,574,885-43%3,55418$1,850$102,576,1902Universal
2True Grit (2010)$6,379,558-35%3,08336$2,069$86,670,3822Paramount
3TRON: Legacy$5,623,638-31%3,365-86$1,671$131,304,8443Disney
4Yogi Bear$3,597,227-24%3,5150$1,023$65,755,3363Warner Bros.
5Black Swan$3,057,413-21%1,55387$1,969$47,807,7915Fox Searchlight
6The Fighter$2,923,838-34%2,53423$1,154$46,388,8534Paramount
7The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$2,797,495-31%2,948-402$949$86,926,3974Fox
8Tangled$2,780,870-26%2,5820$1,077$167,821,9866Disney
9Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,559,338-32%3,089543$829$27,454,5062Fox
10The Tourist$1,830,611-35%2,7560$664$54,633,1914Sony / Columbia
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,431,726-23%1,7320$827$283,533,2157Warner Bros.
12How Do You Know$1,249,768-37%2,4830$503$25,040,8943Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$2,285,554-23%7000$3,265$22,932,4016Weinstein Company
2Megamind$181,696-25%7640$238$144,192,0189Paramount / DreamWorks
3Burlesque$145,701-21%3300$442$37,733,5616Sony / Screen Gems
4The Social Network$134,619-36%2490$541$93,222,02614Sony / Columbia
5Unstoppable (2010)$125,441-47%45057$279$79,468,4868Fox
6Due Date$118,753-33%4040$294$99,231,9229Warner Bros.
7127 Hours$100,491-23%103-12$976$10,434,4359Fox Searchlight
8Red (2010)$80,122-38%303-27$264$89,505,18712Summit
9Love and Other Drugs$69,497-29%17531$397$31,267,0886Fox
10Life As We Know It$63,001-34%2480$254$52,886,50813Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me$47,295-35%1974$240$251,203,22526Universal
12Fair Game (2010)$28,030-34%109-52$257$9,118,7569Summit
13Tees Maar Khan$26,720-50%104-4$257$1,030,5022UTV Communications
14Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$25,940-31%1580$164$55,549,82315Warner Bros.
15Jackass 3D$23,656-28%1370$173$117,109,41712Paramount
16Faster (2010)$22,208-36%119-4$187$22,856,8706CBS Films
17Paranormal Activity 2$19,210-34%1450$132$84,660,64811Paramount
18Morning Glory (2010)$13,443-28%1260$107$30,759,9768Paramount
19Hereafter$11,022-36%1280$86$32,712,58612Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$70,662-12%4--$17,666$291,6071Weinstein Company
2I Love You Phillip Morris$65,542-28%68-1$964$1,126,3015Roadside Attractions
3Rabbit Hole$51,816-14%340$1,524$435,2293Lionsgate
4Somewhere (2010)$46,776-26%81$5,847$432,8362Focus
5Hubble 3D$42,05510%470$895$20,149,82942Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Biutiful$17,758-11%2--$8,879$64,6721Roadside Attractions
7Country Strong$13,114-23%20$6,557$119,7422Sony / Screen Gems
8Under the Sea 3D$12,716-5%120$1,060$25,273,46699Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Next Three Days$10,842-33%81-30$134$21,129,3487Lionsgate
10The Town$6,838-40%620$110$92,173,23516Warner Bros.
11The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$5,465-15%15--$364$672,7969Warner Bros.
12Inception$3,639-48%280$130$292,568,85125Warner Bros.
13The Warrior's Way$3,556-44%384$94$5,569,3015Relativity Media
14The Tempest$3,429-25%6-8$572$231,6334Disney
15For Colored Girls$3,184-27%28-11$114$37,676,7749Lionsgate
16Summer Wars$3,020-6%21$1,510$15,6222GKIDS
17Winter's Bone$748-26%2-3$374$6,245,50830Roadside Attractions