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 Thu, Jan. 6 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$2,031,9625%3,0830$659$95,430,0222Paramount
2Little Fockers$1,546,985-5%3,5540$435$110,200,5152Universal
3TRON: Legacy$1,338,050-3%3,365-86$398$138,122,4183Disney
4Black Swan$1,253,3122%1,55353$807$53,105,4935Fox Searchlight
5The Fighter$1,002,4941%2,53423$396$50,844,4424Paramount
6The Tourist$609,0512%2,7560$221$57,391,3704Sony / Columbia
7The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$557,996-1%2,948-6$189$89,930,7934Fox
8Tangled$486,309-5%2,5820$188$170,668,3986Disney
9Yogi Bear$481,150-11%3,5150$137$68,795,5213Warner Bros.
10How Do You Know$424,3120%2,4830$171$26,956,7883Sony / Columbia
11Gulliver's Travels (2010)$413,613-5%3,08996$134$29,859,5902Fox
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$340,476-6%1,7320$197$285,308,3727Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$868,3934%7000$1,241$26,482,2586Weinstein Company
2Burlesque$56,467-1%3300$171$37,983,5986Sony / Screen Gems
3Unstoppable (2010)$49,3915%45057$110$79,680,4638Fox
4The Social Network$46,293-3%2490$186$93,424,26114Sony / Columbia
5Due Date$42,5524%4040$105$99,397,2289Warner Bros.
6127 Hours$40,3153%1030$391$10,607,6359Fox Searchlight
7Megamind$34,250-8%7640$45$144,399,5129Paramount / DreamWorks
8Red (2010)$31,8815%303-27$105$89,642,94512Summit
9Love and Other Drugs$28,5762%17531$163$31,393,1446Fox
10Life As We Know It$21,424-3%2480$86$52,981,44213Warner Bros.
11Fair Game (2010)$12,27913%109-52$113$9,169,0659Summit
12Despicable Me$10,835-15%1974$55$251,266,26526Universal
13Jackass 3D$9,380-3%1370$68$117,151,27012Paramount
14Morning Glory (2010)$7,6639%1260$61$30,787,9638Paramount
15Faster (2010)$7,5965%119-4$64$22,889,6016CBS Films
16Paranormal Activity 2$6,363-2%1450$44$84,689,02411Paramount
17Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$5,087-15%1580$32$55,582,39415Warner Bros.
18Hereafter$4,87833%1280$38$32,728,81712Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$35,510-5%40$8,878$440,2451Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$27,326-3%470$581$20,269,07542Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Love You Phillip Morris$21,6671%68-1$319$1,218,2045Roadside Attractions
4Rabbit Hole$18,428-6%340$542$518,0373Lionsgate
5Somewhere (2010)$16,026-7%80$2,003$500,6712Focus
6The Next Three Days$4,5564%81-30$56$21,148,6517Lionsgate
7Country Strong$4,12110%20$2,061$137,2892Sony / Screen Gems
8Under the Sea 3D$3,995-24%120$333$25,299,28599Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Town$3,0977%620$50$92,186,26216Warner Bros.
10Inception$1,694-6%280$61$292,576,19525Warner Bros.
11The Tempest$1,541-10%6-6$257$237,2544Disney
12The Warrior's Way$1,259-2%384$33$5,575,3245Relativity Media
13For Colored Girls$935-2%28-11$33$37,681,1529Lionsgate
14Winter's Bone$498-35%2-3$249$6,249,62330Roadside Attractions
15Summer Wars$48159%20$241$19,4842GKIDS