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 Fri, Jan. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$4,427,147118%3,12441$1,417$99,857,1693Paramount
2Little Fockers$4,226,245173%3,675121$1,150$114,426,7603Universal
3Season of the Witch$3,762,152--2,816--$1,336$3,762,1521Relativity Media
4TRON: Legacy$2,691,984101%3,013-352$893$140,814,4024Disney
5Country Strong$2,576,78862428%1,4241422$1,810$2,714,0773Sony / Screen Gems
6Black Swan$2,436,07094%1,58431$1,538$55,541,5636Fox Searchlight
7The Fighter$2,153,219115%2,528-6$852$52,997,6615Paramount
8Yogi Bear$1,299,161170%3,288-227$395$70,094,6824Warner Bros.
9The Tourist$1,189,72195%2,442-314$487$58,581,0915Sony / Columbia
10The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$1,177,526111%2,814-134$418$91,108,3195Fox
11Tangled$1,168,434140%2,383-199$490$171,836,8327Disney
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$1,106,958168%2,964-125$373$30,966,5483Fox
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$643,00889%1,507-225$427$285,951,3808Warner Bros.
14How Do You Know$620,73046%1,902-581$326$27,577,5184Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$1,763,256103%75858$2,326$28,245,5147Weinstein Company
2The Social Network$186,413303%603354$309$93,610,67415Sony / Columbia
3Unstoppable (2010)$106,809116%398-52$268$79,787,2729Fox
4Love and Other Drugs$91,234219%21237$430$31,484,3787Fox
5Due Date$85,460101%244-160$350$99,482,68810Warner Bros.
6Burlesque$77,44937%228-102$340$38,061,0477Sony / Screen Gems
7Red (2010)$62,71597%261-42$240$89,705,66013Summit
8I Love You Phillip Morris$59,818176%10032$598$1,278,0226Roadside Attractions
9Megamind$56,36965%375-389$150$144,455,88110Paramount / DreamWorks
10Life As We Know It$46,575117%188-60$248$53,028,01714Warner Bros.
11Morning Glory (2010)$31,280308%17852$176$30,819,2439Paramount
12Despicable Me$26,685146%178-19$150$251,292,95027Universal
13Fair Game (2010)$20,13164%103-6$195$9,189,19610Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$204,417476%4036$5,110$644,6622Weinstein Company
2No One Killed Jessica$66,352--48--$1,382$66,3521UTV Communications
3127 Hours$63,71758%88-15$724$10,671,35210Fox Searchlight
4Somewhere (2010)$42,726167%179$2,513$543,3973Focus
5Hubble 3D$31,60716%481$658$20,300,68243Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Rabbit Hole$28,12353%340$827$546,1604Lionsgate
7Faster (2010)$15,165100%79-40$192$22,904,7667CBS Films
8Jackass 3D$11,61624%70-67$166$117,162,88613Paramount
9The Warrior's Way$11,318799%32-6$354$5,586,6426Relativity Media
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$10,913115%95-63$115$55,593,30716Warner Bros.
11Paranormal Activity 2$10,34563%90-55$115$84,699,36912Paramount
12Summer Wars$4,700877%1412$336$24,1843GKIDS
13Hereafter$3,792-22%33-95$115$32,732,60913Warner Bros.
14Tees Maar Khan$3,700--38-66$97$1,062,0313UTV Communications
15For Colored Girls$1,40450%21-7$67$37,682,55610Lionsgate
16Winter's Bone$1,124126%64$187$6,250,74731Roadside Attractions