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. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$1,373,8325%3,12441$440$115,211,8953Paramount
2Black Swan$960,3734%1,58431$606$64,868,3586Fox Searchlight
3Little Fockers$845,2500%3,675121$230$127,086,0253Universal
4TRON: Legacy$762,7901%3,013-352$253$151,238,5964Disney
5The Fighter$723,5362%2,528-6$286$60,644,6645Paramount
6Season of the Witch$654,904-1%2,816--$233$13,497,7391Relativity Media
7Country Strong$542,1720%1,4241422$381$9,605,1343Sony / Screen Gems
8The Tourist$368,2912%2,442-314$151$62,578,9465Sony / Columbia
9Yogi Bear$352,132-1%3,288-227$107$76,750,0724Warner Bros.
10Tangled$330,1792%2,383-199$139$177,028,0397Disney
11The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$318,1029%2,814-134$113$95,742,7365Fox
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$276,221-5%2,964-125$93$35,528,4233Fox
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$198,4008%1,507-225$132$288,404,2688Warner Bros.
14How Do You Know$190,1422%1,902-581$100$29,540,6394Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$751,32811%75858$991$35,523,8597Weinstein Company
2The Social Network$69,0753%603354$115$94,342,09215Sony / Columbia
3Unstoppable (2010)$37,65714%398-52$95$80,148,8479Fox
4Love and Other Drugs$32,315-4%21237$152$31,815,4337Fox
5I Love You Phillip Morris$24,3145%10032$243$1,528,0226Roadside Attractions
6Red (2010)$24,13221%261-42$92$89,925,32413Summit
7Due Date$23,1012%244-160$95$99,743,57010Warner Bros.
8Megamind$20,837-2%375-389$56$144,755,08510Paramount / DreamWorks
9Life As We Know It$14,61612%188-60$78$53,184,87414Warner Bros.
10Morning Glory (2010)$13,28721%17852$75$30,927,7519Paramount
11Fair Game (2010)$9,73317%103-6$94$9,275,75310Summit
12Despicable Me$8,88525%178-19$50$251,413,97527Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$78,3610%4036$1,959$1,458,3832Weinstein Company
2127 Hours$29,83411%88-15$339$10,928,07110Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$26,63117%0-47--$20,468,92443Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Somewhere (2010)$17,0300%179$1,002$731,8173Focus
5Rabbit Hole$13,942-3%340$410$681,8154Lionsgate
6No One Killed Jessica$8,956-30%48--$187$273,0881UTV Communications
7Jackass 3D$4,75914%70-67$68$117,208,64513Paramount
8Faster (2010)$4,6766%79-40$59$22,960,1457CBS Films
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4,15415%95-63$44$55,654,63616Warner Bros.
10Paranormal Activity 2$2,965-2%90-55$33$84,734,18512Paramount
11Summer Wars$2,86243%1412$204$46,4953GKIDS
12The Warrior's Way$1,9189%32-6$60$5,612,8026Relativity Media
13Hereafter$1,55721%33-95$47$32,746,94113Warner Bros.
14Tees Maar Khan$504-38%38--$13$1,075,9733UTV Communications
15For Colored Girls$50042%21-7$24$37,687,60210Lionsgate
16Winter's Bone$457-57%64$76$6,257,02631Roadside Attractions