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 Mon, Jan. 17 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Green Hornet$6,485,667-34%3,584--$1,810$40,012,5431Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$2,704,800-44%2,940--$920$20,521,0301Universal
3True Grit (2010)$2,122,704-33%3,459335$614$128,339,3544Paramount
4The King's Speech$2,084,963-28%1,543785$1,351$46,795,0258Weinstein Company
5Yogi Bear$2,081,79710%2,702-586$770$84,197,4165Warner Bros.
6Black Swan$1,809,114-32%2,328744$777$75,020,1207Fox Searchlight
7Tangled$1,655,64720%2,048-335$808$182,666,6958Disney
8TRON: Legacy$1,579,096-16%2,439-574$647$158,497,5505Disney
9Little Fockers$1,340,630-37%3,394-281$395$135,621,5204Universal
10The Fighter$1,280,957-14%2,414-114$531$67,026,7616Paramount
11Gulliver's Travels (2010)$943,70926%1,666-1298$566$38,590,7234Fox
12Season of the Witch$809,458-44%2,82711$286$18,913,7822Relativity Media
13The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$796,7931%1,704-1110$468$98,863,9226Fox
14Country Strong$698,874-36%1,4240$491$13,986,3834Sony / Screen Gems
15The Tourist$303,000-37%1,420-1022$213$64,562,6556Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$349,873-26%941-566$372$290,153,3459Warner Bros.
2Blue Valentine (2010)$314,974-25%230190$1,369$3,162,2353Weinstein Company
3Megamind$244,13211%341-34$716$145,660,74011Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Social Network$126,36917%322-281$392$94,828,51816Sony / Columbia
5The Heart Specialist$108,454-14%422--$257$581,5161Freestyle
6Burlesque$74,045-17%295--$251$38,707,0628Sony / Screen Gems
7How Do You Know$70,076-37%615-1287$114$30,010,3325Sony / Columbia
8Due Date$59,248-44%34197$174$100,123,88711Warner Bros.
9Rabbit Hole$53,851-33%10066$539$1,011,9675Lionsgate
10Unstoppable (2010)$52,186-30%303-95$172$80,444,28910Fox
11Red (2010)$33,023-19%206-55$160$90,098,35514Summit
12Secretariat$30,579--136--$225$59,465,20315Disney
13Love and Other Drugs$28,876-38%166-46$174$31,999,1548Fox
14Despicable Me$24,6606%137-41$180$251,501,64528Universal
15Life As We Know It$16,966-38%132-56$129$53,290,32715Warner Bros.
16Morning Glory (2010)$11,215-25%127-51$88$30,993,54410Paramount
17For Colored Girls$7,089-28%11190$64$37,721,94911Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Yamla Pagla Deewana$58,926--84--$702$563,0421Eros International
2Somewhere (2010)$50,360-33%5336$950$1,033,2904Focus
3Hubble 3D$45,6581%48--$951$20,653,49544Warner Bros. / IMAX
4127 Hours$33,115-35%76-12$436$11,124,11911Fox Searchlight
5I Love You Phillip Morris$27,042-37%95-5$285$1,686,0747Roadside Attractions
6Casino Jack$26,450--60--$441$637,7445IDP/ATO Pictures
7No One Killed Jessica$12,783-63%45-3$284$385,1402UTV Communications
8Faster (2010)$7,393-51%77-2$96$23,008,5998CBS Films
9Fair Game (2010)$6,603-45%79-24$84$9,327,43611Summit
10All Good Things$6,064--29--$209$428,4587Magnolia Pictures
11Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$5,26315%41-54$128$55,673,33317Warner Bros.
12The Warrior's Way$4,798-46%7745$62$5,641,4537Relativity Media
13Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$3,157--1--$3,157$53,1152First Run Features
14Jackass 3D$2,264-53%22-48$103$117,224,27114Paramount
15Paranormal Activity 2$2,157-52%40-50$54$84,749,88413Paramount
16Winter's Bone$2,049-26%71$293$6,265,23732Roadside Attractions
17Tiny Furniture$1,982--12--$165$337,14210IFC
18Every Day$1,776-37%3--$592$11,6331Image Entertainment
19Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$1,764--1--$1,764$7,4051Kino International
20Four Lions$1,491--13--$115$274,80811Drafthouse Films
21Ong Bak 3$1,446--3--$482$7,0941Magnolia
22The Tempest$1,374--5--$275$251,1716Disney
23Marwencol$1,307--6--$218$75,76015Cinema Guild
24Summer Wars$1,123-54%9-5$125$54,7554GKIDS
25White Material$1,084--13--$83$288,0979IFC
26Bhutto$1,082--3--$361$59,7047First Run Features
27The Time That Remains$1,063--1--$1,063$14,6962IFC
28The Strange Case of Angelica$823--2--$412$28,5633Cinema Guild
29Kings of Pastry$792--4--$198$296,48418First Run
30A Somewhat Gentle Man$709--1--$709$3,2151Strand Releasing
31Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$601--5--$120$180,51211Magnolia
32Carlos$500--3--$167$145,11814IFC
33Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$239--0----$24,31011Variance Films
34Feed the Fish$229--3--$76$96,9179Strand
35Plastic Planet$149--1--$149$8891First Run Features
36Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$134--1--$134$90,84130Kino International
37Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$106--3--$35$163,45719Lorber
38Night Catches Us$65--3--$22$61,7847Magnolia
39Red Hill$62--1--$62$20,96011Strand
40Tees Maar Khan$58-59%4-34$15$1,076,3244UTV Communications