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 Sat, Jan. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Green Hornet$8,663,37072%3,5840$2,417$59,033,5612Sony / Columbia
2No Strings Attached$8,222,23613%3,018--$2,724$8,111,8451Paramount
3The Dilemma$4,473,66549%2,9433$1,520$31,212,8602Universal
4The King's Speech$3,911,03081%1,680137$2,328$55,525,3479Weinstein Company
5True Grit (2010)$3,859,28383%3,4645$1,114$136,606,2065Paramount
6Black Swan$2,758,22856%2,40779$1,146$81,905,6718Fox Searchlight
7Little Fockers$2,234,25081%2,979-415$750$140,262,1505Universal
8The Fighter$2,182,19778%2,275-139$959$71,925,1407Paramount
9Yogi Bear$1,982,050167%2,510-192$790$87,554,3686Warner Bros.
10TRON: Legacy$1,829,17996%2,018-421$906$162,319,7326Disney
11Tangled$1,563,802140%1,860-188$841$185,488,5779Disney
12Season of the Witch$1,104,07873%2,307-520$479$21,634,6133Relativity Media
13Country Strong$1,004,23559%1,44117$697$16,396,6925Sony / Screen Gems
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$679,656117%1,135-569$599$100,258,5947Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$588,470123%1,100-566$535$39,714,9005Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way Back$574,70548%678--$848$964,2421Newmarket Films
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$448,22294%725-216$618$291,122,34610Warner Bros.
3The Tourist$435,51559%875-545$498$65,722,7257Sony / Columbia
4Blue Valentine (2010)$401,62657%24212$1,660$4,239,4244Weinstein Company
5The Company Men$338,78699%106--$3,196$552,5011Weinstein Company
6Megamind$286,692114%320-21$896$146,190,24612Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Social Network$228,23278%38563$593$95,321,09117Sony / Columbia
8The Heart Specialist$136,84886%293-129$467$881,7252Freestyle
9Unstoppable (2010)$112,66368%278-25$405$80,684,02111Fox
10Due Date$111,32152%275-66$405$100,395,40712Warner Bros.
11Burlesque$96,72356%2961$327$38,973,4759Sony / Screen Gems
12Rabbit Hole$83,40575%1011$826$1,221,4966Lionsgate
13How Do You Know$53,04333%261-354$203$30,191,1196Sony / Columbia
14Red (2010)$51,44863%153-53$336$90,217,89215Summit
15Love and Other Drugs$45,04947%146-20$309$32,132,7399Fox
16Faster (2010)$28,46083%10629$268$23,064,1839CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$164,44531%78--$2,108$289,6651UTV Communications
2Somewhere (2010)$97,71886%8330$1,177$1,253,8015Focus
3127 Hours$56,99872%69-7$826$11,268,36512Fox Searchlight
4Hubble 3D$54,96066%491$1,122$20,807,90245Warner Bros. / IMAX
5I Love You Phillip Morris$36,60666%75-20$488$1,781,4238Roadside Attractions
6Life As We Know It$23,68258%86-46$275$53,348,07016Warner Bros.
7Fair Game (2010)$16,04640%72-7$223$9,369,13912Summit
8No One Killed Jessica$14,09291%28-17$503$421,5033UTV Communications
9Biutiful$5,08372%4--$1,271$88,7994Roadside Attractions
10The Warrior's Way$3,76767%29-48$130$5,654,8378Relativity Media
11Summer Wars$2,984114%6-3$497$61,4185GKIDS
12Winter's Bone$2,08989%6-1$348$6,270,26233Roadside Attractions