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 Thu, Mar. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$1,610,2221%2,756--$584$26,055,9821Relativity Media
2The Lincoln Lawyer$1,077,390-2%2,707--$398$17,967,1831Lionsgate
3Rango$1,045,7957%3,843-80$272$96,563,1653Paramount
4Battle: Los Angeles$1,000,6770%3,4170$293$64,979,5442Sony / Columbia
5Paul$937,4503%2,802--$335$17,104,1701Universal
6Red Riding Hood$544,1087%3,0300$180$28,113,4572Warner Bros.
7The Adjustment Bureau$477,4953%2,660-187$180$50,626,0703Universal
8Mars Needs Moms$408,2349%3,1170$131$16,966,2132Disney
9Hall Pass$251,046-1%1,905-650$132$40,618,1104Warner Bros. / New Line
10Beastly$236,34114%1,810-149$131$23,128,5733CBS Films
11The King's Speech$209,1417%1,249-519$167$133,293,61117Weinstein Company
12Gnomeo and Juliet$208,74713%1,748-837$119$94,362,5346Disney
13Just Go With It$201,78610%1,708-690$118$98,740,8216Sony / Columbia
14Unknown (2011)$122,4444%1,401-902$87$61,593,2255Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I Am Number Four$98,18411%955-1050$103$52,990,6255Disney / DreamWorks
2Cedar Rapids$58,322-2%46268$126$5,714,7506Fox Searchlight
3Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$34,4269%480-767$72$72,342,8566Paramount
4Yogi Bear$34,42416%43834$79$99,549,37514Warner Bros.
5Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$32,2879%550-381$59$36,549,2265Fox
6True Grit (2010)$24,7018%268-133$92$169,876,61013Paramount
7The Fighter$23,4691%316-147$74$93,461,48515Paramount
8Black Swan$22,4956%191-146$118$106,394,06916Fox Searchlight
9No Strings Attached$21,0033%232-22$91$70,341,5289Paramount
10Take Me Home Tonight$16,552-7%281-1722$59$6,773,4293Relativity Media
11The Rite$12,1856%202117$60$32,907,1718Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$51,3424%2622$1,975$915,5332Focus
2Hubble 3D$43,04621%490$878$22,973,93653Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Win Win$14,894-3%5--$2,979$207,9161Fox Searchlight
4I Love You Phillip Morris$14,32131%11-1$1,302$2,003,70116Roadside Attractions
5Biutiful$14,32131%88-26$163$4,751,26712Roadside Attractions
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$8,12910%94-28$86$294,856,40918Warner Bros.
7Kill the Irishman$7,376-41%2116$351$379,6182Anchor Bay Films
8The Mechanic$6,8829%9957$70$29,026,2928CBS Films
9The Music Never Stopped$6,294-5%32--$197$101,8481Roadside Attractions
10The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$6,27326%82-41$77$104,247,47415Fox
11The Eagle$5,7454%92-7$62$19,388,7486Focus
12Drive Angry$5,6729%95-456$60$10,530,6764Summit
13The Company Men$4,92026%58-5$85$4,228,2469Weinstein Company
14Blue Valentine (2010)$4,7991%43-17$112$9,597,51312Weinstein Company
15127 Hours$3,21349%32-47$100$18,292,81420Fox Searchlight
16Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,65724%43-56$62$42,714,64513Fox
17happythankyoumoreplease$2,397-14%12-7$200$147,6983Anchor Bay Films
18Rabbit Hole$1,285-48%29-9$44$2,193,64214Lionsgate
19Nostalgia for the Light$1,23626%1--$1,236$15,8241Icarus Films
20Season of the Witch$9704%31-23$31$24,827,22811Relativity Media
21From Prada to Nada$776-2%27-6$29$2,974,6938Lionsgate / Pantelion
22Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$564-16%50$113$83,8396Phase 4 Films