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 Sun, Mar. 27 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$6,344,766-37%3,167--$2,003$23,751,5021Fox
2Sucker Punch$4,345,518-35%3,033--$1,433$19,058,1991Warner Bros.
3Limitless$3,934,441-39%2,80549$1,403$41,111,2312Relativity Media
4Rango$2,950,810-33%3,645-198$810$106,335,9874Paramount
5The Lincoln Lawyer$2,948,505-39%2,7070$1,089$28,717,5482Lionsgate
6Paul$2,188,680-36%2,8064$780$24,960,9702Universal
7Battle: Los Angeles$2,077,990-37%3,118-299$666$72,562,1103Sony / Columbia
8Red Riding Hood$1,027,938-47%2,715-315$379$32,424,7693Warner Bros.
9The Adjustment Bureau$1,026,900-48%2,282-378$450$54,916,8654Universal
10Mars Needs Moms$717,940-29%2,170-947$331$19,224,6413Disney
11Beastly$496,237-49%1,585-225$313$25,296,2184CBS Films
12Gnomeo and Juliet$480,332-30%1,364-384$352$95,872,5377Disney
13Hall Pass$425,078-45%1,204-701$353$42,323,4805Warner Bros. / New Line
14The King's Speech$400,207-46%1,062-187$377$134,851,22918Weinstein Company
15Just Go With It$350,105-50%1,116-592$314$100,251,0967Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$155,600-48%688-713$226$62,239,5656Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$123,847-45%512-443$242$53,488,7236Disney / DreamWorks
3Cedar Rapids$106,979-45%342-120$313$6,122,4157Fox Searchlight
4Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$105,296-47%406-144$259$36,959,6816Fox
5Yogi Bear$100,591-30%326-112$309$99,870,52515Warner Bros.
6The Green Hornet$62,389-36%246-36$254$98,280,82411Sony / Columbia
7Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$62,195-35%289-191$215$72,556,9637Paramount
8Black Swan$50,450-39%20716$244$106,578,42417Fox Searchlight
9True Grit (2010)$44,391-47%205-63$217$170,058,65914Paramount
10No Strings Attached$36,238-37%213-19$170$70,477,77710Paramount
11The Fighter$28,735-44%179-137$161$93,571,80316Paramount
12The Rite$23,262-27%155-47$150$32,982,4119Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Mechanic$15,815-20%1001$158$29,074,6689CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$287,694-32%9064$3,197$1,885,5263Focus
2Win Win$139,616-34%2318$6,070$672,3362Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$45,631-18%42-7$1,086$23,122,72454Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Kill the Irishman$43,624-40%4120$1,064$538,0603Anchor Bay Films
5Biutiful$22,678-30%66-23$344$4,824,90113Roadside Attractions
6Miral$20,667-20%4--$5,167$66,2441Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$17,531-32%85-9$206$294,915,21419Warner Bros.
8The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$15,212-33%72-10$211$104,299,42116Fox
9The Music Never Stopped$13,808-40%331$418$150,5152Roadside Attractions
10From Prada to Nada$13,787-19%292$475$3,016,2449Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Eagle$12,686-35%975$131$19,434,5967Focus
12Take Me Home Tonight$12,207-30%89-192$137$6,817,0814Relativity Media
13The Company Men$11,964-40%48-10$249$4,271,27810Weinstein Company
14Blue Valentine (2010)$9,623-34%441$219$9,629,25513Weinstein Company
15Drive Angry$7,423-38%72-23$103$10,558,2255Summit
16Gulliver's Travels (2010)$6,214-9%34-9$183$42,732,11914Fox
17Mia and the Migoo$6,146-25%1--$6,146$16,9751GKIDS
18happythankyoumoreplease$6,058-37%164$379$168,6664Anchor Bay Films
19I Love You Phillip Morris$3,173-34%9-2$353$2,014,18117Roadside Attractions
20Rabbit Hole$3,055-38%290$105$2,203,98015Lionsgate
21Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$366-27%2-3$183$85,2227Phase 4 Films
22Winter's Bone$44-69%1-3$44$6,530,70842Roadside Attractions