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 Wed, Mar. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$1,157,181-19%2,80549$413$44,976,2062Relativity Media
2Sucker Punch$1,007,104-25%3,033--$332$22,817,4751Warner Bros.
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$969,534-15%3,167--$306$27,127,1071Fox
4The Lincoln Lawyer$913,066-17%2,7070$337$31,669,9982Lionsgate
5Rango$681,392-7%3,645-198$187$108,497,9794Paramount
6Paul$603,565-17%2,8064$215$26,967,5352Universal
7Battle: Los Angeles$551,148-13%3,118-299$177$74,376,8933Sony / Columbia
8The Adjustment Bureau$341,425-15%2,282-378$150$56,011,5554Universal
9Red Riding Hood$325,519-14%2,715-315$120$33,472,9253Warner Bros.
10Mars Needs Moms$181,417-11%2,170-947$84$19,814,6143Disney
11Hall Pass$164,346-4%1,204-701$137$42,828,4495Warner Bros. / New Line
12Beastly$157,288-14%1,585-225$99$25,796,9674CBS Films
13The King's Speech$144,389-4%1,062-187$136$135,294,09618Weinstein Company
14Gnomeo and Juliet$133,579-6%1,364-384$98$96,289,9347Disney
15Just Go With It$126,948-11%1,116-592$114$100,652,1267Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$60,321-12%688-713$88$62,432,5816Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$43,999-2%512-443$86$53,620,9666Disney / DreamWorks
3Cedar Rapids$38,680-6%342-120$113$6,239,3947Fox Searchlight
4Yogi Bear$31,156-11%326-112$96$99,965,85915Warner Bros.
5Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$26,523-11%406-144$65$37,043,6176Fox
6Black Swan$22,493-8%20716$109$106,646,55617Fox Searchlight
7True Grit (2010)$17,723-5%205-63$86$170,110,69814Paramount
8Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$17,295-7%289-191$60$72,611,2107Paramount
9No Strings Attached$16,440-10%213-19$77$70,527,56810Paramount
10The Fighter$11,5752%179-137$65$93,605,84416Paramount
11The Rite$7,078-6%155-47$46$33,004,3289Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Mechanic$5,440-20%1001$54$29,092,5359CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$93,364-9%9064$1,037$2,168,5273Focus
2Hubble 3D$38,54422%42-7$918$23,221,68054Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Win Win$35,4337%2318$1,541$772,5782Fox Searchlight
4Kill the Irishman$12,910-11%4120$315$582,9753Anchor Bay Films
5Biutiful$9,446-7%0-88--$4,852,02813Roadside Attractions
6Miral$6,75625%4--$1,689$84,7971Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$6,3814%85-9$75$294,935,79619Warner Bros.
8The Company Men$5,44611%48-10$113$4,287,60510Weinstein Company
9The Eagle$4,992-12%975$51$19,450,6787Focus
10Take Me Home Tonight$4,976-7%89-192$56$6,832,2494Relativity Media
11The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$4,773-5%72-10$66$104,313,60116Fox
12Blue Valentine (2010)$4,703-15%441$107$9,643,43113Weinstein Company
13The Music Never Stopped$4,289-24%331$130$163,9152Roadside Attractions
14From Prada to Nada$3,910-14%9164$43$3,028,7569Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Drive Angry$3,766-33%72-23$52$10,571,5055Summit
16Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,9421%34-9$87$42,740,71214Fox
17happythankyoumoreplease$2,55831%164$160$175,6864Anchor Bay Films
18Rabbit Hole$1,56143%290$54$2,207,86015Lionsgate
19I Love You Phillip Morris$1,344-27%9-2$149$2,018,36817Roadside Attractions
20Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$21571%2-3$108$85,7677Phase 4 Films