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 Thu, Mar. 31 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$1,225,5386%2,80549$437$46,201,7442Relativity Media
2Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$1,028,2396%3,167--$325$28,155,3461Fox
3Sucker Punch$973,240-3%3,033--$321$23,790,7151Warner Bros.
4The Lincoln Lawyer$917,0180%2,7070$339$32,587,0162Lionsgate
5Rango$725,3236%3,645-198$199$109,223,3024Paramount
6Paul$631,3505%2,8064$225$27,598,8852Universal
7Battle: Los Angeles$589,2387%3,118-299$189$74,966,1313Sony / Columbia
8The Adjustment Bureau$376,41010%2,282-378$165$56,387,9654Universal
9Red Riding Hood$343,1825%2,715-315$126$33,816,1073Warner Bros.
10Mars Needs Moms$209,13215%2,170-947$96$20,023,7463Disney
11Hall Pass$171,3674%1,204-701$142$42,999,8165Warner Bros. / New Line
12Beastly$167,5617%1,585-225$106$25,964,5284CBS Films
13The King's Speech$159,04710%1,062-187$150$135,453,14318Weinstein Company
14Gnomeo and Juliet$146,41010%1,364-384$107$96,436,3447Disney
15Just Go With It$140,38111%1,116-592$126$100,792,5077Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$62,7344%688-713$91$62,495,3156Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$46,8366%512-443$91$53,667,8026Disney / DreamWorks
3Cedar Rapids$39,8793%342-120$117$6,279,2737Fox Searchlight
4Yogi Bear$28,352-9%326-112$87$99,994,21115Warner Bros.
5Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$27,6864%406-144$68$37,071,3036Fox
6Black Swan$22,7711%20716$110$106,669,32717Fox Searchlight
7Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$20,00216%289-191$69$72,631,2127Paramount
8True Grit (2010)$17,256-3%205-63$84$170,127,95414Paramount
9No Strings Attached$17,0123%213-19$80$70,544,58010Paramount
10The Fighter$11,165-4%179-137$62$93,617,00916Paramount
11The Rite$7,6859%155-47$50$33,012,0139Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Mechanic$5,262-3%1001$53$29,097,7979CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$95,8543%9064$1,065$2,264,3813Focus
2Hubble 3D$39,1252%42-7$932$23,260,80554Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Win Win$36,5023%2318$1,587$809,0802Fox Searchlight
4Kill the Irishman$14,14010%4120$345$597,1163Anchor Bay Films
5Biutiful$9,021-4%0-88--$4,861,04913Roadside Attractions
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$7,85723%85-9$92$294,943,65319Warner Bros.
7Take Me Home Tonight$5,54912%89-192$62$6,837,7984Relativity Media
8Blue Valentine (2010)$5,47917%441$125$9,648,91013Weinstein Company
9The Company Men$5,414-1%48-10$113$4,293,01910Weinstein Company
10The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$5,40913%72-10$75$104,319,01016Fox
11Miral$5,320-21%4--$1,330$90,1171Weinstein Company
12The Eagle$5,1984%975$54$19,455,8767Focus
13From Prada to Nada$4,86724%9164$53$3,033,6239Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Drive Angry$3,9896%72-23$55$10,575,4945Summit
15The Music Never Stopped$3,652-15%331$111$167,5672Roadside Attractions
16happythankyoumoreplease$3,01618%164$189$178,7024Anchor Bay Films
17Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,633-11%34-9$77$42,743,34514Fox
18Rabbit Hole$1,81716%290$63$2,209,67715Lionsgate
19I Love You Phillip Morris$1,101-18%9-2$122$2,019,46917Roadside Attractions
20Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$207-4%2-3$104$85,9747Phase 4 Films