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 Wed, Apr. 6 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1HOP$2,005,125-24%3,579--$560$44,452,0651Universal
2Source Code$1,070,995-28%2,961--$362$18,462,8571Summit
3Insidious$917,923-21%2,408--$381$16,395,7491FilmDistrict
4Limitless$734,956-25%2,83833$259$57,937,1003Relativity Media
5The Lincoln Lawyer$584,686-23%2,7070$216$41,262,0563Lionsgate
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$528,145-28%3,1692$167$40,065,2332Fox
7Sucker Punch$474,551-19%3,0330$156$31,395,4912Warner Bros.
8Rango$352,279-18%3,134-511$112$114,865,0325Paramount
9Paul$344,250-21%2,550-256$135$32,979,0553Universal
10Battle: Los Angeles$279,800-17%2,263-855$124$79,413,7144Sony / Columbia
11The Adjustment Bureau$160,125-22%1,525-757$105$59,056,0355Universal
12Red Riding Hood$131,353-20%1,788-927$73$36,024,3094Warner Bros.
13The King's Speech$110,552-15%1,007-55$110$136,920,40619Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$130,315-5%18090$724$3,855,8684Focus
2Win Win$87,288-11%149126$586$2,202,9403Fox Searchlight
3Hall Pass$66,498-13%703-501$95$43,962,6786Warner Bros. / New Line
4Beastly$62,438-24%821-764$76$26,989,2545CBS Films
5Just Go With It$50,894-29%597-519$85$101,597,3938Sony / Columbia
6Gnomeo and Juliet$49,293-17%735-629$67$97,024,4358Disney
7Mars Needs Moms$42,175-29%701-1469$60$20,511,9774Disney
8True Grit (2010)$32,262-17%324119$100$170,520,01215Paramount
9Unknown (2011)$22,548-28%325-363$69$62,797,8697Warner Bros.
10I Am Number Four$19,476-13%270-242$72$53,929,4337Disney / DreamWorks
11Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$18,803-7%250-156$75$37,327,8247Fox
12Cedar Rapids$17,960-19%210-132$86$6,543,7078Fox Searchlight
13Yogi Bear$17,224-24%265-61$65$100,226,46516Warner Bros.
14Black Swan$14,007-10%162-45$86$106,816,62318Fox Searchlight
15No Strings Attached$8,708-15%145-68$60$70,652,32911Paramount
16Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$4,636-27%113-176$41$72,701,9448Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$41,82717%0-42--$23,504,42355Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Kill the Irishman$11,396-7%5615$204$744,4524Anchor Bay Films
3The Last Godfather$7,760-20%58--$134$128,9711Roadside Attractions
4Miral$7,6291%1511$509$184,9352Weinstein Company
5Biutiful$6,520-10%58--$112$4,923,74314Roadside Attractions
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$4,465-27%66-19$68$294,996,11420Warner Bros.
7Blue Valentine (2010)$3,9952%39-5$102$9,678,47114Weinstein Company
8The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$3,708-30%60-12$62$104,362,73817Fox
9The Music Never Stopped$3,64711%28-5$130$206,6343Roadside Attractions
10The Company Men$3,083-25%45-3$69$4,332,42811Weinstein Company
11The Eagle$2,538-21%57-40$45$19,486,8198Focus
12The Rite$2,348-10%72-83$33$33,045,12110Warner Bros. / New Line
13Take Me Home Tonight$2,166-9%52-37$42$6,858,5875Relativity Media
14The Mechanic$2,000-5%43-57$47$29,119,38610CBS Films
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$1,8766%26-8$72$42,762,38015Fox
16Rabbit Hole$1,779-16%6132$29$2,227,19016Lionsgate
17happythankyoumoreplease$1,580-10%12-4$132$197,5175Anchor Bay Films
18Drive Angry$1,351-20%22-50$61$10,595,1796Summit
19I Love You Phillip Morris$1,0240%123$85$2,030,50718Roadside Attractions