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, Apr. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1HOP$903,335-14%3,61637$250$70,610,5202Universal
2Hanna$803,043-25%2,535--$317$15,216,9801Focus
3Arthur (2011)$707,055-28%3,276--$216$14,719,8591Warner Bros.
4Your Highness$580,665-28%2,769--$210$11,490,5401Universal
5Source Code$570,323-21%2,761-200$207$30,088,0902Summit
6Insidious$543,330-21%2,41911$225$28,565,2112FilmDistrict
7Soul Surfer$471,604-17%2,214--$213$12,117,4451Sony / TriStar
8Limitless$425,214-18%2,655-183$160$65,496,8554Relativity Media
9The Lincoln Lawyer$346,873-17%2,420-287$143$47,215,3674Lionsgate
10Sucker Punch$169,474-10%1,755-1278$97$34,513,6303Warner Bros.
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$162,063-22%2,881-288$56$45,877,8623Fox
12Rango$130,507-5%2,007-1127$65$117,927,6246Paramount
13Paul$124,985-17%1,667-883$75$35,486,4354Universal
14Battle: Los Angeles$108,526-11%1,408-855$77$81,572,1875Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$120,161-1%24767$486$5,490,7345Focus
2Born to Be Wild 3D$94,9352%206--$461$1,124,3801Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Win Win$85,601-4%22677$379$3,680,6794Fox Searchlight
4The Adjustment Bureau$66,555-6%783-742$85$60,308,0606Universal
5The King's Speech$49,456-6%675-332$73$137,684,28020Weinstein Company
6No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$37,374-7%226--$165$707,1531Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Red Riding Hood$34,455-4%777-1011$44$36,780,8975Warner Bros.
8Unknown (2011)$26,129-18%36540$72$63,180,9998Warner Bros.
9Hall Pass$20,857-16%366-337$57$44,370,8527Warner Bros. / New Line
10Just Go With It$19,818-24%320-277$62$101,981,3079Sony / Columbia
11Beastly$17,464-28%339-482$52$27,385,7606CBS Films
12True Grit (2010)$16,853-13%263-61$64$170,813,52716Paramount
13Cedar Rapids$8,82711%118-92$75$6,684,2109Fox Searchlight
14Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$7,264-12%184-66$39$37,521,7538Fox
15Black Swan$6,584-15%103-59$64$106,902,56019Fox Searchlight
16Drive Angry$5,624-25%126104$45$10,675,2127Summit
17Take Me Home Tonight$4,382-15%10250$43$6,912,8246Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$23,978-11%31--$773$23,709,53856Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Thank You$14,311-36%92--$156$296,5651UTV Communications
3Kill the Irishman$8,9310%52-4$172$868,5935Anchor Bay Films
4Miral$6,1259%2914$211$264,5903Weinstein Company
5Biutiful$6,0601%38-20$159$4,984,65115Roadside Attractions
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$2,759-20%69-44$40$72,751,6739Paramount
7The Company Men$2,694-20%32-13$84$4,365,77112Weinstein Company
8Blue Valentine (2010)$2,388104%19-20$126$9,695,23615Weinstein Company
9The Last Godfather$1,636-9%20-38$82$161,1242Roadside Attractions
10happythankyoumoreplease$81829%9-3$91$208,1656Anchor Bay Films
11The Music Never Stopped$716-1%14-14$51$220,6224Roadside Attractions
12I Love You Phillip Morris$55718%7-5$80$2,037,18619Roadside Attractions
13Meet Monica Velour$399-74%2--$200$9,8271Anchor Bay Films
14Winter's Bone$12100%2--$6$6,531,31144Roadside Attractions