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 Mon, Apr. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$3,270,783-71%3,827--$855$42,496,7451Fox
2Scream 4$1,349,658-64%3,305--$408$20,041,7481Weinstein Company
3HOP$1,100,440-66%3,608-8$305$83,258,0453Universal
4Hanna$702,885-64%2,54510$276$23,985,7432Focus
5Soul Surfer$618,368-67%2,2140$279$20,483,4972Sony / TriStar
6Arthur (2011)$616,318-62%3,2760$188$22,780,0752Warner Bros.
7Insidious$613,820-59%2,233-186$275$36,484,7113FilmDistrict
8Source Code$566,355-62%2,557-414$221$37,464,9353Summit
9Your Highness$443,520-60%2,7723$160$16,520,9952Universal
10Limitless$360,648-60%1,885-770$191$69,949,9705Relativity Media
11The Lincoln Lawyer$235,107-65%1,702-718$138$50,689,7475Lionsgate
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$227,132-59%1,849-1032$123$48,349,9054Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$288,941-65%707--$409$3,795,5431Roadside Attractions
2Jane Eyre (2011)$110,927-60%27427$405$6,715,9626Focus
3Born to Be Wild 3D$104,956-50%2071$507$1,952,6822Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Win Win$99,923-67%384158$260$5,133,4905Fox Searchlight
5Rango$75,392-64%976-1031$77$118,851,1237Paramount
6Sucker Punch$69,804-58%555-1200$126$35,362,0904Warner Bros.
7Battle: Los Angeles$56,374-58%554-854$102$82,249,6406Sony / Columbia
8Paul$45,560-63%536-1131$85$36,150,0605Universal
9The Adjustment Bureau$33,060-58%348-435$95$60,768,2057Universal
10The King's Speech$27,621-54%315-360$88$138,020,82821Weinstein Company
11Just Go With It$26,337-60%3266$81$102,297,66810Sony / Columbia
12No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$25,901-75%189-37$137$1,014,0312Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Hall Pass$23,702-58%333-33$71$44,654,4208Warner Bros. / New Line
14Unknown (2011)$17,715-57%275-90$64$63,397,6009Warner Bros.
15Red Riding Hood$12,503-56%248-529$50$36,954,9356Warner Bros.
16True Grit (2010)$9,276-58%177-86$52$170,947,85117Paramount
17Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$9,171-61%128-56$72$37,624,3229Fox
18Beastly$5,856-66%110-229$53$27,479,1917CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$48,06742%321$1,502$23,889,71657Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Kill the Irishman$6,970-57%39-13$179$947,3386Anchor Bay Films
3Thank You$5,845-78%71-21$82$398,0392UTV Communications
4Miral$3,864-62%26-2$149$308,8014Weinstein Company
5Cedar Rapids$3,491-60%47-71$74$6,735,62710Fox Searchlight
6Biutiful$3,021-58%32-6$94$5,015,60416Roadside Attractions
7Black Swan$3,016-35%49-54$62$106,932,01420Fox Searchlight
8Drive Angry$2,960-58%71-55$42$10,709,7468Summit
9Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$1,835-53%35-34$52$72,773,94110Paramount
10The Company Men$1,478-59%20-12$74$4,385,54313Weinstein Company
11Take Me Home Tonight$905-49%42-60$22$6,924,7967Relativity Media
12Blue Valentine (2010)$802-47%15-4$53$9,702,36116Weinstein Company
13The Music Never Stopped$581-67%13-1$45$228,4915Roadside Attractions
14Meet Monica Velour$517-63%42$129$15,1262Anchor Bay Films
15happythankyoumoreplease$197-73%4-5$49$212,2147Anchor Bay Films
16The Last Godfather$62-81%1-19$62$163,6533Roadside Attractions
17Winter's Bone$6-75%20$3$6,531,49745Roadside Attractions