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, Apr. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$4,150,00014%3,827--$1,084$54,461,1261Fox
2HOP$1,767,92022%3,608-8$490$88,309,0003Universal
3Scream 4$1,368,52321%3,305--$414$24,004,2631Weinstein Company
4Soul Surfer$1,025,87935%2,2140$463$23,065,2832Sony / TriStar
5Insidious$967,36153%2,233-186$433$38,793,7943FilmDistrict
6Arthur (2011)$874,47427%3,2760$267$25,149,9822Warner Bros.
7Hanna$872,66721%2,54510$343$26,443,8602Focus
8Source Code$792,80725%2,557-414$310$39,601,2443Summit
9Limitless$526,56630%1,885-770$279$71,337,5945Relativity Media
10Your Highness$526,0156%2,7723$190$18,057,9552Universal
11The Lincoln Lawyer$334,65124%1,702-718$197$51,591,9325Lionsgate
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$330,0005%1,849-1032$178$49,353,2544Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$287,495-1%707--$407$4,702,6831Roadside Attractions
2Born to Be Wild 3D$182,13522%2071$880$2,422,4722Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Jane Eyre (2011)$136,6473%27427$499$7,119,9996Focus
4Win Win$129,0001%384158$336$5,522,4345Fox Searchlight
5Rango$101,28311%976-1031$104$119,136,2477Paramount
6Sucker Punch$91,84923%555-1200$165$35,603,8684Warner Bros.
7Battle: Los Angeles$77,79434%554-854$140$82,445,6046Sony / Columbia
8Paul$64,32041%536-1131$120$36,310,8605Universal
9The Adjustment Bureau$45,24030%348-435$130$60,886,5507Universal
10Just Go With It$40,42831%3266$124$102,404,10010Sony / Columbia
11The King's Speech$35,0271%315-360$111$138,126,76221Weinstein Company
12Hall Pass$31,30129%333-33$94$44,737,2808Warner Bros. / New Line
13Unknown (2011)$25,41726%275-90$92$63,464,3459Warner Bros.
14No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$24,9455%189-37$132$1,088,1012Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Red Riding Hood$15,81121%248-529$64$36,998,5616Warner Bros.
16True Grit (2010)$12,55414%177-86$71$170,982,40517Paramount
17Beastly$12,35369%110-229$112$27,508,2267CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$60,08311%321$1,878$24,062,01357Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Thank You$8,5108%71-21$120$425,1262UTV Communications
3Kill the Irishman$7,73616%39-13$198$969,7386Anchor Bay Films
4Miral$5,93922%26-3$228$325,1094Weinstein Company
5Drive Angry$4,14926%71-55$58$10,721,0338Summit
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$3,40718%35-34$97$72,782,39410Paramount
7Biutiful$3,116-17%32-6$97$5,025,92316Roadside Attractions
8The Company Men$3,08924%20-12$154$4,393,56213Weinstein Company
9Take Me Home Tonight$1,37048%42-60$33$6,928,0687Relativity Media
10happythankyoumoreplease$1,12231%4-5$281$214,9927Anchor Bay Films
11Blue Valentine (2010)$1,083-27%15-4$72$9,706,32816Weinstein Company
12The Music Never Stopped$1,04540%13-1$80$231,3265Roadside Attractions
13Meet Monica Velour$562100%42$141$17,4802Anchor Bay Films
14The Last Godfather$164-15%1-19$164$164,2473Roadside Attractions