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 Sat, Apr. 23 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$9,881,250-8%3,84215$2,572$75,049,5872Fox
2Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$9,100,379-13%2,288--$3,977$19,557,8361Lionsgate
3Water for Elephants$6,491,600-6%2,817--$2,304$13,416,0871Fox
4HOP$4,664,640-3%3,6168$1,290$97,494,8254Universal
5Scream 4$2,740,521-1%3,3149$827$29,514,8742Weinstein Company
6Hanna$2,090,59113%2,384-161$877$30,381,3063Focus
7Source Code$2,073,56814%2,363-194$878$43,501,4224Summit
8Insidious$2,073,215-1%2,130-103$973$42,970,4054FilmDistrict
9Soul Surfer$2,036,642-13%2,24026$909$27,447,2603Sony / TriStar
10African Cats$1,704,857-49%1,220--$1,397$5,031,9101Disneynature
11Arthur (2011)$1,564,642-1%2,770-506$565$28,296,9453Warner Bros.
12Limitless$1,061,61511%1,363-522$779$73,356,1286Relativity Media
13The Lincoln Lawyer$740,86526%1,220-482$607$52,922,3396Lionsgate
14Your Highness$660,0658%1,610-1162$410$19,329,8203Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$961,26434%849142$1,132$6,382,5412Roadside Attractions
2Win Win$526,92357%3884$1,358$6,384,6776Fox Searchlight
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$349,447-20%928-921$377$50,142,5285Fox
4Jane Eyre (2011)$321,80929%31945$1,009$7,691,7467Focus
5Born to Be Wild 3D$238,626-6%2081$1,147$2,914,9153Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Rango$148,7483%557-419$267$119,429,6878Paramount
7Dum Maaro Dum$125,60110%101--$1,244$240,0501Fox Searchlight
8Sucker Punch$107,4839%244-311$441$35,810,1715Warner Bros.
9The Adjustment Bureau$101,25510%263-85$385$61,079,8558Universal
10Paul$93,1006%245-291$380$36,492,1456Universal
11The King's Speech$83,72018%234-81$358$138,281,43122Weinstein Company
12Just Go With It$78,9098%265-61$298$102,556,31711Sony / Columbia
13Battle: Los Angeles$78,8728%220-334$359$82,597,5727Sony / Columbia
14Red Riding Hood$73,7208%30860$239$37,140,8537Warner Bros.
15Hall Pass$54,26110%202-131$269$44,840,7199Warner Bros. / New Line
16Unknown (2011)$36,43610%162-113$225$63,533,92010Warner Bros.
17Beastly$33,517-3%13727$245$27,576,3298CBS Films
18Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$26,5741%166131$160$72,835,16011Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$53,380-15%320$1,668$24,177,97658Warner Bros. / IMAX
2No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$43,11950%89-100$484$1,159,9953Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$31,0794%92-36$338$37,719,96210Fox
4True Grit (2010)$20,38315%80-97$255$171,020,46718Paramount
5Kill the Irishman$14,47917%23-16$630$996,5577Anchor Bay Films
6Cedar Rapids$10,89331%36-11$303$6,768,15911Fox Searchlight
7Thank You$10,03931%20-51$502$442,8003UTV Communications
8Miral$8,37435%20-6$419$339,6765Weinstein Company
9Biutiful$5,61522%21-11$267$5,036,14817Roadside Attractions
10The Company Men$3,85936%15-5$257$4,400,26014Weinstein Company
11Black Swan$2,123-9%20-29$106$106,947,04021Fox Searchlight
12Zokkomon$1,041-6%24--$43$2,1441UTV Communications
13The Music Never Stopped$93683%6-7$156$232,7736Roadside Attractions
14Meet Monica Velour$40614%1-3$406$18,2423Anchor Bay Films
15happythankyoumoreplease$197-9%2-2$99$215,4058Anchor Bay Films