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 Mon, Apr. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$3,343,813-42%3,84215$870$84,150,3752Fox
2Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$2,180,149-60%2,288--$953$27,248,8261Lionsgate
3Water for Elephants$1,784,291-48%2,817--$633$18,626,6441Fox
4HOP$1,247,520-54%3,6168$345$101,472,4254Universal
5Scream 4$741,907-51%3,3149$224$31,776,9172Weinstein Company
6Soul Surfer$729,553-31%2,24026$326$29,231,7043Sony / TriStar
7African Cats$661,312-32%1,220--$542$6,664,5121Disneynature
8Hanna$588,157-57%2,384-161$247$32,328,3193Focus
9Insidious$540,812-48%2,130-103$254$44,542,2284FilmDistrict
10Source Code$518,135-57%2,363-194$219$45,210,7264Summit
11Arthur (2011)$473,227-49%2,770-506$171$29,689,3183Warner Bros.
12Limitless$311,123-52%1,363-522$228$74,313,1786Relativity Media
13Your Highness$225,400-48%1,610-1162$140$19,989,9453Universal
14The Lincoln Lawyer$175,200-62%1,220-482$144$53,556,6516Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$216,403-57%849142$255$7,106,2712Roadside Attractions
2Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$154,3464%928-921$166$50,444,8775Fox
3Born to Be Wild 3D$114,371-30%2081$550$3,193,2083Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Jane Eyre (2011)$99,374-40%31945$312$7,956,5507Focus
5Win Win$83,922-66%3884$216$6,714,5726Fox Searchlight
6Rango$58,460-37%557-419$105$119,580,9318Paramount
7Sucker Punch$37,959-48%244-311$156$35,920,5135Warner Bros.
8Paul$31,850-48%245-291$130$36,585,2456Universal
9The Adjustment Bureau$26,225-51%263-85$100$61,159,9958Universal
10The King's Speech$25,716-39%234-81$110$138,349,56822Weinstein Company
11Just Go With It$22,808-51%265-61$86$102,625,32411Sony / Columbia
12Red Riding Hood$22,087-51%30860$72$37,208,1007Warner Bros.
13Battle: Los Angeles$21,814-58%220-334$99$82,671,2297Sony / Columbia
14Dum Maaro Dum$16,856-81%101--$167$344,3791Fox Searchlight
15Hall Pass$14,406-52%202-131$71$44,885,1369Warner Bros. / New Line
16Beastly$12,970-41%13727$95$27,611,4378CBS Films
17Unknown (2011)$10,711-50%162-113$66$63,566,02510Warner Bros.
18Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$10,614-23%166131$64$72,859,61211Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$28,483-8%320$890$24,237,46158Warner Bros. / IMAX
2No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$9,683-78%89-100$109$1,213,9203Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$6,296-56%92-36$68$37,740,51010Fox
4Kill the Irishman$5,662-44%23-16$246$1,012,3637Anchor Bay Films
5True Grit (2010)$5,024-54%80-97$63$171,036,37118Paramount
6Cedar Rapids$2,842-48%36-11$79$6,776,49311Fox Searchlight
7Miral$2,397-58%20-6$120$347,7955Weinstein Company
8Biutiful$2,062-43%21-11$98$5,041,81817Roadside Attractions
9The Company Men$955-29%15-5$64$4,402,56514Weinstein Company
10Black Swan$595-46%20-29$30$106,948,73821Fox Searchlight
11The Music Never Stopped$148-75%6-7$25$233,5036Roadside Attractions
12happythankyoumoreplease$128-25%2-2$64$215,7048Anchor Bay Films
13Meet Monica Velour$10-96%1-3$10$18,4963Anchor Bay Films