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 Tue, May. 3 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast Five$6,158,360-1%3,644--$1,690$98,588,3651Universal
2Water for Elephants$1,056,32135%2,8203$375$34,320,6352Fox
3Rio (2011)$770,07812%3,708-134$208$105,473,4693Fox
4Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$574,7015%2,2880$251$42,010,6782Lionsgate
5African Cats$321,67752%1,2244$263$11,202,1612Disneynature
6Source Code$239,02731%1,645-718$145$49,308,6415Summit
7Hanna$237,11417%1,569-815$151$36,393,7224Focus
8Scream 4$225,41729%2,221-1093$101$35,896,4753Weinstein Company
9Soul Surfer$211,31627%2,010-230$105$34,220,3884Sony / TriStar
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$210,06220%2,505--$84$4,493,8761Weinstein Company
11Prom$208,68035%2,730--$76$5,076,3431Disney
12Insidious$184,83910%1,584-546$117$48,662,2615FilmDistrict
13HOP$127,04014%3,176-440$40$105,641,4855Universal
14Arthur (2011)$106,07826%1,251-1519$85$31,862,0494Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$133,10241%838-525$159$76,317,7537Relativity Media
2The Conspirator$109,95422%695-154$158$8,965,0513Roadside Attractions
3The Lincoln Lawyer$82,22832%719-501$114$54,944,2287Lionsgate
4Jane Eyre (2011)$70,20524%294-25$239$8,866,5328Focus
5Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$69,1679%875--$79$887,3961Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
6Win Win$60,15237%302-86$199$7,715,7187Fox Searchlight
7Your Highness$40,20011%402-1208$100$21,178,4504Universal
8The Adjustment Bureau$26,31527%27714$95$61,729,9759Universal
9Paul$20,16020%224-21$90$36,979,9457Universal
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$17,566-5%503-425$35$51,037,7756Fox
11Rango$16,88412%277-280$61$119,963,6139Paramount
12The King's Speech$15,30939%185-49$83$138,563,57323Weinstein Company
13Red Riding Hood$12,42811%209-99$59$37,418,9008Warner Bros.
14Beastly$11,8704%126-11$94$27,754,4089CBS Films
15Hall Pass$7,79522%116-86$67$45,000,22410Warner Bros. / New Line
16Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$5,70715%109-57$52$72,955,71212Paramount
17Unknown (2011)$4,74720%101-61$47$63,649,04511Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$50,42326%69-139$731$3,837,1864Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$17,23610%320$539$24,490,62159Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Dum Maaro Dum$8,08949%93-8$87$497,4952Fox Searchlight
4Sucker Punch$7,41819%74-170$100$36,075,7276Warner Bros.
5Kill the Irishman$4,5484%307$152$1,073,4138Anchor Bay Films
6Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$3,72830%69-23$54$37,821,02711Fox
7No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$2,97111%45-44$66$1,280,7874Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Biutiful$2,56950%221$117$5,060,37818Roadside Attractions
9Cedar Rapids$1,52011%26-10$58$6,803,32012Fox Searchlight
10Meet Monica Velour$1,373277%21$687$25,5704Anchor Bay Films
11The Company Men$1,01022%150$67$4,414,94615Weinstein Company
12Miral$83819%10-10$84$361,7816Weinstein Company
13Sympathy For Delicious$553-23%2--$277$10,7211Maya Entertainment
14Thank You$454173%7--$65$463,2294UTV Communications
15The Music Never Stopped$94-12%4-2$24$234,9017Roadside Attractions