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 Thu, May. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast Five$4,117,720-11%3,644--$1,130$107,333,9651Universal
2Water for Elephants$790,531-12%2,8203$280$36,013,6172Fox
3Rio (2011)$586,967-9%3,708-134$158$106,702,0683Fox
4Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$438,354-4%2,2880$192$42,906,3322Lionsgate
5African Cats$345,20322%1,2244$282$11,829,7212Disneynature
6Hanna$197,049-5%1,569-815$126$36,798,0984Focus
7Source Code$191,106-5%1,645-718$116$49,700,1485Summit
8Soul Surfer$178,496-1%2,010-230$89$34,579,1214Sony / TriStar
9Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$161,524-9%2,505--$64$4,833,6141Weinstein Company
10Insidious$151,146-6%1,584-546$95$48,980,2555FilmDistrict
11Scream 4$151,123-12%2,221-1093$68$36,219,0903Weinstein Company
12Prom$141,445-10%2,730--$52$5,375,4451Disney
13HOP$109,575-1%3,176-440$35$105,862,1855Universal
14Arthur (2011)$76,487-13%1,251-1519$61$32,026,9244Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$99,938-9%695-154$144$9,174,6533Roadside Attractions
2Limitless$95,877-10%838-525$114$76,519,7597Relativity Media
3Jane Eyre (2011)$70,1450%294-25$239$9,006,6118Focus
4The Lincoln Lawyer$68,202-2%719-501$95$55,082,2087Lionsgate
5Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$58,692-10%875--$67$1,011,5001Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
6Win Win$48,929-15%302-86$162$7,822,5317Fox Searchlight
7Your Highness$30,150-12%402-1208$75$21,242,7704Universal
8The Adjustment Bureau$23,5456%27714$85$61,775,6809Universal
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$17,09618%503-425$34$51,069,3556Fox
10Paul$15,680-7%224-21$70$37,012,4257Universal
11The King's Speech$13,7639%185-49$74$138,589,92723Weinstein Company
12Rango$13,201-12%277-280$48$119,991,8599Paramount
13Red Riding Hood$10,181-7%209-99$49$37,440,0188Warner Bros.
14Beastly$8,72010%126-11$69$27,771,0449CBS Films
15Hall Pass$6,314-9%116-86$54$45,013,47610Warner Bros. / New Line
16Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$4,61311%109-57$42$72,964,47012Paramount
17Unknown (2011)$4,417-4%101-61$44$63,658,06311Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$66,24812%69-139$960$3,962,7164Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$25,47538%320$796$24,534,60259Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sucker Punch$6,393-10%74-170$86$36,089,1906Warner Bros.
4Dum Maaro Dum$6,1397%93-8$66$509,3542Fox Searchlight
5Kill the Irishman$4,1962%307$140$1,082,5038Anchor Bay Films
6No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$2,657-1%45-44$59$1,286,1194Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$2,459-2%69-23$36$37,826,00611Fox
8Biutiful$2,117-6%221$96$5,064,73718Roadside Attractions
9Cedar Rapids$1,85929%26-10$72$6,806,62012Fox Searchlight
10The Company Men$1,208-9%150$81$4,417,48115Weinstein Company
11Miral$7828%10-10$78$363,2856Weinstein Company
12Meet Monica Velour$6327%21$316$26,7934Anchor Bay Films
13Sympathy For Delicious$5227%2--$261$11,7331Maya Entertainment
14Thank You$135-23%7--$19$463,5404UTV Communications
15The Music Never Stopped$7421%4-2$19$235,0367Roadside Attractions