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 Wed, May. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor$4,189,021-23%3,955--$1,059$80,725,8351Paramount
2Fast Five$2,141,225-20%3,66218$585$147,138,8652Universal
3Something Borrowed$1,137,373-16%2,904--$392$17,543,0701Warner Bros.
4Jumping the Broom$701,383-26%2,035--$345$17,960,1711Sony / TriStar
5Water for Elephants$572,104-11%2,614-206$219$43,814,2893Fox
6Rio (2011)$430,990-8%3,258-450$132$116,531,8624Fox
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$201,961-20%1,881-407$107$47,800,8323Lionsgate
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$138,429-2%2,5050$55$7,270,1642Weinstein Company
9Soul Surfer$130,051-6%1,781-229$73$37,271,3665Sony / TriStar
10African Cats$116,922-1%1,035-189$113$13,229,6773Disneynature
11Prom$104,801-20%2,7300$38$7,928,1412Disney
12Insidious$92,742-7%1,001-583$93$50,613,7296FilmDistrict
13Scream 4$72,882-18%1,333-888$55$37,156,4714Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Source Code$113,168-7%930-715$122$51,280,1236Summit
2Hanna$91,681-11%748-821$123$37,912,8835Focus
3The Conspirator$57,739-6%457-238$126$9,965,7894Roadside Attractions
4Jane Eyre (2011)$53,3234%248-46$215$9,582,3499Focus
5Limitless$47,933-19%379-459$126$77,155,8978Relativity Media
6Win Win$45,924-8%268-34$171$8,484,9448Fox Searchlight
7The Lincoln Lawyer$41,469-10%440-279$94$55,669,9248Lionsgate
8HOP$22,625-16%902-2274$25$106,430,4956Universal
9Arthur (2011)$19,336-26%355-896$54$32,309,7855Warner Bros.
10Rango$18,038-11%2770$65$120,481,54110Paramount
11The Adjustment Bureau$16,125-21%215-62$75$62,108,69010Universal
12Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$15,7300%464-411$34$1,154,8342Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
13Sucker Punch$14,036-7%210136$67$36,231,4937Warner Bros.
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$13,667-3%339-164$40$51,331,7817Fox
15Paul$12,240-14%204-20$60$37,253,1458Universal
16Your Highness$9,905-7%164-238$60$21,451,9305Universal
17Red Riding Hood$7,582-9%156-53$49$37,546,2379Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$62,3951%59-10$1,058$4,423,9975Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$27,44831%320$858$24,686,06960Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Beaver$10,135-11%22--$461$140,2641Summit
4The King's Speech$5,762-9%90-95$64$138,665,75724Weinstein Company
5Hall Pass$4,32215%67-49$65$45,056,80111Warner Bros. / New Line
6Beastly$3,492-25%76-50$46$27,824,53310CBS Films
7Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$3,063-2%57-52$54$73,009,64913Paramount
8Kill the Irishman$2,788-5%23-7$121$1,116,9299Anchor Bay Films
9Unknown (2011)$2,238-2%49-52$46$63,684,07012Warner Bros.
10Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$1,882-30%52-17$36$37,867,57112Fox
11The Company Men$1,789-8%3520$51$4,433,15216Weinstein Company
12Dum Maaro Dum$1,4615%33-60$44$538,5783Fox Searchlight
13Cedar Rapids$1,431-8%22-4$65$6,832,15213Fox Searchlight
14No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$1,299-45%21-24$62$1,305,3375Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Biutiful$982-36%16-6$61$5,076,30319Roadside Attractions
16Passion Play$46712%2--$234$3,2421Image Entertainment
17Miral$42628%5-5$85$367,9617Weinstein Company
18The Music Never Stopped$2393%73$34$237,7528Roadside Attractions