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. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$2,947,180-14%2,918--$1,010$35,599,6001Universal
2Thor$2,303,232-25%3,9638$581$127,705,2582Paramount
3Fast Five$1,308,585-24%3,793131$345$174,317,9303Universal
4Priest (2011)$885,433-29%2,864--$309$18,296,8761Sony / Screen Gems
5Something Borrowed$583,430-24%2,9040$201$27,456,5682Warner Bros.
6Rio (2011)$420,093-19%2,929-329$143$126,579,9875Fox
7Water for Elephants$412,599-18%2,425-189$170$49,895,6964Fox
8Jumping the Broom$385,773-25%2,0350$190$27,198,7342Sony / TriStar
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$116,223-23%1,449-432$80$50,644,1284Lionsgate
10Soul Surfer$105,571-17%1,468-313$72$39,566,6966Sony / TriStar
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$62,263-23%1,276-1229$49$8,762,3623Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Everything Must Go$75,198-13%218--$345$1,035,1961Roadside Attractions
2Source Code$70,918-23%626-304$113$52,470,5567Summit
3Insidious$66,306-14%762-239$87$51,891,1297FilmDistrict
4Hanna$61,652-21%425-323$145$38,808,2006Focus
5Jane Eyre (2011)$46,890-4%2480$189$10,106,68410Focus
6The Conspirator$43,844-12%370-87$118$10,625,8065Roadside Attractions
7Limitless$37,972-29%298-81$127$77,692,2779Relativity Media
8The Lincoln Lawyer$35,376-16%345-95$103$56,222,1699Lionsgate
9Win Win$35,317-17%248-20$142$9,043,3919Fox Searchlight
10Scream 4$27,021-20%426-907$63$37,598,8875Weinstein Company
11Arthur (2011)$23,827-22%344-11$69$32,646,7466Warner Bros.
12HOP$20,655-10%459-443$45$106,916,6807Universal
13The Beaver$19,877-19%10583$189$375,0722Summit
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$14,965-19%311-28$48$51,689,4778Fox
15Rango$12,993-15%216-61$60$120,800,18611Paramount
16The Adjustment Bureau$12,300-12%164-51$75$62,333,60511Universal
17Go For It!$10,2882%218--$47$149,0521Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Paul$9,935-16%181-23$55$37,403,0409Universal
19Your Highness$8,880-20%148-16$60$21,587,5806Universal
20Sucker Punch$8,091-1%139-71$58$36,346,8438Warner Bros.
21Red Riding Hood$4,671-12%100-56$47$37,626,42510Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$83,22735%57-2$1,460$5,020,2466Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$30,019-2%342$883$24,912,07061Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The King's Speech$4,636-3%71-19$65$138,727,97825Weinstein Company
4Beastly$2,388-19%46-30$52$27,862,95411CBS Films
5No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$2,12611%5029$43$1,337,8846Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Kill the Irishman$1,4896%13-10$115$1,139,67510Anchor Bay Films
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$1,209-13%38-14$32$37,896,39313Fox
8Dum Maaro Dum$1,19951%20-13$60$554,0814Fox Searchlight
9Biutiful$903-55%11-5$82$5,089,57020Roadside Attractions
10Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$90215%34-430$27$1,185,8503Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
11Cedar Rapids$863-41%12-10$72$6,848,54414Fox Searchlight
12Skateland$72045%2--$360$7,1381Freestyle Releasing
13Miral$54021%50$108$372,9718Weinstein Company
14The Company Men$522-34%11-24$47$4,440,84517Weinstein Company
15Meet Monica Velour$1884%1--$188$28,9386Anchor Bay Films
16The Music Never Stopped$158-2%0-7--$239,9999Roadside Attractions