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.

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 Fri, Jun. 17 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Green Lantern$21,386,523--3,816--$5,604$21,386,5231Warner Bros.
2Mr. Popper's Penguins$6,369,445--3,339--$1,908$6,369,4451Fox
3Super 8$5,996,56272%3,40829$1,760$57,527,3512Paramount
4X-Men: First Class$3,402,27843%3,375-317$1,008$111,826,8403Fox
5The Hangover Part II$3,244,97388%3,460-215$938$226,284,2514Warner Bros.
6Kung Fu Panda 2$2,542,58528%3,469-460$733$137,185,3824Paramount / DreamWorks
7Bridesmaids$2,378,79066%2,573-349$925$131,731,7806Universal
8Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,783,84235%2,742-691$651$215,884,0955Disney
9Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$790,27912%2,5240$313$9,716,1212Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$326,620258%11568$2,840$3,063,0524Fox Searchlight
2Thor$312,243-10%875-907$357$175,278,2457Paramount
3The Art of Getting By$296,079--610--$485$296,0791Fox Searchlight
4Fast Five$252,19519%729-600$346$206,196,9158Universal
5Rio (2011)$157,32940%408-119$386$138,364,72010Fox
6Water for Elephants$99,16431%351-115$283$56,986,1569Fox
7Soul Surfer$81,256--264-53$308$42,476,66811Sony / TriStar
8Something Borrowed$75,66217%212-154$357$37,950,7167Warner Bros.
9Jumping the Broom$59,25720%211-154$281$36,949,5647Sony / TriStar
10The Lincoln Lawyer$58,151399%220119$264$57,232,77514Lionsgate
11Rango$41,15318%188-32$219$122,644,17116Paramount
12Source Code$37,50831%161-87$233$54,305,36012Summit
13Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$27,56218%162-20$170$9,779,7868Weinstein Company
14Limitless$22,45619%117-49$192$79,026,30014Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beginners$93,435295%4425$2,124$647,6113Focus
2Born to Be Wild 3D$77,87215%470$1,657$7,098,56811Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$34,46619%332$1,044$25,786,41566Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Insidious$28,95965%98-36$296$53,338,17112FilmDistrict
5Hanna$17,060-1%91-56$187$40,081,18911Focus
6Submarine$16,65399%2811$595$166,0143Weinstein Company
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$16,4487%90-27$183$52,530,51613Fox
8Jane Eyre (2011)$15,29315%68-22$225$11,070,28815Focus
9Priest (2011)$13,980--71-98$197$29,105,8646Sony / Screen Gems
10Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$13,06133%71-41$184$52,817,3459Lionsgate
11Win Win$12,28154%67-33$183$10,046,00214Fox Searchlight
12Everything Must Go$8,175-13%55-32$149$2,577,9126Roadside Attractions
13The Last Mountain$6,64630%74$949$50,7963Dada Films
14The Conspirator$5,729-1%44-22$130$11,441,88810Roadside Attractions
15Beautiful Boy$4,869392%84$609$38,1763Anchor Bay Films
16Scream 4$4,319-12%39-41$111$38,150,59210Weinstein Company
17The Beaver$3,83762%23-23$167$926,9007Summit
18Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,44059%106$244$193,45740Collective Eye
1935 and Ticking$1,128131%10$1,128$70,5625Image Entertainment
20Kill the Irishman$287-14%2-3$144$1,183,96715Anchor Bay Films
21The Music Never Stopped$10463%31$35$248,82214Roadside Attractions