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 Sun, Jun. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$17,043,509-27%4,115--$4,142$66,135,5071Disney
2Bad Teacher$8,345,589-24%3,049--$2,737$31,603,1061Sony / Columbia
3Green Lantern$4,981,521-29%3,8160$1,305$88,989,4772Warner Bros.
4Super 8$3,361,670-30%3,42416$982$95,114,3243Paramount
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$2,657,517-30%3,3423$795$39,293,3412Fox
6X-Men: First Class$1,919,288-28%2,633-742$729$132,895,4084Fox
7The Hangover Part II$1,439,871-38%2,755-705$523$243,651,8605Warner Bros.
8Bridesmaids$1,411,545-34%2,031-542$695$146,547,3157Universal
9Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,272,558-37%2,244-498$567$229,287,2266Disney
10Kung Fu Panda 2$1,201,161-25%2,527-942$475$153,065,6415Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$381,136-31%215100$1,773$5,843,2905Fox Searchlight
2Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$173,829-25%891-1633$195$13,447,5483Relativity Media
3Rio (2011)$150,595-26%344-64$438$139,633,16311Fox
4Thor$147,980-29%404-471$366$177,223,3648Paramount
5Fast Five$144,270-29%458-271$315$207,752,2109Universal
6Water for Elephants$68,958-34%292-59$236$57,689,23210Fox
7Something Borrowed$57,577-38%30391$190$38,438,3108Warner Bros.
8Soul Surfer$55,732-26%240-24$232$43,062,59412Sony / TriStar
9The Lincoln Lawyer$39,581-31%189-31$209$57,626,05615Lionsgate
10The Art of Getting By$36,908-24%307-303$120$1,351,9802Fox Searchlight
11Rango$34,864-21%156-32$223$123,010,65517Paramount
12Jumping the Broom$23,008-50%117-94$197$37,295,3948Sony / TriStar
13Source Code$18,793-31%106-55$177$54,532,07313Summit
14Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$16,676-21%114-48$146$9,981,3679Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beginners$133,601-36%7228$1,856$1,550,0554Focus
2Born to Be Wild 3D$60,650-25%470$1,290$7,732,32512Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$30,415-34%330$922$26,071,89567Warner Bros. / IMAX
4A Better Life$21,029-5%4--$5,257$62,0871Summit
5Insidious$20,321-31%74-24$275$53,526,43213FilmDistrict
6Limitless$13,040-28%85-32$153$79,174,22415Relativity Media
7Submarine$12,526-27%26-2$482$288,9424Weinstein Company
8Hanna$11,737-27%59-32$199$40,201,35812Focus
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$8,261-19%58-32$142$52,639,18014Fox
10Jane Eyre (2011)$8,089-36%51-17$159$11,172,83116Focus
11Win Win$5,816-41%32-35$182$10,123,03915Fox Searchlight
12The Beaver$5,235-18%6643$79$958,3198Summit
13The Conspirator$4,711-13%25-19$188$11,487,48811Roadside Attractions
14Everything Must Go$4,703-27%33-22$143$2,631,1347Roadside Attractions
15Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$4,475-49%46-25$97$52,889,16310Lionsgate
16The Last Mountain$2,666-36%6-1$444$83,1154Dada Films
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,26283%6-4$377$212,64141Collective Eye
18Scream 4$1,951-19%18-21$108$38,176,89211Weinstein Company
19Beautiful Boy$1,534-41%4-4$384$63,9314Anchor Bay Films
20Kill the Irishman$464-50%2--$232$1,187,71116Anchor Bay Films
2135 and Ticking$426-52%10$426$75,5396Image Entertainment
22The Music Never Stopped$168-39%2-1$84$250,00015Roadside Attractions