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 Fri, Jul. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$32,988,88353%4,088--$8,070$97,754,2301Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$7,936,43452%4,1150$1,929$98,867,0492Disney
3Bad Teacher$4,524,06854%3,0490$1,484$49,970,0392Sony / Columbia
4Larry Crowne$4,058,145--2,973--$1,365$4,058,1451Universal
5Monte Carlo$3,151,902--2,473--$1,275$3,151,9021Fox
6Super 8$2,308,49790%3,088-336$748$102,851,5244Paramount
7Green Lantern$1,951,92754%3,280-536$595$98,047,8893Warner Bros.
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,712,69232%2,861-481$599$46,737,4143Fox
9Bridesmaids$1,027,86052%1,389-642$740$150,402,2258Universal
10X-Men: First Class$837,18850%1,602-1031$523$136,548,9155Fox
11The Hangover Part II$697,52047%1,568-1187$445$246,549,4026Warner Bros.
12Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$656,13722%1,473-771$445$232,204,0307Disney
13Kung Fu Panda 2$468,841-1%1,281-1246$366$155,663,5086Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$264,47663%22813$1,160$6,767,9126Fox Searchlight
2Rio (2011)$141,25942%308-36$459$140,173,80712Fox
3Beginners$135,829168%10836$1,258$1,902,1975Focus
4Thor$123,07663%270-134$456$177,640,3569Paramount
5Fast Five$98,150112%302-156$325$208,069,59510Universal
6Soul Surfer$54,947--205-35$268$43,291,71513Sony / TriStar
7Water for Elephants$51,17620%234-58$219$57,906,12911Fox
8Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$44,070-16%221-670$199$13,845,5794Relativity Media
9Something Borrowed$32,845-11%191-112$172$38,609,3989Warner Bros.
10Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$31,8441387%14094$227$52,930,49311Lionsgate
11Rango$28,07318%117-39$240$123,124,88018Paramount
12The Lincoln Lawyer$24,29934%138-51$176$57,721,51216Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Delhi Belly$170,372--89--$1,914$170,3721UTV Communications
2Born to Be Wild 3D$66,9543%470$1,425$8,042,68013Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$35,22625%330$1,067$26,219,17268Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Double Dhamaal$26,234--41--$640$417,7792Reliance Big Pictures
5A Better Life$25,146391%117$2,286$108,8162Summit
6Insidious$13,73982%70-4$196$53,579,70714FilmDistrict
7Source Code$11,6900%66-40$177$54,589,08814Summit
8Limitless$8,83312%55-30$161$79,211,99416Relativity Media
9Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$8,668-17%68-46$127$10,035,84910Weinstein Company
10Submarine$6,7155%20-6$336$321,5075Weinstein Company
11Hanna$5,720-5%34-25$168$40,230,63713Focus
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$4,059-16%31-27$131$52,663,63715Fox
13Jane Eyre (2011)$4,050-29%26-25$156$11,200,22317Focus
14The Conspirator$2,44830%15-10$163$11,496,47512Roadside Attractions
15Win Win$2,189-11%18-14$122$10,134,72716Fox Searchlight
16Everything Must Go$2,0432%19-14$108$2,642,3428Roadside Attractions
17The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$1,444--1--$1,444$16,9948Argot Pictures
1835 and Ticking$1,043702%21$522$76,9077Image Entertainment
19Beautiful Boy$80129%40$200$67,2915Anchor Bay Films
20The Art of Getting By$800-91%7-300$114$1,424,5723Fox Searchlight
21The Music Never Stopped$194273%53$39$250,46916Roadside Attractions