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 Thu, Jul. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$9,554,137-8%4,08877$2,337$213,975,4241Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$3,581,966-2%4,1150$870$133,619,5152Disney
3Bad Teacher$2,253,767-2%3,0490$739$69,757,4072Sony / Columbia
4Larry Crowne$1,322,985-2%2,973--$445$20,261,2851Universal
5Monte Carlo$1,162,006-7%2,473--$470$12,324,9031Fox
6Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,096,6833%2,861-481$383$54,896,7743Fox
7Super 8$1,035,0912%3,088-336$335$113,231,3414Paramount
8Green Lantern$958,1463%3,280-234$292$106,583,9563Warner Bros.
9Bridesmaids$611,1605%1,389-201$440$155,513,7458Universal
10X-Men: First Class$414,5522%1,602-421$259$140,616,7375Fox
11Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$358,81710%1,473-269$244$235,195,7857Disney
12The Hangover Part II$314,477-1%1,568-457$201$249,619,1836Warner Bros.
13Kung Fu Panda 2$289,9140%1,281-1246$226$158,149,3216Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$136,155-1%22813$597$8,220,7616Fox Searchlight
2Rio (2011)$102,8927%308-36$334$140,868,75912Fox
3Beginners$66,3255%10835$614$2,697,3275Focus
4Thor$59,6077%270-134$221$178,166,6639Paramount
5Fast Five$52,8950%302-41$175$208,521,20010Universal
6Water for Elephants$36,9397%234-58$158$58,165,60111Fox
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$35,2863%221-670$160$14,067,2874Relativity Media
8Something Borrowed$23,7164%191-40$124$38,764,5819Warner Bros.
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$23,49617%14094$168$53,101,33311Lionsgate
10Rango$17,8058%117-39$152$123,257,58118Paramount
11The Lincoln Lawyer$13,23810%138-51$96$57,844,76116Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$76,9109%470$1,636$8,463,46913Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Delhi Belly$45,201-13%89--$508$857,3851UTV Communications
3Hubble 3D$32,8163%330$994$26,425,28868Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$8,5234%68-46$125$10,088,37510Weinstein Company
5A Better Life$8,251-1%117$750$229,2542Summit
6Insidious$7,026-16%70-4$100$53,643,77714FilmDistrict
7Source Code$6,86114%66-40$104$54,667,88014Summit
8Submarine$4,7849%20-6$239$360,9755Weinstein Company
9Limitless$4,336-2%55-30$79$79,249,45516Relativity Media
10Hanna$3,94610%34-25$116$40,259,11913Focus
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$3,0663%31-27$99$52,682,74915Fox
12Jane Eyre (2011)$2,854-5%26-25$110$11,222,45717Focus
13Win Win$1,93955%18-14$108$10,150,89916Fox Searchlight
14Everything Must Go$1,553-25%19-14$82$2,654,1788Roadside Attractions
15The Conspirator$90813%0----$11,506,22612Roadside Attractions
16Beautiful Boy$57618%40$144$71,0205Anchor Bay Films
17The Art of Getting By$5239%7-122$75$1,427,9543Fox Searchlight
1835 and Ticking$397-9%21$199$80,5887Image Entertainment
19The Music Never Stopped$15129%53$30$251,33716Roadside Attractions