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 Sat, Jul. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$18,326,86523%4,10719$4,462$247,145,0032Paramount / DreamWorks
2Horrible Bosses$10,392,3945%3,040--$3,419$20,274,6651Warner Bros. / New Line
3Zookeeper$7,518,2282%3,482--$2,159$14,883,2661Sony / Columbia
4Cars 2$6,040,26224%3,990-125$1,514$144,517,6033Disney
5Bad Teacher$3,468,44614%2,962-87$1,171$76,257,7313Sony / Columbia
6Larry Crowne$2,440,32024%2,9763$820$24,665,0502Universal
7Super 8$2,042,61132%2,292-796$891$116,820,0555Paramount
8Monte Carlo$1,348,652-9%2,4730$545$15,158,9282Fox
9Green Lantern$1,269,70530%2,015-1265$630$108,831,1964Warner Bros.
10Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,195,5566%1,996-865$599$57,218,5094Fox
11Bridesmaids$1,068,94025%1,102-287$970$157,436,7509Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$593,33833%847-755$701$141,656,9446Fox
2The Hangover Part II$493,04625%835-733$590$250,506,2207Warner Bros.
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$440,85833%622-851$709$235,968,1408Disney
4Kung Fu Panda 2$346,22930%650-631$533$158,760,8707Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Tree of Life$328,25250%2379$1,385$8,768,5087Fox Searchlight
6Beginners$241,28762%15547$1,557$3,087,1756Focus
7Thor$224,22527%31545$712$178,567,77910Paramount
8Rio (2011)$158,01314%272-36$581$141,165,78613Fox
9A Better Life$130,99459%153142$856$442,6383Summit
10Fast Five$102,42531%241-61$425$208,701,95011Universal
11Soul Surfer$50,8349%160-45$318$43,651,76814Sony / TriStar
12Water for Elephants$50,43527%168-66$300$58,255,61612Fox
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$39,45827%112-28$352$53,171,85312Lionsgate
14Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$29,0964%171-50$170$14,124,4515Relativity Media
15The Lincoln Lawyer$25,95237%106-32$245$57,889,69017Lionsgate
16Something Borrowed$25,82113%113-78$229$38,813,27110Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Delhi Belly$162,32436%901$1,804$1,138,6972UTV Communications
2Born to Be Wild 3D$80,130-14%481$1,669$8,637,53614Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$44,9937%28-5$1,607$26,513,32069Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Insidious$30,45336%8111$376$53,696,67515FilmDistrict
5Source Code$11,63117%41-25$284$54,689,44415Summit
6Project Nim$10,54447%4--$2,636$17,7111Roadside Attractions
7Double Dhamaal$8,06888%20-21$403$523,8683Reliance Big Pictures
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$7,13429%42-26$170$10,101,05211Weinstein Company
9Submarine$6,96251%19-1$366$372,5516Weinstein Company
10Jane Eyre (2011)$4,33637%21-5$206$11,229,96118Focus
11Everything Must Go$3,15510%17-2$186$2,660,2109Roadside Attractions
12The Conspirator$2,138-2%150$143$11,509,11813Roadside Attractions
13Chillar Party$1,90656%7--$272$3,1251UTV Communications
1435 and Ticking$1,84233%42$461$83,8128Image Entertainment
15The Last Mountain$1,28130%3--$427$89,0986Dada Films
16The Music Never Stopped$1,07839%4-1$270$253,19017Roadside Attractions
17Beautiful Boy$996105%3-1$332$72,5036Anchor Bay Films