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 Wed, Jul. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$4,624,283-24%4,10719$1,126$277,633,5242Paramount / DreamWorks
2Horrible Bosses$3,373,455-17%3,040--$1,110$39,503,9991Warner Bros. / New Line
3Zookeeper$2,343,698-22%3,482--$673$27,878,3611Sony / Columbia
4Cars 2$1,956,799-19%3,990-125$490$155,179,3953Disney
5Bad Teacher$1,091,345-22%2,962-87$368$82,371,0093Sony / Columbia
6Larry Crowne$684,555-25%2,9763$230$28,444,9302Universal
7Monte Carlo$642,732-21%2,4730$260$18,246,9232Fox
8Super 8$552,181-14%2,292-796$241$119,844,7345Paramount
9Mr. Popper's Penguins$515,596-15%1,966-895$262$59,640,5594Fox
10Green Lantern$408,231-17%2,015-1265$203$111,052,9404Warner Bros.
11Bridesmaids$374,680-10%1,102-287$340$159,282,2859Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$177,214-17%847-755$209$142,675,1746Fox
2Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$144,020-16%622-851$232$236,717,3998Disney
3Kung Fu Panda 2$143,843-23%650-631$221$159,476,3667Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Hangover Part II$137,104-13%835-733$164$251,255,8607Warner Bros.
5The Tree of Life$111,565-12%2379$471$9,362,4847Fox Searchlight
6Thor$88,512-18%31545$281$179,030,55710Paramount
7Rio (2011)$82,648-12%272-36$304$141,530,48713Fox
8Beginners$62,620-14%15547$404$3,446,6486Focus
9A Better Life$35,189-5%153142$230$668,5443Summit
10Fast Five$34,945-15%241-61$145$208,895,95511Universal
11Water for Elephants$20,939-7%168-66$125$58,353,45312Fox
12Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$18,246-17%171-50$107$14,208,0825Relativity Media
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$12,544-21%112-28$112$53,242,00712Lionsgate
14Something Borrowed$12,523-7%113-78$111$38,868,36110Warner Bros.
15The Lincoln Lawyer$7,684-17%106-32$72$57,931,42617Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$79,966-2%481$1,666$8,925,40014Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$29,995-4%28-5$1,071$26,635,53069Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Delhi Belly$23,429-15%901$260$1,303,3972UTV Communications
4Insidious$13,537-10%8111$167$53,765,30315FilmDistrict
5Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$4,753-12%42-26$113$10,121,29911Weinstein Company
6Source Code$3,532-18%41-25$86$54,708,21915Summit
7Project Nim$3,076-21%4--$769$36,0031Roadside Attractions
8Everything Must Go$3,0365%17-2$179$2,670,9759Roadside Attractions
9Submarine$2,817-26%19-1$148$387,2546Weinstein Company
10Jane Eyre (2011)$2,052-46%21-5$98$11,240,68118Focus
11Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,8469%4--$462$223,70843Collective Eye
12The Conspirator$1,58657%15--$106$11,515,77613Roadside Attractions
13The Last Mountain$635-46%3--$212$92,8416Dada Films
14The Music Never Stopped$4074%4-1$102$255,01217Roadside Attractions
15Chillar Party$406-35%7--$58$5,4661UTV Communications
16Beautiful Boy$399-15%3-1$133$74,1556Anchor Bay Films
1735 and Ticking$292-23%42$73$86,1238Image Entertainment