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 Thu, Jul. 14 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$3,916,728-15%4,10719$954$281,550,2522Paramount / DreamWorks
2Horrible Bosses$2,868,140-15%3,040--$943$42,372,1391Warner Bros. / New Line
3Zookeeper$2,174,105-7%3,482--$624$30,052,4661Sony / Columbia
4Cars 2$1,802,830-8%3,990-125$452$156,982,2253Disney
5Bad Teacher$934,183-14%2,962-87$315$83,305,1923Sony / Columbia
6Larry Crowne$610,080-11%2,9763$205$29,055,0102Universal
7Monte Carlo$545,100-15%2,4730$220$18,792,0232Fox
8Super 8$472,248-14%2,292-796$206$120,316,9825Paramount
9Mr. Popper's Penguins$464,102-10%1,966-895$236$60,104,6614Fox
10Green Lantern$377,093-8%2,015-1265$187$111,430,0334Warner Bros.
11Bridesmaids$325,090-13%1,102-287$295$159,607,3759Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$145,097-18%847-755$171$142,820,2716Fox
2Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$143,080-1%622-851$230$236,860,4798Disney
3Kung Fu Panda 2$137,408-4%650-631$211$159,613,7747Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Hangover Part II$121,290-12%835-733$145$251,377,1507Warner Bros.
5The Tree of Life$101,282-9%2379$427$9,463,7667Fox Searchlight
6Thor$84,450-5%31545$268$179,115,00710Paramount
7Rio (2011)$78,820-5%272-36$290$141,609,30713Fox
8Beginners$53,225-15%15547$343$3,499,8736Focus
9Fast Five$32,535-7%241-61$135$208,928,49011Universal
10A Better Life$32,196-9%153142$210$700,7403Summit
11Water for Elephants$19,810-5%168-66$118$58,373,26312Fox
12Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$17,861-2%171-50$104$14,225,9435Relativity Media
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$14,10012%112-28$126$53,256,10712Lionsgate
14Something Borrowed$12,148-3%113-78$108$38,880,50910Warner Bros.
15The Lincoln Lawyer$8,1756%106-32$77$57,939,60117Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$69,140-14%481$1,440$8,994,54014Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$31,7226%28-5$1,133$26,667,25269Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Delhi Belly$17,679-25%901$196$1,321,0762UTV Communications
4Insidious$13,079-3%8111$161$53,778,38215FilmDistrict
5Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$5,1949%42-26$124$10,126,49311Weinstein Company
6Source Code$4,00813%41-25$98$54,712,22715Summit
7Submarine$2,8602%19-1$151$390,1146Weinstein Company
8Project Nim$2,792-9%4--$698$38,7951Roadside Attractions
9Jane Eyre (2011)$1,979-4%21-5$94$11,242,66018Focus
10Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,803-2%4--$451$225,51143Collective Eye
11Everything Must Go$1,328-56%17-2$78$2,672,3039Roadside Attractions
12The Conspirator$755-52%15--$50$11,516,53113Roadside Attractions
1335 and Ticking$53583%42$134$86,6588Image Entertainment
14The Last Mountain$510-20%3--$170$93,3516Dada Films
15The Music Never Stopped$395-3%4-1$99$255,40717Roadside Attractions
16Beautiful Boy$375-6%3-1$125$74,5306Anchor Bay Films
17Chillar Party$181-55%7--$26$5,6471UTV Communications