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 Mon, Jul. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$18,043,081-49%4,375--$4,124$187,232,5081Warner Bros.
2Transformers: Dark of the Moon$2,839,070-56%3,917-190$725$305,717,8673Paramount / DreamWorks
3Horrible Bosses$2,611,356-50%3,13494$833$62,760,9592Warner Bros. / New Line
4Zookeeper$1,846,122-46%3,4820$530$44,229,1002Sony / Columbia
5Cars 2$1,235,710-51%3,249-741$380$166,625,4644Disney
6Winnie the Pooh$1,126,571-48%2,405--$468$8,983,6471Disney
7Bad Teacher$785,831-46%2,659-303$296$89,243,4704Sony / Columbia
8Larry Crowne$343,050-52%2,287-689$150$32,062,6103Universal
9Super 8$280,113-49%1,459-833$192$122,567,4726Paramount
10Monte Carlo$267,843-30%1,169-1304$229$20,378,3143Fox
11Mr. Popper's Penguins$242,685-37%1,002-994$242$61,715,7015Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$261,555-45%872-230$300$161,591,13510Universal
2Green Lantern$178,188-51%973-1042$183$112,967,3545Warner Bros.
3X-Men: First Class$97,870-49%470-377$208$143,553,7277Fox
4The Tree of Life$87,904-55%235-2$374$10,178,3938Fox Searchlight
5Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$83,286-41%373-249$223$237,436,9209Disney
6Kung Fu Panda 2$81,927-42%354-296$231$160,156,4568Paramount / DreamWorks
7Thor$68,008-43%272-43$250$179,569,17011Paramount
8The Hangover Part II$67,542-46%455-380$148$251,949,4958Warner Bros.
9Rio (2011)$57,743-39%241-31$240$141,990,31914Fox
10Beginners$56,378-57%17015$332$3,989,0657Focus
11A Better Life$37,699-68%21663$175$1,076,7354Summit
12Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$31,616-23%21443$148$14,401,1716Relativity Media
13Fast Five$30,740-53%212-29$145$209,173,37512Universal
14Water for Elephants$13,718-45%120-48$114$58,475,21913Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$52,195-6%480$1,087$9,238,26415Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$25,694-20%27-1$952$26,806,37570Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$17,854-55%24--$744$151,8591Fox Searchlight
4Something Borrowed$9,152-52%74-39$124$38,965,04111Warner Bros.
5Insidious$8,521-47%66-15$129$53,837,54916FilmDistrict
6Delhi Belly$8,479-69%67-23$127$1,436,1843UTV Communications
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$7,717-51%87-25$89$53,319,66513Lionsgate
8Project Nim$7,046-55%2218$320$94,8862Roadside Attractions
9The Lincoln Lawyer$4,982-56%72-34$69$57,986,87118Lionsgate
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$1,794-17%19-23$94$10,136,54812Weinstein Company
11Submarine$1,190-60%14-5$85$400,1787Weinstein Company
12Everything Must Go$773-38%12-5$64$2,678,24010Roadside Attractions
1335 and Ticking$412-61%51$82$90,4819Image Entertainment
14The Conspirator$297-84%10-5$30$11,521,71814Roadside Attractions
15The Music Never Stopped$63--40$16$255,47018Roadside Attractions
16Chillar Party$21-89%4-3$5$6,1702UTV Communications