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 Fri, Aug. 12 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$8,107,99087%3,69143$2,197$85,483,9092Fox
2The Help$7,644,60876%2,534--$3,017$17,518,4341Disney / DreamWorks
3Final Destination 5$7,339,561--3,155--$2,326$7,339,5611Warner Bros. / New Line
430 Minutes or Less$4,845,247--2,888--$1,678$4,845,2471Sony / Columbia
5The Smurfs$3,781,61453%3,42732$1,103$91,827,2743Sony / Columbia
6Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$2,734,591--2,040--$1,340$2,734,5911Fox
7Cowboys & Aliens$2,201,15065%3,310-444$665$76,063,8603Universal
8Crazy, Stupid, Love$2,140,13070%2,635-385$812$50,612,4263Warner Bros.
9Captain America: The First Avenger$2,056,16748%2,835-785$725$151,816,3734Paramount
10The Change-Up$1,937,14568%2,9130$665$21,469,3502Universal
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,860,23122%2,414-761$771$351,946,1725Warner Bros.
12Horrible Bosses$706,11845%1,338-687$528$108,270,7646Warner Bros. / New Line
13Friends With Benefits$582,11910%1,294-1104$450$51,815,0014Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$385,1328%886-968$435$346,269,3007Paramount / DreamWorks
2Zookeeper$314,80631%748-976$421$75,112,2416Sony / Columbia
3Cars 2$163,1026%494-432$330$185,699,7588Disney
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$120,76775%294-33$411$65,828,2029Fox
5Green Lantern$118,254823%242134$489$114,749,4559Warner Bros.
6Bridesmaids$108,28557%285-89$380$166,917,66014Universal
7Sarah's Key$107,003110%10134$1,059$1,644,9324Weinstein Company
8Kung Fu Panda 2$100,03112%252-38$397$163,182,56212Paramount / DreamWorks
9Bad Teacher$80,676115%149-201$541$97,778,2708Sony / Columbia
10X-Men: First Class$58,51116%183-53$320$145,559,24811Fox
11The Hangover Part II$53,94643%232-71$233$253,813,57412Warner Bros.
12The Tree of Life$40,32918%118-52$342$12,353,92612Fox Searchlight
13Super 8$30,36044%108-66$281$125,442,14510Paramount
14Monte Carlo$28,24644%124-17$228$22,630,3227Fox
15Larry Crowne$28,22090%166-63$170$35,501,2357Universal
16Beginners$24,05830%103-23$234$5,449,17311Focus
17Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$20,9129%104-12$201$1,134,7215Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Aarakshan$108,337--91--$1,191$108,3371Reliance Big Pictures
2The Devil's Double$73,196257%8956$822$511,7273Lionsgate
3Born to Be Wild 3D$64,018-12%490$1,306$11,149,04619Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Another Earth$41,057124%8227$501$575,6984Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$30,351167%4032$759$376,4873Sony / Screen Gems
6Rio (2011)$19,142-2%99-40$193$143,427,81518Fox
7The Future$17,424100%202$871$188,2813Roadside Attractions
8Thor$15,912-5%81-60$196$180,913,70415Paramount
9Project Nim$7,137104%18-3$397$291,7256Roadside Attractions
10A Better Life$5,13054%51-23$101$1,685,6758Summit
11Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$3,888-35%55-33$71$14,992,02410Relativity Media
1235 and Ticking$1,538--50$308$111,64413Image Entertainment
13Insidious$1,412-12%13-13$109$53,974,09720FilmDistrict
14Submarine$872-28%7-3$125$464,37811Weinstein Company
15The Last Mountain$775--52$155$117,36611Dada Films
16Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$639-12%31$213$235,96948Collective Eye
17Everything Must Go$4579%3-5$152$2,701,80814Roadside Attractions
18The Conspirator$304383%20$152$11,532,90118Roadside Attractions