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 Tue, Aug. 16 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$4,378,81013%2,534--$1,728$44,188,6521Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,584,9561%3,69143$971$112,340,8222Fox
3The Smurfs$2,488,5589%3,42732$726$106,544,8603Sony / Columbia
4Final Destination 5$2,031,1279%3,155--$644$21,917,6871Warner Bros. / New Line
530 Minutes or Less$1,869,8552%2,888--$647$17,030,0901Sony / Columbia
6Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,155,40910%2,635-385$438$57,729,2533Warner Bros.
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,142,368-1%2,414-761$473$359,637,7785Warner Bros.
8Captain America: The First Avenger$1,055,1217%2,835-785$372$159,011,4014Paramount
9Cowboys & Aliens$1,026,1007%3,310-444$310$83,660,0003Universal
10The Change-Up$1,005,22017%2,9130$345$27,703,4052Universal
11Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$786,589-6%2,040--$386$7,588,6661Fox
12Horrible Bosses$357,1647%1,338-687$267$110,693,4176Warner Bros. / New Line
13Friends With Benefits$326,93717%1,294-1104$253$53,685,8014Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$183,2286%886-968$207$347,624,2177Paramount / DreamWorks
2Zookeeper$163,6525%748-976$219$76,120,1916Sony / Columbia
3Cars 2$112,385-4%494-432$228$186,425,8018Disney
4Sarah's Key$78,51813%10134$777$2,171,7454Weinstein Company
5Green Lantern$66,77711%242134$276$115,164,1739Warner Bros.
6Kung Fu Panda 2$65,28516%252-38$259$163,555,22912Paramount / DreamWorks
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$62,1349%294-33$211$66,213,2759Fox
8Bridesmaids$56,96011%285-89$200$167,278,13014Universal
9X-Men: First Class$34,73020%183-53$190$145,752,16411Fox
10The Hangover Part II$27,5005%232-71$119$253,995,05412Warner Bros.
11Bad Teacher$27,18923%149-201$182$97,950,7818Sony / Columbia
12The Tree of Life$26,3764%118-52$224$12,524,25712Fox Searchlight
13Super 8$18,96711%108-66$176$125,556,15710Paramount
14Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$18,19717%104-12$175$1,229,5705Fox Searchlight
15Beginners$16,42220%103-23$159$5,556,58711Focus
16Monte Carlo$15,23011%124-17$123$22,718,4467Fox
17Larry Crowne$10,7908%166-63$65$35,586,7257Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$63,816-9%490$1,302$11,444,11819Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Devil's Double$42,6053%8956$479$782,8403Lionsgate
3Aarakshan$35,13366%91--$386$400,9351Reliance Big Pictures
4Another Earth$24,010-1%8227$293$747,4164Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$18,1408%4032$454$488,9913Sony / Screen Gems
6Rio (2011)$12,55322%99-40$127$143,501,10318Fox
7The Future$10,3133%202$516$254,9073Roadside Attractions
8Thor$8,5518%81-60$106$180,969,30015Paramount
9Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$5,19019%55-33$94$15,010,54410Relativity Media
10Project Nim$3,9013%18-3$217$315,3276Roadside Attractions
11A Better Life$3,42455%51-23$67$1,703,6138Summit
12The Last Mountain$1,17583%5--$235$121,92511Dada Films
13Insidious$612-3%13-13$47$53,979,18320FilmDistrict
14Submarine$225-38%7-3$32$467,29111Weinstein Company
15Everything Must Go$22317%3-5$74$2,702,95514Roadside Attractions
16The Conspirator$138-8%2-2$69$11,533,69718Roadside Attractions