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, Aug. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$2,636,642-14%2,690156$980$79,656,9362Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,390,106-23%3,471-220$400$138,418,3433Fox
3Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$901,065-32%3,295--$273$14,979,3901Weinstein Company
4The Smurfs$779,492-28%3,057-370$255$120,298,4024Sony / Columbia
5Conan the Barbarian (2011)$727,137-32%3,015--$241$12,807,5641Lionsgate
630 Minutes or Less$719,711-28%2,8880$249$28,420,1892Sony / Columbia
7Fright Night (2011)$669,645-29%3,114--$215$10,552,5121Disney / DreamWorks
8Final Destination 5$662,487-29%3,1550$210$34,728,7172Warner Bros. / New Line
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$551,482-17%1,940-695$284$66,053,0014Warner Bros.
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$508,281-15%1,738-676$292$367,711,6406Warner Bros.
11One Day$493,021-26%1,721--$286$6,785,9541Focus
12Captain America: The First Avenger$400,440-18%1,988-847$201$166,086,7315Paramount
13Cowboys & Aliens$387,275-15%2,213-1097$175$90,759,4904Universal
14The Change-Up$310,270-21%1,633-1280$190$32,991,0303Universal
15Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$244,327-13%1,982-58$123$11,230,2642Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Horrible Bosses$141,151-13%755-583$187$113,036,7177Warner Bros. / New Line
2Sarah's Key$95,735-7%201100$476$3,354,3455Weinstein Company
3Friends With Benefits$66,171-22%413-881$160$54,934,9205Sony / Screen Gems
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$65,015-15%484-402$134$348,752,0658Paramount / DreamWorks
5Bridesmaids$39,040-9%244-41$160$167,780,94515Universal
6Zookeeper$38,698-20%370-378$105$76,900,3727Sony / Columbia
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$33,531-18%274-20$122$66,734,71310Fox
8Green Lantern$33,056-18%2420$137$115,709,65710Warner Bros.
9Kung Fu Panda 2$28,317-22%237-15$119$164,038,65413Paramount / DreamWorks
10X-Men: First Class$16,072-18%146-37$110$145,993,24612Fox
11The Hangover Part II$15,571-4%193-39$81$254,222,08413Warner Bros.
12Monte Carlo$7,379-13%107-17$69$22,836,3778Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$45,2921%490$924$11,915,12720Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Devil's Double$20,396-8%83-6$246$1,065,0684Lionsgate
3Another Earth$18,008-4%875$207$989,9245Fox Searchlight
4The Tree of Life$16,594-17%96-22$173$12,748,95313Fox Searchlight
5Super 8$13,648-6%86-22$159$125,732,03511Paramount
6Attack the Block$12,114-8%444$275$642,0424Sony / Screen Gems
7Beginners$9,237-1%69-34$134$5,667,64312Focus
8The Future$9,0705%3111$293$361,1734Roadside Attractions
9Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$5,6523%37-67$153$1,300,0596Fox Searchlight
10Thor$4,0206%54-27$74$181,026,50416Paramount
11Rio (2011)$3,645-21%68-31$54$143,570,30819Fox
12A Better Life$2,693-10%6514$41$1,740,7129Summit
13Project Nim$1,170-8%12-6$98$337,9997Roadside Attractions
145 Days of War$84230%2--$421$8,4321Anchor Bay Films
15Everything Must Go$4704%41$118$2,707,59115Roadside Attractions
16Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$371-59%3--$124$239,82149Collective Eye
17Insidious$31633%9-4$35$53,985,12121FilmDistrict
18The Conspirator$17915%42$45$11,535,99919Roadside Attractions
19Daylight (2011)$75-3%1--$75$4,1016Cinema Purgatorio