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. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$2,162,59120%2,77888$778$100,802,8693Disney / DreamWorks
2Colombiana$1,294,29711%2,614--$495$12,863,7801Sony / TriStar
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,056,45714%3,346-125$316$150,658,2964Fox
4Our Idiot Brother$995,63615%2,555--$390$8,875,9371Weinstein Company
5Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$895,12812%2,760--$324$10,221,4941FilmDistrict
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$792,07137%3,30510$240$23,359,5862Weinstein Company
7The Smurfs$627,85531%2,861-196$219$127,056,6425Sony / Columbia
8Conan the Barbarian (2011)$485,81022%3,0150$161$17,544,3142Lionsgate
9Fright Night (2011)$442,68821%3,1140$142$15,089,4912Disney / DreamWorks
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$419,22316%1,577-363$266$70,514,2085Warner Bros.
1130 Minutes or Less$418,89712%2,071-817$202$32,582,2223Sony / Columbia
12One Day$379,05927%1,7254$220$10,466,4582Focus
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$372,1954%1,328-410$280$371,535,4327Warner Bros.
14Final Destination 5$340,12415%2,085-1070$163$38,551,2243Warner Bros. / New Line
15Captain America: The First Avenger$256,9428%1,424-564$180$169,265,5626Paramount
16Cowboys & Aliens$233,8507%1,559-654$150$93,976,0605Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Change-Up$149,16018%904-729$165$34,771,3204Universal
2Horrible Bosses$99,06615%465-290$213$114,000,2958Warner Bros. / New Line
3Sarah's Key$97,73823%27271$359$4,262,1416Weinstein Company
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$83,80014%51834$162$349,614,2199Paramount / DreamWorks
5Super 8$35,98314%242156$149$126,116,60012Paramount
6Bridesmaids$35,52014%222-22$160$168,115,36016Universal
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$26,61226%239-35$111$67,077,17411Fox
8Green Lantern$24,82418%222-20$112$116,022,29811Warner Bros.
9Kung Fu Panda 2$24,46125%194-43$126$164,321,25814Paramount / DreamWorks
10Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$21,2058%223-1759$95$11,727,2443Fox
11X-Men: First Class$11,650-7%110-36$106$146,147,80313Fox
12The Hangover Part II$8,40110%128-65$66$254,318,11414Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$37,2747%490$761$12,197,28221Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Tree of Life$14,60617%971$151$12,879,50114Fox Searchlight
3The Devil's Double$13,7718%78-5$177$1,204,5845Lionsgate
4Another Earth$13,0572%947$139$1,129,9556Fox Searchlight
5Bad Teacher$10,15422%75--$135$98,283,19910Sony / Columbia
6Attack the Block$9,99714%30-14$333$729,9995Sony / Screen Gems
7Circumstance$6,73919%7--$963$55,7251Roadside Attractions
8Beginners$5,653-6%50-19$113$5,719,24113Focus
9Monte Carlo$5,17343%91-16$57$22,909,3279Fox
10The Future$4,9372%22-9$224$408,6125Roadside Attractions
11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$2,083-1%15-22$139$1,322,5367Fox Searchlight
12Rio (2011)$1,5519%39-29$40$143,600,17120Fox
13Redemption Road$1,50145%26--$58$21,6851Freestyle Releasing
14A Better Life$1,125-7%31-34$36$1,756,65810Summit
15Project Nim$926-10%164$58$349,1248Roadside Attractions
165 Days of War$281-40%1-1$281$11,5822Anchor Bay Films
17Insidious$240-42%7-2$34$53,991,79322FilmDistrict
18Everything Must Go$187246%3-1$62$2,709,26816Roadside Attractions
19The Conspirator$42-28%3-1$14$11,538,05820Roadside Attractions