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.

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 Thu, Sep. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$1,784,699-1%2,77888$642$104,390,5533Disney / DreamWorks
2The Debt$930,882-4%1,786--$521$1,901,4140Focus
3Colombiana$826,160-5%2,614--$316$14,562,1221Sony / TriStar
4Rise of the Planet of the Apes$765,209-4%3,346-125$229$152,224,6934Fox
5Our Idiot Brother$640,350-11%2,555--$251$10,235,3441Weinstein Company
6Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$597,107-4%2,760--$216$11,440,1891FilmDistrict
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$494,563-9%3,30510$150$24,399,3052Weinstein Company
8The Smurfs$429,046-8%2,861-196$150$127,952,6125Sony / Columbia
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$341,185-2%1,577-363$216$71,203,7045Warner Bros.
10Fright Night (2011)$338,7561%3,1140$109$15,762,1352Disney / DreamWorks
11Conan the Barbarian (2011)$331,116-3%3,0150$110$18,217,5902Lionsgate
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$306,094-1%1,328-410$230$372,150,9837Warner Bros.
1330 Minutes or Less$300,227-5%2,071-817$145$33,197,7073Sony / Columbia
14One Day$248,885-5%1,7254$144$10,977,5352Focus
15Final Destination 5$248,1131%2,085-1070$119$39,045,3983Warner Bros. / New Line
16Captain America: The First Avenger$219,0452%1,424-564$154$169,699,1746Paramount
17Cowboys & Aliens$202,4250%1,559-654$130$94,381,1555Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Change-Up$117,520-7%904-729$130$35,015,4004Universal
2Sarah's Key$77,782-5%27271$286$4,422,1646Weinstein Company
3Horrible Bosses$76,001-3%465-290$163$114,154,6488Warner Bros. / New Line
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$74,8896%51834$145$349,759,7449Paramount / DreamWorks
5Bridesmaids$30,0050%222-22$135$168,175,33516Universal
6Super 8$29,078-5%242156$120$126,176,30612Paramount
7Green Lantern$21,0664%222-20$95$116,063,62011Warner Bros.
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$20,923-11%239-35$88$67,121,51911Fox
9Kung Fu Panda 2$18,350-13%194-43$95$164,360,66914Paramount / DreamWorks
10Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$14,225-12%223-1759$64$11,757,6533Fox
11X-Men: First Class$12,51229%110-36$114$146,169,98813Fox
12The Hangover Part II$7,5070%128-65$59$254,333,10214Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$30,054-10%0-49--$12,260,71721Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Tree of Life$15,57111%971$161$12,909,10114Fox Searchlight
3Another Earth$11,44427%947$122$1,150,4426Fox Searchlight
4The Devil's Double$11,1168%78-5$143$1,225,9735Lionsgate
5Attack the Block$8,66018%30-14$289$746,0295Sony / Screen Gems
6Bad Teacher$8,230-8%75--$110$98,300,38810Sony / Columbia
7Circumstance$5,8311%7--$833$67,3121Roadside Attractions
8Beginners$5,0938%50-19$102$5,729,03113Focus
9Monte Carlo$3,8672%91-16$42$22,916,9689Fox
10The Future$3,396-4%21-10$162$415,5415Roadside Attractions
11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$1,453-6%15-22$97$1,325,5437Fox Searchlight
12A Better Life$1,38314%31-34$45$1,759,25210Summit
13Rio (2011)$1,37931%39-29$35$143,602,60220Fox
14Project Nim$1,2291%164$77$351,5698Roadside Attractions
15Redemption Road$859-31%26--$33$23,7841Freestyle Releasing
16Insidious$52648%7-2$75$53,992,67522FilmDistrict
17Everything Must Go$15822%3-1$53$2,709,55616Roadside Attractions
185 Days of War$81-15%1-1$81$11,7582Anchor Bay Films
19The Conspirator$5665%3-1$19$11,538,14820Roadside Attractions