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 Fri, Sep. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$3,631,457103%2,84365$1,277$108,022,0104Disney / DreamWorks
2Apollo 18$2,847,309--3,328--$856$2,847,3091Weinstein Company
3Shark Night 3D$2,797,477--2,806--$997$2,797,4771Relativity Media
4The Debt$2,631,999183%1,826--$1,441$4,533,4131Focus
5Colombiana$1,985,011140%2,6140$759$16,547,1332Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,867,251144%3,193-153$585$154,091,9445Fox
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,472,333147%2,78020$530$12,912,5222FilmDistrict
8Our Idiot Brother$1,436,170124%2,5550$562$11,671,5142Weinstein Company
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,054,096113%3,007-298$351$25,453,4013Weinstein Company
10The Smurfs$891,888108%2,706-155$330$128,844,5006Sony / Columbia
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$867,953154%1,450-127$599$72,071,6576Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$559,78783%1,092-236$513$372,710,7708Warner Bros.
1330 Minutes or Less$471,55557%1,355-716$348$33,669,2624Sony / Columbia
14Captain America: The First Avenger$456,605108%1,050-374$435$170,155,7797Paramount
15Cowboys & Aliens$444,375120%1,185-374$375$94,825,5306Universal
16Final Destination 5$382,11254%1,226-859$312$39,427,5104Warner Bros. / New Line
17Conan the Barbarian (2011)$372,70913%1,722-1293$216$18,590,2993Lionsgate
18One Day$358,55244%1,187-538$302$11,336,0873Focus
19Fright Night (2011)$345,7222%1,468-1646$236$16,107,8573Disney / DreamWorks
20Cars 2$238,564--2,043--$117$187,717,47011Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Seven Days in Utopia$420,927--561--$750$420,9271Visio Entertainment
2The Change-Up$204,82074%539-365$380$35,220,2205Universal
3Saving Private Perez$198,079--161--$1,230$198,0791Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Horrible Bosses$176,733133%422-43$419$114,331,3819Warner Bros. / New Line
5Zookeeper$175,651--401176$438$77,451,8099Sony / Columbia
6Sarah's Key$146,26988%31947$459$4,568,4337Weinstein Company
7Transformers: Dark of the Moon$134,81980%424-94$318$349,894,56310Paramount / DreamWorks
8Bad Teacher$125,2141421%986911$127$98,425,60211Sony / Columbia
9Bridesmaids$74,800149%220-2$340$168,250,13517Universal
10Kung Fu Panda 2$70,792286%305111$232$164,431,46115Paramount / DreamWorks
11Mr. Popper's Penguins$70,286236%25213$279$67,191,80512Fox
12Super 8$69,913140%240-2$291$126,246,21913Paramount
13Friends With Benefits$48,187--161-53$299$55,395,3437Sony / Screen Gems
14Green Lantern$43,186105%185-37$233$116,106,80612Warner Bros.
15X-Men: First Class$26,290110%101-9$260$146,196,27814Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bodyguard$230,778--88--$2,622$541,4361Reliance Big Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$36,83423%490$752$12,297,55122Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Attack the Block$24,036178%6636$364$770,0656Sony / Screen Gems
4The Tree of Life$18,14317%86-11$211$12,927,24415Fox Searchlight
5Another Earth$16,06240%71-23$226$1,166,5047Fox Searchlight
6The Hangover Part II$14,96499%90-38$166$254,348,06615Warner Bros.
7Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$14,632--3--$4,877$14,6321Indomina Media
8Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$12,048-15%64-159$188$11,769,7014Fox
9Circumstance$10,84186%114$986$78,1532Roadside Attractions
10The Devil's Double$10,460-6%49-29$213$1,236,4336Lionsgate
11Beginners$8,94676%34-16$263$5,737,97714Focus
12The Future$6,781100%17-5$399$422,3226Roadside Attractions
13Monte Carlo$5,20835%41-50$127$22,922,17610Fox
14In/Sight$3,146--23--$137$3,1461Check Entertainment
15Project Nim$2,19278%15-1$146$353,7619Roadside Attractions
16Rio (2011)$1,87836%25-14$75$143,604,48021Fox
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,712--54$342$242,12951Collective Eye
185 Days of War$1,6931990%32$564$13,4513Anchor Bay Films
19Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$1,5879%12-3$132$1,327,1308Fox Searchlight
20Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$1,063--1--$1,063$1,0631Argot Pictures
21Redemption Road$824-4%10-16$82$23,1452Freestyle Releasing
22Insidious$74942%4-3$187$53,993,42423FilmDistrict
23The Music Never Stopped$150--1--$150$257,05325Roadside Attractions
24Everything Must Go$115-27%41$29$2,709,67117Roadside Attractions