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 Sat, Sep. 3 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$5,364,07848%2,84365$1,887$113,386,0884Disney / DreamWorks
2The Debt$3,658,55539%1,826--$2,004$8,191,9681Focus
3Apollo 18$3,008,1486%3,328--$904$5,855,4571Weinstein Company
4Shark Night 3D$3,003,9387%2,806--$1,071$5,801,4151Relativity Media
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$2,937,52457%3,193-153$920$157,029,4685Fox
6Colombiana$2,749,12338%2,6140$1,052$19,296,2562Sony / TriStar
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,924,89531%2,78020$692$14,837,4172FilmDistrict
8Our Idiot Brother$1,913,64233%2,5550$749$13,585,1562Weinstein Company
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,883,98579%3,007-298$627$27,337,3863Weinstein Company
10The Smurfs$1,590,44478%2,706-155$588$130,434,9446Sony / Columbia
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,197,85438%1,450-127$826$73,269,5116Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$904,24662%1,092-236$828$373,615,0168Warner Bros.
13Captain America: The First Avenger$713,28556%1,050-374$679$170,869,0647Paramount
14Cowboys & Aliens$699,15057%1,185-374$590$95,524,6806Universal
1530 Minutes or Less$646,67537%1,355-716$477$34,315,9374Sony / Columbia
16Final Destination 5$576,85651%1,226-859$471$40,004,3664Warner Bros. / New Line
17Conan the Barbarian (2011)$532,19343%1,722-1293$309$19,122,4923Lionsgate
18Fright Night (2011)$491,67142%1,468-1646$335$16,599,5283Disney / DreamWorks
19One Day$487,09436%1,187-538$410$11,823,1813Focus
20Cars 2$460,65693%2,043--$225$188,178,12611Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Seven Days in Utopia$425,9051%561--$759$846,8321Visio Entertainment
2Zookeeper$294,24968%401176$734$77,746,0589Sony / Columbia
3The Change-Up$274,89034%539-365$510$35,495,1105Universal
4Horrible Bosses$253,49743%422-43$601$114,584,8789Warner Bros. / New Line
5Sarah's Key$246,50169%31947$773$4,814,9347Weinstein Company
6Saving Private Perez$226,86515%161--$1,409$424,9441Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Transformers: Dark of the Moon$223,54766%424-94$527$350,118,11010Paramount / DreamWorks
8Bad Teacher$180,12644%986911$183$98,605,72811Sony / Columbia
9Kung Fu Panda 2$133,68189%305111$438$164,565,14215Paramount / DreamWorks
10Mr. Popper's Penguins$117,12167%25213$465$67,308,92612Fox
11Super 8$103,73848%240-2$432$126,349,95713Paramount
12Bridesmaids$102,30037%220-2$465$168,352,43517Universal
13Green Lantern$74,95274%185-37$405$116,181,75812Warner Bros.
14Friends With Benefits$68,11441%161-53$423$55,463,4577Sony / Screen Gems
15X-Men: First Class$37,88844%101-9$375$146,234,16614Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bodyguard$313,47236%88--$3,562$854,9081Reliance Big Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$78,577113%490$1,604$12,376,12822Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Attack the Block$32,46435%6636$492$802,5296Sony / Screen Gems
4The Tree of Life$28,91359%86-11$336$12,956,15715Fox Searchlight
5The Hangover Part II$27,05381%90-38$301$254,375,11915Warner Bros.
6Another Earth$22,29639%71-23$314$1,188,8007Fox Searchlight
7Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$20,89673%64-159$327$11,790,5974Fox
8Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$18,57027%3--$6,190$33,2021Indomina Media
9The Devil's Double$15,59649%49-29$318$1,252,0296Lionsgate
10Circumstance$13,97029%114$1,270$92,1232Roadside Attractions
11Beginners$13,78054%34-16$405$5,751,75714Focus
12The Future$8,30422%17-5$488$430,6266Roadside Attractions
13Monte Carlo$7,96453%41-50$194$22,930,14010Fox
14Insidious$7,398888%4-3$1,850$54,000,82223FilmDistrict
15Rio (2011)$4,544142%25-14$182$143,609,02421Fox
16Project Nim$4,12688%15-1$275$357,8879Roadside Attractions
17In/Sight$3,69517%23--$161$6,8411Check Entertainment
18Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$2,17437%12-3$181$1,329,3048Fox Searchlight
19Redemption Road$1,46378%10-16$146$24,6082Freestyle Releasing
20Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$1,0903%1--$1,090$2,1531Argot Pictures
21Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,090-36%54$218$243,21951Collective Eye
225 Days of War$922-46%32$307$14,3733Anchor Bay Films
23The Music Never Stopped$25067%1--$250$257,30325Roadside Attractions
24Everything Must Go$17048%41$43$2,709,84117Roadside Attractions
25The Conspirator$24--1-2$24$11,538,17221Roadside Attractions