'The Maze Runner' Leads on Monday with $1.87MSeptember 23, 2014 12:37 PM

by Daniel Garris

Fox's The Maze Runner took in $1.87 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The modestly budgeted young adult adaptation was down 76 percent from Sunday, which is an early sign of the film having a significant family audience. The Maze Runner has grossed $34.38 million in four days, which represents a strong start, especially with the film's cost in mind. The film is running in line with expectations and 19 percent ahead of the $28.89 million four-day start of last year's Ender's Game. Fox has already scheduled The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials for release on September 18, 2015.

A Walk Among the Tombstones placed in second with $0.96 million. Universal's modestly budgeted action thriller starring Liam Neeson was down a solid 67 percent from Sunday's performance. However, in the bigger picture A Walk Among the Tombstones is still performing a bit below pre-release expectations (and soft by Neeson's recent box office standards) with a four-day start of $13.72 million. That places the film 35 percent behind the $21.12 million four-day take of 2012's The Grey.

Warner's This Is Where I Leave You placed in third with $0.86 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey fell 69 percent from Sunday. This Is Where I Leave You has grossed $12.42 million in four days. That is towards the lower end of the film's modest expectations and places the film 18 percent behind the $15.16 million four-day start of 2011's The Change-Up.

Sony's No Good Deed took fourth place with $0.59 million. The low-budget thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson was down 73 percent from Sunday and down a very sharp 63 percent from last Monday. No Good Deed surpassed the $40 million mark yesterday and has grossed a healthy $40.29 million in eleven days of release.

Guardians of the Galaxy rounded out Monday's top five with $0.36 million. Disney's blockbuster sci-fi superhero film fell 74 percent from Sunday and 37 percent from last Monday. Guardians of the Galaxy has grossed $314.09 million in 53 days and is now just $4.32 million away from reaching the $318.41 million final unadjusted domestic gross of 2008's Iron Man.

Dolphin Tale 2 followed in sixth with $0.31 million. Warner's family film sequel was down a steep 88 percent from Sunday and down 40 percent from last Monday. Dolphin Tale 2 has grossed $27.24 million in eleven days. That is on the low end of expectations and places the film 28 percent behind the $37.79 million eleven-day take of 2011's Dolphin Tale.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Sep. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$5,599,0884%2,84365$1,969$118,985,1764Disney / DreamWorks
2The Debt$3,618,945-1%1,826--$1,982$11,810,9131Focus
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,110,5206%3,193-153$974$160,139,9885Fox
4Apollo 18$2,848,814-5%3,328--$856$8,704,2711Weinstein Company
5Colombiana$2,729,066-1%2,6140$1,044$22,025,3222Sony / TriStar
6Shark Night 3D$2,602,845-13%2,806--$928$8,404,2601Relativity Media
7Our Idiot Brother$2,101,07210%2,5550$822$15,686,2282Weinstein Company
8Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,879,2030%3,007-298$625$29,216,5893Weinstein Company
9Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,798,040-7%2,78020$647$16,635,4572FilmDistrict
10The Smurfs$1,617,1462%2,706-155$598$132,052,0906Sony / Columbia
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,240,6014%1,450-127$856$74,510,1126Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,008,56812%1,092-236$924$374,623,5848Warner Bros.
13Captain America: The First Avenger$758,4776%1,050-374$722$171,627,5417Paramount
14Cowboys & Aliens$734,8855%1,185-374$620$96,259,5656Universal
1530 Minutes or Less$700,2548%1,355-716$517$35,016,1914Sony / Columbia
16Conan the Barbarian (2011)$672,24126%1,722-1293$390$19,794,7333Lionsgate
17Final Destination 5$539,121-7%1,226-859$440$40,543,4874Warner Bros. / New Line
18Cars 2$508,19110%2,043--$249$188,686,31711Disney
19One Day$483,134-1%1,187-538$407$12,306,3153Focus
20Fright Night (2011)$464,830-5%1,468-1646$317$17,064,3583Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Seven Days in Utopia$470,07810%561--$838$1,316,9101Visio Entertainment
2The Change-Up$296,4508%539-365$550$35,791,5605Universal
3Horrible Bosses$267,8066%422-43$635$114,852,6849Warner Bros. / New Line
4Zookeeper$267,681-9%401176$668$78,013,7399Sony / Columbia
5Saving Private Perez$239,5736%161--$1,488$664,5171Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Sarah's Key$231,816-6%31947$727$5,046,7507Weinstein Company
7Transformers: Dark of the Moon$230,1153%424-94$543$350,348,22510Paramount / DreamWorks
8Bad Teacher$171,848-5%986911$174$98,777,57611Sony / Columbia
9Kung Fu Panda 2$129,717-3%305111$425$164,694,85915Paramount / DreamWorks
10Mr. Popper's Penguins$117,4510%25213$466$67,426,37712Fox
11Super 8$101,930-2%240-2$425$126,451,88713Paramount
13Friends With Benefits$76,38612%161-53$474$55,539,8437Sony / Screen Gems
14Green Lantern$70,974-5%185-37$384$116,252,73212Warner Bros.
15X-Men: First Class$43,18414%101-9$428$146,277,35014Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bodyguard$319,2812%88--$3,628$1,174,1891Reliance Big Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$91,11316%490$1,859$12,467,24122Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Attack the Block$33,0892%6636$501$835,6186Sony / Screen Gems
4The Tree of Life$32,51512%86-11$378$12,988,67215Fox Searchlight
5The Hangover Part II$29,75310%90-38$331$254,404,87215Warner Bros.
6Another Earth$23,1364%71-23$326$1,211,9367Fox Searchlight
7Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$20,311-3%64-159$317$11,810,9084Fox
8Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$19,4165%3--$6,472$52,6181Indomina Media
9The Devil's Double$16,5526%49-29$338$1,268,5816Lionsgate
11Circumstance$11,953-14%114$1,087$104,0762Roadside Attractions
12The Future$8,8607%17-5$521$439,4866Roadside Attractions
14Monte Carlo$6,712-16%41-50$164$22,936,85210Fox
15Rio (2011)$4,6272%25-14$185$143,613,65121Fox
16Project Nim$3,997-3%15-1$266$361,8849Roadside Attractions
17In/Sight$2,730-26%23--$119$9,5711Check Entertainment
18Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$1,938-11%12-3$162$1,331,2428Fox Searchlight
19Redemption Road$1,232-16%10-16$123$25,8402Freestyle Releasing
20Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$901-17%1--$901$3,0541Argot Pictures
215 Days of War$767-17%32$256$15,1403Anchor Bay Films
22Everything Must Go$374120%41$94$2,710,21517Roadside Attractions
23Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$348-68%5--$70$243,56751Collective Eye
24The Music Never Stopped$232-7%1--$232$257,53525Roadside Attractions