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 Tue, Sep. 6 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$1,484,070-72%2,84365$522$125,756,1944Disney / DreamWorks
2The Debt$938,212-68%1,826--$514$15,691,2261Focus
3Colombiana$677,856-68%2,6140$259$24,810,1912Sony / TriStar
4Apollo 18$606,592-70%3,328--$182$11,312,1481Weinstein Company
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$575,007-76%3,193-153$180$163,125,1855Fox
6Our Idiot Brother$564,936-64%2,5550$221$17,838,5292Weinstein Company
7Shark Night 3D$523,481-70%2,806--$187$10,649,9391Relativity Media
8Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$409,642-65%2,78020$147$18,232,0582FilmDistrict
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$291,026-70%1,450-127$201$75,755,8206Warner Bros.
10Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$272,489-86%3,007-298$91$31,473,6793Weinstein Company
11The Smurfs$243,875-85%2,706-155$90$133,920,5806Sony / Columbia
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$203,305-78%1,092-236$186$375,755,3988Warner Bros.
1330 Minutes or Less$172,001-65%1,355-716$127$35,673,4464Sony / Columbia
14Conan the Barbarian (2011)$156,440-63%1,722-1293$91$20,378,6153Lionsgate
15One Day$130,316-67%1,187-538$110$12,829,4553Focus
16Captain America: The First Avenger$128,530-80%1,050-374$122$172,401,2907Paramount
17Cowboys & Aliens$124,425-80%1,185-374$105$97,006,1156Universal
18Final Destination 5$122,152-64%1,226-859$100$41,009,7134Warner Bros. / New Line
19Fright Night (2011)$108,457-61%1,468-1646$74$17,452,8223Disney / DreamWorks
20Cars 2$84,239-85%2,043--$41$189,341,13411Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Seven Days in Utopia$108,882-78%561--$194$1,910,4811Visio Entertainment
2The Change-Up$70,070-64%539-365$130$36,055,6755Universal
3Sarah's Key$68,694-68%31947$215$5,329,3907Weinstein Company
4Horrible Bosses$64,340-65%422-43$152$115,099,8819Warner Bros. / New Line
5Transformers: Dark of the Moon$44,772-71%424-94$106$350,544,78410Paramount / DreamWorks
6Bad Teacher$43,880-46%986911$45$98,903,42311Sony / Columbia
7Saving Private Perez$38,879-76%161--$241$867,1211Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Bridesmaids$24,200-63%220-2$110$168,541,63017Universal
9Kung Fu Panda 2$22,111-83%305111$72$164,849,16015Paramount / DreamWorks
10Super 8$20,273-74%240-2$84$126,549,78213Paramount
11Mr. Popper's Penguins$13,301-83%25213$53$67,520,02912Fox
12Green Lantern$13,045-79%185-37$71$116,326,46412Warner Bros.
13X-Men: First Class$6,247-72%101-9$62$146,306,24714Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$14,688-82%490$300$12,563,28822Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Attack the Block$10,576-64%6636$160$875,8446Sony / Screen Gems
3The Tree of Life$9,357-62%86-11$109$13,022,90615Fox Searchlight
4Another Earth$6,310-70%71-23$89$1,239,5067Fox Searchlight
5The Devil's Double$5,435-66%49-29$111$1,289,8346Lionsgate
6Beginners$5,039-56%34-16$148$5,781,35314Focus
7The Hangover Part II$4,126-64%90-38$46$254,420,56215Warner Bros.
8Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$3,936-74%3--$1,312$71,5371Indomina Media
9Circumstance$3,885-62%114$353$118,2742Roadside Attractions
10Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$3,664-81%64-159$57$11,833,9394Fox
11The Future$3,231-61%17-5$190$451,0016Roadside Attractions
12Monte Carlo$1,333-82%41-50$33$22,945,63810Fox
13In/Sight$1,184-64%23--$51$14,0601Check Entertainment
14Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$773-22%12-3$64$1,333,0048Fox Searchlight
15Project Nim$719-73%15-1$48$365,2379Roadside Attractions
16Rio (2011)$604-87%25-14$24$143,618,98821Fox
17Redemption Road$342-71%10-16$34$28,8172Freestyle Releasing
185 Days of War$290-61%32$97$16,1833Anchor Bay Films
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$196106%2--$98$243,85751Collective Eye
20Insidious$92-74%4-3$23$54,008,88323FilmDistrict
21Everything Must Go$67-48%41$17$2,710,41217Roadside Attractions