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 Wed, Sep. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$1,341,384-10%2,84365$472$127,097,5784Disney / DreamWorks
2The Debt$749,060-20%1,82640$410$16,440,2861Focus
3Colombiana$515,409-24%2,6140$197$25,325,6002Sony / TriStar
4Our Idiot Brother$447,648-21%2,5550$175$18,286,1772Weinstein Company
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$445,497-23%3,193-153$140$163,570,6825Fox
6Apollo 18$427,789-29%3,328--$129$11,739,9371Weinstein Company
7Shark Night 3D$337,165-36%2,806--$120$10,987,1041Relativity Media
8Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$312,185-24%2,78020$112$18,544,2432FilmDistrict
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$252,119-13%1,450-127$174$76,007,9396Warner Bros.
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$179,469-12%1,092-236$164$375,934,8678Warner Bros.
11The Smurfs$153,646-37%2,706-155$57$134,074,2266Sony / Columbia
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$142,451-48%3,007-298$47$31,616,1303Weinstein Company
1330 Minutes or Less$139,785-19%1,355-716$103$35,813,2314Sony / Columbia
14Conan the Barbarian (2011)$123,120-21%1,722-1293$71$20,501,7353Lionsgate
15One Day$112,409-14%1,187-538$95$12,941,8643Focus
16Captain America: The First Avenger$108,701-15%1,050-374$104$172,509,9917Paramount
17Cowboys & Aliens$106,650-14%1,185-374$90$97,112,7656Universal
18Final Destination 5$99,259-19%1,226-859$81$41,108,9724Warner Bros. / New Line
19Fright Night (2011)$94,528-13%1,468-1646$64$17,547,3503Disney / DreamWorks
20Cars 2$57,823-31%2,043--$28$189,398,95711Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Seven Days in Utopia$93,756-14%561--$167$2,004,2371Visio Entertainment
2Sarah's Key$69,1561%31947$217$5,398,5467Weinstein Company
3Horrible Bosses$58,550-9%422-43$139$115,158,4319Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Change-Up$56,705-19%539-365$105$36,112,3805Universal
5Transformers: Dark of the Moon$41,384-8%424-94$98$350,586,16810Paramount / DreamWorks
6Bad Teacher$38,743-12%986911$39$98,942,16611Sony / Columbia
7Saving Private Perez$33,081-15%161--$205$900,2021Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Super 8$19,933-2%240-2$83$126,569,71513Paramount
10Kung Fu Panda 2$16,054-27%305111$53$164,865,21415Paramount / DreamWorks
11Green Lantern$11,350-13%185-37$61$116,337,81412Warner Bros.
12Mr. Popper's Penguins$10,046-24%25213$40$67,530,07512Fox
13X-Men: First Class$5,835-7%101-9$58$146,312,08214Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$14,318-3%490$292$12,577,60622Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Attack the Block$11,71811%6636$178$887,5626Sony / Screen Gems
3The Tree of Life$10,48212%86-11$122$13,033,38815Fox Searchlight
4Another Earth$5,591-11%71-23$79$1,245,0977Fox Searchlight
6The Devil's Double$5,076-7%49-29$104$1,294,9106Lionsgate
7Circumstance$4,78823%114$435$123,0622Roadside Attractions
8The Hangover Part II$3,590-13%90-38$40$254,424,15215Warner Bros.
9Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$3,514-11%3--$1,171$75,0511Indomina Media
10The Future$3,4808%17-4$205$454,4816Roadside Attractions
11Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$2,371-35%64-159$37$11,836,3104Fox
12Project Nim$1,34387%15-1$90$366,5809Roadside Attractions
13In/Sight$1,2163%23--$53$15,2761Check Entertainment
14Monte Carlo$1,060-20%41-50$26$22,946,69810Fox
15Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$92219%12-3$77$1,333,9268Fox Searchlight
165 Days of War$41643%32$139$16,5993Anchor Bay Films
17Rio (2011)$380-37%25-14$15$143,619,36821Fox
18Redemption Road$313-8%10-16$31$29,1302Freestyle Releasing
20Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$193-2%2--$97$244,05051Collective Eye
21The Music Never Stopped$110--1--$110$257,86925Roadside Attractions
22Everything Must Go$10658%41$27$2,710,51817Roadside Attractions