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 Sun, Sep. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$4,997,546-47%3,222--$1,551$22,403,5961Warner Bros.
2The Help$2,325,321-41%2,93592$792$137,327,8005Disney / DreamWorks
3Warrior (2011)$1,337,800-37%1,869--$716$5,242,1071Lionsgate
4The Debt$1,150,196-47%1,87650$613$21,867,6762Focus
5Colombiana$995,843-44%2,354-260$423$29,726,2883Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$964,745-47%2,887-306$334$167,847,1166Fox
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$797,178-35%2,544-463$313$34,223,0184Weinstein Company
8Shark Night 3D$781,407-52%2,84842$274$14,672,5922Relativity Media
9Apollo 18$668,081-49%3,3302$201$14,939,3032Weinstein Company
10Our Idiot Brother$615,546-49%2,396-159$257$21,309,5473Weinstein Company
11The Smurfs$569,528-35%1,977-729$288$136,009,2777Sony / Columbia
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$506,176-48%1,310-140$386$78,417,4487Warner Bros.
13Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$493,035-51%2,251-529$219$21,000,6043FilmDistrict
14Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$344,073-35%1,500--$229$1,415,0231Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$287,484-36%810-282$355$377,104,6849Warner Bros.
2Cowboys & Aliens$211,600-45%920-265$230$98,041,8217Universal
3Captain America: The First Avenger$208,975-47%804-246$260$173,459,6638Paramount
4Seven Days in Utopia$161,872-41%555-6$292$2,749,8562Visio Entertainment
5Horrible Bosses$139,856-47%50381$278$115,795,82310Warner Bros. / New Line
6Final Destination 5$125,742-52%655-571$192$41,756,4735Warner Bros. / New Line
730 Minutes or Less$122,433-48%646-709$190$36,472,3545Sony / Columbia
8Zookeeper$116,547-44%343-58$340$78,767,40110Sony / Columbia
9Sarah's Key$108,241-38%306-13$354$5,852,4258Weinstein Company
10One Day$97,438-39%492-695$198$13,436,9914Focus
11Saving Private Perez$90,617-5%1654$549$1,175,3742Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Conan the Barbarian (2011)$84,242-36%551-1171$153$20,920,8824Lionsgate
13The Change-Up$76,670-47%374-165$205$36,485,3256Universal
14Transformers: Dark of the Moon$44,968-46%177-247$254$350,800,07711Paramount / DreamWorks
15Mr. Popper's Penguins$44,068-45%2520$175$67,701,50613Fox
16Super 8$37,019-43%203-37$182$126,728,70914Paramount
17Kung Fu Panda 2$36,387-39%164-141$222$165,001,60916Paramount / DreamWorks
18Bridesmaids$35,460-50%197-23$180$168,748,58518Universal
19Green Lantern$30,547-45%155-30$197$116,464,12513Warner Bros.
20Friends With Benefits$16,332-53%114-47$143$55,705,0008Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$380,195-51%98--$3,880$1,908,4201CodeBlack Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$32,687-22%490$667$12,682,09923Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Monte Carlo$27,379-43%6928$397$23,047,80211Fox
4Circumstance$16,261-27%2312$707$182,1143Roadside Attractions
5The Tree of Life$15,745-15%62-24$254$13,090,52116Fox Searchlight
6Attack the Block$14,511-28%51-15$285$949,2177Sony / Screen Gems
7Bad Teacher$11,133-61%96-890$116$99,039,41412Sony / Columbia
8X-Men: First Class$9,714-48%67-34$145$146,358,17515Fox
9Another Earth$7,251-20%41-30$177$1,273,9388Fox Searchlight
10Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$6,841-30%30$2,280$102,5852Indomina Media
11The Devil's Double$6,307-31%33-16$191$1,321,1227Lionsgate
12The Future$5,600-23%269$215$475,9517Roadside Attractions
13The Hangover Part II$5,074-64%60-30$85$254,455,98616Warner Bros.
14Project Nim$1,332-50%11-4$121$373,94410Roadside Attractions
15Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$860-30%8-4$108$1,337,9199Fox Searchlight
16Tanner Hall$731-27%5--$146$2,8031Anchor Bay Films
17Everything Must Go$168-26%40$42$2,711,21018Roadside Attractions
18The Music Never Stopped$168--10$168$258,07726Roadside Attractions
195 Days of War$94-14%1-2$94$17,2434Anchor Bay Films
20In/Sight$56-55%3-20$19$17,0122Check Entertainment
21The Conspirator$80%1--$8$11,538,20422Roadside Attractions