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 Thu, Sep. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$2,208,34731%2,3300$948$68,594,1492Disney
2Moneyball$1,733,96518%2,993--$579$25,968,5381Sony / Columbia
3Dolphin Tale$1,662,385100%3,507--$474$23,271,3771Warner Bros.
4Killer Elite$752,2704%2,986--$252$12,584,4471Open Road
5Contagion$723,09615%3,136-86$231$59,662,4653Warner Bros.
6Abduction$682,30517%3,118--$219$13,489,1881Lionsgate
7Drive (2011)$588,8549%2,90418$203$23,713,3152FilmDistrict
8The Help$548,81416%1,964-1050$279$156,357,0287Disney / DreamWorks
9I Don't Know How She Does It$230,92210%2,49014$93$8,820,4382Weinstein Company
10Straw Dogs (2011)$201,5707%2,4080$84$9,641,2222Sony / Screen Gems
11The Debt$132,65419%1,067-764$124$29,444,8674Focus
12Warrior (2011)$112,52714%1,411-472$80$12,622,4043Lionsgate
13Rise of the Planet of the Apes$96,01120%1,178-1162$82$173,941,5548Fox
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$86,440260%1,207-443$72$37,184,7956Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$92,90514%28757$324$5,515,4883CodeBlack Entertainment
2Colombiana$91,71024%847-1086$108$35,438,0675Sony / TriStar
3Crazy, Stupid, Love$84,28717%675-470$125$82,365,4579Warner Bros.
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$41,58716%320-281$130$378,972,34711Warner Bros.
5The Smurfs$40,18556%669-750$60$138,472,9969Sony / Columbia
6Shark Night 3D$36,01718%637-1445$57$18,350,4174Relativity Media
7Transformers: Dark of the Moon$30,1466%251-55$120$352,021,37813Paramount / DreamWorks
8Horrible Bosses$28,6138%313-131$91$117,052,18912Warner Bros. / New Line
9Captain America: The First Avenger$26,802-7%334-206$80$174,894,21110Paramount
10Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$26,5702%424-910$63$23,579,3685FilmDistrict
11Our Idiot Brother$26,01611%411-1336$63$24,538,9725Weinstein Company
12Cowboys & Aliens$22,4501%345-269$65$99,365,8169Universal
13Sarah's Key$20,04622%151-115$133$6,660,27910Weinstein Company
14Final Destination 5$15,2413%254-48$60$42,445,3447Warner Bros. / New Line
15Apollo 18$12,5575%339-1456$37$17,433,8204Weinstein Company
16The Change-Up$11,8308%169-138$70$37,081,4758Universal
17Super 8$8,60925%117-42$74$127,004,17916Paramount
18Bridesmaids$7,7808%111-59$70$169,106,72520Universal
19Mr. Popper's Penguins$6,51226%153-60$43$68,061,66215Fox
20Kung Fu Panda 2$5,17220%113-29$46$165,249,06318Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$24,92788%490$509$13,069,67325Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$9,0703%4829$189$301,9024Indomina Media
3The Tree of Life$6,31833%39-2$162$13,228,32918Fox Searchlight
4Circumstance$4,89223%29-2$169$325,3365Roadside Attractions
5Thunder Soul$4,13543%35--$118$64,8521Roadside Attractions
6Machine Gun Preacher$3,5814%4--$895$58,1991Relativity Media
7Conan the Barbarian (2011)$2,4266%56-98$43$21,220,3996Lionsgate
8Saving Private Perez$2,001-24%44-72$45$1,400,7264Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Green Lantern$1,919-3%49-54$39$116,601,17215Warner Bros.
10Monte Carlo$1,839-7%34-12$54$23,186,76913Fox
11Project Nim$1,412-5%181$78$395,93412Roadside Attractions
12The Future$1,305-17%27-2$48$527,3039Roadside Attractions
13The Devil's Double$976-10%4823$20$1,361,5129Lionsgate