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 Sat, Oct. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dolphin Tale$6,522,45387%3,5158$1,856$33,280,7902Warner Bros.
2Moneyball$5,537,24645%2,9930$1,850$35,335,2022Sony / Columbia
3The Lion King 3D$4,454,38435%2,34010$1,904$76,345,8703Disney
450/50$3,623,34425%2,458--$1,474$6,510,7211Summit
5Dream House$3,525,82522%2,661--$1,325$6,413,0101Universal
6Courageous$3,261,4914%1,161--$2,809$6,389,4311Sony / TriStar
7Abduction$2,569,65951%3,1180$824$17,764,7792Lionsgate
8Contagion$2,287,58454%2,744-392$834$63,431,7994Warner Bros.
9What's Your Number?$2,156,4926%3,002--$718$4,186,8951Fox
10Killer Elite$2,122,61040%2,9860$711$16,220,8852Open Road
11Drive (2011)$1,444,33343%1,974-930$732$26,166,2853FilmDistrict
12The Help$1,331,73649%2,505-190$532$158,580,7078Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$348,71251%278-9$1,254$6,094,9574CodeBlack Entertainment
2The Debt$310,54381%603-464$515$29,926,6355Focus
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$257,81576%591-587$436$174,346,2299Fox
4Warrior (2011)$204,75649%707-704$290$12,964,9354Lionsgate
5Colombiana$195,06573%412-435$473$35,746,0426Sony / TriStar
6Straw Dogs (2011)$193,41344%874-1534$221$9,968,6723Sony / Screen Gems
7Bad Teacher$192,340-26%354122$543$100,205,68915Sony / Columbia
8Captain America: The First Avenger$192,12258%35016$549$175,207,63111Paramount
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$181,16044%405-270$447$82,672,61910Warner Bros.
10I Don't Know How She Does It$177,08839%745-1745$238$9,125,3693Weinstein Company
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$175,306174%710-497$247$37,424,0447Weinstein Company
12The Smurfs$161,364117%411-258$393$138,708,65410Sony / Columbia
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$125,40581%252-68$498$379,167,18412Warner Bros.
14Zookeeper$98,64591%253-41$390$79,851,23813Sony / Columbia
15Transformers: Dark of the Moon$92,00275%208-43$442$352,165,90514Paramount / DreamWorks
16Cowboys & Aliens$84,35056%241-104$350$99,504,39110Universal
17Horrible Bosses$75,39437%222-91$340$117,182,65613Warner Bros. / New Line
18Shark Night 3D$72,11798%292-345$247$18,458,9085Relativity Media
19Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$61,12461%216-208$283$23,678,3896FilmDistrict
20Sarah's Key$46,83959%139-12$337$6,736,54611Weinstein Company
21Final Destination 5$35,01771%144-110$243$42,500,8908Warner Bros. / New Line
22Mr. Popper's Penguins$34,026115%103-50$330$68,111,50316Fox
23Seven Days in Utopia$33,40316%135-137$247$4,081,9305Visio Entertainment
24Our Idiot Brother$27,69735%136-275$204$24,587,1866Weinstein Company
25Apollo 18$23,59169%114-225$207$17,471,3805Weinstein Company
26Conan the Barbarian (2011)$21,21059%11559$184$21,254,9757Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$47,90579%490$978$13,144,28826Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Machine Gun Preacher$33,88733%3329$1,027$117,6162Relativity Media
3Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$22,68955%34-14$667$339,2215Indomina Media
4Munger Road$12,449-24%1--$12,449$28,8551Freestyle Releasing
5Circumstance$8,12138%23-6$353$339,3636Roadside Attractions
6Muran$7,26742%10--$727$12,3881UTV Communications
7Thunder Soul$7,18347%13-22$553$76,9122Roadside Attractions
8Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$3,88212%9--$431$7,3521UTV Communications
9The Future$3,54639%16-11$222$533,40310Roadside Attractions
10Margaret$3,02446%2--$1,512$5,0961Fox Searchlight
11Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$2,89039%6--$482$4,9721Freestyle Releasing
12Project Nim$59923%7-11$86$397,01913Roadside Attractions