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 Wed, Oct. 12 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$1,405,914-23%3,440--$409$33,969,9151Disney / DreamWorks
2The Ides of March$901,942-14%2,199--$410$13,744,2131Sony / Columbia
3Moneyball$623,973-12%3,01825$207$51,558,1413Sony / Columbia
450/50$537,532-16%2,47921$217$19,445,1522Summit
5Dolphin Tale$467,259-16%3,478-37$134$51,778,8973Warner Bros.
6Courageous$351,118-19%1,1610$302$17,531,6572Sony / TriStar
7What's Your Number?$308,175-17%3,0119$102$11,485,1162Fox
8Dream House$293,040-15%2,6643$110$15,599,6902Universal
9The Lion King 3D$282,000-13%2,267-73$124$87,416,7564Disney
10Contagion$237,097-6%2,250-494$105$69,922,1665Warner Bros.
11Killer Elite$235,755-14%2,411-575$98$22,494,3643Open Road
12The Help$232,737-2%2,064-441$113$163,449,7849Disney / DreamWorks
13Drive (2011)$197,140-8%1,330-644$148$30,803,5534FilmDistrict
14Abduction$190,559-15%2,591-527$74$24,152,6313Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$40,499-13%407155$100$379,903,35913Warner Bros.
2Laugh at My Pain$31,698-13%248-26$128$7,056,6955CodeBlack Entertainment
3The Debt$30,980-4%358-245$87$30,669,8906Focus
4Captain America: The First Avenger$28,602-8%303-47$94$175,908,70312Paramount
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$28,143-3%382-209$74$175,036,80710Fox
6Crazy, Stupid, Love$22,0372%222-183$99$83,192,13011Warner Bros.
7Warrior (2011)$16,7421%319-388$52$13,485,3635Lionsgate
8Cowboys & Aliens$13,390-7%206-35$65$99,815,02111Universal
9Sarah's Key$11,80711%113-26$104$6,915,65412Weinstein Company
10I Don't Know How She Does It$10,771-11%240-505$45$9,524,4884Weinstein Company
11Horrible Bosses$9,9811%142-80$70$117,420,89414Warner Bros. / New Line
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$8,368-13%365-345$23$37,825,5018Weinstein Company
13Transformers: Dark of the Moon$6,360-15%143-65$44$352,382,93315Paramount / DreamWorks
14Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$5,054-10%114-102$44$23,838,2737FilmDistrict
15Shark Night 3D$4,2764%145-147$29$18,612,3036Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Machine Gun Preacher$15,7553%9360$169$340,9203Relativity Media
2Seven Days in Utopia$5,54114%77-58$72$4,307,8686Visio Entertainment
3Our Idiot Brother$3,6603%67-69$55$24,669,9797Weinstein Company
4Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$3,128-6%27-7$116$421,1796Indomina Media
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$2,7620%68-35$41$68,194,63417Fox
6Final Destination 5$2,512-19%61-83$41$42,584,7809Warner Bros. / New Line
7Circumstance$2,422-5%18-5$135$380,6747Roadside Attractions
8Margaret$2,3944%1412$171$32,8352Fox Searchlight
9Dirty Girl$2,388-31%9--$265$26,4951Weinstein Company
10Thunder Soul$2,056-9%3724$56$129,7913Roadside Attractions
11Munger Road$1,928-27%98$214$109,2212Freestyle Releasing
12Apollo 18$1,382-13%46-68$30$17,525,1956Weinstein Company
13The Future$549-1%15-1$37$546,43111Roadside Attractions
14Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$326--1--$326$245,32256Collective Eye
15Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$238113%90$26$14,0802UTV Communications
16Project Nim$144-28%6-1$24$399,40614Roadside Attractions
17Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$52-32%4-2$13$10,7442Freestyle Releasing