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 Fri, Oct. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$26,305,745--3,321--$7,921$26,305,7451Paramount
2Footloose (2011)$3,509,954207%3,5556$987$23,522,9852Paramount
3Real Steel$3,105,491204%3,412-28$910$59,013,1313Disney / DreamWorks
4The Three Musketeers (2011)$2,969,687--3,017--$984$2,969,6871Summit
5The Ides of March$1,528,814161%2,042-157$749$25,788,1403Sony / Columbia
6Moneyball$1,325,990175%2,353-487$564$60,984,8845Sony / Columbia
7Dolphin Tale$1,246,449155%2,828-458$441$61,437,1245Warner Bros.
8Johnny English Reborn$1,163,845--1,552--$750$1,163,8451Universal
9The Thing (2011)$1,003,32597%2,995-1$335$11,982,6702Universal
1050/50$925,870128%1,932-459$479$26,911,4104Summit
11Courageous$793,717144%1,195-19$664$23,274,8834Sony / TriStar
12The Big Year$573,658125%2,1500$267$4,893,0362Fox
13Dream House$379,445132%1,224-948$310$19,427,1254Universal
14The Lion King 3D$307,57846%1,091-879$282$91,661,8786Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Mighty Macs$346,840--975--$356$346,8401Quaker Media
2Contagion$271,54677%901-783$301$72,892,8387Warner Bros.
3The Help$217,62842%776-491$280$165,694,46411Disney / DreamWorks
4Drive (2011)$187,14067%367-336$510$32,767,5896FilmDistrict
5Abduction$179,03259%753-954$238$26,390,6315Lionsgate
6Killer Elite$121,00118%751-680$161$24,343,6005Open Road
7The Smurfs$108,766--327-43$333$140,276,67813Sony / Columbia
8What's Your Number?$98,755-1%343-939$288$13,495,9834Fox
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$79,287415%308146$257$83,484,60813Warner Bros.
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$70,521226%249-24$283$175,464,72012Fox
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$55,20462%240-90$230$380,405,84115Warner Bros.
12Captain America: The First Avenger$51,01396%184-62$277$176,313,66514Paramount
13Laugh at My Pain$34,84884%103-85$338$7,480,7247CodeBlack Entertainment
14Colombiana$32,261--17644$183$36,457,4799Sony / TriStar
15Cowboys & Aliens$29,485103%131-77$225$100,052,42613Universal
16The Debt$28,23957%119-81$237$30,980,3138Focus
17Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$25,74550%178-133$145$38,116,18210Weinstein Company
18Shark Night 3D$16,220647%102-13$159$18,681,9078Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$169,290--56--$3,023$169,2901Roadside Attractions
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$40,165--4--$10,041$40,1651Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$31,80467%490$649$13,609,70729Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Zookeeper$11,483--94-61$122$80,328,69616Sony / Columbia
5Munger Road$11,137190%16-16$696$200,4124Freestyle Releasing
6Our Idiot Brother$10,638294%7938$135$24,709,9329Weinstein Company
7Warrior (2011)$9,87524%65-70$152$13,613,8177Lionsgate
8Machine Gun Preacher$9,22217%25-18$369$453,5215Relativity Media
9Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$8,972277%53-27$169$23,906,6189FilmDistrict
10Horrible Bosses$7,46431%50-35$149$117,513,72316Warner Bros. / New Line
11Sarah's Key$6,915-21%48-38$144$7,010,36314Weinstein Company
12Labios Rojos$6,50830%43-24$151$104,3212Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Seven Days in Utopia$4,23734%20-21$212$4,348,0758Visio Entertainment
14Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$3,211--21-1$153$465,9488Indomina Media
15Texas Killing Fields$3,002157%41$751$16,3762Anchor Bay Films
16I Don't Know How She Does It$2,815-33%29-78$97$9,589,5466Weinstein Company
17Circumstance$2,3493%10-9$235$412,1689Roadside Attractions
18Apollo 18$2,32193%13-5$179$17,548,2878Weinstein Company
19The Future$1,72386%14-2$123$556,92113Roadside Attractions
20Dirty Girl$1,1472%5-5$229$44,9463Weinstein Company
21Project Nim$472183%129$39$400,42216Roadside Attractions
22Thunder Soul$235-61%4-8$59$142,2245Roadside Attractions