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 Sat, Oct. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$17,203,500-35%3,321--$5,180$43,509,2451Paramount
2Real Steel$4,885,15157%3,412-28$1,432$63,898,2823Disney / DreamWorks
3Footloose (2011)$4,526,66629%3,5556$1,273$28,049,6512Paramount
4The Three Musketeers (2011)$3,517,99518%3,017--$1,166$6,487,6821Summit
5The Ides of March$2,229,90646%2,042-157$1,092$28,018,0463Sony / Columbia
6Dolphin Tale$1,849,60548%2,828-458$654$63,286,7295Warner Bros.
7Moneyball$1,816,37837%2,353-487$772$62,801,2625Sony / Columbia
8Johnny English Reborn$1,645,13541%1,552--$1,060$2,808,9801Universal
9The Thing (2011)$1,302,82530%2,995-1$435$13,285,4952Universal
1050/50$1,222,17732%1,932-459$633$28,133,5874Summit
11Courageous$1,004,88427%1,195-19$841$24,279,7674Sony / TriStar
12The Big Year$721,48726%2,1500$336$5,614,5232Fox
13The Lion King 3D$563,54383%1,091-879$517$92,225,4216Disney
14Dream House$532,40540%1,224-948$435$19,959,5304Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$384,69842%901-783$427$73,277,5367Warner Bros.
2The Mighty Macs$356,4133%975--$366$703,2531Quaker Media
3The Help$315,99545%776-491$407$166,010,45911Disney / DreamWorks
4Abduction$268,09650%753-954$356$26,658,7275Lionsgate
5Drive (2011)$254,34336%367-336$693$33,021,9326FilmDistrict
6Killer Elite$177,02546%751-680$236$24,520,6255Open Road
7The Smurfs$168,09055%327-43$514$140,444,76813Sony / Columbia
8What's Your Number?$124,06026%343-939$362$13,620,0434Fox
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$106,04050%249-24$426$175,570,76012Fox
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$101,96829%308146$331$83,586,57613Warner Bros.
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$78,22542%240-90$326$380,484,06615Warner Bros.
12Captain America: The First Avenger$70,75239%184-62$385$176,384,41714Paramount
13Colombiana$53,53066%17644$304$36,511,0099Sony / TriStar
14Laugh at My Pain$52,35950%103-85$508$7,533,0837CodeBlack Entertainment
15Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$49,00890%178-133$275$38,165,19010Weinstein Company
16The Debt$47,82569%119-81$402$31,028,1388Focus
17Cowboys & Aliens$40,61538%131-77$310$100,093,04113Universal
18Shark Night 3D$30,53888%102-13$299$18,712,4458Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$239,13141%56--$4,270$408,4211Roadside Attractions
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$54,37635%4--$13,594$94,5411Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$34,0657%490$695$13,643,77229Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Zookeeper$19,16467%94-61$204$80,347,86016Sony / Columbia
5Our Idiot Brother$13,64628%7938$173$24,723,5789Weinstein Company
6Munger Road$13,63522%16-16$852$214,0474Freestyle Releasing
7Machine Gun Preacher$12,80939%25-18$512$466,3305Relativity Media
8Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$12,71842%53-27$240$23,919,3369FilmDistrict
9Warrior (2011)$10,95211%65-70$168$13,624,7697Lionsgate
10Horrible Bosses$10,31138%50-35$206$117,524,03416Warner Bros. / New Line
11Sarah's Key$9,04431%48-38$188$7,019,40714Weinstein Company
12Labios Rojos$8,81335%43-24$205$113,1342Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$5,16461%21-1$246$471,1128Indomina Media
14I Don't Know How She Does It$3,78735%29-78$131$9,593,3336Weinstein Company
15Seven Days in Utopia$3,648-14%20-21$182$4,351,7238Visio Entertainment
16Circumstance$3,55952%10-9$356$415,7279Roadside Attractions
17Texas Killing Fields$3,42814%41$857$19,8042Anchor Bay Films
18Apollo 18$2,85723%13-5$220$17,551,1448Weinstein Company
19Dirty Girl$1,56136%5-5$312$46,5073Weinstein Company
20The Future$1,416-18%14-2$101$558,33713Roadside Attractions
21Project Nim$74357%129$62$401,16516Roadside Attractions
22Thunder Soul$41275%4-8$103$142,6365Roadside Attractions