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 Mon, Oct. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$2,882,100-68%3,321--$868$55,450,2831Paramount
2The Three Musketeers (2011)$659,262-70%3,017--$219$9,333,7141Summit
3Real Steel$604,589-79%3,412-28$177$67,336,7413Disney / DreamWorks
4Footloose (2011)$584,279-75%3,5556$164$30,948,5172Paramount
5The Ides of March$356,083-67%2,042-157$174$29,468,4603Sony / Columbia
6The Thing (2011)$284,525-63%2,995-1$95$14,333,7452Universal
7Moneyball$279,284-67%2,353-487$119$63,920,0305Sony / Columbia
850/50$246,185-64%1,932-459$127$29,066,9334Summit
9Dolphin Tale$231,371-79%2,828-458$82$64,639,3065Warner Bros.
10Johnny English Reborn$209,575-80%1,552--$135$4,042,8751Universal
11Courageous$202,368-71%1,195-19$169$25,177,5544Sony / TriStar
12The Big Year$131,028-66%2,1500$61$6,131,4462Fox
13The Lion King 3D$85,051-78%1,091-879$78$92,693,5886Disney
14Dream House$61,185-72%1,224-948$50$20,241,0354Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$68,937-65%901-783$77$73,543,2917Warner Bros.
2The Help$68,488-62%776-491$88$166,258,75311Disney / DreamWorks
3Drive (2011)$65,435-61%367-336$178$33,254,4186FilmDistrict
4The Mighty Macs$64,625-75%975--$66$1,027,8461Quaker Media
5The Way$53,993--283--$191$1,063,8303Producers Distribution Agency
6Abduction$40,317-70%753-954$54$26,832,9375Lionsgate
7Killer Elite$40,100-62%751-680$53$24,660,7355Open Road
8What's Your Number?$26,729-62%343-939$78$13,717,9344Fox
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$23,245-60%308146$75$83,667,73413Warner Bros.
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$18,985-69%249-24$76$175,650,25012Fox
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$14,977-68%240-90$62$380,546,40415Warner Bros.
12Captain America: The First Avenger$11,670-70%184-62$63$176,435,06514Paramount
13Laugh at My Pain$9,100-63%103-85$88$7,566,6537CodeBlack Entertainment
14The Debt$8,474-65%119-81$71$31,061,0988Focus
15Cowboys & Aliens$7,860-68%131-77$60$100,125,81613Universal
16Shark Night 3D$5,487-72%102-13$54$18,737,8008Relativity Media
17Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$5,347-84%178-133$30$38,203,12410Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$48,233-69%56--$861$610,1391Roadside Attractions
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$15,729-64%4--$3,932$153,3801Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$11,264-59%490$230$13,682,18329Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Our Idiot Brother$4,193-55%7938$53$24,737,1379Weinstein Company
5Sarah's Key$4,061-35%48-38$85$7,029,73114Weinstein Company
6Machine Gun Preacher$3,597-63%25-18$144$479,6755Relativity Media
7Warrior (2011)$2,535-67%65-70$39$13,635,0527Lionsgate
8Labios Rojos$2,526-72%43-24$59$124,5742Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Horrible Bosses$2,168-53%50-35$43$117,530,81416Warner Bros. / New Line
10Project Nim$2,054341%129$171$203,96216Roadside Attractions
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,935-68%53-27$37$23,927,3999FilmDistrict
12Munger Road$1,352-73%16-16$85$220,4054Freestyle Releasing
13Texas Killing Fields$1,348-54%41$337$24,1142Anchor Bay Films
14Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$1,078-70%21--$51$475,8328Indomina Media
15Circumstance$823-74%10-9$82$419,7169Roadside Attractions
16The Future$565-72%14--$40$560,89313Roadside Attractions
17Apollo 18$461-49%13-5$35$17,552,5018Weinstein Company
18Dirty Girl$439-69%5-5$88$48,3703Weinstein Company
19I Don't Know How She Does It$419-81%29-78$14$9,595,9236Weinstein Company
20Thunder Soul$88-78%4-8$22$143,1295Roadside Attractions