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 Tue, Oct. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$2,868,7650%3,321--$864$58,319,0481Paramount
2The Three Musketeers (2011)$843,96828%3,017--$280$10,177,6821Summit
3Footloose (2011)$768,45432%3,5556$216$31,716,9712Paramount
4Real Steel$674,37612%3,412-28$198$68,011,1173Disney / DreamWorks
5The Ides of March$490,75538%2,042-157$240$29,959,2153Sony / Columbia
6Moneyball$394,85741%2,353-487$168$64,314,8875Sony / Columbia
7The Thing (2011)$329,45016%2,995-1$110$14,663,1952Universal
850/50$322,06831%1,932-459$167$29,389,0014Summit
9Johnny English Reborn$310,02548%1,552--$200$4,352,9001Universal
10Dolphin Tale$233,2631%2,828-458$82$64,872,5695Warner Bros.
11Courageous$227,13612%1,195-19$190$25,404,6904Sony / TriStar
12The Big Year$174,28633%2,1500$81$6,305,7322Fox
13The Lion King 3D$84,357-1%1,091-879$77$92,777,9456Disney
14Dream House$67,32010%1,224-948$55$20,308,3554Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Mighty Macs$86,87334%975--$89$1,114,7191Quaker Media
2The Help$84,30323%776-491$109$166,343,05611Disney / DreamWorks
3Contagion$75,2109%901-783$83$73,618,5017Warner Bros.
4Drive (2011)$75,07915%367-336$205$33,329,4976FilmDistrict
5The Way$61,82215%283--$218$1,125,6523Producers Distribution Agency
6Killer Elite$53,40133%751-680$71$24,714,1365Open Road
7Abduction$46,88216%753-954$62$26,879,8195Lionsgate
8What's Your Number?$38,58744%343-939$112$13,756,5214Fox
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$30,44831%308146$99$83,698,18213Warner Bros.
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$22,08316%249-24$89$175,672,33312Fox
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$16,0747%240-90$67$380,562,47815Warner Bros.
12Captain America: The First Avenger$13,65317%184-62$74$176,448,71814Paramount
13The Debt$12,29845%119-81$103$31,073,3968Focus
14Cowboys & Aliens$9,82525%131-77$75$100,135,64113Universal
15Laugh at My Pain$9,6646%103-85$94$7,576,3177CodeBlack Entertainment
16Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$5,3310%178-133$30$38,208,45510Weinstein Company
17Shark Night 3D$4,766-13%102-13$47$18,742,5668Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$52,1778%56--$932$662,3161Roadside Attractions
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$15,7470%4--$3,937$169,1271Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$15,64539%490$319$13,697,82829Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sarah's Key$5,79343%48-38$121$7,035,52414Weinstein Company
5Our Idiot Brother$5,09021%7938$64$24,742,2279Weinstein Company
6Machine Gun Preacher$4,66230%25-18$186$484,3375Relativity Media
7Warrior (2011)$3,05521%65-70$47$13,638,1077Lionsgate
8Horrible Bosses$2,53617%50-35$51$117,533,35016Warner Bros. / New Line
9Labios Rojos$2,480-2%43-24$58$127,0542Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,34121%53-27$44$23,929,7409FilmDistrict
11Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$1,85072%21--$88$477,6828Indomina Media
12Munger Road$1,62520%16-16$102$223,3824Freestyle Releasing
13Circumstance$1,58192%10-9$158$421,2979Roadside Attractions
14Texas Killing Fields$1,56916%41$392$25,6832Anchor Bay Films
15I Don't Know How She Does It$945126%29-78$33$9,596,8686Weinstein Company
16Apollo 18$88291%13-5$68$17,553,3838Weinstein Company
17Dirty Girl$81485%5-5$163$49,1843Weinstein Company
18Project Nim$674-67%129$56$204,63616Roadside Attractions
19The Future$538-5%14--$38$561,43113Roadside Attractions
20Thunder Soul$14969%4-8$37$143,2785Roadside Attractions