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 Thu, Oct. 27 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$2,315,2128%3,321--$697$62,774,6541Paramount
2Footloose (2011)$695,22810%3,5556$196$33,042,7992Paramount
3Real Steel$594,6268%3,412-28$174$69,158,2673Disney / DreamWorks
4The Three Musketeers (2011)$579,165-1%3,017--$192$11,339,8781Summit
5The Ides of March$413,548-2%2,042-157$203$30,796,1833Sony / Columbia
6Moneyball$349,691-2%2,353-487$149$65,021,0505Sony / Columbia
7Dolphin Tale$298,15929%2,828-458$105$65,401,8645Warner Bros.
8The Thing (2011)$285,0056%2,995-1$95$15,217,7502Universal
950/50$267,763-3%1,932-459$139$29,931,7134Summit
10Courageous$238,59919%1,195-19$200$25,843,8794Sony / TriStar
11Johnny English Reborn$224,88016%1,552--$145$4,771,7701Universal
12The Big Year$145,5033%2,1500$68$6,593,0802Fox
13The Lion King 3D$86,91916%1,091-879$80$92,939,7066Disney
14Dream House$67,03010%1,224-948$55$20,436,5804Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Mighty Macs$93,57721%975--$96$1,285,6941Quaker Media
2The Help$87,6819%776-491$113$166,511,40111Disney / DreamWorks
3Contagion$76,4847%901-783$85$73,766,4667Warner Bros.
4The Way$59,9607%283--$212$1,251,7573Producers Distribution Agency
5Drive (2011)$59,908-6%367-336$163$33,453,4746FilmDistrict
6Killer Elite$43,4410%751-680$58$24,801,1785Open Road
7Abduction$40,8979%753-954$54$26,958,1125Lionsgate
8What's Your Number?$26,908-9%343-939$78$13,813,1524Fox
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$26,8574%308146$87$83,750,92013Warner Bros.
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$22,69521%249-24$91$175,713,76712Fox
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$18,32316%240-90$76$380,596,55415Warner Bros.
12Captain America: The First Avenger$12,2965%184-62$67$176,472,74714Paramount
13The Debt$11,237-4%119-81$94$31,096,3838Focus
14Cowboys & Aliens$9,7907%131-77$75$100,154,60113Universal
15Laugh at My Pain$8,5323%103-85$83$7,593,1117CodeBlack Entertainment
16Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$5,3800%178-133$30$38,219,22010Weinstein Company
17Shark Night 3D$4,295-2%102-13$42$18,751,2378Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$46,820-10%56--$836$761,2471Roadside Attractions
2Born to Be Wild 3D$21,30652%490$435$13,733,19529Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Martha Marcy May Marlene$14,666-4%4--$3,667$198,9941Fox Searchlight
4Machine Gun Preacher$4,3568%25-18$174$492,7145Relativity Media
5Our Idiot Brother$4,303-5%7938$54$24,751,0719Weinstein Company
6Warrior (2011)$3,14518%65-70$48$13,643,9267Lionsgate
7Labios Rojos$2,68510%43-24$62$132,1872Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Horrible Bosses$2,6302%50-35$53$117,538,55916Warner Bros. / New Line
9Sarah's Key$2,281-58%48-38$48$7,043,28014Weinstein Company
10Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,04816%53-27$39$23,933,5479FilmDistrict
11Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$1,96038%21--$93$481,0648Indomina Media
12Munger Road$1,64426%16-16$103$226,3264Freestyle Releasing
13Circumstance$1,43241%10-9$143$423,7469Roadside Attractions
14I Don't Know How She Does It$1,401107%29-78$48$9,598,9456Weinstein Company
15Texas Killing Fields$942-32%41$236$28,0132Anchor Bay Films
16The Future$79652%14--$57$562,75213Roadside Attractions
17Dirty Girl$7839%5-5$157$50,6883Weinstein Company
18Apollo 18$54018%13-5$42$17,554,3798Weinstein Company
19Project Nim$178-69%128$15$405,38016Roadside Attractions
20Thunder Soul$51-31%4-8$13$143,4035Roadside Attractions