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 Sun, Oct. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$10,703,314-22%3,952--$2,708$34,077,4391Paramount / DreamWorks
2Paranormal Activity 3$4,410,224-40%3,3298$1,325$80,919,1702Paramount
3In Time$3,063,279-35%3,122--$981$12,050,3681Fox
4The Rum Diary$1,400,766-26%2,272--$617$5,135,3691FilmDistrict
5Footloose (2011)$1,334,082-44%3,224-331$414$38,544,8253Paramount
6Real Steel$1,314,098-38%2,914-498$451$73,941,4164Disney / DreamWorks
7The Three Musketeers (2011)$989,786-33%3,0170$328$14,847,2372Summit
8The Ides of March$728,259-43%1,572-470$463$33,600,6184Sony / Columbia
9Moneyball$607,141-47%1,631-722$372$67,408,0996Sony / Columbia
10Courageous$529,416-31%1,134-61$467$27,681,9755Sony / TriStar
11Johnny English Reborn$489,510-34%1,5542$315$6,465,6852Universal
12Dolphin Tale$467,965-35%1,838-990$255$67,035,2936Warner Bros.
1350/50$391,890-34%1,194-738$328$31,339,8635Summit
14The Thing (2011)$230,025-35%1,394-1601$165$16,075,0753Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$296,664-28%265--$1,119$1,021,7681Sony / Columbia
2Margin Call$222,366-29%14084$1,588$1,482,5632Roadside Attractions
3The Help$107,631-36%450-326$239$166,904,05912Disney / DreamWorks
4Dream House$87,765-52%585-639$150$20,834,3955Universal
5Contagion$86,755-41%411-490$211$74,101,7818Warner Bros.
6Drive (2011)$81,620-27%194-173$421$33,720,9387FilmDistrict
7The Mighty Macs$74,165-11%389-586$191$1,513,3132Quaker Media
8The Smurfs$74,057-34%303-24$244$140,900,45714Sony / Columbia
9The Lion King 3D$67,996-19%378-713$180$93,143,4697Disney
10The Big Year$53,635-49%423-1727$127$6,820,2293Fox
11Rise of the Planet of the Apes$49,415-36%231-18$214$175,888,65213Fox
12Abduction$48,006-48%351-402$137$27,162,7806Lionsgate
13Crazy, Stupid, Love$39,081-40%250-58$156$83,904,89514Warner Bros.
14Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$31,555-36%163-77$194$380,707,70416Warner Bros.
15Killer Elite$29,819-36%257-494$116$24,909,6216Open Road
16Colombiana$23,163-34%151-25$153$36,665,85410Sony / TriStar
17Captain America: The First Avenger$20,517-42%139-45$148$176,551,17615Paramount
18Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$20,250-28%151-27$134$38,281,68511Weinstein Company
19Apollo 18$14,957-32%120107$125$17,605,1929Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$80,674-20%3228$2,521$447,2192Fox Searchlight
2Like Crazy$38,571-12%4--$9,643$123,1401Paramount Vantage
3Born to Be Wild 3D$21,106-34%490$431$13,813,52530Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Cowboys & Aliens$15,925-43%91-40$175$100,215,11614Universal
5Shark Night 3D$14,523-24%90-12$161$18,797,2869Relativity Media
6The Debt$14,174-37%87-32$163$31,146,5709Focus
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$11,214-38%7522$150$23,974,72910FilmDistrict
8What's Your Number?$11,146-31%62-281$180$13,855,6745Fox
9Laugh at My Pain$10,585-48%51-52$208$7,637,2378CodeBlack Entertainment
10The Double (2011)$6,894-24%11--$627$26,6401Image Entertainment
11Sarah's Key$4,985-12%29-19$172$7,057,35015Weinstein Company
12Munger Road$4,048-45%10-6$405$243,6955Freestyle Releasing
13Machine Gun Preacher$3,818-22%13-12$294$505,3616Relativity Media
14Our Idiot Brother$3,738-29%51-28$73$24,763,95110Weinstein Company
15Inni$2,860-62%3--$953$31,6721Cinema Purgatorio
16Texas Killing Fields$1,856-23%73$265$33,7213Anchor Bay Films
17Warrior (2011)$1,640-54%31-34$53$13,651,6628Lionsgate
18I Don't Know How She Does It$1,6319%14-15$117$9,603,1857Weinstein Company
19Circumstance$1,627-35%7-3$232$429,40510Roadside Attractions
20Seven Days in Utopia$1,112-56%11-9$101$4,367,4489Visio Entertainment
21Labios Rojos$1,1019%11-32$100$134,9063Lionsgate / Pantelion
22Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$663-29%6-15$111$483,2859Indomina Media
23The Future$546-32%5-9$109$564,66114Roadside Attractions
24Dirty Girl$203-25%1-4$203$51,4314Weinstein Company
25Project Nim$125-19%3-9$42$405,89017Roadside Attractions
26Thunder Soul$40-57%40$10$143,5686Roadside Attractions