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, Nov. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$2,436,88749%3,96311$615$79,601,1892Paramount / DreamWorks
2Tower Heist$1,969,69530%3,367--$585$27,510,0351Universal
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$1,294,16025%2,875--$450$15,279,6181Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$710,72026%3,1275$227$25,263,9882Fox
5Paranormal Activity 3$537,3816%3,286-43$164$96,160,0003Paramount
6The Rum Diary$346,49027%2,29220$151$10,975,6462FilmDistrict
7Footloose (2011)$345,45629%2,811-413$123$45,332,3624Paramount
8Real Steel$268,90130%2,438-476$110$79,255,2915Disney / DreamWorks
9The Ides of March$187,49534%1,391-181$135$37,065,5585Sony / Columbia
10The Three Musketeers (2011)$175,01731%1,863-1154$94$18,356,1503Summit
11Courageous$152,14413%1,1384$134$30,237,6186Sony / TriStar
12Moneyball$149,90520%1,278-353$117$70,488,6217Sony / Columbia
13Dolphin Tale$96,48753%1,105-733$87$68,776,9307Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$133,56424%514249$260$2,924,2762Sony / Columbia
250/50$95,78626%747-447$128$33,146,9656Summit
3Margin Call$74,01340%17838$416$2,643,0903Roadside Attractions
4Johnny English Reborn$64,39567%644-910$100$7,828,1903Universal
5The Way$39,99631%224-34$179$2,220,2555Producers Distribution Agency
6Sarah's Key$39,26331%318289$123$7,407,66116Weinstein Company
7Drive (2011)$25,79327%136-58$190$34,110,7258FilmDistrict
8The Thing (2011)$24,9608%384-1010$65$16,792,6354Universal
9Contagion$22,06222%260-151$85$74,507,7359Warner Bros.
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$15,61520%199-32$78$176,169,47914Fox
11Dream House$14,775-1%330-255$45$21,176,4806Universal
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$13,16218%172-78$77$84,133,87915Warner Bros.
13Abduction$12,39721%207-144$60$27,389,1547Lionsgate
14The Mighty Macs$10,481285%101-288$104$1,750,4743Quaker Media
15The Big Year$9,65432%213-210$45$7,030,8804Fox
16What's Your Number?$8,03937%10240$79$13,951,1966Fox
17Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$6,68611%22562$30$380,885,72817Warner Bros.
18Killer Elite$5,2596%119-138$44$25,016,7947Open Road
19Captain America: The First Avenger$4,53929%102-37$45$176,644,88616Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$51,38029%9866$524$1,112,3423Fox Searchlight
2Like Crazy$26,87515%1612$1,680$494,6712Paramount Vantage
3Born to Be Wild 3D$16,88269%490$345$13,990,89431Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Double (2011)$7,53015%4534$167$112,6322Image Entertainment
5Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$3,98646%98-53$41$38,361,92712Weinstein Company
6Apollo 18$3,2099%93-27$35$17,669,84610Weinstein Company
7Our Idiot Brother$2,91927%35-16$83$24,796,97311Weinstein Company
8Inni$2,233-21%42$558$49,7712Cinema Purgatorio
9Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,1993%52-23$42$24,024,42311FilmDistrict
10Laugh at My Pain$2,18410%38-13$57$7,678,0909CodeBlack Entertainment
11The Son of No One$2,08110%10--$208$21,9831Anchor Bay Films
12Shark Night 3D$1,888-9%44-46$43$18,841,39710Relativity Media
13Machine Gun Preacher$1,26053%12-1$105$522,5897Relativity Media
14Texas Killing Fields$64910%103$65$43,4794Anchor Bay Films
15Circumstance$60033%5-2$120$437,39511Roadside Attractions
16Dirty Girl$55880%65$93$54,4985Weinstein Company
17Munger Road$47043%9-1$52$259,7856Freestyle Releasing
18I Don't Know How She Does It$42970%8-6$54$9,609,4768Weinstein Company
19The Future$290150%50$58$567,44915Roadside Attractions
20Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$96-29%5-1$19$486,19210Indomina Media
21Project Nim$60-3%30$20$406,56418Roadside Attractions