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 Wed, Nov. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tower Heist$1,380,470-30%3,367--$410$28,890,5051Universal
2Puss in Boots (2011)$1,330,404-45%3,96311$336$80,931,5932Paramount / DreamWorks
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$921,491-29%2,875--$321$16,201,1091Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$528,479-26%3,1275$169$25,792,4672Fox
5Paranormal Activity 3$418,198-22%3,286-43$127$96,578,1983Paramount
6The Rum Diary$282,339-19%2,29220$123$11,257,9852FilmDistrict
7Footloose (2011)$250,008-28%2,811-413$89$45,582,3704Paramount
8Real Steel$188,975-30%2,438-476$78$79,444,2665Disney / DreamWorks
9The Ides of March$158,321-16%1,391-181$114$37,223,8795Sony / Columbia
10The Three Musketeers (2011)$134,696-23%1,863-1154$72$18,490,8463Summit
11Moneyball$129,970-13%1,278-353$102$70,618,5917Sony / Columbia
12Courageous$129,043-15%1,1384$113$30,366,6616Sony / TriStar
13Dolphin Tale$58,491-39%1,105-733$53$68,835,4217Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$109,409-18%514249$213$3,033,6852Sony / Columbia
250/50$79,674-17%747-447$107$33,226,6396Summit
3Margin Call$58,954-20%17838$331$2,702,0443Roadside Attractions
4Johnny English Reborn$38,640-40%644-910$60$7,866,8303Universal
5The Way$36,008-10%224-34$161$2,256,2635Producers Distribution Agency
6Sarah's Key$32,083-18%318289$101$7,439,74416Weinstein Company
7The Thing (2011)$23,010-8%384-1010$60$16,815,6454Universal
8Drive (2011)$20,292-21%136-58$149$34,131,0178FilmDistrict
9Contagion$18,812-15%260-151$72$74,526,5479Warner Bros.
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$14,357-8%199-32$72$176,183,83614Fox
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$12,415-6%172-78$72$84,146,29415Warner Bros.
12Dream House$11,550-22%330-255$35$21,188,0306Universal
13The Mighty Macs$9,455-10%101-288$94$1,759,9293Quaker Media
14Abduction$9,444-24%207-144$46$27,398,5987Lionsgate
15The Big Year$7,977-17%213-210$37$7,038,8574Fox
16What's Your Number?$6,605-18%10240$65$13,957,8016Fox
17Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$6,418-4%22562$29$380,892,14617Warner Bros.
18Killer Elite$5,2350%119-138$44$25,022,0297Open Road
19Captain America: The First Avenger$3,777-17%102-37$37$176,648,66316Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1J. Edgar$52,645--7--$7,521$52,6450Warner Bros.
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$42,277-18%9866$431$1,154,6193Fox Searchlight
3Like Crazy$25,261-6%1612$1,579$520,2922Paramount Vantage
4Born to Be Wild 3D$14,561-14%490$297$14,005,45531Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Double (2011)$7,5520%4534$168$120,1842Image Entertainment
6Inni$3,63563%54$727$53,4062Cinema Purgatorio
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$2,718-32%98-53$28$38,364,64512Weinstein Company
8Apollo 18$2,690-16%93-27$29$17,672,53610Weinstein Company
9Our Idiot Brother$2,455-16%35-16$70$24,799,42811Weinstein Company
10Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,969-10%52-23$38$24,026,39211FilmDistrict
11The Son of No One$1,826-12%10--$183$23,8091Anchor Bay Films
12Laugh at My Pain$1,626-26%38-13$43$7,679,7169CodeBlack Entertainment
13Shark Night 3D$1,286-32%44-46$29$18,842,68310Relativity Media
14Machine Gun Preacher$872-31%12-1$73$523,4617Relativity Media
15Munger Road$63936%9-1$71$260,4246Freestyle Releasing
16I Don't Know How She Does It$60240%8-6$75$9,610,0788Weinstein Company
17Texas Killing Fields$510-21%103$51$43,9894Anchor Bay Films
18Dirty Girl$359-36%65$60$54,8575Weinstein Company
19Circumstance$298-50%5-2$60$437,69311Roadside Attractions
20The Future$234-19%50$47$567,68315Roadside Attractions
21Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$17885%5-1$36$486,37010Indomina Media
22Project Nim$9660%30$32$406,66018Roadside Attractions