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.

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 Fri, Nov. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Immortals$14,841,483--3,112--$4,769$14,841,4831Relativity Media
2Jack and Jill$9,836,625--3,438--$2,861$9,836,6251Sony / Columbia
3Puss in Boots (2011)$8,866,762273%3,903-60$2,272$92,175,9283Paramount / DreamWorks
4Tower Heist$4,768,550165%3,3703$1,415$35,460,4002Universal
5J. Edgar$4,257,9069179%1,910--$2,229$4,356,4401Warner Bros.
6A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$2,274,829103%2,8750$791$19,597,2112Warner Bros. / New Line
7In Time$1,541,826113%2,591-536$595$28,058,5633Fox
8Paranormal Activity 3$1,383,951123%2,776-510$499$98,581,5034Paramount
9Footloose (2011)$1,046,237128%2,215-596$472$47,087,0155Paramount
10Real Steel$678,456123%1,758-680$386$80,426,5726Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moneyball$372,885116%813-465$459$71,164,4548Sony / Columbia
2Courageous$346,96786%905-233$383$30,900,5557Sony / TriStar
3The Ides of March$304,23260%696-695$437$37,718,2586Sony / Columbia
4The Rum Diary$285,634-8%947-1345$302$11,853,6183FilmDistrict
5Dolphin Tale$257,708145%705-400$366$69,198,4868Warner Bros.
6Anonymous$195,65642%482-32$406$3,367,0473Sony / Columbia
7The Three Musketeers (2011)$178,439-1%669-1194$267$18,848,7434Summit
850/50$177,95466%424-323$420$33,512,0697Summit
9Margin Call$164,578155%19921$827$2,931,2614Roadside Attractions
10Martha Marcy May Marlene$155,168242%18385$848$1,355,2144Fox Searchlight
11The Smurfs$108,848--269-9$405$141,461,88716Sony / Columbia
12Contagion$106,440296%35595$300$74,659,88810Warner Bros.
13Johnny English Reborn$65,19012%210-434$310$7,989,9804Universal
14Rise of the Planet of the Apes$44,031134%164-35$268$176,246,68215Fox
15Sarah's Key$29,662-21%162-156$183$7,507,06517Weinstein Company
16Crazy, Stupid, Love$29,53983%130-42$227$84,191,96516Warner Bros.
17Dream House$26,57561%172-158$155$21,231,1007Universal
18Abduction$25,58394%127-80$201$27,437,3738Lionsgate
19The Thing (2011)$21,925-18%141-243$155$16,864,4505Universal
20Killer Elite$21,905275%16041$137$25,049,7838Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Like Crazy$164,042430%7054$2,343$715,3083Paramount Vantage
2Born to Be Wild 3D$43,761103%490$893$14,070,80632Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Drive (2011)$33,90749%75-61$452$34,187,7529FilmDistrict
4The Mighty Macs$18,61860%61-40$305$1,790,1734Quaker Media
5Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$17,622243%72-26$245$38,387,40613Weinstein Company
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$17,58382%85-140$207$380,919,40418Warner Bros.
7The Big Year$11,65010%83-130$140$7,061,0915Fox
8I Don't Know How She Does It$9,6262176%8375$116$9,620,1279Weinstein Company
9What's Your Number?$8,40517%63-39$133$13,973,4167Fox
10Shark Night 3D$4,749151%29-15$164$18,849,32111Relativity Media
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$4,560102%32-20$143$24,033,20512FilmDistrict
12Our Idiot Brother$2,762-3%12-23$230$24,805,03712Weinstein Company
13Laugh at My Pain$2,443-1%13-26$188$7,684,62610CodeBlack Entertainment
14Apollo 18$2,369-30%18-75$132$17,678,29011Weinstein Company
15The Double (2011)$2,089-74%12-33$174$130,3253Image Entertainment
16Munger Road$1,823114%7-2$260$263,1007Freestyle Releasing
17Machine Gun Preacher$801-38%120$67$525,5488Relativity Media
18The Son of No One$780-67%4-6$195$26,9672Anchor Bay Films
19Circumstance$507-30%50$101$438,92212Roadside Attractions
20Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$240-39%1-4$240$487,00211Indomina Media
21Texas Killing Fields$136-76%3-7$45$44,6995Anchor Bay Films
22The Future$22-48%3-2$7$567,74716Roadside Attractions