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 Sun, Dec. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$10,334,634-30%3,703--$2,791$39,637,0791Warner Bros.
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,651,523-33%3,723--$1,787$23,244,7441Fox
3New Year's Eve$1,878,714-35%3,5050$536$24,716,1672Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Sitter$1,365,562-24%2,7522$496$17,929,9872Fox
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,205,304-30%2,958-646$407$266,327,9745Lionsgate / Summit
6Hugo$1,161,286-27%2,532-76$459$39,155,7094Paramount
7Arthur Christmas$1,141,434-27%2,929-343$390$38,501,6314Sony / Columbia
8The Muppets$1,124,649-27%2,808-520$401$70,994,5714Disney
9Happy Feet Two$363,841-19%1,780-1060$204$58,909,8735Warner Bros.
10Jack and Jill$330,672-39%1,910-877$173$70,506,6296Sony / Columbia
11Immortals$263,875-24%1,216-1083$217$81,889,3766Relativity Media
12Tower Heist$217,025-47%1,315-754$165$75,788,7407Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$3,933,794-17%425--$9,256$13,385,2041Paramount
2Young Adult$920,612-34%986978$934$3,843,0832Paramount
3The Descendants$870,519-41%8782$991$28,645,9095Fox Searchlight
4My Week with Marilyn$178,522-30%2440$732$6,087,1304Weinstein Company
5Puss in Boots (2011)$152,958-25%757-1086$202$142,775,4028Paramount / DreamWorks
6J. Edgar$104,363-40%703-852$148$35,718,8976Warner Bros.
7Dolphin Tale$58,425-33%281-61$208$71,330,86013Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$52,068-25%202-268$258$34,413,0797Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$48,960-26%273-81$179$36,732,6948Fox
10Courageous$42,04716%101-90$416$33,514,22812Sony / TriStar
11Footloose (2011)$36,250-29%25352$143$51,292,77610Paramount
12Paranormal Activity 3$29,217-21%206-96$142$103,783,4789Paramount
13Margin Call$24,504-49%121-27$203$5,114,6879Roadside Attractions
14Like Crazy$17,852-21%100-62$179$3,292,9588Paramount Vantage
15The Three Musketeers (2011)$14,531-29%123-45$118$20,315,3249Summit
1650/50$11,057-23%111-35$100$34,963,96712Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$144,518-24%1612$9,032$879,5482Focus
2Shame$96,760-21%5130$1,897$1,231,2953Fox Searchlight
3The Artist$93,001-23%171$5,471$1,327,5204Weinstein Company
4The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$29,422-42%250$1,177$460,0484Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$20,033-5%490$409$14,786,94537Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Moneyball$19,208-47%98-110$196$74,317,36313Sony / Columbia
7Drive (2011)$13,018-24%56-14$232$34,746,35314FilmDistrict
8The Ides of March$12,782-39%72-115$178$40,567,82411Sony / Columbia
9Martha Marcy May Marlene$8,0525%39-33$206$2,870,2779Fox Searchlight
10Pastorela$4,090-3%19-25$215$156,7843Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Rum Diary$3,707-26%30-33$124$13,100,0428FilmDistrict
12Cook County$2,030-27%5--$406$7,5791Hanover House
13Answers to Nothing$26-77%1-6$26$22,0293Roadside Attractions