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 Mon, Dec. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$14,562,1547%3,4483023$4,223$76,555,2442Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$10,829,95813%3,7030$2,925$89,854,1352Warner Bros.
3War Horse$7,012,570-7%2,376--$2,951$14,527,9721Disney / DreamWorks
4Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,943,10258%3,683-40$1,885$56,468,4812Fox
5The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$6,724,20819%2,914--$2,308$27,869,2851Sony / Columbia
6The Adventures of Tintin$5,415,13644%3,087--$1,754$23,144,1521Paramount
7We Bought a Zoo$5,244,21117%3,117--$1,682$15,063,1311Fox
8The Darkest Hour$2,068,960-31%2,324--$890$5,062,4791Summit
9New Year's Eve$1,877,79327%2,225-1280$844$34,528,7273Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Muppets$1,123,57584%1,536-1272$731$76,825,8625Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$914,63579%1,411-1547$648$271,182,8426Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$758,177-13%1,486-1266$510$22,985,5443Fox
13Arthur Christmas$435,82846%1,524-1405$286$43,977,1495Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,198,60919%753-125$1,592$33,563,5326Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$989,78620%951-1581$1,041$44,748,8835Paramount
3Young Adult$920,2904%9871$932$8,076,1883Paramount
4The Artist$432,1984%167150$2,588$2,813,6915Weinstein Company
5Don 2$349,367--161--$2,170$2,081,2051Reliance Big Entertainment
6My Week with Marilyn$314,46319%602358$522$7,294,7565Weinstein Company
7Puss in Boots (2011)$257,39089%389-368$662$143,919,1649Paramount / DreamWorks
8Happy Feet Two$121,68693%535-1245$227$59,973,8416Warner Bros.
9J. Edgar$81,66927%455-248$179$36,136,0787Warner Bros.
10Real Steel$78,683--227--$347$84,041,46712Disney / DreamWorks
11Moneyball$73,68576%242144$304$74,579,74414Sony / Columbia
12Jack and Jill$73,21937%242-1668$303$71,329,5447Sony / Columbia
13Tower Heist$67,92041%283-1032$240$76,318,0908Universal
14Courageous$63,05750%19291$328$33,747,34913Sony / TriStar
15Immortals$50,7669%228-988$223$82,415,3477Relativity Media
16Dolphin Tale$49,954163%188-93$266$71,637,20314Warner Bros.
17A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$45,378-14%24543$185$34,691,5368Warner Bros. / New Line
18Footloose (2011)$29,568101%182-71$162$51,466,95211Paramount
19The Ides of March$28,13675%14573$194$40,675,36712Sony / Columbia
20In Time$23,75847%112-161$212$36,891,7079Fox
21Paranormal Activity 3$16,05917%124-82$130$103,894,11610Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$338,6138%5539$6,157$2,157,6543Focus
2A Dangerous Method$91,674--58--$1,581$1,085,1315Sony Pictures Classics
3Shame$65,76633%50-1$1,315$1,596,7574Fox Searchlight
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$42,370-41%6--$7,062$114,7181Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$33,3251347%490$680$14,909,64138Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Pina$23,811--3--$7,937$91,8231IFC Films
7Carnage (2011)$23,167--7--$3,310$199,0382Sony Pictures Classics
8Melancholia$21,038--66--$319$2,397,1867Magnolia Pictures
9The Way$19,035--27-66$705$4,071,94712Producers Distribution Agency
10The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$16,0731193%20-5$804$640,4195Warner Bros.
11The Help$15,160--65--$233$169,425,91220Disney / DreamWorks
12Margin Call$11,84159%30-91$395$5,198,19110Roadside Attractions
13The Skin I Live In$8,100--34--$238$2,999,76311Sony Pictures Classics
14Midnight in Paris$6,790--28--$243$56,341,18632Sony Pictures Classics
15In the Land of Blood and Honey$6,605-11%3--$2,202$25,4591FilmDistrict
16Drive (2011)$6,14451%26-30$236$34,793,34815FilmDistrict
17The Three Musketeers (2011)$4,20848%37-86$114$20,362,32810Summit
18Like Crazy$3,92418%30-70$131$3,345,7919Paramount Vantage
1950/50$3,065120%31-80$99$35,006,87713Summit
20Take Shelter$2,919--24--$122$1,655,53513Sony Pictures Classics
21Martha Marcy May Marlene$2,89872%15-24$193$2,892,28110Fox Searchlight
22The Lion King 3D$2,151--10--$215$94,222,02215Disney
23The Guard$895--6--$149$5,331,18922Sony Pictures Classics
24Miss Minoes (2011 re-issue)$698--3--$233$2,5991Music Box Films
25Sleeping Beauty (2011)$641--3--$214$34,5884IFC Films
26Into the Abyss$541--3--$180$222,0297IFC Films
27Higher Ground$340--5--$68$837,91118Sony Pictures Classics
28Mozart's Sister$302--3--$101$676,67519Music Box Films
29Young Goethe In Love$200--2--$100$98,7458Music Box Films
30Inni$77--1--$77$116,6389Cinema Purgatorio