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, Jan. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beauty and the Beast 3D$4,462,017-18%2,625--$1,700$22,213,9221Disney
2Contraband$4,165,665-42%2,863--$1,455$28,515,4801Universal
3Joyful Noise$2,577,118-23%2,735--$942$13,802,3081Warner Bros.
4Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$2,515,206-32%3,346-209$752$189,448,6125Paramount
5Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,108,7423%2,849-576$740$120,983,8615Fox
6Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$1,851,414-31%3,155-448$587$172,043,7155Warner Bros.
7We Bought a Zoo$1,808,450-3%2,909-261$622$65,857,7654Fox
8The Adventures of Tintin$1,589,7567%2,073-933$767$69,329,9864Paramount
9War Horse$1,427,409-26%2,85673$500$67,522,5004Disney / DreamWorks
10The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,371,856-34%2,674-276$513$89,213,6124Sony / Columbia
11The Devil Inside$1,006,422-55%2,551266$395$47,381,7082Paramount
12The Darkest Hour$185,550-43%1,182-981$157$20,714,0234Summit
13New Year's Eve$177,607-43%1,092-772$163$53,870,5886Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Iron Lady$1,215,514-25%802797$1,516$7,216,0693Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$823,73023%660-77$1,248$47,928,1829Fox Searchlight
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$669,881-30%88677$756$15,806,5936Focus
4Hugo$500,11126%545-298$918$54,663,2348Paramount
5The Artist$411,2363%21644$1,904$9,201,1958Weinstein Company
6The Muppets$285,03529%547-689$521$86,694,4318Disney
7Happy Feet Two$193,0978%36580$529$62,091,4409Warner Bros.
8My Week with Marilyn$156,1695%400-184$390$11,501,1558Weinstein Company
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$156,164-35%708-350$221$279,795,1639Lionsgate / Summit
10Carnage (2011)$151,162--494--$306$1,448,0615Sony Pictures Classics
11Puss in Boots (2011)$149,5643%316-35$473$147,299,70812Paramount / DreamWorks
12Jack and Jill$109,994-23%298--$369$72,534,31210Sony / Columbia
13A Dangerous Method$100,494--104--$966$2,787,2588Sony Pictures Classics
14The Sitter$98,426-44%449-309$219$29,748,6816Fox
15Young Adult$95,730-28%387-443$247$15,801,7106Paramount
16Tower Heist$49,400-32%260-35$190$77,588,50511Universal
17Real Steel$39,217--187--$210$85,093,41015Disney / DreamWorks
18Immortals$34,528-41%18759$185$83,094,46210Relativity Media
19Moneyball$19,773-8%128--$154$75,440,94417Sony / Columbia
20Courageous$18,057-43%116--$156$34,453,02416Sony / TriStar
21In Time$16,112-34%106-26$152$37,376,10812Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$43,486-8%41-4$1,061$2,670,1177Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$42,48212%450$944$15,525,28141Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Pina$37,781--6--$6,297$594,4124IFC Films
4Pariah (2011)$27,121-15%2413$1,130$401,3053Focus
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$26,443-16%60$4,407$661,9884Warner Bros.
6A Separation$25,320--6--$4,220$339,2073Sony Pictures Classics
7Dolphin Tale$19,19936%91-58$211$72,247,77417Warner Bros.
8We Need to Talk About Kevin$13,261--2--$6,631$94,8036Oscilloscope
9Vettai$12,152-60%34--$357$100,0731UTV Communications
10J. Edgar$12,092-28%82-70$147$36,986,61410Warner Bros.
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$10,762-32%1811$598$160,4974FilmDistrict
12Drive (2011)$6,501-28%322$203$34,972,71718FilmDistrict
13The Skin I Live In$5,834--31--$188$3,127,70114Sony Pictures Classics
14The Way$5,519--40--$138$4,331,54115Producers Distribution Agency
15Midnight in Paris$3,960--15--$264$56,428,52635Sony Pictures Classics
16Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$3,954--1--$3,954$35,8262Cinema Guild
17Margin Call$3,753-11%20-10$188$5,330,22013Roadside Attractions
18The Help$3,008--28--$107$169,585,99523Disney / DreamWorks
19The Women on the 6th Floor$2,846--6--$474$518,19315Strand Releasing
20Martha Marcy May Marlene$2,568--15--$171$2,954,53013Fox Searchlight
21Take Shelter$1,745--14--$125$1,707,09316Sony Pictures Classics
22The Guard$1,009--11--$92$5,347,60825Sony Pictures Classics
23Domain$692--1--$692$3,5021Strand Releasing
24Addiction Incorporated$316--1--$316$9,6025Variance Films
25Pianomania$213--1--$213$48,34934First Run Features
26Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$164--2--$82$91,77110Variance Films
27Garbo: The Spy$158--2--$79$26,9969First Run Features
28Loosies$158--1--$158$2,6441IFC Films
29The Man Nobody Knew$115--1--$115$173,57717First Run Features
30Man on a Mission$76--4--$19$3,5061First Run Features