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 Tue, Feb. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chronicle$1,685,1630%2,907--$580$25,380,9561Fox
2The Woman in Black$1,268,8648%2,855--$444$23,319,0731CBS Films
3The Grey$950,86016%3,20722$296$36,328,0992Open Road
4Underworld Awakening$610,9218%2,636-442$232$55,432,4663Sony / Screen Gems
5One For the Money$529,61635%2,7370$194$20,545,6652Lionsgate
6The Descendants$525,84139%2,03837$258$66,379,43212Fox Searchlight
7Big Miracle$500,58534%2,129--$235$8,633,3651Universal
8Man on a Ledge$496,01339%2,9980$165$15,468,1182Lionsgate
9Red Tails$443,34612%2,347-226$189$41,897,9513Fox
10Contraband$399,59518%2,047-603$195$62,758,9054Universal
11Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$381,07035%2,505-125$152$27,332,5807Warner Bros.
12The Artist$334,48539%1,005108$333$21,206,52011Weinstein Company
13The Iron Lady$296,79138%1,021-223$291$21,167,9756Weinstein Company
14Hugo$217,37429%1,03065$211$62,297,54811Paramount
15Beauty and the Beast 3D$192,94314%1,719-426$112$45,270,2244Disney
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$171,85521%1,077-577$160$205,514,9468Paramount
17Haywire$151,51715%1,251-1190$121$18,130,4943Relativity Media
18War Horse$128,11328%1,163-698$110$77,524,7357Disney / DreamWorks
19Joyful Noise$126,33525%1,350-671$94$29,191,9304Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$116,86621%668-534$175$100,117,4747Sony / Columbia
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$99,19415%857-673$116$184,070,5748Warner Bros.
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$78,34641%302-108$259$21,319,0439Focus
4Albert Nobbs$66,61429%2450$272$1,646,7722Roadside Attractions
5The Adventures of Tintin$66,43839%486-216$137$75,437,4627Paramount
6We Bought a Zoo$43,70110%754-335$58$72,804,7447Fox
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$43,334-2%818-252$53$128,439,2808Fox
8My Week with Marilyn$42,13770%171-15$246$13,072,73611Weinstein Company
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$31,36715%296105$106$280,935,06612Lionsgate / Summit
10Puss in Boots (2011)$17,66023%253-17$70$148,491,33315Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Devil Inside$15,2670%303-419$50$53,087,3865Paramount
12New Year's Eve$15,25452%222160$69$54,525,2839Warner Bros. / New Line
13Happy Feet Two$15,25410%255-54$60$63,461,61512Warner Bros.
14The Sitter$9,6269%126-19$76$30,338,6509Fox
15J. Edgar$6,11626%135-73$45$37,269,61013Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$15,87128%64-16$248$3,493,68310Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$13,94423%450$310$16,021,51644Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coriolanus$6,56325%142$469$224,1533Weinstein Company
4W.E.$4,269-10%4--$1,067$56,0621Weinstein Company
5Immortals$3,8669%62-55$62$83,462,35213Relativity Media
6Pariah (2011)$2,8582%195$150$626,7026Focus
7Young Adult$2,47924%58-29$43$16,238,8709Paramount
8In the Land of Blood and Honey$2,44921%7-4$350$257,2677FilmDistrict
9The Darkest Hour$2,04828%39-48$53$21,207,4187Summit
10Vettai$1,740288%4--$435$194,0534UTV Communications
11Drive (2011)$1,49127%22-1$68$35,057,57121FilmDistrict