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 Thu, Feb. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chronicle$1,230,209-2%2,907--$423$27,867,2671Fox
2The Woman in Black$897,396-4%2,855--$314$25,155,4871CBS Films
3The Grey$701,020-2%3,20722$219$37,742,2642Open Road
4Underworld Awakening$497,695-1%2,636-442$189$56,434,3693Sony / Screen Gems
5The Descendants$429,0932%2,03837$211$67,229,61312Fox Searchlight
6One For the Money$417,9841%2,7370$153$21,378,7052Lionsgate
7Red Tails$406,57213%2,347-226$173$42,663,3863Fox
8Man on a Ledge$351,1870%2,9980$117$16,170,2102Lionsgate
9Big Miracle$340,640-6%2,129--$160$9,335,9351Universal
10Contraband$307,555-3%2,047-603$150$63,383,4854Universal
11Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$303,1362%2,505-125$121$27,933,8897Warner Bros.
12The Artist$283,0484%1,005108$282$21,761,78611Weinstein Company
13The Iron Lady$238,7442%1,021-223$234$21,641,2956Weinstein Company
14Hugo$192,9024%1,03065$187$62,676,81911Paramount
15Beauty and the Beast 3D$182,5467%1,719-426$106$45,623,1954Disney
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$150,0465%1,077-577$139$205,807,8018Paramount
17Haywire$123,1702%1,251-1190$98$18,375,0093Relativity Media
18War Horse$116,6689%1,163-698$100$77,748,3747Disney / DreamWorks
19Joyful Noise$111,12614%1,350-671$82$29,400,5134Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$103,9925%668-534$156$100,320,7897Sony / Columbia
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$89,3166%857-673$104$184,244,2988Warner Bros.
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$66,8959%302-108$222$21,447,5699Focus
4Albert Nobbs$54,767-6%2450$224$1,759,5792Roadside Attractions
5The Adventures of Tintin$48,0525%486-216$99$75,531,4587Paramount
6We Bought a Zoo$41,8086%754-335$55$72,885,9057Fox
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$40,6262%818-252$50$128,519,8548Fox
8My Week with Marilyn$33,33211%171-15$195$13,136,05611Weinstein Company
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$28,3477%296105$96$280,989,88912Lionsgate / Summit
10Puss in Boots (2011)$16,8779%253-17$67$148,523,67815Paramount / DreamWorks
11Happy Feet Two$13,9843%255-54$55$63,489,17612Warner Bros.
12The Devil Inside$13,8593%303-419$46$53,114,7635Paramount
13New Year's Eve$11,5312%222160$52$54,430,9249Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Sitter$8,092-3%126-19$64$30,355,1129Fox
15J. Edgar$5,2115%135-73$39$37,279,77513Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$19,34037%450$430$16,054,92544Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$14,5964%64-16$228$3,522,26010Fox Searchlight
3Coriolanus$6,180-3%142$441$236,6803Weinstein Company
4Pariah (2011)$4,45052%195$234$634,0836Focus
5Immortals$3,93413%62-55$63$83,469,78213Relativity Media
6W.E.$3,841-9%4--$960$64,1471Weinstein Company
7Young Adult$2,6561%58-29$46$16,244,1669Paramount
8In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,819-14%7-4$260$261,2027FilmDistrict
9Drive (2011)$1,5570%22-1$71$35,060,68921FilmDistrict
10The Darkest Hour$1,556-5%39-48$40$21,210,6097Summit
11Vettai$326-40%4--$82$194,9244UTV Communications