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.

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 Sun, Feb. 26 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Act of Valor$5,951,509-37%3,039--$1,958$24,476,6321Relativity Media
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$3,852,616-39%3,350-150$1,150$76,645,4533Warner Bros. / New Line
3Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$3,644,487-45%2,132--$1,709$15,583,9241Lionsgate
4Safe House$2,746,785-45%3,052-69$900$97,622,7053Universal
5Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$2,528,161-39%3,1740$797$38,038,2172Sony / Columbia
6The Vow$2,160,805-52%3,03880$711$102,924,1173Sony / Screen Gems
7This Means War$1,824,982-53%3,1890$572$33,495,6462Fox
8Wanderlust$1,431,565-51%2,002--$715$6,526,6501Universal
9The Secret World of Arrietty$1,295,217-35%1,5220$851$14,508,9202Disney
10Gone$995,473-53%2,186--$455$4,770,3601Summit
11Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$947,478-36%1,618-1037$586$40,444,5853Fox
12Chronicle$938,274-44%1,797-759$522$57,984,9634Fox
13The Woman in Black$590,575-53%1,727-832$342$50,451,6814CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$709,726-51%966158$735$31,779,65714Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$493,114-55%889-354$555$78,460,13515Fox Searchlight
3Hugo$394,861-46%501-57$788$69,354,70414Paramount
4The Grey$209,354-43%917-1190$228$50,179,0915Open Road
5Big Miracle$204,085-32%628-1006$325$18,903,5804Universal
6The Iron Lady$163,555-53%522-101$313$25,721,5799Weinstein Company
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$115,440-36%311-89$371$130,384,57911Fox
8Red Tails$111,510-43%489-520$228$48,670,0986Fox
9Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$82,161-50%333-70$247$185,888,95311Warner Bros.
10The Adventures of Tintin$79,575-38%272-31$293$76,901,74210Paramount
11We Bought a Zoo$69,768-49%280-7$249$74,096,24610Fox
12My Week with Marilyn$69,497-55%402282$173$14,074,65114Weinstein Company
13Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$69,309-62%164-20$423$23,276,12612Focus
14Underworld Awakening$66,516-39%260-566$256$62,149,8336Sony / Screen Gems
15Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$62,645-50%280-297$224$31,215,13210Warner Bros.
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$56,247-50%178-97$316$207,771,02711Paramount
17Joyful Noise$48,450-43%277-63$175$30,586,6397Warner Bros.
18War Horse$44,723-47%213-181$210$79,041,41210Disney / DreamWorks
19Contraband$44,325-43%197-223$225$66,173,3857Universal
20The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$39,486-56%125-64$316$101,701,26710Sony / Columbia
21One For the Money$38,262-37%229-704$167$25,951,3365Lionsgate
22Puss in Boots (2011)$35,361-37%138-25$256$149,234,74718Paramount / DreamWorks
23Albert Nobbs$29,877-54%100-19$299$2,610,6285Roadside Attractions
24Jack and Jill$22,643-42%109-25$208$74,158,15716Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$32,959-25%40-5$824$16,625,10847Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$25,697-40%48--$535$94,5831UTV Communications
3The Darkest Hour$18,193-39%94-19$194$21,426,80510Summit
4Happy Feet Two$17,656-24%85-50$208$63,934,37015Warner Bros.
5Man on a Ledge$12,486-42%76-325$164$18,600,9115Lionsgate
6Shame$10,147-49%25-19$406$3,807,64313Fox Searchlight
7Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$9,338-51%35-63$267$1,130,8423UTV Communications
8Haywire$8,322-53%37-42$225$18,827,1656Relativity Media
9Coriolanus$5,818-47%8-5$727$365,1696Weinstein Company
10W.E.$5,172-62%15-5$345$265,2764Weinstein Company
11Undefeated$4,721-51%50$944$70,1952Weinstein Company
12Pariah (2011)$3,264-46%130$251$712,7059Focus
13The Devil Inside$1,736-41%25-9$69$53,193,9258Paramount
14In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,060-44%4-4$265$292,86510FilmDistrict