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. 28 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Act of Valor$1,992,5192%3,039--$656$28,416,6341Relativity Media
2Safe House$961,38017%3,052-69$315$99,408,1253Universal
3Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$919,396-3%2,132--$431$17,450,0211Lionsgate
4The Vow$833,02137%3,03880$274$104,363,0003Sony / Screen Gems
5This Means War$687,92431%3,1890$216$34,709,0682Fox
6Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$620,94617%3,1740$196$39,187,9752Sony / Columbia
7Wanderlust$620,62021%2,002--$310$7,660,3301Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$606,35922%3,350-150$181$77,749,3043Warner Bros. / New Line
9Gone$373,96835%2,186--$171$5,420,4701Summit
10Chronicle$250,8307%1,797-759$140$58,470,4144Fox
11The Secret World of Arrietty$206,20211%1,5220$135$14,901,5972Disney
12Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$171,3394%1,618-1037$106$40,781,4303Fox
13The Woman in Black$169,52213%1,727-832$98$50,771,7674CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$401,09813%966158$415$32,535,62514Weinstein Company
2Hugo$205,0187%501-57$409$69,751,47914Paramount
3The Descendants$179,99514%889-354$202$78,797,45315Fox Searchlight
4The Iron Lady$122,01617%522-101$234$25,948,2129Weinstein Company
5The Grey$75,8915%917-1190$83$50,326,9935Open Road
6Red Tails$46,78942%489-520$96$48,749,8426Fox
7Big Miracle$40,82018%628-1006$65$18,978,9404Universal
8My Week with Marilyn$37,82322%402282$94$14,143,38214Weinstein Company
9Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$35,79022%164-20$218$23,341,30412Focus
10Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$34,36722%333-70$103$185,951,55711Warner Bros.
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$28,22850%178-97$159$207,818,13111Paramount
12Underworld Awakening$26,90813%260-566$103$62,200,5326Sony / Screen Gems
13The Adventures of Tintin$22,62921%272-31$83$76,943,07310Paramount
14War Horse$22,49022%213-181$106$79,082,40410Disney / DreamWorks
15Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$21,99331%311-89$71$130,423,31811Fox
16Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$20,1664%280-297$72$31,254,63910Warner Bros.
17Joyful Noise$19,12638%277-63$69$30,619,6697Warner Bros.
18We Bought a Zoo$17,8378%280-7$64$74,130,64910Fox
19Contraband$17,7306%197-223$90$66,207,8607Universal
20One For the Money$13,56534%229-704$59$25,975,0085Lionsgate
21Albert Nobbs$12,74714%100-19$127$2,634,5325Roadside Attractions
22Puss in Boots (2011)$6,88117%138-25$50$149,247,52918Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$19,26368%40-5$482$16,655,81347Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$10,73875%48--$224$111,4551UTV Communications
3The Darkest Hour$5,2598%94-19$56$21,436,93110Summit
4Man on a Ledge$4,67018%76-325$61$18,609,5425Lionsgate
5Haywire$4,63750%37-42$125$18,834,8916Relativity Media
6Shame$4,354-17%25-19$174$3,817,22713Fox Searchlight
7W.E.$4,336-1%15-5$289$273,9764Weinstein Company
8Happy Feet Two$3,601-10%85-50$42$63,941,97615Warner Bros.
9Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$3,16177%35-63$90$1,135,8953UTV Communications
10Undefeated$3,096-8%50$619$76,6722Weinstein Company
11Coriolanus$2,40149%8-5$300$369,1776Weinstein Company
12Pariah (2011)$1,29032%130$99$714,9719Focus
13The Devil Inside$75518%25-9$30$53,195,3188Paramount
14In the Land of Blood and Honey$58138%4-4$145$293,86610FilmDistrict