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 Thu, Mar. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$2,889,97511%3,729--$775$82,878,8301Universal
2Project X (2012)$1,603,2642%3,055--$525$28,574,9951Warner Bros.
3Act of Valor$925,3394%3,05314$303$49,100,5972Relativity Media
4Safe House$587,1905%2,553-499$230$110,803,8154Universal
5The Vow$496,7239%2,826-212$176$113,613,7464Sony / Screen Gems
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$486,94429%3,060-290$159$87,030,6114Warner Bros. / New Line
7This Means War$442,9279%2,342-847$189$43,139,3503Fox
8Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$388,5083%2,1320$182$27,542,4492Lionsgate
9Wanderlust$330,3303%2,0020$165$13,864,1202Universal
10The Artist$321,5040%1,756790$183$38,155,02315Weinstein Company
11Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$308,59510%2,487-687$124$46,100,1473Sony / Columbia
12Gone$210,91310%2,1860$96$9,831,2822Summit
13Chronicle$126,2658%1,054-743$120$61,362,8725Fox
14The Secret World of Arrietty$106,36117%1,431-91$74$17,155,2683Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$94,5781%694-195$136$80,777,76216Fox Searchlight
2The Iron Lady$84,673-6%511-11$166$27,363,81710Weinstein Company
3Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$79,14125%731-887$108$42,504,1734Fox
4Hugo$75,245-2%406-95$185$71,645,80415Paramount
5The Woman in Black$73,0165%812-915$90$52,540,2465CBS Films
6The Grey$26,65614%308-609$87$50,836,3016Open Road
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$25,74514%3143$82$130,900,34112Fox
8Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$24,5989%266-67$92$186,365,17312Warner Bros.
9Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$21,6916%126-38$172$23,479,65013Focus
10The Adventures of Tintin$21,23228%215-57$99$77,243,73611Paramount
11Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$20,58510%30323$68$31,596,11511Warner Bros.
12We Bought a Zoo$19,76116%266-14$74$74,481,65611Fox
13Big Miracle$19,4758%359-269$54$19,441,1055Universal
14Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$18,44744%107-71$172$208,083,76612Paramount
15Red Tails$18,071-6%249-240$73$49,227,9877Fox
16My Week with Marilyn$15,416-13%120-282$128$14,405,63015Weinstein Company
17Contraband$12,58013%148-49$85$66,410,8858Universal
18Joyful Noise$10,1769%202-75$50$30,809,1548Warner Bros.
19One For the Money$6,56712%117-112$56$26,084,5286Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$27,7350%400$693$16,885,90348Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Albert Nobbs$7,2342%68-32$106$2,753,0526Roadside Attractions
3Undefeated$6,085-14%138$468$196,8103Weinstein Company
4W.E.$5,74110%194$302$343,3935Weinstein Company
5Shame$4,652-18%22-3$211$3,873,83814Fox Searchlight
6Coriolanus$3,6612%146$262$424,9677Weinstein Company
7Happy Feet Two$3,33210%850$39$64,006,46616Warner Bros.
8Being Flynn$3,084-24%4--$771$58,4151Focus
9Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$1,916-20%26-22$74$165,5972UTV Communications
10Pariah (2011)$1,89429%130$146$736,09510Focus
11Paan Singh Tomar$1,498-27%10--$150$26,3251UTV Communications
12The Devil Inside$843102%17-8$50$53,203,5209Paramount
13Haywire$806-14%32-5$25$18,856,8107Relativity Media
14In the Land of Blood and Honey$655-9%0-4--$303,87711FilmDistrict
15Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$130-66%25-10$5$1,151,8164UTV Communications