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. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$3,429,00510%3,74617$915$135,623,0152Universal
2John Carter$2,103,8583%3,749--$561$39,657,4531Disney
3Project X (2012)$967,3653%3,0550$317$44,125,8462Warner Bros.
4Act of Valor$630,0626%2,951-102$214$58,720,3693Relativity Media
5A Thousand Words$515,0306%1,890--$273$8,352,8211Paramount
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$492,28911%2,525-535$195$92,605,6865Warner Bros. / New Line
7Safe House$451,3003%2,144-409$210$117,493,0955Universal
8The Vow$403,3918%2,478-348$163$119,063,2555Sony / Screen Gems
9Silent House (2012)$396,013-3%2,124--$186$8,491,7441Open Road
10This Means War$382,8839%1,949-393$196$48,399,7824Fox
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$219,6539%1,516-616$145$31,356,3333Lionsgate
12The Artist$208,5809%1,505-251$139$41,065,41916Weinstein Company
13Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$207,9487%1,804-683$115$48,882,3924Sony / Columbia
14Wanderlust$170,2058%1,220-782$140$16,224,1003Universal
15Gone$93,73315%1,144-1042$82$11,092,0943Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$174,2033%369--$472$2,729,9821Roadside Attractions
2Chronicle$101,5386%595-459$171$62,669,9616Fox
3The Iron Lady$65,60010%447-64$147$28,189,27111Weinstein Company
4Hugo$60,61414%313-93$194$72,506,68016Paramount
5The Descendants$60,3284%517-177$117$81,704,81117Fox Searchlight
6The Secret World of Arrietty$57,54118%501-930$115$17,777,9364Disney
7The Woman in Black$52,57715%433-379$121$53,232,1596CBS Films
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$48,5555%287-27$169$131,371,95213Fox
9Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$38,88912%229122$170$208,545,31113Paramount
10Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$35,10618%258-473$136$42,970,2415Fox
11We Bought a Zoo$25,03013%228-38$110$74,766,80612Fox
12The Adventures of Tintin$24,6390%153-62$161$77,483,76312Paramount
13Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$19,700-14%109-17$181$24,001,74114Focus
14Big Miracle$18,95022%238-121$80$19,661,4506Universal
15Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$18,21110%208-58$88$186,591,61313Warner Bros.
16The Grey$14,3043%151-157$95$51,017,2827Open Road
17Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$11,8608%202-101$59$31,757,33512Warner Bros.
18Red Tails$11,784-1%178-71$66$49,389,0498Fox
19Contraband$10,0606%119-29$85$66,528,0009Universal
20My Week with Marilyn$9,4615%1200$79$14,528,43816Weinstein Company
21Joyful Noise$6,66835%103-99$65$30,890,3909Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$36,69212%400$917$17,131,59049Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$20,5442%18--$1,141$308,4001CBS Films
3Albert Nobbs$6,27220%47-21$133$2,814,3837Roadside Attractions
4Coriolanus$5,8750%195$309$497,4788Weinstein Company
5Haywire$5,84916%8250$71$18,920,5958Relativity Media
6Undefeated$5,428-18%130$418$278,0594Weinstein Company
7Being Flynn$4,61319%128$384$119,9862Focus
8W.E.$4,399-10%245$183$402,2636Weinstein Company
9Shame$3,409-7%20-2$170$3,909,00215Fox Searchlight
10One For the Money$3,241-6%64-53$51$26,132,8697Lionsgate
11Pariah (2011)$3,1292%196$165$769,55211Focus
12Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$1,041-14%10-16$104$176,1683UTV Communications
13Paan Singh Tomar$52680%5-5$105$35,4372UTV Communications
14The Devil Inside$304174%10-7$30$53,206,53510Paramount
15Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$50-68%4-21$13$1,154,1745UTV Communications