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 Sun, Mar. 18 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
121 Jump Street$10,133,267-22%3,121--$3,247$36,302,6121Sony / Columbia
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$6,388,455-33%3,76923$1,695$158,387,7753Universal
3John Carter$3,880,138-32%3,7490$1,035$53,227,2482Disney
4Act of Valor$1,039,251-33%2,765-186$376$62,454,0664Relativity Media
5Project X (2012)$1,014,328-32%2,922-133$347$48,170,0053Warner Bros.
6A Thousand Words$883,894-45%1,8955$466$11,985,7532Paramount
7Safe House$700,795-41%1,920-224$365$120,209,8906Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$662,980-34%1,935-590$343$94,994,0066Warner Bros. / New Line
9Silent House (2012)$517,851-40%2,1240$244$10,605,5442Open Road
10This Means War$460,215-50%1,660-289$277$50,541,5425Fox
11The Vow$457,289-48%2,175-303$210$121,157,3586Sony / Screen Gems
12Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$320,005-51%1,016-500$315$32,731,3294Lionsgate
13The Artist$288,036-36%1,155-350$249$42,108,37417Weinstein Company
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$220,674-41%1,024-780$216$49,742,2765Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casa de mi Padre$723,641-8%382--$1,894$2,287,2391Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Friends With Kids$388,086-36%640271$606$4,184,5432Roadside Attractions
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$242,248-30%254--$954$855,7091Paramount Vantage
4Hugo$146,982-28%38370$384$72,993,75317Paramount
5Wanderlust$136,110-36%698-522$195$16,744,1254Universal
6The Iron Lady$120,906-35%4569$265$28,615,75712Weinstein Company
7Chronicle$119,571-45%432-163$277$63,159,0517Fox
8Seeking Justice$77,982-19%231--$338$249,4651Anchor Bay Films
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$77,121-35%286-1$270$131,648,40114Fox
10The Descendants$74,490-42%347-170$215$81,996,04218Fox Searchlight
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$63,115-39%2290$276$208,782,80514Paramount
12The Woman in Black$53,860-48%305-128$177$53,473,7667CBS Films
13Gone$50,818-56%476-668$107$11,359,6674Summit
14Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$48,151-21%156-102$309$43,114,7136Fox
15The Grey$44,063-31%21968$201$51,170,0628Open Road
16We Bought a Zoo$39,475-35%188-40$210$74,908,77113Fox
17Big Miracle$35,400-33%236-2$150$19,792,4257Universal
18The Adventures of Tintin$23,985-24%123-30$195$77,564,03713Paramount
19Red Tails$22,902-47%152-26$151$49,480,7659Fox
20The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$19,404-38%108-103$180$102,515,79313Sony / Columbia
21Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$18,504-52%125-83$148$186,677,30414Warner Bros.
22One For the Money$17,001-33%11248$152$26,196,0598Lionsgate
23Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$10,673-42%105-97$102$31,798,90313Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$128,351-39%6244$2,070$768,9362CBS Films
2Being Flynn$41,278-35%8876$469$266,5283Focus
3Born to Be Wild 3D$32,183-25%400$805$17,261,18350Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$27,777-39%86-23$323$24,104,11315Focus
5Undefeated$15,699-33%218$748$330,8885Weinstein Company
6The Devil Inside$11,924-23%7767$155$53,245,05511Paramount
7Coriolanus$10,279-24%212$489$531,2839Weinstein Company
8Albert Nobbs$10,103-23%483$210$2,846,3288Roadside Attractions
9W.E.$8,619-21%20-4$431$428,9677Weinstein Company
10Joyful Noise$7,461-44%65-38$115$30,920,16710Warner Bros.
11My Week with Marilyn$7,360-33%50-70$147$14,554,94417Weinstein Company
12Haywire$4,172-27%69-13$60$18,934,8589Relativity Media
13Paan Singh Tomar$1,208-41%50$242$39,5673UTV Communications
14Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$57019%3-7$190$177,4724UTV Communications