Grosses

NORTH AMERICA: Weekend Actuals: 'The Maze Runner' Easily Leads with Strong $32.51M; 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' #2 with $12.76M; 'This Is Where I Leave You' #3 with $11.56MSeptember 22, 2014 01:20 PM

by Daniel Garris

As was widely expected, Fox's The Maze Runner debuted comfortably in first place this weekend with $32.51 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 $11.26 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.1 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased 20 percent on Saturday to gross $13.47 million and fell 42 percent on Sunday to gross $7.78 million. That placed the film's 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 10.1 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 $12.76 million. Universal's modestly budgeted action thriller starring Liam Neeson opened just below pre-release expectations. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened softer than Liam's recent vehicles; including 35 percent softer than the $19.67 million debut of 2012's The Grey. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened with $4.76 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.43 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased a modest 7 percent on Saturday to take in $5.07 million and declined 42 percent on Sunday to gross $2.93 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of just 2.68 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 $11.56 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey opened towards the lower end of its modest expectations. This Is Where I Leave You opened 15 percent below the $13.53 million start of 2011's The Change-Up. This Is Where I Leave You started with $3.87 million on Friday, increased a very solid 28 percent on Saturday to take in $4.94 million and declined 44 percent on Sunday to gross $2.75 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.99 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 60 percent from last weekend's first place debut to place in fourth with $9.79 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 $39.70 million. That places No Good Deed 5 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 $8.87 million. The family sequel from Warner Bros. was down 44 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 $26.93 million in ten days, but is currently running 28 percent behind the $37.18 million ten-day take of Dolphin Tale.

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy placed in sixth with $5.24 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero film from Marvel was down a very solid 35 percent from last weekend. With a massive 52-day take of $313.73 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 $0.85 million from 602 locations. That gave the low-budget Kevin Smith directed horror film a per-location average of just $1,407 for the frame.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Apr. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$5,324,24618%4,1370$1,287$258,330,6422Lionsgate
2Wrath of the Titans$2,942,17914%3,545--$830$38,972,6911Warner Bros.
3Mirror Mirror$1,969,53729%3,603--$547$21,641,8211Relativity Media
421 Jump Street$1,718,82628%3,14827$546$95,943,0633Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,011,84026%3,264-413$310$191,144,8505Universal
6John Carter$274,23134%2,397-815$114$66,713,3314Disney
7Act of Valor$119,82719%1,239-980$97$67,966,3006Relativity Media
8A Thousand Words$112,63025%1,007-780$112$16,710,4704Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$139,83139%483359$290$3,410,1574CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$112,34842%908-432$124$98,647,0428Warner Bros. / New Line
3Project X (2012)$106,49920%903-1162$118$53,548,9835Warner Bros.
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$80,83029%513259$158$2,835,7603Paramount Vantage
5Safe House$80,19029%729-601$110$124,023,9358Universal
6Casa de mi Padre$60,8219%439-36$139$5,127,6713Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Friends With Kids$57,50767%306-252$188$6,417,8184Roadside Attractions
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$47,35341%222-26$213$132,430,99216Fox
9This Means War$47,32430%575-613$82$53,160,7027Fox
10The Vow$41,46840%514-744$81$123,544,6218Sony / Screen Gems
11The Artist$32,25928%315-261$102$43,603,89519Weinstein Company
12Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$27,69413%321-300$86$34,453,8476Lionsgate
13The Iron Lady$27,58935%284-43$97$29,462,77114Weinstein Company
14Hugo$19,32650%174-109$111$73,720,46319Paramount
15We Bought a Zoo$18,63824%136-19$137$75,313,14715Fox
16Chronicle$18,44419%198-94$93$63,793,0559Fox
17Silent House (2012)$16,97718%325-877$52$12,403,4134Open Road
18Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$14,26229%150-50$95$209,264,97716Paramount
19The Woman in Black$13,97312%179-1$78$53,973,4729CBS Films
20Big Miracle$11,89540%170-54$70$20,134,3559Universal
21The Descendants$11,03641%118-81$94$82,455,43320Fox Searchlight
22Red Tails$10,75365%101-30$106$49,720,61711Fox
23Wanderlust$9,86055%116-119$85$17,271,9156Universal
24The Grey$8,15024%2040$40$51,489,90910Open Road
25One For the Money$4,65227%102-49$46$26,378,75710Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$32,11557%400$803$17,716,73552Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$9,9116%5--$1,982$135,7231Weinstein Company
3Albert Nobbs$5,0436%29-15$174$2,946,28510Roadside Attractions
4Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$4,76548%55-31$87$186,838,66216Warner Bros.
5Being Flynn$4,47118%40-33$112$488,2755Focus
6Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$3,90914%30-44$130$43,278,9248Fox
7W.E.$3,05834%213$146$496,1279Weinstein Company
8Undefeated$2,95847%16-1$185$429,2547Weinstein Company
9Gone$2,49127%61-122$41$11,591,2726Summit
10Coriolanus$2,4108%16-3$151$604,27711Weinstein Company
11My Week with Marilyn$86951%12-32$72$14,598,85119Weinstein Company