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 Thu, Apr. 19 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$1,439,1788%3,916-221$368$342,400,4604Lionsgate
2The Cabin in the Woods$984,459-2%2,811--$350$19,230,1721Lionsgate
3American Reunion$752,7052%3,20311$235$43,043,7602Universal
4Titanic 3D$705,1550%2,69723$261$47,828,0172Paramount
5The Three Stooges$691,758-2%3,477--$199$20,155,4461Fox
621 Jump Street$524,6417%2,735-274$192$122,466,1815Sony / Columbia
7Wrath of the Titans$486,0653%3,102-443$157$73,310,5433Warner Bros.
8Mirror Mirror$444,2154%3,206-412$139$51,091,7533Relativity Media
9Lockout$380,964-1%2,308--$165$7,969,0321Open Road
10Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$190,1456%2,112-891$90$205,253,2657Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$83,819-6%435-89$193$6,388,7496CBS Films
2Bully (2012)$56,5567%158152$358$1,024,6113Weinstein Company
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$37,4506%502-149$75$100,629,12610Warner Bros. / New Line
4John Carter$29,5119%446-569$66$68,864,2786Disney
5Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$28,792-7%102--$282$777,8341Code Black Entertainment
6Safe House$25,97016%371-111$70$125,377,01010Universal
7Act of Valor$23,19314%352-356$66$69,341,1588Relativity Media
8This Means War$19,14313%283-38$68$53,901,5309Fox
9Jeff Who Lives at Home$18,720-1%183-264$102$3,900,6415Paramount Vantage
10Blue Like Jazz$18,383-20%136--$135$337,5591Roadside Attractions
11The Iron Lady$13,218-3%146-90$91$29,887,97916Weinstein Company
12The Artist$12,514-9%121-101$103$44,098,81921Weinstein Company
13Friends With Kids$12,1285%113-94$107$7,018,2336Roadside Attractions
14A Thousand Words$10,637-4%277-230$38$17,873,3546Paramount
15Chronicle$9,9052%1653$60$64,205,07811Fox
16Casa de mi Padre$8,82021%121-162$73$5,735,2845Lionsgate / Pantelion
17Project X (2012)$7,283-9%145-299$50$54,366,5327Warner Bros.
18Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$5,896-10%153-42$39$132,853,36218Fox
19The Woman in Black$4,8841%122-37$40$54,232,47411CBS Films
20Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$4,603-5%125-79$37$34,818,1948Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$27,4756%400$687$18,241,82154Warner Bros. / IMAX
2We Bought a Zoo$3,9540%83-16$48$75,513,03517Fox
3Touchback$3,91312%50--$78$83,1931Anchor Bay Films
4Silent House (2012)$3,840-9%59-155$65$12,683,8536Open Road
5The Descendants$3,43513%41-37$84$82,584,16022Fox Searchlight
6Bullhead$2,752--6--$459$150,3749Drafthouse Films
7Coriolanus$2,6416%181$147$675,57613Weinstein Company
8Undefeated$2,56275%172$151$494,5979Weinstein Company
9Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,31512%33-12$70$43,378,28610Fox
10Red Tails$2,15510%43-12$50$49,806,63613Fox
11The Grey$2,003-3%13-54$154$51,580,13612Open Road
12W.E.$1,714-17%17-4$101$554,05411Weinstein Company
13Albert Nobbs$374-82%12-18$31$2,992,58712Roadside Attractions