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 Mon, Apr. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$2,762,627-67%2,015--$1,371$36,398,9301Sony / Screen Gems
2The Lucky One (2012)$1,448,453-70%3,155--$459$23,966,8111Warner Bros.
3The Hunger Games$1,009,203-76%3,752-164$269$358,075,6705Lionsgate
4Chimpanzee$752,153-78%1,563--$481$11,425,9011Disneynature
5The Cabin in the Woods$723,029-67%2,8110$257$27,969,2762Lionsgate
6American Reunion$485,025-67%3,033-170$160$49,003,3503Universal
7The Three Stooges$457,158-85%3,4825$131$30,376,8182Fox
821 Jump Street$405,221-69%2,427-308$167$127,622,3886Sony / Columbia
9Titanic 3D$366,758-75%2,515-182$146$53,227,3323Paramount
10Wrath of the Titans$319,192-73%2,502-600$128$77,552,1474Warner Bros.
11Lockout$284,201-70%2,33527$122$11,503,8212Open Road
12Mirror Mirror$255,596-81%2,938-268$87$55,755,5284Relativity Media
13Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$110,985-83%1,583-529$70$207,263,8508Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$57,052-69%44611$128$7,134,2667CBS Films
2Bully (2012)$51,223-69%263105$195$1,588,8934Weinstein Company
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$29,806-84%444-58$67$101,268,71311Warner Bros. / New Line
4Safe House$19,565-66%301-70$65$125,626,84511Universal
5Project X (2012)$15,527-60%258113$60$54,509,5048Warner Bros.
6Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$15,525-64%1064$146$952,0592Code Black Entertainment
7This Means War$14,083-68%29310$48$54,125,11510Fox
8Act of Valor$11,493-67%229-123$50$69,484,0319Relativity Media
9Jeff Who Lives at Home$11,228-68%122-61$92$4,040,9366Paramount Vantage
10Blue Like Jazz$10,531-68%126-10$84$478,6052Roadside Attractions
11The Iron Lady$8,546-54%102-44$84$29,967,98217Weinstein Company
12Chronicle$8,141-71%137-28$59$64,314,97012Fox
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$4,553-80%135-18$34$132,928,05719Fox
14A Thousand Words$4,231-75%168-109$25$17,941,1107Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$33,733-62%50--$675$303,9611Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$13,726-41%32-8$429$18,344,49855Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Friends With Kids$6,776-64%83-30$82$7,096,7357Roadside Attractions
4The Artist$5,776-62%86-35$67$44,160,29422Weinstein Company
5Casa de mi Padre$4,101-70%58-63$71$5,779,0386Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Touchback$4,092-71%6919$59$145,5482Anchor Bay Films
7The Woman in Black$3,331-69%90-32$37$54,283,04212CBS Films
8Silent House (2012)$3,140-57%590$53$12,729,6987Open Road
9We Bought a Zoo$3,033-68%66-17$46$75,551,27718Fox
10Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$1,987-75%81-44$25$34,855,4969Lionsgate
11Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$1,853-75%32-1$58$43,403,95411Fox
12Red Tails$1,446-65%39-4$37$49,827,16714Fox
13Coriolanus$1,424-56%14-4$102$687,57314Weinstein Company
14W.E.$1,034-69%15-2$69$565,72212Weinstein Company
15Undefeated$769-65%170$45$505,72010Weinstein Company
16Albert Nobbs$559-53%153$37$2,998,79513Roadside Attractions