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.

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 Sat, Apr. 28 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$7,692,46440%2,0150$3,818$56,058,4572Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$5,082,22385%3,358--$1,513$7,832,1821Sony / Columbia
3The Hunger Games$4,967,27466%3,572-180$1,391$369,164,9926Lionsgate
4The Lucky One (2012)$4,622,87418%3,17520$1,456$37,125,8212Warner Bros.
5The Five-Year Engagement$4,534,66030%2,936--$1,545$8,013,1601Universal
6Safe (2012)$3,131,70520%2,266--$1,382$5,751,8841Lionsgate
7The Raven$2,940,28916%2,203--$1,335$5,466,6021Relativity Media
8The Three Stooges$2,463,77490%3,105-377$793$35,503,3133Fox
9Chimpanzee$2,179,78236%1,5674$1,391$17,474,4702Disneynature
10The Cabin in the Woods$2,012,34042%2,639-172$763$33,595,3853Lionsgate
1121 Jump Street$1,365,80952%1,820-607$750$131,204,1517Sony / Columbia
12American Reunion$1,313,94044%2,154-879$610$52,793,2254Universal
13Mirror Mirror$1,039,39485%2,017-921$515$58,239,7695Relativity Media
14Wrath of the Titans$884,29268%1,572-930$563$79,955,9755Warner Bros.
15Titanic 3D$848,63465%1,409-1106$602$55,731,5634Paramount
16Lockout$419,65151%1,259-1076$333$13,087,0833Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$402,155107%883-700$455$208,184,0959Universal
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$232,78180%401-43$581$101,733,49112Warner Bros. / New Line
3Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$209,94084%335-111$627$7,674,6438CBS Films
4Bully (2012)$131,54136%2630$500$2,024,6485Weinstein Company
5This Means War$81,57844%232-61$352$54,314,55611Fox
6Safe House$75,68054%229-72$330$125,814,63512Universal
7Act of Valor$68,02155%28556$239$69,638,15910Relativity Media
8The Vow$53,91838%218-79$247$124,782,55612Sony / Screen Gems
9A Thousand Words$52,82277%1691$313$18,037,6688Paramount
10Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$42,34969%127-48$333$51,638,38411Sony / Columbia
11Chronicle$33,73565%121-16$279$64,394,83713Fox
12Project X (2012)$32,75335%155-103$211$54,615,7999Warner Bros.
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$24,622165%111-24$222$132,975,79420Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$89,31624%500$1,786$596,4042Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$36,19772%67-39$540$1,058,3843Code Black Entertainment
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$27,74973%79-43$351$4,124,6207Paramount Vantage
4Born to Be Wild 3D$27,097-13%342$797$18,476,10456Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Sound of My Voice$16,03330%5--$3,207$28,3691Fox Searchlight
6Blue Like Jazz$15,26724%46-80$332$542,1113Roadside Attractions
7Friends With Kids$14,88044%53-30$281$7,148,5818Roadside Attractions
8The Artist$14,48592%50-36$290$44,203,68523Weinstein Company
9We Bought a Zoo$13,256102%52-14$255$75,580,59019Fox
10The Woman in Black$12,66643%63-27$201$54,315,26213CBS Films
11Touchback$11,68832%28-41$417$177,4433Anchor Bay Films
12Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$9,14987%27-5$339$43,425,33412Fox
13Casa de mi Padre$8,71960%36-22$242$5,804,9417Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$7,95658%39-42$204$34,874,85410Lionsgate
15Red Tails$7,23056%23-16$314$49,844,41315Fox
16Coriolanus$6,97564%140$498$702,67915Weinstein Company
17Silent House (2012)$5,73040%22-37$260$12,748,4098Open Road
18Undefeated$4,93341%203$247$516,74211Weinstein Company
19Albert Nobbs$2,673102%161$167$3,006,13914Roadside Attractions
20W.E.$2,62418%10-5$262$574,63313Weinstein Company