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, May. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$1,342,5917%2,0150$666$63,066,0702Sony / Screen Gems
2The Five-Year Engagement$1,130,36037%2,936--$385$12,562,5051Universal
3The Lucky One (2012)$958,17740%3,17520$302$41,051,2452Warner Bros.
4The Hunger Games$864,19620%3,572-180$242$373,605,1396Lionsgate
5Safe (2012)$832,93429%2,266--$368$9,369,9771Lionsgate
6The Raven$705,62120%2,203--$320$8,582,9411Relativity Media
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$605,20915%3,358--$180$12,268,0141Sony / Columbia
8The Cabin in the Woods$509,69324%2,639-172$193$35,704,3753Lionsgate
9Chimpanzee$477,89920%1,5674$305$19,796,0822Disneynature
10American Reunion$333,55541%2,154-879$155$54,042,3154Universal
1121 Jump Street$303,62524%1,820-607$167$132,486,4477Sony / Columbia
12The Three Stooges$276,61417%3,105-377$89$37,420,1433Fox
13Wrath of the Titans$194,03819%1,572-930$123$80,882,1685Warner Bros.
14Titanic 3D$184,73622%1,409-1106$131$56,616,7474Paramount
15Mirror Mirror$158,14410%2,017-921$78$59,171,9705Relativity Media
16Lockout$104,65622%1,259-1076$83$13,525,4203Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bully (2012)$56,73828%2630$216$2,224,9495Weinstein Company
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$51,46442%335-111$154$7,865,4998CBS Films
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$48,56510%883-700$55$208,528,4659Universal
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$29,0414%401-43$72$101,940,38612Warner Bros. / New Line
5Act of Valor$18,99310%28556$67$69,717,79210Relativity Media
6Safe House$16,03017%229-72$70$125,885,58012Universal
7This Means War$14,15925%232-61$61$54,376,48911Fox
8A Thousand Words$11,25423%1691$67$18,091,4308Paramount
9Project X (2012)$8,1712%155-103$53$54,653,1989Warner Bros.
10Chronicle$6,55312%121-16$54$64,428,82413Fox
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,8716%111-24$35$132,998,20520Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$37,18712%500$744$738,5542Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$18,16232%342$534$18,528,66056Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$7,2641%67-39$108$1,096,7273Code Black Entertainment
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$6,7907%79-43$86$4,151,3057Paramount Vantage
5Blue Like Jazz$4,43917%46-80$97$559,9783Roadside Attractions
6The Artist$4,32313%50-36$86$44,219,00923Weinstein Company
7Friends With Kids$4,274115%53-30$81$7,161,2128Roadside Attractions
8Sound of My Voice$3,79611%5--$759$43,3431Fox Searchlight
9The Woman in Black$3,52838%63-27$56$54,328,36413CBS Films
10We Bought a Zoo$2,41643%52-14$46$75,590,81219Fox
11Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,2594%27-5$84$43,435,39812Fox
12Coriolanus$1,772-3%140$127$710,88715Weinstein Company
13Red Tails$1,76445%23-16$77$49,851,17515Fox
14Touchback$1,72116%28-41$61$186,5213Anchor Bay Films
15Casa de mi Padre$1,717-4%36-22$48$5,815,8197Lionsgate / Pantelion
16Silent House (2012)$1,16450%22-37$53$12,752,8348Open Road
17W.E.$1,136129%10-5$114$577,66013Weinstein Company
18Undefeated$1,04434%203$52$521,47611Weinstein Company
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$91418%39-42$23$34,878,17610Lionsgate
20Albert Nobbs$654101%161$41$3,010,25614Roadside Attractions