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 Wed, May. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$1,021,480-24%2,0150$507$64,087,5502Sony / Screen Gems
2The Five-Year Engagement$822,080-27%2,936--$280$13,384,5851Universal
3The Hunger Games$712,316-18%3,572-180$199$374,317,4556Lionsgate
4The Lucky One (2012)$684,468-29%3,17520$216$41,735,7132Warner Bros.
5Safe (2012)$556,763-33%2,266--$246$9,926,7401Lionsgate
6The Raven$513,091-27%2,203--$233$9,096,0321Relativity Media
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$463,688-23%3,358--$138$12,731,7021Sony / Columbia
8The Cabin in the Woods$400,392-21%2,639-172$152$36,104,7673Lionsgate
9Chimpanzee$378,067-21%1,5674$241$20,174,1492Disneynature
1021 Jump Street$237,587-22%1,820-607$131$132,724,0347Sony / Columbia
11American Reunion$236,665-29%2,154-879$110$54,278,9804Universal
12The Three Stooges$213,954-23%3,105-377$69$37,634,0973Fox
13Titanic 3D$150,780-18%1,409-1106$107$56,767,5274Paramount
14Wrath of the Titans$148,363-24%1,572-930$94$81,030,5315Warner Bros.
15Mirror Mirror$128,654-19%2,017-921$64$59,300,6245Relativity Media
16Lockout$77,869-26%1,259-1076$62$13,603,2893Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bully (2012)$58,1743%2630$221$2,283,1235Weinstein Company
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$46,071-10%335-111$138$7,911,5708CBS Films
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$39,735-18%883-700$45$208,568,2009Universal
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$22,062-24%401-43$55$101,962,44812Warner Bros. / New Line
5Act of Valor$16,283-14%28556$57$69,734,07510Relativity Media
6Safe House$14,885-7%229-72$65$125,900,46512Universal
7This Means War$11,914-16%232-61$51$54,388,40311Fox
8A Thousand Words$8,411-25%1691$50$18,099,8418Paramount
9Project X (2012)$7,254-11%155-103$47$54,660,4529Warner Bros.
10Chronicle$5,883-10%121-16$49$64,434,70713Fox
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,512-9%111-24$32$133,001,71720Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$43,22716%500$865$781,7812Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$20,41512%342$600$18,549,07556Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$6,107-10%79-43$77$4,157,4127Paramount Vantage
4Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$5,758-21%67-39$86$1,102,8483Code Black Entertainment
5The Artist$4,135-4%50-36$83$44,223,14423Weinstein Company
6Friends With Kids$3,900-9%53-30$74$7,165,1128Roadside Attractions
7Blue Like Jazz$3,836-14%46-80$83$563,8143Roadside Attractions
8Sound of My Voice$3,286-13%5--$657$46,6291Fox Searchlight
9The Woman in Black$2,342-34%63-27$37$54,330,70613CBS Films
10We Bought a Zoo$2,069-14%52-14$40$75,592,88119Fox
11Coriolanus$1,8384%140$131$712,72515Weinstein Company
12Touchback$1,7622%28-41$63$188,2833Anchor Bay Films
13Casa de mi Padre$1,7391%36-22$48$5,817,5587Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$1,709-24%27-5$63$43,437,10712Fox
15Undefeated$1,41736%203$71$522,89311Weinstein Company
16Red Tails$1,238-30%23-16$54$49,852,41315Fox
17W.E.$1,028-10%10-5$103$578,68813Weinstein Company
18Silent House (2012)$999-14%22-37$45$12,753,8338Open Road
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$820-10%39-42$21$34,878,99610Lionsgate
20Albert Nobbs$6845%161$43$3,010,94014Roadside Attractions