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 Sat, May. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$69,557,990-14%4,349--$15,994$150,371,9751Disney
2Think Like a Man$3,299,97624%2,010-5$1,642$70,999,6203Sony / Screen Gems
3The Pirates! Band of Misfits$2,457,54686%3,3580$732$16,944,1392Sony / Columbia
4The Hunger Games$2,426,87749%2,794-778$869$379,083,9217Lionsgate
5The Lucky One (2012)$2,211,36014%3,005-170$736$46,564,1413Warner Bros.
6The Five-Year Engagement$2,043,99522%2,9415$695$17,824,2702Universal
7The Raven$1,047,75623%2,2096$474$11,436,9012Relativity Media
8Chimpanzee$1,004,31943%1,531-36$656$22,324,8893Disneynature
9Safe (2012)$1,003,14218%2,2715$442$12,253,6122Lionsgate
10The Three Stooges$800,36368%2,174-931$368$39,114,6834Fox
11The Cabin in the Woods$617,86720%1,669-970$370$37,587,5584Lionsgate
1221 Jump Street$444,63223%1,040-780$428$133,740,4878Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Reunion$342,40023%856-1298$400$55,104,2005Universal
2Mirror Mirror$326,01872%922-1095$354$59,943,9596Relativity Media
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$195,37583%521-362$375$208,909,82510Universal
4Wrath of the Titans$184,31427%715-857$258$81,488,9656Warner Bros.
5Titanic 3D$147,09353%333-1076$442$57,168,4465Paramount
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$127,94070%303-98$422$102,189,42713Warner Bros. / New Line
7Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$126,09169%247-88$510$8,159,5129CBS Films
8Lockout$92,65612%311-948$298$13,849,9464Open Road
9Bully (2012)$60,592-1%2630$230$2,488,9136Weinstein Company
10Safe House$48,12549%175-54$275$125,994,65013Universal
11This Means War$37,16030%171-61$217$54,466,49412Fox
12A Thousand Words$35,19565%140-29$251$18,165,1769Paramount
13The Vow$34,03537%157-61$217$124,918,66313Sony / Screen Gems
14Act of Valor$30,15128%193-92$156$69,804,29011Relativity Media
15Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$26,37143%143104$184$34,924,50411Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$312,24758%27--$11,565$509,3011Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$70,1825%500$1,404$973,8463Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$43,44867%95-32$457$51,756,92212Sony / Columbia
4Sound of My Voice$23,51737%2823$840$89,9102Fox Searchlight
5Born to Be Wild 3D$21,520-34%340$633$18,624,57357Warner Bros. / IMAX
6A Beautiful Soul$16,7492%20--$837$33,1051Tyscot Manhaddon Films
7Chronicle$13,20545%78-43$169$64,463,06314Fox
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$12,713185%75-36$170$133,022,55321Fox
9Project X (2012)$12,56937%72-83$175$54,689,28110Warner Bros.
10Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$11,55542%30-37$385$1,129,2394Code Black Entertainment
11Jeff Who Lives at Home$11,49634%47-32$245$4,183,7628Paramount Vantage
12Casa de mi Padre$11,03227%6832$162$5,838,7268Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Friends With Kids$6,94226%34-19$204$7,181,7059Roadside Attractions
14The Artist$6,30452%41-9$154$44,237,94524Weinstein Company
15We Bought a Zoo$6,29098%38-14$166$75,604,35420Fox
16Coriolanus$5,34832%184$297$724,07416Weinstein Company
17Blue Like Jazz$4,23435%20-26$212$575,2194Roadside Attractions
18Touchback$3,36862%12-16$281$195,2394Anchor Bay Films
19Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$3,23542%17-10$190$43,444,62613Fox
20Undefeated$2,47413%13-7$190$529,13512Weinstein Company
21Red Tails$1,99130%12-11$166$49,857,50216Fox
22W.E.$1,242238%6-4$207$581,02014Weinstein Company
23Albert Nobbs$78651%5-11$157$3,012,51115Roadside Attractions