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 Thu, May. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$12,391,566-9%4,349--$2,849$270,019,3731Disney
2Think Like a Man$562,4231%2,010-5$280$75,616,7323Sony / Screen Gems
3The Five-Year Engagement$500,025-6%2,9415$170$21,309,4102Universal
4The Hunger Games$465,6921%2,794-778$167$382,501,6867Lionsgate
5The Lucky One (2012)$441,104-4%3,005-170$147$49,680,7413Warner Bros.
6The Pirates! Band of Misfits$305,2411%3,3580$91$19,903,5582Sony / Columbia
7The Raven$272,263-6%2,2096$123$13,344,9282Relativity Media
8Safe (2012)$270,360-2%2,2715$119$14,270,2552Lionsgate
9Chimpanzee$217,5877%1,531-36$142$23,961,9713Disneynature
10The Cabin in the Woods$187,5520%1,669-970$112$38,782,4474Lionsgate
1121 Jump Street$111,1937%1,040-780$107$134,472,4348Sony / Columbia
12The Three Stooges$90,680-8%2,174-931$42$40,075,4304Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Reunion$72,7000%856-1298$85$55,617,7405Universal
2Mirror Mirror$53,639-4%922-1095$58$60,394,2696Relativity Media
3Bully (2012)$50,0606%2630$190$2,729,2426Weinstein Company
4Titanic 3D$45,79019%333-1076$138$57,456,4635Paramount
5Wrath of the Titans$41,05710%715-857$57$81,775,2356Warner Bros.
6Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$33,9140%247-88$137$8,353,2269CBS Films
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$31,27510%521-362$60$209,159,69010Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$17,2814%303-98$57$102,345,20013Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lockout$15,337-8%311-948$49$13,956,6504Open Road
10Safe House$11,4451%175-54$65$126,064,64013Universal
11This Means War$9,1283%171-61$53$54,519,34912Fox
12Act of Valor$8,899-4%193-92$46$69,861,94311Relativity Media
13A Thousand Words$7,1415%140-29$51$18,214,4789Paramount
14Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$6,0805%143104$43$34,963,72611Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$83,545-3%27--$3,094$1,072,5161Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$54,57119%500$1,091$1,203,8373Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$26,056-2%340$766$18,723,65557Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sound of My Voice$7,083-11%2823$253$131,1752Fox Searchlight
5Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$4,41944%75-36$59$133,041,94921Fox
6Casa de mi Padre$4,2664%6832$63$5,865,5368Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Chronicle$3,659-2%78-43$47$64,487,02714Fox
8Project X (2012)$3,4912%72-83$48$54,711,86010Warner Bros.
9Jeff Who Lives at Home$2,916-22%47-32$62$4,203,5348Paramount Vantage
10Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$2,3668%30-37$79$1,146,6164Code Black Entertainment
11The Artist$1,924-21%41-9$47$44,250,62924Weinstein Company
12Friends With Kids$1,889-7%34-19$56$7,193,4029Roadside Attractions
13Coriolanus$1,8610%184$103$734,45716Weinstein Company
14Blue Like Jazz$1,539-15%20-26$77$583,8434Roadside Attractions
15Undefeated$983-59%13-7$76$536,54412Weinstein Company
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$7320%17-10$43$43,449,19213Fox
17Touchback$464-5%12-16$39$199,1954Anchor Bay Films
18W.E.$39961%6-4$67$583,45514Weinstein Company
19Red Tails$346-38%12-11$29$49,859,98016Fox
20Albert Nobbs$14100%5-11$3$3,013,86615Roadside Attractions