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 Mon, May. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$7,923,789-74%4,3490$1,822$380,995,4362Disney
2Dark Shadows$2,311,455-75%3,755--$616$31,996,7291Warner Bros.
3Think Like a Man$481,497-76%2,05242$235$81,914,3374Sony / Screen Gems
4The Hunger Games$398,480-73%2,531-263$157$387,405,5288Lionsgate
5The Five-Year Engagement$346,815-67%2,569-372$135$24,970,2353Universal
6The Lucky One (2012)$316,061-73%2,839-166$111$54,104,2944Warner Bros.
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$198,060-82%3,079-279$64$23,245,0603Sony / Columbia
8Safe (2012)$160,041-68%1,690-581$95$15,877,4703Lionsgate
9The Raven$159,647-62%1,888-321$85$14,883,4223Relativity Media
10Chimpanzee$143,053-81%1,55928$92$25,860,5314Disneynature
11The Cabin in the Woods$119,616-55%1,029-640$116$39,873,5285Lionsgate
12The Three Stooges$61,590-82%1,416-758$43$41,215,3595Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$279,112-70%178151$1,568$4,023,7682Fox Searchlight
2Girl in Progress$92,541-83%322--$287$1,476,6191Lionsgate / Pantelion
321 Jump Street$64,453-58%589-451$109$135,181,9969Sony / Columbia
4American Reunion$41,680-54%521-335$80$56,091,8506Universal
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$36,400-75%455-66$80$209,628,33511Universal
6Mirror Mirror$35,228-85%607-315$58$61,029,1147Relativity Media
7Bully (2012)$33,73211%2630$128$2,897,8037Weinstein Company
8Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$22,038-65%200-47$110$8,564,03010CBS Films
9The Artist$20,759-74%751710$28$44,460,22925Weinstein Company
10Titanic 3D$17,825-70%157-176$114$57,632,1356Paramount
11Lockout$16,787-61%255-56$66$14,153,4905Open Road
12Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$15,858-82%260-43$61$102,597,19214Warner Bros. / New Line
13Wrath of the Titans$14,272-72%265-450$54$82,004,4407Warner Bros.
14Safe House$7,480-71%136-39$55$126,157,13514Universal
15Jeff Who Lives at Home$6,192-49%11770$53$4,250,3479Paramount Vantage
16A Thousand Words$6,022-78%127-13$47$18,298,89210Paramount
17This Means War$5,681-66%132-39$43$54,592,46513Fox
18Act of Valor$5,302-57%118-75$45$69,909,25912Relativity Media
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$3,872-77%110-33$35$35,014,06412Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$41,516-40%49-1$847$1,454,3014Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$13,564-20%340$399$18,798,28158Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sound of My Voice$8,410-51%4618$183$196,6843Fox Searchlight
4The Road (2012)$7,450-57%50--$149$64,1421Freestyle Releasing
5Casa de mi Padre$3,729-68%56-12$67$5,898,9679Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$2,752-83%23-7$120$1,183,6825Code Black Entertainment
7Chronicle$2,646-70%51-27$52$64,514,40915Fox
8Project X (2012)$2,041-47%40-32$51$54,726,31311Warner Bros.
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,735-78%67-8$26$133,064,15422Fox
10Friends With Kids$1,706-46%362$47$7,208,50610Roadside Attractions
11Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$910-83%10--$91$18,0111UTV Communications
12Coriolanus$861-56%11-7$78$741,03017Weinstein Company
13Undefeated$646-50%130$50$541,96513Weinstein Company
14Red Tails$432-45%9-3$48$49,867,04617Fox
15Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$410-70%12-5$34$43,454,06614Fox
16Blue Like Jazz$384-79%11-9$35$589,0845Roadside Attractions
17Touchback$340-67%4-8$85$203,0535Anchor Bay Films
18Tonight You're Mine$253-63%2--$127$2,3971Roadside Attractions
19Albert Nobbs$40-84%2-3$20$3,014,58116Roadside Attractions