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. 22 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$4,917,764-14%4,249-100$1,157$468,271,2153Disney
2Battleship$2,269,350-4%3,690--$615$30,165,8401Universal
3The Dictator$2,151,7340%3,008--$715$28,785,2721Paramount
4Dark Shadows$1,303,2354%3,7550$347$53,280,1532Warner Bros.
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$1,298,02314%3,021--$430$12,983,3801Lionsgate
6The Hunger Games$346,088-2%2,064-467$168$392,280,5339Lionsgate
7Think Like a Man$275,8406%1,722-330$160$86,375,0175Sony / Screen Gems
8The Lucky One (2012)$210,35412%2,005-834$105$57,333,2415Warner Bros.
9The Five-Year Engagement$152,7508%1,175-1394$130$27,396,7854Universal
10The Pirates! Band of Misfits$147,023-41%1,840-1239$80$25,886,8074Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$521,6560%354176$1,474$9,271,9753Fox Searchlight
2Chimpanzee$96,19016%895-664$107$27,187,6715Disneynature
3The Cabin in the Woods$51,642-6%448-581$115$40,658,4556Lionsgate
4Wrath of the Titans$48,0986%36095$134$82,613,7088Warner Bros.
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$41,690-12%379-76$110$210,280,39012Universal
6Mirror Mirror$41,063-7%407-200$101$61,636,6378Relativity Media
7Safe (2012)$40,8216%503-1187$81$16,669,3284Lionsgate
8The Three Stooges$38,9648%594-822$66$41,905,8026Fox
9Girl in Progress$38,1585%3220$119$2,211,8762Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Raven$32,3746%432-1456$75$15,608,6674Relativity Media
11Bully (2012)$25,683-15%204-59$126$3,176,0288Weinstein Company
12American Reunion$23,200-24%290-231$80$56,548,6057Universal
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$18,182-4%245-15$74$102,896,65615Warner Bros. / New Line
14Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$12,700-26%134-66$95$8,750,90811CBS Films
15Lockout$9,026-7%191-64$47$14,310,3346Open Road
16A Thousand Words$6,41415%110-17$58$18,386,54211Paramount
17The Artist$3,3739%103-648$33$44,555,91126Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$54,113-8%490$1,104$1,948,2075Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$24,89926%340$732$18,964,75359Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Crooked Arrows$14,8489%55--$270$284,7901Branded/Peck Films
4Titanic 3D$8,1520%70-87$116$57,752,5157Paramount
5This Means War$5,5216%90-42$61$54,681,45514Fox
6Sound of My Voice$5,021-20%37-9$136$260,9874Fox Searchlight
7Act of Valor$3,479-2%96-22$36$69,985,48013Relativity Media
8Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$1,50111%17-6$88$1,204,4206Code Black Entertainment
9Friends With Kids$1,336-6%25-11$53$7,229,26611Roadside Attractions
10Coriolanus$1,24649%8-3$156$751,72418Weinstein Company
11Lovely Molly$9681%5--$194$14,4801Image Entertainment
12The Road (2012)$8151%10-40$82$90,4902Freestyle Releasing
13Undefeated$67411%9-4$75$549,75214Weinstein Company
14Red Tails$33332%3-6$111$49,869,39418Fox
15Blue Like Jazz$31030%7-4$44$593,1376Roadside Attractions
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$81113%1-11$81$43,456,03515Fox
17Touchback$53-29%3-1$18$204,1966Anchor Bay Films