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 Thu, May. 31 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Men in Black 3$4,114,5543%4,248--$969$83,003,5531Sony / Columbia
2Marvel's The Avengers$2,774,98410%3,918-331$708$532,463,9804Disney
3Battleship$925,9259%3,70212$250$50,312,8502Universal
4The Dictator$826,2702%3,0146$274$46,110,3602Paramount
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$782,5184%3,0210$259$26,293,3592Lionsgate
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$759,5171%1,233879$616$20,896,6054Fox Searchlight
7Dark Shadows$662,2165%3,404-351$195$66,973,8413Warner Bros.
8Chernobyl Diaries$581,408-5%2,433--$239$11,371,1141Warner Bros.
9The Hunger Games$267,52314%1,421-643$188$396,773,74810Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$118,0558%786-936$150$89,041,7696Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$110,63434%884-956$125$27,929,7825Sony / Columbia
3The Lucky One (2012)$82,11020%615-1390$134$58,645,9186Warner Bros.
4Mirror Mirror$68,29619%42215$162$62,543,1399Relativity Media
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$56,55016%39011$145$211,145,66013Universal
6The Three Stooges$31,7617%325-269$98$42,477,4317Fox
7The Five-Year Engagement$30,1405%274-901$110$28,104,7555Universal
8Wrath of the Titans$26,98316%255-105$106$83,065,7529Warner Bros.
9The Cabin in the Woods$23,247-5%203-245$115$41,052,4157Lionsgate
10Bully (2012)$21,80223%104-100$210$3,366,9769Weinstein Company
11Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$20,85230%175-70$119$103,219,42916Warner Bros. / New Line
12American Reunion$12,37525%165-125$75$56,758,8358Universal
13Girl in Progress$10,5869%143-179$74$2,479,4523Lionsgate / Pantelion
14The Raven$7,33010%111-321$66$15,771,9395Relativity Media
15Safe (2012)$7,004-11%112-391$63$16,836,7125Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$60,568-5%501$1,211$2,564,5216Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Moonrise Kingdom$56,231-1%4--$14,058$860,2121Focus
3Born to Be Wild 3D$24,8709%340$731$19,154,16860Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Crooked Arrows$13,820106%6712$206$522,9122Branded/Peck Films
5The Intouchables$10,4007%4--$2,600$166,6121Weinstein Company
6Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$9,875-85%87-47$114$8,976,22312CBS Films
7Titanic 3D$5,16315%42-28$123$57,825,3518Paramount
8Sound of My Voice$4,5837%425$109$333,3505Fox Searchlight
9A Thousand Words$4,2349%59-51$72$18,450,12712Paramount
10This Means War$3,15310%44-46$72$54,734,73815Fox
11The Artist$2,08112%20-83$104$44,585,29227Weinstein Company
125 Broken Cameras$1,912--1--$1,912$1,9120Kino Lorber
13Act of Valor$70837%39-57$18$70,006,08014Relativity Media
14Undefeated$682-9%6-3$114$558,50615Weinstein Company
15Tonight You're Mine$269-2%3--$90$6,2553Roadside Attractions
16Coriolanus$2342%4-4$59$757,19519Weinstein Company
17Red Tails$209-80%74$30$160,15819Fox
18Blue Like Jazz$15-92%3-4$5$594,7367Roadside Attractions