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, Jul. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ted (2012)$8,729,105-45%3,239--$2,695$63,144,3101Universal
2Brave$5,388,123-48%4,1640$1,294$137,156,4572Disney
3Magic Mike$5,022,190-40%2,930--$1,714$44,149,3601Warner Bros.
4Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$2,371,332-59%2,161--$1,097$27,761,9071Lionsgate
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$1,988,131-44%3,715-205$535$182,024,9294Paramount / DreamWorks
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$845,188-54%3,1091$272$29,888,9932Fox
7Marvel's The Avengers$714,777-45%1,757-473$407$607,219,5219Disney
8Prometheus$703,412-55%1,951-911$361$118,961,5144Fox
9Snow White and the Huntsman$654,360-53%2,337-582$280$146,339,0055Universal
10People Like Us$525,687-54%2,055--$256$4,781,1101Disney / DreamWorks
11Men in Black 3$452,435-51%1,902-560$238$170,171,3426Sony / Columbia
12Rock of Ages$396,057-52%2,405-1065$165$35,421,9633Warner Bros. / New Line
13That's My Boy$366,373-45%2,363-667$155$34,785,5323Sony / Columbia
14Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$152,548-53%1,608-17$95$6,771,7212Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$707,266-54%854459$828$19,173,2206Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$193,738-47%534-207$363$40,618,8339Fox Searchlight
3The Hunger Games$75,216-40%278-136$271$403,844,06815Lionsgate
4Dark Shadows$62,569-48%36563$171$76,343,3338Warner Bros.
5Safety Not Guaranteed$51,869-55%16435$316$1,735,9384FilmDistrict
6Battleship$44,555-62%308-175$145$63,913,6057Universal
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$30,300-35%202-32$150$213,248,63018Universal
8The Dictator$22,754-54%130-186$175$59,116,4307Paramount
9What to Expect When You're Expecting$22,742-38%203-208$112$40,158,7227Lionsgate
10Mirror Mirror$21,348-32%166-56$129$64,515,34114Relativity Media
11The Cabin in the Woods$13,625-43%149-47$91$41,957,07012Lionsgate
12The Three Stooges$11,503-49%117-37$98$43,820,83112Fox
13Chernobyl Diaries$10,967-36%145-95$76$18,037,4336Warner Bros.
14The Lucky One (2012)$10,357-42%115-87$90$60,314,34011Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$850,000--0----$850,0000Sony / Columbia
2To the Arctic 3D$64,744-3%520$1,245$4,607,05711Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$44,698-56%68-6$657$2,624,0806Weinstein Company
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$23,180-57%4--$5,795$244,0931Fox Searchlight
5For Greater Glory$15,653-64%73-87$214$5,328,8725ARC Entertainment
6Born to Be Wild 3D$14,654-9%330$444$19,729,53665Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Raven$4,135-40%78-55$53$15,987,96410Relativity Media
8Crooked Arrows$2,687-22%13-12$207$1,807,4797Branded/Peck Films
9Lola Versus$2,384-28%30-20$79$242,8214Fox Searchlight
10Rowdy Rathore$514-24%2--$257$776,4955UTV Communications