'The Maze Runner' Leads on Monday with $1.87MSeptember 23, 2014 12:37 PM

by Daniel Garris

Fox's The Maze Runner took in $1.87 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The modestly budgeted young adult adaptation was down 76 percent from Sunday, which is an early sign of the film having a significant family audience. The Maze Runner has grossed $34.38 million in four days, which represents a strong start, especially with the film's cost in mind. The film is running in line with expectations and 19 percent ahead of the $28.89 million four-day start of last year's Ender's Game. Fox has already scheduled The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials for release on September 18, 2015.

A Walk Among the Tombstones placed in second with $0.96 million. Universal's modestly budgeted action thriller starring Liam Neeson was down a solid 67 percent from Sunday's performance. However, in the bigger picture A Walk Among the Tombstones is still performing a bit below pre-release expectations (and soft by Neeson's recent box office standards) with a four-day start of $13.72 million. That places the film 35 percent behind the $21.12 million four-day take of 2012's The Grey.

Warner's This Is Where I Leave You placed in third with $0.86 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey fell 69 percent from Sunday. This Is Where I Leave You has grossed $12.42 million in four days. That is towards the lower end of the film's modest expectations and places the film 18 percent behind the $15.16 million four-day start of 2011's The Change-Up.

Sony's No Good Deed took fourth place with $0.59 million. The low-budget thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson was down 73 percent from Sunday and down a very sharp 63 percent from last Monday. No Good Deed surpassed the $40 million mark yesterday and has grossed a healthy $40.29 million in eleven days of release.

Guardians of the Galaxy rounded out Monday's top five with $0.36 million. Disney's blockbuster sci-fi superhero film fell 74 percent from Sunday and 37 percent from last Monday. Guardians of the Galaxy has grossed $314.09 million in 53 days and is now just $4.32 million away from reaching the $318.41 million final unadjusted domestic gross of 2008's Iron Man.

Dolphin Tale 2 followed in sixth with $0.31 million. Warner's family film sequel was down a steep 88 percent from Sunday and down 40 percent from last Monday. Dolphin Tale 2 has grossed $27.24 million in eleven days. That is on the low end of expectations and places the film 28 percent behind the $37.79 million eleven-day take of 2011's Dolphin Tale.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Jul. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ice Age: Continental Drift$12,935,466-24%3,881--$3,333$46,629,2591Fox
2The Amazing Spider-Man$10,546,768-24%4,3180$2,443$200,500,3512Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$6,804,180-22%3,30347$2,060$159,257,2503Universal
6Magic Mike$2,322,519-29%3,090-30$752$91,841,1983Warner Bros.
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$1,443,426-38%2,004-157$720$55,611,7213Lionsgate
8Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$1,144,110-22%2,285-576$501$203,901,3976Paramount / DreamWorks
9Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$1,137,722-16%2,7322$416$18,653,5442Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,122,090-27%92440$1,214$32,483,0028Focus
2Marvel's The Avengers$416,137-29%747-378$557$613,660,48611Disney
4Snow White and the Huntsman$274,185-37%677-475$405$151,630,8007Universal
5Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$225,527-28%655-1002$344$35,915,8424Fox
6People Like Us$223,219-33%961-1094$232$11,194,5363Disney / DreamWorks
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$208,532-24%342-17$610$43,040,82711Fox Searchlight
8Men in Black 3$206,894-48%497-382$416$174,787,8988Sony / Columbia
9Safety Not Guaranteed$104,340-26%18273$573$2,621,8246FilmDistrict
10The Hunger Games$82,288-29%212-16$388$404,864,65117Lionsgate
11Rock of Ages$71,566-38%255-446$281$37,559,9865Warner Bros. / New Line
12Dark Shadows$68,949-24%239-64$288$77,268,18810Warner Bros.
14That's My Boy$66,472-53%172-228$386$36,723,4995Sony / Columbia
15The Pirates! Band of Misfits$51,664-24%232-25$223$30,466,67212Sony / Columbia
16What to Expect When You're Expecting$49,860-28%221-15$226$40,729,8809Lionsgate
17Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$36,955-36%168-7$220$213,745,89520Universal
18The Dictator$34,055-10%161-25$212$59,504,4279Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beasts of the Southern Wild$252,257-23%8162$3,114$1,692,6753Fox Searchlight
2The Intouchables$116,308-23%8323$1,401$3,581,4888Weinstein Company
3Bol Bachchan$72,739-23%980$742$1,004,1742Fox International Pictures
4To the Arctic 3D$67,081-10%520$1,290$5,522,81413Warner Bros. / IMAX
5For Greater Glory$22,79125%423$543$5,494,6147ARC Entertainment
6The Three Stooges$19,676-57%72-4$273$44,053,04214Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$15,978-26%330$484$19,958,30267Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Obama Effect$12,800-30%25--$512$83,8961ARC Entertainment
9Mirror Mirror$12,204-44%91-28$134$64,757,06416Relativity Media
10The Imposter$8,7364%1--$8,736$22,3791Indomina Releasing
11Easy Money (2012)$8,588-16%2--$4,294$27,7831Weinstein Company
12A Cat In Paris$6,655-1%18--$370$208,7507GKIDS
13The Lucky One (2012)$5,118-41%41-31$125$60,443,23713Warner Bros.
14Chernobyl Diaries$3,799-33%23-15$165$18,112,9298Warner Bros.
15Crooked Arrows$942-49%9-2$105$1,830,4759Branded/Peck Films