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, Aug. 27 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$1,361,996-66%3,35539$406$53,599,5192Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$930,885-63%3,654-99$255$86,453,1053Universal
3ParaNorman$898,470-66%3,45526$260$29,160,0472Focus
4The Dark Knight Rises$833,162-60%2,606-551$320$423,088,3806Warner Bros.
5The Campaign$821,447-59%3,30247$249$65,397,0163Warner Bros.
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$773,323-61%2,5980$298$27,850,3652Disney
7Premium Rush$630,583-61%2,255--$280$6,660,7471Sony / Columbia
8Hope Springs (2012)$601,860-60%2,40241$251$45,408,4313Sony / Columbia
9Hit and Run$490,231-61%2,870--$171$6,209,4871Open Road
10Sparkle (2012)$335,286-67%2,2440$149$18,992,1822Sony / TriStar
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$279,200-57%1,965-772$142$43,162,7174Fox
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$256,724-52%1,550-724$166$153,756,8007Fox
13Total Recall (2012)$202,387-56%1,576-858$128$55,376,1604Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Apparition$230,479-61%810--$285$3,071,9671Warner Bros.
2Ted (2012)$117,450-48%783-386$150$214,880,2559Universal
3Brave$85,258-46%452-189$189$230,174,29610Disney
4The Amazing Spider-Man$67,552-49%418-180$162$258,423,3798Sony / Columbia
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$54,577-63%212-24$257$8,914,2959Fox Searchlight
6Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$53,787-69%374-32$144$213,742,84912Paramount / DreamWorks
7Step Up Revolution$51,273-61%428-477$120$33,754,5945Lionsgate / Summit
8Moonrise Kingdom$48,541-56%33250$146$43,720,23814Focus
9The Intouchables$43,871-56%1940$226$10,490,44614Weinstein Company
10Magic Mike$33,094-46%355100$93$113,119,6389Warner Bros.
11Ruby Sparks$18,762-58%135-83$139$2,124,1425Fox Searchlight
12The Watch$18,094-65%250-263$72$33,483,3295Fox
13The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$16,139-41%112-16$144$45,769,97517Fox Searchlight
14Snow White and the Huntsman$15,520-60%194-50$80$154,932,77513Universal
15Savages$11,695-55%117-37$100$47,213,9908Universal
16The Hunger Games$10,013-68%189-41$53$407,894,02423Lionsgate
17Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$9,519-54%130-294$73$3,306,1473ARC Entertainment
18Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$4,202-68%106-93$40$65,058,8409Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$35,124-11%520$675$7,990,95819Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cosmopolis$19,345-55%6360$307$467,6942Entertainment One Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$9,124-34%330$276$20,684,99873Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Prometheus$7,751-52%91-10$85$126,305,58712Fox
5Safety Not Guaranteed$5,552-54%540$103$3,760,28912FilmDistrict
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$5,377-65%75-30$72$37,402,49410Fox
7Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$4,116-54%66-74$62$25,314,0268Paramount
8Easy Money (2012)$688-67%50$138$180,8957Weinstein Company
9A Cat In Paris$232-82%6-1$39$303,04413GKIDS