Grosses

'The Maze Runner' Easily Leads with Strong $32.5M; 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' #2 with $13.1M; 'This Is Where I Leave You' #3 with $11.9MSeptember 21, 2014 08:49 AM

by Daniel Garris

As was widely expected, Fox's The Maze Runner debuted comfortably in first place this weekend with an estimated $32.5 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 $11.25 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.1 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased 19 percent on Saturday to gross $13.43 million and is estimated to fall 42 percent on Sunday to gross $7.83 million. That places the film's estimated 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 10.2 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 an estimated $13.13 million. Universal's modestly budgeted action thriller starring Liam Neeson opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened softer than Liam's recent vehicles; including 33 percent softer than the $19.67 million debut of 2012's The Grey. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened with $4.7 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.43 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased a modest 8.5 percent on Saturday to take in $5.1 million and is estimated to decline 35 percent on Sunday to gross $3.33 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.79 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 an estimated $11.86 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey opened in line with its modest expectations. This Is Where I Leave You opened 12 percent below the $13.53 million start of 2011's The Change-Up. This Is Where I Leave You started with $3.9 million on Friday, increased a very solid 28 percent on Saturday to take in $4.98 million and is estimated to decline 40 percent on Sunday to gross $2.99 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.04 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 58 percent from last weekend's first place debut to place in fourth with an estimated $10.2 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 $40.11 million. That places No Good Deed 6 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 an estimated $9.01 million. The family sequel from Warner Bros. was down 43 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 $27.07 million in ten days, but is currently running 27 percent behind the $37.18 million ten-day take of Dolphin Tale.

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy placed in sixth with an estimated $5.18 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero film from Marvel was down 36 percent from last weekend. With a massive 52-day take of $313.67 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 an estimated $0.89 million from 602 locations. That gave the low-budget Kevin Smith directed horror film a per-location average of just $1,472 for the frame.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Sep. 19 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Retribution$1,126,991-40%3,012--$374$25,731,3251Sony / Screen Gems
2Finding Nemo 3D$715,863-42%2,904--$247$19,847,4041Disney
3Lawless$439,194-30%3,063-75$143$31,781,5713Weinstein Company
4The Possession$311,494-32%2,86026$109$42,330,5763Lionsgate
5The Expendables 2$254,442-30%2,896-364$88$81,304,1405Lionsgate
6The Words$253,347-29%2,8010$90$10,002,7962CBS Films
7The Bourne Legacy$217,225-31%2,170-596$100$108,575,5656Universal
8The Campaign$203,124-28%2,002-540$101$83,577,6196Warner Bros.
9Hope Springs (2012)$189,785-29%1,946-491$98$61,110,2156Sony / Columbia
10The Dark Knight Rises$179,167-25%1,581-406$113$441,676,7489Warner Bros.
11ParaNorman$148,142-47%2,326-530$64$50,083,7485Focus
12The Odd Life of Timothy Green$140,721-42%2,415-302$58$46,967,9535Disney
13Premium Rush$102,271-34%1,339-843$76$19,205,2174Sony / Columbia
14The Cold Light of Day$77,190-35%1,5110$51$3,559,1752Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Arbitrage$160,040-19%197--$812$2,534,4241Roadside Attractions
2Barfi!$56,292-41%132--$426$1,281,0001UTV Communications
3Ted (2012)$39,045-17%411-104$95$217,555,18012Universal
4Hit and Run$33,856-29%651-1159$52$13,438,6784Open Road
5Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$33,525-22%32255$104$2,941,8842Paramount
6The Intouchables$30,347-26%180-14$169$12,039,71417Weinstein Company
7Beasts of the Southern Wild$29,822-10%212-57$141$10,751,50612Fox Searchlight
8For A Good Time, Call...$27,642-23%10751$258$909,5773Focus
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$25,890-33%541-222$48$157,996,23610Fox
10Moonrise Kingdom$22,319-20%157-43$142$45,009,82517Focus
11Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$16,193-11%306-39$53$215,657,20415Paramount / DreamWorks
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$16,009-53%591-340$27$47,433,3397Fox
13Step Up Revolution$15,538-23%26870$58$34,805,0278Lionsgate / Summit
14The Watch$9,564-13%1383$69$34,170,4028Fox
15Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$7,121-12%160-7$45$65,645,53312Lionsgate
16Magic Mike$6,394-1%115-87$56$113,683,10412Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$68,935-19%5--$13,787$993,8711Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$9,208-38%520$177$8,562,98822Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$8,443-21%80-34$106$46,212,67320Fox Searchlight
4Ruby Sparks$5,486-11%70-6$78$2,452,7048Fox Searchlight
5Safety Not Guaranteed$4,1825%46-8$91$3,933,52815FilmDistrict
6The Apparition$2,943-16%68-208$43$4,845,8154Warner Bros.
7Cosmopolis$2,912-4%31-14$94$752,5835Entertainment One Films
8Born to Be Wild 3D$2,610-34%330$79$20,862,19476Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Branded$2,049-26%80-227$26$350,6742Roadside Attractions
1010 Years$1,806-18%3--$602$29,1511Anchor Bay Films
11Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$229-54%7-15$33$3,369,0476ARC Entertainment
12Mugamoodi$166-84%3-14$55$99,4403UTV Communications
13The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$117-86%8-273$15$1,065,6733Kenn Viselman Presents
14Joker$50%3-40$2$169,1813UTV Communications