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 Tue, Oct. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Looper$2,368,35034%2,992--$792$24,938,5231Sony / TriStar
2Hotel Transylvania$2,193,94722%3,349--$655$46,514,8941Sony / Columbia
3End of Watch$890,32227%2,78050$320$27,572,0732Open Road
4Trouble with the Curve$768,14749%3,2120$239$24,758,7452Warner Bros.
5House at the End of the Street$510,07734%3,0830$165$23,083,1272Relativity Media
6Resident Evil: Retribution$350,47724%2,381-635$147$39,324,2723Sony / Screen Gems
7Dredd 3D$346,90637%2,55751$136$11,548,2472Lionsgate
8Won't Back Down$282,30941%2,515--$112$3,085,8041Fox
9Finding Nemo 3D$274,41621%2,639-265$104$36,945,9713Disney
10Lawless$117,26427%1,503-1111$78$36,486,9495Weinstein Company
11The Possession$96,94610%1,618-980$60$47,596,4185Lionsgate
12The Odd Life of Timothy Green$55,65414%1,187-565$47$49,815,4587Disney
13ParaNorman$52,51421%1,209-408$43$54,031,0067Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pitch Perfect$463,97523%335--$1,385$5,991,9581Universal
2The Master$283,86534%85668$332$10,064,2143Weinstein Company
3Arbitrage$102,24358%25612$399$5,281,7803Roadside Attractions
4The Perks of Being A Wallflower$93,44613%10298$916$1,604,8592Lionsgate / Summit
5The Dark Knight Rises$89,14022%655-293$136$444,539,96711Warner Bros.
6The Bourne Legacy$65,92023%824-607$80$111,819,4358Universal
7The Campaign$57,17538%630-620$91$85,998,1148Warner Bros.
8The Expendables 2$53,71635%815-1005$66$84,118,8657Lionsgate
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$26,34622%387-33$68$159,128,82712Fox
10Barfi!$23,79089%127-3$187$2,498,3583UTV Communications
11Ted (2012)$22,50033%225-68$100$218,157,92514Universal
12The Words$21,40591%278-969$77$11,467,5084CBS Films
13The Intouchables$21,18887%121-35$175$12,503,84419Weinstein Company
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$11,1078%332-42$33$48,056,0729Fox
15Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$10,97554%203-37$54$216,114,43017Paramount / DreamWorks
16Hit and Run$6,14136%132-159$47$13,724,7946Open Road
17The Cold Light of Day$4,75645%104-51$46$3,757,0944Lionsgate / Summit
18Step Up Revolution$4,6067%110-72$42$35,066,23410Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$12,1449%520$234$8,829,66224Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Moonrise Kingdom$9,62362%82-38$117$45,310,45419Focus
3Heroine$9,055125%97-17$93$573,3732UTV Communications
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$8,47322%69-63$123$11,045,34214Fox Searchlight
5For A Good Time, Call...$6,94818%84-21$83$1,217,8805Focus
6Thaandavam$6,57937%45--$146$140,4391UTV Communications
710 Years$4,96028%6320$79$186,8803Anchor Bay Films
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$4,712-10%32-15$147$46,323,92522Fox Searchlight
9The Watch$3,815-1%46-31$83$34,294,96710Fox
10Born to Be Wild 3D$3,6443%330$110$20,936,74778Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Apparition$3,4929%6530$54$4,907,9796Warner Bros.
12Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$2,61357%40-45$65$3,119,3934Paramount
13Safety Not Guaranteed$1,82036%34-6$54$3,983,92617FilmDistrict
14Ruby Sparks$1,651-18%17-26$97$2,501,75310Fox Searchlight
15Toys in the Attic$3148%60$52$60,3814Hannover House
16Cosmopolis$194-70%5-4$39$762,3927Entertainment One Films
17Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$143-50%70$20$3,374,9688ARC Entertainment
18Husbands In Goa$35-22%4-3$9$7,5352UTV Communications
19Branded$5--1-1$5$353,4734Roadside Attractions