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 Fri, Oct. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$18,358,057--3,661--$5,014$18,358,0571Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$6,487,462305%3,3523$1,935$56,145,9942Sony / Columbia
3Pitch Perfect$4,889,050958%2,7702435$1,765$11,735,2582Universal
4Looper$3,507,278118%2,9931$1,172$31,607,9292Sony / TriStar
6End of Watch$1,162,02386%2,370-410$490$30,007,9693Open Road
7House at the End of the Street$1,156,134200%2,720-363$425$24,989,2783Relativity Media
8Trouble with the Curve$1,147,887106%3,003-209$382$26,987,7103Warner Bros.
9Finding Nemo 3D$377,75056%1,746-893$216$37,792,2114Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$315,71721%1,361-1020$232$40,166,4474Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$305,90559%2,5172$122$3,773,4182Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$498,406117%8648$577$10,973,7354Weinstein Company
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$483,328393%221119$2,187$2,265,6673Lionsgate / Summit
3The Possession$184,520115%821-797$225$47,952,4036Lionsgate
4Dredd 3D$182,667-28%831-1726$220$12,233,0813Lionsgate
5The Dark Knight Rises$179,194118%575-80$312$444,874,39912Warner Bros.
6Arbitrage$152,538121%244-11$625$5,564,7944Roadside Attractions
7The Bourne Legacy$103,63080%482-342$215$112,034,3059Universal
8Lawless$101,9376%611-892$167$36,776,7366Weinstein Company
9The Odd Life of Timothy Green$82,28836%534-653$154$50,011,4278Disney
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$68,736191%300-87$229$159,241,76613Fox
12Hope Springs (2012)$62,889--439-252$143$63,176,8439Sony / Columbia
13The Campaign$54,46715%303-327$180$86,144,0029Warner Bros.
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$44,562328%257-75$173$48,120,08610Fox
15The Expendables 2$43,752-1%313-502$140$84,246,4868Lionsgate
16Ted (2012)$43,010112%187-38$230$218,240,31015Universal
17Barfi!$39,138172%110-17$356$2,568,0624UTV Communications
18The Amazing Spider-Man$35,161--145-59$242$261,850,90314Sony / Columbia
19Total Recall (2012)$23,693--167-72$142$58,817,92710Sony / Columbia
20Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$23,225147%155-48$150$216,155,51718Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$27,76964%520$534$8,890,30325Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$25,01247%84-37$298$12,558,10520Weinstein Company
3Premium Rush$16,863--77-131$219$19,978,8317Sony / Columbia
4Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$16,148--12--$1,346$16,1481Roadside Attractions
5Moonrise Kingdom$15,34864%9210$167$45,342,60920Focus
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$10,80922%51-18$212$11,071,19215Fox Searchlight
7The Watch$9,966166%32-14$311$34,312,26711Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$9,262182%330$281$20,955,56879Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Thaandavam$8,055333%21-24$384$153,7632UTV Communications
10The Other Dream Team$4,804--75$686$29,0342The Film Arcade
11The Apparition$4,48248%38-27$118$4,918,6547Warner Bros.
12For A Good Time, Call...$3,902-42%43-41$91$1,234,5906Focus
13Hit and Run$3,557-31%51-81$70$13,739,0807Open Road
14The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$3,084-22%18-14$171$46,335,97923Fox Searchlight
15Safety Not Guaranteed$2,86996%24-10$120$3,989,22818FilmDistrict
16Heroine$2,444-50%18-79$136$585,4913UTV Communications
1710 Years$1,713-61%21-42$82$197,6234Anchor Bay Films
18Toys in the Attic$68850%4-2$172$61,8645Hannover House
19Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$31736%6-1$53$3,375,6929ARC Entertainment