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 Sun, Oct. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$12,214,296-36%3,661--$3,336$49,514,7691Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$8,771,278-26%3,3523$2,617$76,711,9272Sony / Columbia
3Pitch Perfect$4,044,225-32%2,7702435$1,460$21,693,0382Universal
4Frankenweenie$3,525,393-23%3,005--$1,173$11,412,2131Disney
5Looper$3,466,415-33%2,9931$1,158$40,216,6522Sony / TriStar
6End of Watch$1,180,011-29%2,370-410$498$32,850,0173Open Road
7Trouble with the Curve$979,130-42%3,003-209$326$29,668,9763Warner Bros.
8House at the End of the Street$935,084-44%2,720-363$344$27,589,1673Relativity Media
9Finding Nemo 3D$543,671-23%1,746-893$311$39,038,9974Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$348,668-29%1,361-1020$256$41,008,7964Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$289,833-31%2,5172$115$4,483,6702Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$523,985-38%8648$606$12,337,0324Weinstein Company
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$449,171-29%221119$2,032$3,348,8653Lionsgate / Summit
3Dredd 3D$201,845-23%831-1726$243$12,695,6553Lionsgate
4The Dark Knight Rises$199,967-32%575-80$348$445,369,64112Warner Bros.
5Arbitrage$183,593-40%244-11$752$6,055,9814Roadside Attractions
6The Possession$153,920-46%821-797$187$48,391,3836Lionsgate
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$96,647-28%300-87$322$159,473,26213Fox
8Lawless$91,684-31%611-892$150$37,001,4606Weinstein Company
9The Bourne Legacy$89,170-41%482-342$185$112,275,3059Universal
10The Odd Life of Timothy Green$70,428-40%534-653$132$50,199,9208Disney
11ParaNorman$57,150-48%342-867$167$54,354,2868Focus
12Hope Springs (2012)$56,586-40%439-252$129$63,327,3099Sony / Columbia
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$53,151-33%257-75$207$48,252,59610Fox
14Barfi!$52,319-27%110-17$476$2,692,1614UTV Communications
15The Expendables 2$48,154-36%313-502$154$84,370,3588Lionsgate
16The Campaign$45,054-41%303-327$149$86,265,3719Warner Bros.
17Ted (2012)$40,205-37%187-38$215$218,344,09515Universal
18Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$32,335-30%155-48$209$216,233,75418Paramount / DreamWorks
19The Amazing Spider-Man$31,601-44%145-59$218$261,939,21414Sony / Columbia
20Total Recall (2012)$24,524-31%167-72$147$58,877,96910Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$33,417-20%520$643$8,965,55925Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$32,820-32%84-37$391$12,639,13920Weinstein Company
3Moonrise Kingdom$15,545-35%9210$169$45,382,15720Focus
4Thaandavam$13,560-17%21-24$646$183,6612UTV Communications
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$12,511-30%51-18$245$11,101,49815Fox Searchlight
6Born to Be Wild 3D$11,865-12%330$360$20,980,94679Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Premium Rush$11,709-49%77-131$152$20,013,3227Sony / Columbia
8Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$7,3940%12--$616$30,9531Roadside Attractions
9The Watch$5,913-57%32-14$185$34,331,90511Fox
10The Apparition$4,653-38%38-27$122$4,930,7987Warner Bros.
11The Other Dream Team$4,35614%75$622$37,2212The Film Arcade
12For A Good Time, Call...$3,724-34%43-41$87$1,243,9616Focus
13Heroine$3,450-22%18-79$192$593,3443UTV Communications
14The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$3,284-23%18-14$182$46,343,53423Fox Searchlight
15Hit and Run$2,490-50%51-81$49$13,746,5507Open Road
16Safety Not Guaranteed$2,034-23%24-10$85$3,993,91118FilmDistrict
1710 Years$1,530-23%21-42$73$201,1464Anchor Bay Films
18Toys in the Attic$509-21%4-2$127$63,0155Hannover House
19Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$507-28%6-1$85$3,376,9059ARC Entertainment