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. 30 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,533,37281%2,855-392$537$62,888,7443Warner Bros.
2Cloud Atlas$1,028,18944%2,008--$512$11,355,9271Warner Bros.
3Hotel Transylvania$793,45973%3,276-108$242$131,633,3535Sony / Columbia
4Taken 2$723,74953%2,995-494$242$118,302,8824Fox
5Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$692,03233%2,933--$236$9,235,0791Open Road
6Paranormal Activity 4$684,01840%3,4120$200$43,641,8912Paramount
7Sinister$497,25444%2,347-195$212$40,284,2833Lionsgate / Summit
8Here Comes the Boom$493,49172%2,491-523$198$31,101,5093Sony / Columbia
9Alex Cross$477,80546%2,5412$188$20,258,2322Lionsgate / Summit
10Pitch Perfect$369,81561%1,999-661$185$51,899,9585Universal
11Fun Size$301,62463%3,014--$100$4,588,0571Paramount
12Looper$273,52053%1,189-1034$230$61,965,6655Sony / TriStar
13Chasing Mavericks$253,93342%2,002--$127$2,700,5191Fox
14Frankenweenie$209,35352%1,738-624$120$32,145,8824Disney
15Seven Psychopaths$201,18156%1,003-477$201$12,290,0173CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$153,71666%736-9$209$11,503,6996Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$33,5073%290-461$116$38,622,0086Open Road
3Trouble with the Curve$32,29160%420-505$77$34,712,7116Warner Bros.
4The Master$30,78366%201-211$153$15,257,9947Weinstein Company
5The Dark Knight Rises$26,48810%291-54$91$447,208,94815Warner Bros.
6ParaNorman$20,17125%280112$72$54,969,33511Focus
7Arbitrage$17,77961%125-44$142$7,370,0897Roadside Attractions
8The Campaign$15,80414%222148$71$86,611,61012Warner Bros.
9The Bourne Legacy$15,28033%191-41$80$113,028,58012Universal
10The Expendables 2$13,31218%17886$75$84,729,99811Lionsgate
11House at the End of the Street$13,22737%302-444$44$31,078,1716Relativity Media
12Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$12,40542%147-798$84$3,227,4923Atlas Distribution
13Ice Age: Continental Drift$9,30020%192-30$48$160,272,78816Fox
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$3,9044%116-33$34$48,666,32113Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$28,927184%2016$1,446$416,1172Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$10,9755%520$211$9,429,42728Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$5,3665%300$179$21,160,11482Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Intouchables$5,18648%48-12$108$12,893,72723Weinstein Company
5Lawless$4,52036%96-88$47$37,345,8879Weinstein Company
6Dredd 3D$3,55311%72-88$49$13,408,4456Lionsgate
7Won't Back Down$2,042-8%65-103$31$5,268,3475Fox
8The Possession$1,68118%82-51$21$48,883,1049Lionsgate
9Moonrise Kingdom$1,15216%15-14$77$45,510,01023Focus
10War of the Buttons (2012)$77042%8-27$96$39,9733Weinstein Company
11Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$304-16%4--$76$57,0334Roadside Attractions
12Gayby$8833%10$88$11,2243The Film Collaborative