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 Fri, Nov. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$30,504,0771287%3,505--$8,703$32,704,0771Sony / Columbia
2Wreck-It Ralph$7,876,082282%3,7520$2,099$68,510,6912Disney
3Flight$4,243,936131%2,047163$2,073$36,914,2352Paramount
4Argo$1,827,422131%2,763-11$661$80,793,3805Warner Bros.
5Taken 2$1,179,280203%2,487-152$474$128,466,4516Fox
6Pitch Perfect$785,915289%1,391-111$565$57,312,5587Universal
7The Man With the Iron Fists$758,16065%1,8724$405$10,986,4852Universal
8Cloud Atlas$712,82477%2,02310$352$20,899,5303Warner Bros.
9Here Comes the Boom$698,634225%2,044-270$342$37,209,7295Sony / Columbia
10Paranormal Activity 4$630,115163%2,348-658$268$51,250,6944Paramount
11Hotel Transylvania$519,774159%2,566-356$203$139,073,7567Sony / Columbia
12Sinister$478,492167%1,554-328$308$45,532,7305Lionsgate / Summit
13Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$369,69335%1,902-1031$194$15,452,9623Open Road
14Alex Cross$248,95280%1,090-558$228$23,940,0214Lionsgate / Summit
15Fun Size$201,67087%1,301-1715$155$8,244,7833Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$333,087201%607-15$549$13,814,9338Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$168,13565%491-205$342$64,255,3687Sony / TriStar
3The Sessions$139,267208%12859$1,088$1,248,9394Fox Searchlight
4Chasing Mavericks$125,52619%459-1571$273$4,930,7883Fox
5Seven Psychopaths$110,61661%356-103$311$13,804,2735CBS Films
6Trouble with the Curve$78,529337%421135$187$35,114,7798Warner Bros.
7The Dark Knight Rises$42,042121%243-48$173$447,656,55317Warner Bros.
8ParaNorman$34,059155%198-48$172$55,329,37613Focus
9End of Watch$30,24080%125-33$242$38,948,1048Open Road
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$23,006207%147-10$157$160,476,39118Fox
11The Campaign$17,51376%138-50$127$86,802,67714Warner Bros.
12The Expendables 2$15,95277%134-39$119$84,908,82613Lionsgate
13The Possession$15,830108%121-34$131$49,029,06911Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lincoln$268,131--11--$24,376$268,1311Disney / DreamWorks
2A Late Quartet$43,693312%6253$705$154,0152Entertainment One / RKO
3To the Arctic 3D$31,88562%520$613$9,616,52430Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Master$26,73221%88-50$304$15,611,7909Weinstein Company
5Arbitrage$21,92748%87-29$252$7,606,8229Roadside Attractions
6Resident Evil: Retribution$13,152--91-40$145$42,305,3229Sony / Screen Gems
7House at the End of the Street$11,890191%78-50$152$31,212,1748Relativity Media
8Born to Be Wild 3D$10,978301%300$366$21,235,31784Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$10,640302%82-13$130$48,763,15315Fox
10This Must Be the Place$7,955361%119$723$21,3122Weinstein Company
11Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$7,85198%38-22$207$123,4492UTV Communications
12The Intouchables$6,61676%346$195$12,956,86125Weinstein Company
13Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$4,033-8%43-27$94$3,305,0255Atlas Distribution
14Lawless$2,24331%20-15$112$37,373,92111Weinstein Company
15Won't Back Down$2,19843%38-3$58$5,293,7917Fox
16The Other Dream Team$1,515--50$303$132,0527The Film Arcade
17Step Up to the Plate$1,007--2--$504$39,5799Cinema Guild
18Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$99847%2-2$499$72,4716Roadside Attractions
19Vamps$682809%10$682$1,4532Anchor Bay Films
20The Bay$96-96%1-22$96$29,4672Roadside Attractions