Grosses

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 Wed, Nov. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$5,541,933-23%3,505--$1,581$114,650,1651Sony / Columbia
2Wreck-It Ralph$1,074,471-26%3,7520$286$102,086,0782Disney
3Flight$1,014,922-22%2,047163$496$51,746,4292Paramount
4Argo$481,313-17%2,763-11$174$87,489,4685Warner Bros.
5Taken 2$238,672-17%2,487-152$96$132,310,3236Fox
6Cloud Atlas$238,162-19%2,02310$118$23,782,6573Warner Bros.
7The Man With the Iron Fists$234,025-24%1,8724$125$13,757,0552Universal
8Here Comes the Boom$124,854-23%2,044-270$61$39,718,8335Sony / Columbia
9Pitch Perfect$118,235-23%1,391-111$85$59,712,0337Universal
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$112,348-21%1,902-1031$59$16,818,6013Open Road
11Paranormal Activity 4$105,692-19%2,348-658$45$53,046,4944Paramount
12Hotel Transylvania$100,367-22%2,566-356$39$141,702,6777Sony / Columbia
13Sinister$88,587-16%1,554-328$57$46,931,8725Lionsgate / Summit
14Alex Cross$60,867-16%1,090-558$56$24,861,9724Lionsgate / Summit
15Fun Size$26,001-33%1,301-1715$20$8,997,8523Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jab Tak Hai Jaan$204,890-36%160--$1,281$524,1450Yash Raj Films
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$71,038-14%607-15$117$14,923,5118Lionsgate / Summit
3The Sessions$55,056-12%12859$430$1,846,3964Fox Searchlight
4Looper$48,913-27%491-205$100$64,868,7867Sony / TriStar
5Seven Psychopaths$38,044-34%356-103$107$14,257,4245CBS Films
6Chasing Mavericks$29,306-13%459-1571$64$5,413,2543Fox
7Trouble with the Curve$24,081-12%421135$57$35,379,9318Warner Bros.
8The Dark Knight Rises$10,115-5%243-48$42$447,807,03417Warner Bros.
9End of Watch$9,543-5%125-33$76$39,066,1338Open Road
10ParaNorman$8,395-1%198-48$42$55,509,27813Focus
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$5,752-6%147-10$39$160,598,18618Fox
12The Expendables 2$4,971-12%134-39$37$84,976,56313Lionsgate
13The Campaign$4,625-6%138-50$34$86,862,94514Warner Bros.
14The Possession$3,705-11%121-34$31$49,091,00811Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lincoln$94,7020%11--$8,609$1,329,5571Disney / DreamWorks
2A Late Quartet$19,442-4%6253$314$353,4172Entertainment One / RKO
3To the Arctic 3D$15,09913%520$290$9,726,67430Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Master$11,493-4%88-50$131$15,726,4639Weinstein Company
5Arbitrage$8,337-23%87-29$96$7,700,1849Roadside Attractions
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,531-28%300$151$21,271,92184Warner Bros. / IMAX
7This Must Be the Place$3,90835%119$355$55,6022Weinstein Company
8The Intouchables$3,6065%346$106$12,986,46425Weinstein Company
9House at the End of the Street$2,174-10%78-50$28$31,250,0068Relativity Media
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,802-10%82-13$22$48,826,33015Fox
11Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,5315%43-27$36$3,320,1465Atlas Distribution
12Lawless$1,11113%20-15$56$37,382,69911Weinstein Company
13Won't Back Down$784-2%38-3$21$5,301,6717Fox
14Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$48812%38-22$13$143,4362UTV Communications
15Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$310-79%2-2$155$76,4896Roadside Attractions
16Vamps$12763%10$127$3,3612Anchor Bay Films
17The Bay$74196%1-22$74$30,6032Roadside Attractions