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, Nov. 25 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$9,078,439-47%4,0700$2,231$227,366,1182Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$6,852,423-51%3,52621$1,943$221,144,1223Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$5,890,946-40%2,018243$2,919$62,840,7963Disney / DreamWorks
4Rise of The Guardians$5,395,928-41%3,653--$1,477$32,341,0901Paramount / DreamWorks
5Life of Pi$5,121,641-39%2,927--$1,750$30,573,1011Fox
6Wreck-It Ralph$3,481,106-46%3,259-363$1,068$149,278,6994Disney
7Red Dawn (2012)$2,780,539-50%2,725--$1,020$21,689,1621FilmDistrict
8Flight$1,705,347-50%2,63826$646$74,718,9904Paramount
9Argo$768,219-49%1,255-955$612$98,062,3097Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,056,372-38%367351$2,878$6,209,7672Weinstein Company
2The Sessions$181,875-37%515-1$353$3,929,9996Fox Searchlight
3Taken 2$168,672-58%763-1300$221$136,477,0038Fox
4Jab Tak Hai Jaan$143,154-36%1644$873$3,047,5392Yash Raj Films
5Pitch Perfect$118,080-62%492-630$240$62,571,9289Universal
6Cloud Atlas$107,662-35%258-662$417$25,788,8575Warner Bros.
7Hotel Transylvania$87,562-43%464-784$189$143,500,1309Sony / Columbia
8Here Comes the Boom$86,449-60%490-860$176$42,037,2407Sony / Columbia
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$76,099-52%242-269$314$16,323,53710Lionsgate / Summit
10Looper$71,055-46%29379$243$65,587,0559Sony / TriStar
11The Man With the Iron Fists$46,125-46%205-705$225$15,201,9104Universal
12ParaNorman$24,849-35%134-46$185$55,796,57215Focus
13Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$23,509-44%190-266$124$17,376,1015Open Road
14Alex Cross$20,285-59%144-391$141$25,404,4036Lionsgate / Summit
15Fun Size$19,316-46%144-244$134$9,297,7825Paramount
16Ice Age: Continental Drift$17,480-47%109-23$160$160,818,56420Fox
17House at the End of the Street$15,688-55%138-37$114$31,488,67410Relativity Media
18Sinister$14,579-64%127-662$115$47,705,7037Lionsgate / Summit
19Trouble with the Curve$14,221-52%140-132$102$35,662,43910Warner Bros.
20The Dark Knight Rises$13,224-54%108-52$122$448,034,36219Warner Bros.
21Paranormal Activity 4$9,313-60%108-742$86$53,676,7116Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$247,645-28%6650$3,752$1,534,8322Focus
2Hitchcock$65,916-40%17--$3,877$287,7151Fox Searchlight
3A Late Quartet$36,029-30%88-12$409$733,8784Entertainment One / RKO
4Seven Psychopaths$19,501-49%82-89$238$14,631,3237CBS Films
5To the Arctic 3D$15,596-49%520$300$9,957,97132Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Chasing Mavericks$15,105-42%60-138$252$5,771,4535Fox
7The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$13,507-59%15--$900$107,3331Warner Bros.
8Arbitrage$9,593-32%48-32$200$7,816,90711Roadside Attractions
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$9,062-44%59-13$154$48,936,98717Fox
10The Master$8,482-27%25-27$339$15,842,50011Weinstein Company
11Born to Be Wild 3D$7,918-36%300$264$21,375,29586Warner Bros. / IMAX
12End of Watch$7,892-37%34-41$232$39,191,43110Open Road
13This Must Be the Place$4,317-27%8-7$540$116,2504Weinstein Company
14The Intouchables$2,588-3%262$100$13,030,13527Weinstein Company
15Lawless$1,423-31%11-8$129$37,397,29113Weinstein Company
16Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,076-41%3520$31$3,333,8237Atlas Distribution