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 Thu, Nov. 29 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,157,426-10%4,0700$530$237,182,5042Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$1,864,2782%3,5260$529$229,029,1893Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$1,824,2653%2,0180$904$70,189,4733Disney / DreamWorks
4Life of Pi$1,323,0590%2,92725$452$36,361,1411Fox
5Rise of The Guardians$707,0567%3,6530$194$35,447,2531Paramount / DreamWorks
6Red Dawn (2012)$667,985-1%2,72546$245$24,772,7081FilmDistrict
7Flight$545,6642%2,6380$207$76,986,8364Paramount
8Wreck-It Ralph$435,8724%3,2590$134$151,236,2634Disney
9Argo$233,2093%1,2550$186$98,980,4177Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$364,6684%3670$994$7,649,9812Weinstein Company
2The Sessions$87,2786%5155$169$4,248,8666Fox Searchlight
3Taken 2$55,74012%76324$73$136,695,5798Fox
4Cloud Atlas$37,2188%2580$144$25,938,1175Warner Bros.
5Pitch Perfect$36,90015%492-5$75$62,712,1739Universal
6Looper$31,4994%2930$108$65,715,1759Sony / TriStar
7The Perks of Being A Wallflower$29,29317%2420$121$16,428,55910Lionsgate / Summit
8Here Comes the Boom$22,0877%490-860$45$42,127,4537Sony / Columbia
9The Man With the Iron Fists$19,5005%2050$95$15,283,9454Universal
10Hotel Transylvania$13,45011%464-784$29$143,555,5259Sony / Columbia
11Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$9,6396%190-266$51$17,414,5315Open Road
12Alex Cross$6,80112%1440$47$25,433,0766Lionsgate / Summit
13The Dark Knight Rises$6,51861%108-52$60$448,052,93119Warner Bros.
14Sinister$5,8073%1270$46$47,729,3277Lionsgate / Summit
15Trouble with the Curve$5,742-7%1400$41$35,686,63610Warner Bros.
16House at the End of the Street$4,8325%1380$35$31,507,59910Relativity Media
17Paranormal Activity 4$4,13811%1080$38$53,691,7726Paramount
18ParaNorman$4,079-5%134-39$30$55,813,16515Focus
19Fun Size$3,9097%144-244$27$9,314,1755Paramount
20Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,56230%109-7$33$160,832,22920Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$91,4889%663$1,386$1,861,3512Focus
2Hitchcock$24,3825%17--$1,434$378,8821Fox Searchlight
3A Late Quartet$15,05215%88-12$171$784,1544Entertainment One / RKO
4To the Arctic 3D$11,354-20%520$218$10,000,05332Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Seven Psychopaths$10,156-24%824$124$14,676,5097CBS Films
6Chasing Mavericks$5,29319%60-15$88$5,789,1365Fox
7The Master$4,09440%250$164$15,855,83011Weinstein Company
8Born to Be Wild 3D$3,658-16%300$122$21,391,94286Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Arbitrage$3,407-19%48-32$71$7,830,94711Roadside Attractions
10End of Watch$3,34723%34-41$98$39,203,74810Open Road
11The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$3,010146%150$201$114,2041Warner Bros.
12This Must Be the Place$1,67211%80$209$121,8144Weinstein Company
13The Intouchables$1,3281%260$51$13,034,52827Weinstein Company
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$757-36%59-3$13$48,941,08117Fox
15Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$58019%3520$17$3,336,0537Atlas Distribution
16Lawless$503-44%110$46$37,400,12713Weinstein Company