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, Dec. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of The Guardians$3,197,263-35%3,639-33$879$61,774,1923Paramount / DreamWorks
2Skyfall$2,639,192-47%3,401-62$776$261,400,2815Sony / Columbia
3Life of Pi$2,395,988-35%2,94618$813$60,948,2933Fox
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,352,584-41%3,646-362$645$268,691,0294Lionsgate / Summit
5Lincoln$2,299,684-43%2,014-4$1,142$97,137,4475Disney / DreamWorks
6Wreck-It Ralph$1,387,574-41%2,746-341$505$164,402,9346Disney
7Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,274,004-46%2,837--$449$5,750,2881FilmDistrict
8Red Dawn (2012)$1,030,366-46%2,754-27$374$37,240,9203FilmDistrict
9Flight$800,350-44%2,431-172$329$86,202,5416Paramount
10Killing Them Softly$752,813-36%2,4240$311$11,830,6382Weinstein Company
11The Collection$410,987-31%1,4030$293$5,455,3282LD Entertainment
12End of Watch$219,191-29%1,2491225$175$39,989,76612Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$557,141-43%3710$1,502$13,964,4054Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$455,572-30%42238$1,080$6,603,0424Focus
3Argo$368,045-47%944-99$390$103,160,0159Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$197,941-38%181131$1,094$1,661,6703Fox Searchlight
5Talaash$127,958-41%162-12$790$2,428,9192Reliance Entertainment
6Taken 2$95,071-46%430-66$221$137,700,30410Fox
7Pitch Perfect$63,855-55%387-16$165$63,517,40811Universal
8Cloud Atlas$58,842-14%191-3$308$26,452,9717Warner Bros.
9The Sessions$58,005-42%197-29$294$4,948,3428Fox Searchlight
10Looper$36,903-36%232-48$159$66,146,08011Sony / TriStar
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$35,842-40%175-14$205$16,858,39312Lionsgate / Summit
12Here Comes the Boom$33,783-50%234-100$144$42,556,7709Sony / Columbia
13Alex Cross$30,032-42%214100$140$25,617,8978Lionsgate / Summit
14Hotel Transylvania$29,732-38%196-52$152$143,826,41211Sony / Columbia
15The Man With the Iron Fists$27,150-21%1817$150$15,522,0606Universal
16Seven Psychopaths$18,916-36%141-21$134$14,903,8859CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$32,079-40%171$1,887$314,7673Warner Bros.
2Hyde Park on Hudson$22,966-34%4--$5,742$81,3621Focus
3A Late Quartet$22,336-34%63-11$355$995,6426Entertainment One / RKO
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$16,991-43%90-12$189$160,953,22422Fox
5ParaNorman$13,105-26%81-23$162$55,925,77917Focus
6To the Arctic 3D$11,722-27%520$225$10,129,04334Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Hecho en Mexico$11,50422%2614$442$121,4722Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Sinister$9,906-36%77-11$129$47,823,8549Lionsgate / Summit
9Fun Size$9,346-26%80-36$117$9,402,4107Paramount
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$7,453-37%76-48$98$17,507,4397Open Road
11Born to Be Wild 3D$6,943-12%300$231$21,475,92288Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Chasing Mavericks$6,733-42%67-12$100$5,874,5707Fox
13House at the End of the Street$6,348-43%68-40$93$31,588,93212Relativity Media
14The Dark Knight Rises$5,856-48%62-18$94$448,130,64221Warner Bros.
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$5,796-32%47-5$123$48,984,79319Fox
16The Master$4,4200%230$192$15,895,73913Weinstein Company
17Trouble with the Curve$4,364-49%71-29$61$35,754,55512Warner Bros.
18Paranormal Activity 4$3,935-49%48-22$82$53,745,4148Paramount
19Arbitrage$3,926-41%25-10$157$7,877,44113Roadside Attractions
20The Rabbi's Cat$1,83831%1--$1,838$4,3011GKIDS
21This Must Be the Place$1,449-28%5-2$290$136,3396Weinstein Company
22The Intouchables$541-65%12-7$45$13,049,07829Weinstein Company
23Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$8252%2--$41$83,87610Roadside Attractions