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 Wed, Dec. 12 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$963,787-17%3,401-62$283$264,414,3195Sony / Columbia
2Lincoln$844,367-10%2,014-4$419$99,708,3625Disney / DreamWorks
3Life of Pi$748,473-25%2,94618$254$63,387,4223Fox
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$712,401-17%3,646-362$195$270,972,5324Lionsgate / Summit
5Rise of The Guardians$515,575-18%3,639-33$142$63,402,9213Paramount / DreamWorks
6Playing For Keeps (2012)$429,931-26%2,837--$152$7,175,9041FilmDistrict
7Flight$316,051-16%2,431-172$130$87,188,8776Paramount
8Killing Them Softly$307,718-24%2,4240$127$12,847,1052Weinstein Company
9Red Dawn (2012)$298,673-18%2,754-27$108$38,200,9373FilmDistrict
10Wreck-It Ralph$265,558-17%2,746-341$97$165,239,5276Disney
11The Collection$132,141-9%1,4030$94$5,869,1362LD Entertainment
12End of Watch$95,783-13%1,2491225$77$40,288,70512Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$225,567-9%3710$608$14,627,6894Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$189,737-12%42238$450$7,179,1924Focus
3Argo$157,438-4%944-99$167$103,610,5099Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$73,841-17%181131$408$1,894,6413Fox Searchlight
5Taken 2$33,620-13%430-66$78$137,806,05210Fox
6The Sessions$28,193-3%197-29$143$5,031,5418Fox Searchlight
7Pitch Perfect$27,090-6%387-16$70$63,596,60811Universal
8Talaash$26,453-37%162-12$163$2,516,9452Reliance Entertainment
9Cloud Atlas$18,706-28%191-3$98$26,519,3737Warner Bros.
10Looper$17,933-2%232--$77$66,197,72311Sony / TriStar
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$15,564-7%175-14$89$16,903,49112Lionsgate / Summit
12The Man With the Iron Fists$11,765-13%1817$65$15,558,2606Universal
13Alex Cross$11,502-17%214100$54$25,654,4868Lionsgate / Summit
14Seven Psychopaths$9,800-19%141-21$70$14,934,0589CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$12,31140%171$724$342,9163Warner Bros.
2To the Arctic 3D$9,255-10%520$178$10,157,41234Warner Bros. / IMAX
3A Late Quartet$9,202-9%63-11$146$1,023,6036Entertainment One / RKO
4Hyde Park on Hudson$7,175-2%4--$1,794$103,9361Focus
5Sinister$3,980-17%77-11$52$47,836,3289Lionsgate / Summit
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,0743%90-12$34$160,962,78022Fox
7Chasing Mavericks$2,91111%67-12$43$5,883,0177Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$2,874-38%300$96$21,486,55988Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Hecho en Mexico$2,737-6%2614$105$129,5552Lionsgate / Pantelion
10ParaNorman$2,467-9%81-23$30$55,933,91617Focus
11Trouble with the Curve$2,33915%71-29$33$35,760,92112Warner Bros.
12Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$2,132-29%76-48$28$17,515,1347Open Road
13The Dark Knight Rises$2,052-2%62-18$33$448,136,69221Warner Bros.
14House at the End of the Street$1,8055%68-40$27$31,594,42612Relativity Media
15The Master$1,799-20%230$78$15,901,01413Weinstein Company
16Arbitrage$1,683-14%25-10$67$7,882,42113Roadside Attractions
17Paranormal Activity 4$1,566-8%48-22$33$53,750,1958Paramount
18Fun Size$1,564-19%80-36$20$9,407,8167Paramount
19The Rabbi's Cat$85446%1--$854$6,0911GKIDS
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$7975%47-5$17$48,986,97519Fox
21This Must Be the Place$7618%5-2$152$138,5016Weinstein Company
22The Intouchables$440-9%12-7$37$13,050,32429Weinstein Company
23Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$52-94%2--$26$84,84710Roadside Attractions