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, Dec. 13 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$951,744-1%3,401-62$280$265,366,0635Sony / Columbia
2Lincoln$945,82512%2,014-4$470$100,654,1875Disney / DreamWorks
3Life of Pi$771,9843%2,94618$262$64,159,4063Fox
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$717,5371%3,646-362$197$271,690,0694Lionsgate / Summit
5Rise of The Guardians$538,9025%3,639-33$148$63,941,8233Paramount / DreamWorks
6Playing For Keeps (2012)$415,188-3%2,837--$146$7,591,0921FilmDistrict
7Flight$319,1611%2,431-172$131$87,508,0386Paramount
8Red Dawn (2012)$294,486-1%2,754-27$107$38,495,4233FilmDistrict
9Killing Them Softly$285,200-7%2,4240$118$13,132,3052Weinstein Company
10Wreck-It Ralph$266,0220%2,746-341$97$165,505,5496Disney
11The Collection$122,500-7%1,4030$87$5,991,6362LD Entertainment
12End of Watch$90,036-6%1,2491225$72$40,378,74112Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$242,3607%3710$653$14,870,0494Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$179,111-6%42238$424$7,358,3034Focus
3Argo$174,39511%944-99$185$103,784,9049Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$69,571-6%181131$384$1,964,2123Fox Searchlight
5Taken 2$37,66912%430-66$88$137,843,72110Fox
6The Sessions$29,5105%197-29$150$5,061,0518Fox Searchlight
7Pitch Perfect$27,1350%387-16$70$63,623,74311Universal
8Talaash$20,602-22%162-12$127$2,537,5472Reliance Entertainment
9Cloud Atlas$20,55510%191-3$108$26,539,9287Warner Bros.
10Looper$17,810-1%232--$77$66,215,53311Sony / TriStar
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$17,06310%175-14$98$16,920,55412Lionsgate / Summit
12Alex Cross$11,4940%214100$54$25,665,9808Lionsgate / Summit
13The Man With the Iron Fists$10,905-7%1817$60$15,569,1656Universal
14Seven Psychopaths$10,2465%141-21$73$14,944,3049CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$14,01814%171$825$356,9343Warner Bros.
2To the Arctic 3D$13,28544%520$255$10,170,69734Warner Bros. / IMAX
3A Late Quartet$9,3972%63-11$149$1,033,0006Entertainment One / RKO
4Hyde Park on Hudson$8,08413%4--$2,021$112,0201Focus
5Sinister$3,738-6%77-11$49$47,840,0669Lionsgate / Summit
6Born to Be Wild 3D$3,27514%300$109$21,489,83488Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Chasing Mavericks$2,9491%67-12$44$5,885,9667Fox
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$2,875-6%90-12$32$160,965,65522Fox
9Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$2,49317%76-48$33$17,517,6277Open Road
10The Dark Knight Rises$2,40717%62-18$39$448,139,09921Warner Bros.
11ParaNorman$2,340-5%81-23$29$55,936,25617Focus
12Hecho en Mexico$2,235-18%2614$86$131,7902Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Trouble with the Curve$2,216-5%71-29$31$35,763,13712Warner Bros.
14The Master$2,12418%230$92$15,903,13813Weinstein Company
15House at the End of the Street$1,8251%68-40$27$31,596,25112Relativity Media
16Arbitrage$1,7735%25-10$71$7,884,19413Roadside Attractions
17Fun Size$1,72210%80-36$22$9,409,5387Paramount
18The Intouchables$1,486238%12-7$124$13,051,81029Weinstein Company
19Paranormal Activity 4$1,423-9%48-22$30$53,751,6188Paramount
20The Rabbi's Cat$8894%1--$889$6,9801GKIDS
21Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$772-3%47-5$16$48,987,74719Fox
22This Must Be the Place$670-12%5-2$134$139,1716Weinstein Company
23Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$51-2%21$26$84,89810Roadside Attractions