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 Sun, Dec. 30 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$9,718,097-16%4,1000$2,370$221,626,8823Warner Bros. / New Line
2Django Unchained$9,064,973-20%3,010--$3,012$63,443,1531Weinstein Company
3Les Miserables (2012)$8,216,880-16%2,814--$2,920$66,720,1601Universal
4Parental Guidance$4,161,474-22%3,367--$1,236$29,342,7451Fox
5Jack Reacher$3,868,080-26%3,3520$1,154$44,157,3492Paramount
6This is 40$3,715,350-21%2,9141$1,275$36,431,3502Universal
7Lincoln$2,194,977-20%1,966-327$1,116$131,867,1598Disney / DreamWorks
8The Guilt Trip$1,972,132-18%2,4310$811$20,957,8182Paramount
9Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,865,454-19%2,6180$713$18,573,9012Disney
10Rise of The Guardians$1,384,202-19%2,055-976$674$90,139,4216Paramount / DreamWorks
11Skyfall$1,374,361-18%1,637-728$840$289,529,9108Sony / Columbia
12Life of Pi$1,197,822-14%1,178-572$1,017$84,650,4536Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$724,915-16%1,191-809$609$286,039,0657Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,263,523-17%745374$1,696$27,330,0367Weinstein Company
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$777,733-12%8400$926$7,426,9262Paramount
3Wreck-It Ralph$527,124-21%913-531$577$175,505,3329Disney
4Argo$308,226-22%345-105$893$108,425,96012Warner Bros.
5Anna Karenina (2012)$175,916-8%218-113$807$10,705,8667Focus
6Hotel Transylvania$161,077-26%3010$535$145,210,31614Sony / Columbia
7Flight$126,466-28%400-342$316$91,873,2369Paramount
8Hitchcock$121,787-14%349-186$349$4,985,6796Fox Searchlight
9Red Dawn (2012)$119,636-16%425-586$281$43,393,7526FilmDistrict
10Here Comes the Boom$91,184-29%252-39$362$43,532,08912Sony / Columbia
11Taken 2$67,932-30%232-43$293$138,897,49413Fox
12Pitch Perfect$45,750-22%183-31$250$64,403,57814Universal
13Playing For Keeps (2012)$35,544-22%268-583$133$12,687,6774FilmDistrict
14The Perks of Being A Wallflower$30,270-10%125-16$242$17,311,82915Lionsgate / Summit
15End of Watch$26,864-25%162-10$166$40,754,64615Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$145,943-9%84-2$1,737$1,737,9964Focus
2Zero Dark Thirty$110,554-1%50$22,111$1,368,9862Sony / Columbia
3The Impossible$60,112-15%150$4,007$482,9232Lionsgate / Summit
4Promised Land (2012)$48,414-33%25--$1,937$173,9151Focus
5To the Arctic 3D$35,014-25%520$673$10,496,12837Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Sessions$23,763-19%80-18$297$5,514,70111Fox Searchlight
7A Late Quartet$18,464-13%37-2$499$1,267,1549Entertainment One / RKO
8Not Fade Away$17,595-18%1916$926$95,8072Paramount Vantage
9Born to Be Wild 3D$12,722-21%300$424$21,623,58591Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Sinister$12,396-16%82-11$151$48,056,94012Lionsgate / Summit
11Killing Them Softly$12,328-24%68-81$181$14,830,6215Weinstein Company
12Looper$12,317-20%84-16$147$66,468,31514Sony / TriStar
13Ice Age: Continental Drift$11,587-27%62-10$187$161,130,05625Fox
14Alex Cross$10,252-31%77-17$133$25,863,91511Lionsgate / Summit
15Cloud Atlas$9,505-11%45-5$211$26,781,80610Warner Bros.
16Paranormal Activity 4$6,321-23%500$126$53,884,82111Paramount
17The Intouchables$5,725-16%114$520$13,126,94132Weinstein Company
18Talaash$5,5985%16-9$350$2,851,1445Reliance Entertainment
19The Master$4,307-15%130$331$15,956,66216Weinstein Company
20The Collection$3,487-33%17-95$205$6,842,0585LD Entertainment
21ParaNorman$2,426-35%22-2$110$55,994,55720Focus
22Arbitrage$2,370-1%72$339$7,908,73316Roadside Attractions
23The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$2,208-60%150$147$665,4266Warner Bros.