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 Sat, Jan. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$9,354,4674%2,9372877$3,185$23,869,4764Sony / Columbia
2A Haunted House$7,537,70611%2,160--$3,490$14,329,8291Open Road
3Gangster Squad$6,214,654-7%3,103--$2,003$12,929,5371Warner Bros.
4Django Unchained$4,641,65235%3,0122$1,541$122,418,4163Weinstein Company
5Les Miserables (2012)$4,229,51548%2,92723$1,445$116,162,0603Universal
6The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$4,190,66478%3,012-743$1,391$275,583,9075Warner Bros. / New Line
7Parental Guidance$2,876,05470%2,957-411$973$59,115,4923Fox
8Lincoln$2,764,31449%2,027126$1,364$150,879,74710Disney / DreamWorks
9Texas Chainsaw 3D$2,303,08526%2,6595$866$29,738,0352Lionsgate
10Jack Reacher$2,170,74841%2,707-581$802$71,524,0014Paramount
11This is 40$1,972,01537%2,320-611$850$60,479,3554Universal
12The Guilt Trip$872,24846%1,606-706$543$34,032,5964Paramount
13Monsters, Inc. 3D$820,348184%1,127-976$728$29,978,6244Disney
14Promised Land (2012)$557,38338%1,647-29$338$6,565,0533Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$2,182,40446%81065$2,694$39,984,3509Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$1,207,93680%757-208$1,596$93,974,4518Fox
3The Impossible$1,125,41351%808236$1,393$6,186,8684Lionsgate / Summit
4Skyfall$733,53159%823-484$891$298,988,98710Sony / Columbia
5Argo$579,22868%621319$933$111,328,72414Warner Bros.
6Rise of The Guardians$513,096218%905-602$567$98,359,7898Paramount / DreamWorks
7Wreck-It Ralph$322,911187%476-233$678$179,157,04011Disney
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$298,15970%542-283$550$290,003,2379Lionsgate / Summit
9Hyde Park on Hudson$273,66959%24624$1,112$4,035,7366Focus
10Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$207,297110%430-387$482$11,617,0804Paramount
11Hotel Transylvania$170,109128%252-15$675$146,527,79716Sony / Columbia
12Anna Karenina (2012)$101,40260%144-19$704$11,883,1319Focus
13Here Comes the Boom$97,37366%228-15$427$44,335,01014Sony / Columbia
14Flight$67,76453%150-100$452$92,705,79111Paramount
15Taken 2$67,56759%190-23$356$139,463,64315Fox
16Red Dawn (2012)$46,97835%225-27$209$44,009,5188FilmDistrict
17Pitch Perfect$46,21054%154-11$300$64,774,18316Universal
18Hitchcock$42,18158%1279$332$5,628,3978Fox Searchlight
19Cloud Atlas$30,79342%1627$190$27,006,45512Warner Bros.
20The Perks of Being A Wallflower$28,62531%1002$286$17,565,17717Lionsgate / Summit
21End of Watch$24,24834%111-29$218$40,963,81517Open Road
22Not Fade Away$19,09282%177-388$108$563,3614Paramount Vantage
23Playing For Keeps (2012)$13,96331%107-32$130$12,896,2516FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$31,977186%520$615$10,732,41539Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Sessions$24,31146%5413$450$5,704,65613Fox Searchlight
3Quartet$21,83885%2--$10,919$33,6541Weinstein Company
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$14,022179%48-5$292$161,230,44727Fox
5A Late Quartet$12,76029%17-6$751$1,400,80611Entertainment One / RKO
6Born to Be Wild 3D$11,002184%300$367$21,719,75093Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Master$10,796194%164$675$16,001,19118Weinstein Company
8Killing Them Softly$7,52518%31-20$243$14,933,9357Weinstein Company
9The Intouchables$3,30483%121$275$13,176,89734Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$59053%40$148$7,917,87018Roadside Attractions