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 Mon, Feb. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Warm Bodies$1,252,897-61%3,009--$416$21,606,8641Lionsgate / Summit
2Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$865,158-53%3,3753$256$35,541,2262Paramount
3Silver Linings Playbook$628,123-46%2,809168$224$80,630,73912Weinstein Company
4Zero Dark Thirty$435,365-35%2,871-58$152$78,109,3437Sony / Columbia
5Bullet to the Head$433,269-46%2,404--$180$4,981,4701Warner Bros.
6Mama$403,245-57%2,78199$145$58,526,3153Universal
7Parker$342,717-42%2,23814$153$12,870,0142FilmDistrict
8Django Unchained$313,208-30%1,777-230$176$151,256,1666Weinstein Company
9Lincoln$206,642-49%1,756-153$118$170,983,38413Disney / DreamWorks
10Les Miserables (2012)$203,280-56%1,848-362$110$141,707,4106Universal
11Gangster Squad$203,090-21%1,625-965$125$43,295,2374Warner Bros.
12Movie 43$177,185-24%2,0230$88$7,877,3082Relativity Media
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$155,053-61%1,300-375$119$296,348,7378Warner Bros. / New Line
14Broken City$147,636-25%1,786-836$83$18,283,0473Fox
15A Haunted House$124,255-47%1,501-501$83$37,880,2744Open Road
16Parental Guidance$84,762-71%1,480-256$57$72,985,3526Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$184,132-42%935300$197$120,556,27117Warner Bros.
2Stand Up Guys$155,478-36%659--$236$1,641,8681Lionsgate / Roadside
3Life of Pi$143,709-63%902-39$159$106,250,07211Fox
4Quartet$120,876-59%20239$598$3,603,5764Weinstein Company
5The Impossible$107,153-54%765-17$140$15,321,2487Lionsgate / Summit
6Wreck-It Ralph$32,400-79%66072$49$183,256,21614Disney
7This is 40$31,705-37%373-134$85$66,960,3107Universal
8Jack Reacher$29,761-25%450-438$66$78,784,2017Paramount
9The Last Stand$25,935-52%689-2224$38$11,730,3893Lionsgate
10Hyde Park on Hudson$18,776-53%1440$130$5,623,5479Focus
11The Guilt Trip$14,283-56%291-61$49$36,532,0017Paramount
12Race 2$13,611-78%139-14$98$1,385,4262UTV Motion Pictures
13Rise of The Guardians$12,448-83%3072$41$100,572,85711Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$11,647-55%189-27$62$291,293,42512Lionsgate / Summit
15Flight$11,455-39%200-63$57$93,652,38014Paramount
16Red Dawn (2012)$7,263-47%153-52$47$44,674,78911FilmDistrict
17Playing For Keeps (2012)$5,953-49%148113$40$13,033,0969FilmDistrict
18Texas Chainsaw 3D$2,854-50%121-164$24$34,073,4925Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$12,794-38%90-8$142$12,581,04412Focus
2The Master$4,861-47%28-9$174$16,207,17821Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$4,566-70%520$88$11,085,95642Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$3,162-69%50-46$63$12,452,8697Paramount
5Taken 2$2,976-45%83-41$36$139,816,33318Fox
6Born to Be Wild 3D$2,855-51%300$95$21,870,24296Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Sessions$2,735-44%29-33$94$5,912,62016Fox Searchlight
8A Late Quartet$2,019-54%122$168$1,499,84614Entertainment One / RKO
9Hitchcock$1,994-49%44-46$45$5,894,42611Fox Searchlight
10Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,600--2--$800$94,32018Roadside Attractions
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,092-51%37-19$30$17,739,66220Lionsgate / Summit
12LUV$94349%8-13$118$152,4693Indomina Media
13Pitch Perfect$820-67%41-50$20$64,991,61819Universal
14Girls Against Boys$431-52%2--$216$6,5421Anchor Bay Films