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, Feb. 10 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$8,653,455-42%3,141--$2,755$34,551,0251Universal
2Warm Bodies$2,762,229-48%3,0090$918$36,481,1722Lionsgate / Summit
3Side Effects (2013)$2,387,111-42%2,605--$916$9,303,1451Open Road
4Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,714,824-35%3,285-90$522$43,836,0183Paramount
5Silver Linings Playbook$1,712,863-45%2,8090$610$89,519,51013Weinstein Company
6Zero Dark Thirty$1,111,772-42%2,562-309$434$83,567,4508Sony / Columbia
7Mama$963,725-54%2,677-104$360$63,951,8104Universal
8Argo$667,703-42%1,405470$475$123,608,95718Warner Bros.
9Django Unchained$664,572-39%1,502-275$442$154,516,6277Weinstein Company
10Bullet to the Head$653,743-28%2,4040$272$8,269,2142Warner Bros.
11Parker$561,975-33%2,004-234$280$15,848,0643FilmDistrict
12Lincoln$541,764-40%1,517-239$357$173,621,00614Disney / DreamWorks
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$455,974-35%1,001-299$456$298,333,4269Warner Bros. / New Line
14Les Miserables (2012)$455,835-37%1,447-401$315$143,983,7057Universal
15Parental Guidance$311,863-40%1,219-261$256$74,344,2567Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$647,583-18%300--$2,159$1,965,7371Paramount
2Life of Pi$555,150-32%92422$601$108,530,24912Fox
3Wreck-It Ralph$348,787-32%75797$461$184,414,53215Disney
4Quartet$286,473-33%24442$1,174$5,000,4175Weinstein Company
5The Impossible$278,741-36%739-26$377$16,668,3388Lionsgate / Summit
6Gangster Squad$244,975-38%942-683$260$44,807,9115Warner Bros.
7A Haunted House$209,012-45%913-588$229$39,000,4515Open Road
8Stand Up Guys$190,889-33%67011$285$2,766,6742Lionsgate / Roadside
9Broken City$137,415-40%755-1031$182$19,233,0004Fox
10Skyfall$110,236-47%370-55$298$303,460,11614Sony / Columbia
11Rise of The Guardians$87,817-27%275-32$319$100,865,90812Paramount / DreamWorks
12Movie 43$66,495-48%777-1246$86$8,661,1803Relativity Media
13Jack Reacher$54,079-51%307-143$176$79,116,9448Paramount
14Hotel Transylvania$49,243-38%191-33$258$148,151,97520Sony / Columbia
15This is 40$43,090-54%278-95$155$67,255,6208Universal
16Hyde Park on Hudson$40,375-35%130-14$311$5,832,37710Focus
17Texas Chainsaw 3D$30,251-34%18564$164$34,185,7916Lionsgate
18The Guilt Trip$28,304-42%225-66$126$36,695,5628Paramount
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$26,408-46%160-29$165$291,429,27313Lionsgate / Summit
20The Last Stand$26,101-39%239-450$109$11,904,8354Lionsgate
21Here Comes the Boom$25,034-47%144-31$174$45,193,96118Sony / Columbia
22Flight$14,606-47%115-85$127$93,749,20315Paramount
23Red Dawn (2012)$13,593-47%105-48$129$44,750,61512FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$30,171-33%25--$1,207$95,2361UTV Motion Pictures
2Race 2$23,919-39%63-76$380$1,524,8773UTV Motion Pictures
3Anna Karenina (2012)$20,528-21%911$226$12,679,18713Focus
4To the Arctic 3D$18,643-22%520$359$11,169,29343Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Born to Be Wild 3D$14,627-23%300$488$21,924,34497Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Lost in Thailand$11,317-4%35--$323$32,2061WAMCR
7Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$10,654-22%47-3$227$12,495,8658Paramount
8The Master$7,896-29%291$272$16,247,15922Weinstein Company
9Playing For Keeps (2012)$6,720-48%81-67$83$13,081,68110FilmDistrict
10Hitchcock$6,623-18%36-8$184$5,924,22412Fox Searchlight
11Taken 2$3,675-50%35-48$105$139,840,85419Fox
12The Sessions$3,553-33%18-11$197$5,933,82817Fox Searchlight
13A Late Quartet$3,154-15%120$263$1,514,02915Entertainment One / RKO
14Pitch Perfect$970-48%15-26$65$64,998,36820Universal
15Brief Reunion$483-53%1--$483$5,8914Striped Entertainment
16LUV$416-34%3-5$139$156,2514Indomina Media