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. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$2,497,095-71%3,141--$795$37,048,1201Universal
2Warm Bodies$777,380-72%3,0090$258$37,258,5522Lionsgate / Summit
3Side Effects (2013)$737,011-69%2,605--$283$10,040,1561Open Road
4Silver Linings Playbook$506,541-70%2,8090$180$90,026,05113Weinstein Company
5Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$503,854-71%3,285-90$153$44,339,8723Paramount
6Zero Dark Thirty$327,652-71%2,562-309$128$83,895,1028Sony / Columbia
7Mama$281,085-71%2,677-104$105$64,232,8954Universal
8Argo$228,371-66%1,405470$163$123,837,32818Warner Bros.
9Django Unchained$225,183-66%1,502-275$150$154,741,8107Weinstein Company
10Bullet to the Head$209,191-68%2,4040$87$8,478,4052Warner Bros.
11Lincoln$206,798-62%1,517-239$136$173,827,80414Disney / DreamWorks
12Parker$186,543-67%2,004-234$93$16,034,6073FilmDistrict
13Les Miserables (2012)$159,170-65%1,447-401$110$144,142,8757Universal
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$148,366-67%1,001-299$148$298,481,7929Warner Bros. / New Line
15Parental Guidance$92,083-70%1,219-261$76$74,436,3397Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$255,058-61%300--$850$2,220,7951Paramount
2Life of Pi$190,097-66%92422$206$108,720,34612Fox
3Quartet$108,404-62%24442$444$5,108,8215Weinstein Company
4Gangster Squad$94,123-62%942-683$100$44,902,0345Warner Bros.
5Wreck-It Ralph$89,844-74%75797$119$184,504,37615Disney
6The Impossible$87,484-69%739-26$118$16,755,8228Lionsgate / Summit
7Stand Up Guys$72,688-62%67011$108$2,839,3622Lionsgate / Roadside
8A Haunted House$58,523-72%913-588$64$39,058,9745Open Road
9Broken City$48,586-65%755-1031$64$19,281,5864Fox
10Movie 43$29,396-56%777-1246$38$8,690,5763Relativity Media
11Rise of The Guardians$27,883-68%275-32$101$100,893,79112Paramount / DreamWorks
12Jack Reacher$20,545-62%307-143$67$79,137,4898Paramount
13This is 40$16,680-61%278-95$60$67,272,3008Universal
14Hyde Park on Hudson$14,986-63%130-14$115$5,847,36310Focus
15Texas Chainsaw 3D$10,070-67%18564$54$34,195,8616Lionsgate
16The Guilt Trip$9,997-65%225-66$44$36,705,5598Paramount
17The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$8,591-67%160-29$54$291,437,86413Lionsgate / Summit
18The Last Stand$7,438-72%239-450$31$11,912,2734Lionsgate
19Flight$5,323-64%115-85$46$93,754,52615Paramount
20Red Dawn (2012)$4,188-69%105-48$40$44,754,80312FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$8,104-57%520$156$11,177,39743Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Anna Karenina (2012)$7,907-61%911$87$12,687,09413Focus
3ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$6,424-79%25--$257$101,6601UTV Motion Pictures
4Race 2$6,043-75%63-76$96$1,530,9203UTV Motion Pictures
5Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$4,870-54%47-3$104$12,500,7358Paramount
6Lost in Thailand$4,270-62%35--$122$36,4761WAMCR
7Hitchcock$3,805-43%36-8$106$5,928,02912Fox Searchlight
8Born to Be Wild 3D$3,255-78%300$109$21,927,59997Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Master$2,835-64%291$98$16,249,99422Weinstein Company
10Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,585-62%81-67$32$13,084,26610FilmDistrict
11The Sessions$2,104-41%18-11$117$5,935,93217Fox Searchlight
12Taken 2$1,183-68%35-48$34$139,842,03719Fox
13A Late Quartet$809-74%120$67$1,514,83815Entertainment One / RKO
14Pitch Perfect$375-61%15-26$25$64,998,74320Universal
15LUV$212-49%3-5$71$156,4634Indomina Media
16Brief Reunion$151-69%1--$151$6,0424Striped Entertainment