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 Fri, Feb. 15 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Good Day to Die Hard$7,204,334-13%3,553--$2,028$15,443,4501Fox
2Safe Haven$7,126,659-19%3,223--$2,211$15,955,5771Relativity Media
3Identity Thief$6,519,99521%3,16524$2,060$53,807,7802Universal
4Escape From Planet Earth$3,701,254--3,288--$1,126$3,701,2541Weinstein Company
5Warm Bodies$2,603,8232%2,897-112$899$43,824,3543Lionsgate / Summit
6Beautiful Creatures (2013)$2,297,514-10%2,950--$779$4,839,8311Warner Bros.
7Side Effects (2013)$1,680,01135%2,6050$645$14,500,8472Open Road
8Silver Linings Playbook$1,525,93724%2,202-607$693$93,900,40914Weinstein Company
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$872,300-3%2,103-1182$415$47,101,0954Paramount
10Mama$758,0805%1,648-1029$460$66,238,2555Universal
11Zero Dark Thirty$672,05667%1,527-1035$440$85,600,7249Sony / Columbia
12Django Unchained$363,49511%1,017-485$357$155,856,4788Weinstein Company
13Lincoln$358,63612%1,007-510$356$174,946,56315Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$487,45443%903-502$540$125,150,50619Warner Bros.
2Quartet$340,53653%33389$1,023$5,916,5536Weinstein Company
3Life of Pi$332,25124%647-277$514$109,634,15213Fox
4The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$217,06334%605-396$359$299,101,40810Warner Bros. / New Line
5Les Miserables (2012)$206,180-3%676-771$305$144,872,1608Universal
6Wreck-It Ralph$174,42457%506-251$345$184,908,28316Disney
7Parental Guidance$118,64951%603-616$197$74,782,5098Fox
8The Impossible$118,37335%422-317$281$17,145,0249Lionsgate / Summit
9Parker$115,570-5%705-1299$164$16,671,5944FilmDistrict
10Rise of The Guardians$89,872109%33863$266$101,049,44713Paramount / DreamWorks
11A Haunted House$75,092-13%340-573$221$39,322,8636Open Road
12Skyfall$72,688--262-108$277$303,703,68515Sony / Columbia
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$69,17169%25494$272$291,562,67714Lionsgate / Summit
14Bullet to the Head$61,438-33%470-1934$131$9,055,1173Warner Bros.
15Gangster Squad$53,493-17%210-732$255$45,198,0446Warner Bros.
16Jack Reacher$37,14738%175-132$212$79,243,1329Paramount
17This is 40$28,3907%167-111$170$67,361,8309Universal
18Stand Up Guys$28,060-55%119-551$236$3,083,1173Lionsgate / Roadside
19Broken City$23,8006%133-622$179$19,428,7125Fox
20Hotel Transylvania$18,750--144-47$130$148,210,21421Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$37,46729%40-260$937$2,854,4852Paramount
2Hyde Park on Hudson$26,608-16%86-44$309$5,940,05611Focus
3To the Arctic 3D$19,04286%520$366$11,218,63644Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Guilt Trip$14,419-12%88-137$164$36,757,4989Paramount
5Texas Chainsaw 3D$13,931-18%96-89$145$34,242,9667Lionsgate
6Here Comes the Boom$13,338--96-48$139$45,233,81019Sony / Columbia
7Born to Be Wild 3D$11,86778%300$396$21,951,66398Warner Bros. / IMAX
8ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$11,47768%22-3$522$137,6312UTV Motion Pictures
9Anna Karenina (2012)$10,113-29%51-40$198$12,732,20214Focus
10Red Dawn (2012)$7,17629%56-49$128$44,774,09413FilmDistrict
11Movie 43$6,256-57%35-742$179$8,766,5704Relativity Media
12The Last Stand$6,0932%54-185$113$11,939,9035Lionsgate
13Race 2$3,353-38%11-52$305$1,552,5374UTV Motion Pictures
14Hitchcock$2,70297%14-22$193$5,937,16713Fox Searchlight
15The Sessions$2,501-16%16-2$156$5,944,71418Fox Searchlight
16A Late Quartet$2,29246%131$176$1,520,82816Entertainment One / RKO
17Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,277-17%23-58$99$13,094,05311FilmDistrict
18Lost in Thailand$2,073-40%350$59$49,3482WAMCR
19Taken 2$1,541-11%16-19$96$139,847,63820Fox
20The Package (2013)$559--1--$559$5591Anchor Bay Films