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 Thu, Feb. 21 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$1,519,2003%3,16524$480$79,602,5302Universal
2A Good Day to Die Hard$1,348,376-8%3,5530$380$41,802,2641Fox
3Safe Haven$1,255,9620%3,2230$390$37,461,6431Relativity Media
4Escape From Planet Earth$867,5641%3,288--$264$24,130,6621Weinstein Company
5Silver Linings Playbook$555,0448%2,202-330$252$101,425,14614Weinstein Company
6Warm Bodies$502,6983%2,897-112$174$53,418,0533Lionsgate / Summit
7Side Effects (2013)$501,0132%2,6050$192$21,742,5162Open Road
8Beautiful Creatures (2013)$427,120-4%2,9500$145$12,962,2651Warner Bros.
9Zero Dark Thirty$261,5913%1,527-339$171$89,308,9919Sony / Columbia
10Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$260,4640%2,103-467$124$51,260,5544Paramount
11Lincoln$159,9446%1,007-151$159$177,122,49015Disney / DreamWorks
12Mama$157,0250%1,648-395$95$69,056,6705Universal
13Django Unchained$155,0636%1,017-391$152$157,811,7758Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$174,7372%647-66$270$111,919,76013Fox
2Argo$172,1490%903-502$191$127,826,33719Warner Bros.
3Quartet$158,582-10%3330$476$7,719,0646Weinstein Company
4Les Miserables (2012)$98,0204%676-227$145$146,061,8658Universal
5The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$79,0058%605-396$131$300,401,89610Warner Bros. / New Line
6Wreck-It Ralph$64,8795%506-95$128$186,030,54116Disney
7The Impossible$47,2892%422-101$112$17,763,4839Lionsgate / Summit
8Parker$45,437-7%705-106$64$17,242,7704FilmDistrict
9Parental Guidance$40,440-6%603-39$67$75,475,7838Fox
10Rise of The Guardians$34,3865%3380$102$101,646,94713Paramount / DreamWorks
11Bullet to the Head$24,672-4%470-1934$52$9,358,4523Warner Bros.
12The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$23,3163%2540$92$291,910,43114Lionsgate / Summit
13A Haunted House$21,528-9%340-573$63$39,661,7046Open Road
14Gangster Squad$18,861-3%210-732$90$45,455,0636Warner Bros.
15Stand Up Guys$13,6428%119-551$115$3,228,6293Lionsgate / Roadside
16Jack Reacher$11,6210%175-48$66$79,395,4729Paramount
17Broken City$8,600-7%133-61$65$19,534,0185Fox
18This is 40$8,3750%167-37$50$67,475,4159Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$12,28022%407$307$3,018,8732Paramount
2Hyde Park on Hudson$11,3353%86-44$132$6,063,08511Focus
3To the Arctic 3D$10,14727%520$195$11,331,12044Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Born to Be Wild 3D$6,19615%300$207$22,018,05398Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Guilt Trip$6,180-5%88-55$70$36,824,0649Paramount
6Anna Karenina (2012)$5,29241%51-40$104$12,786,31014Focus
7Texas Chainsaw 3D$5,1217%96-60$53$34,313,2947Lionsgate
8ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$3,016-9%22-3$137$202,8652UTV Motion Pictures
9Red Dawn (2012)$2,23121%56-49$40$44,806,78313FilmDistrict
10The Sessions$2,12518%16-2$133$5,962,92618Fox Searchlight
11The Last Stand$2,1094%54-83$39$11,971,0055Lionsgate
12Movie 43$1,7831%350$51$8,787,2114Relativity Media
13Hitchcock$1,717-30%14-22$123$5,949,78013Fox Searchlight
14A Late Quartet$1,184-24%131$91$1,539,33816Entertainment One / RKO
15Playing For Keeps (2012)$79423%23-58$35$13,103,27211FilmDistrict
16Race 2$688-31%11-52$63$1,575,7234UTV Motion Pictures
17Taken 2$50339%16-19$31$139,854,28720Fox
18The Package (2013)$111178%1--$111$1,4701Anchor Bay Films