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 Mon, Feb. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$934,380-71%3,22257$290$94,553,9953Universal
2Snitch (2013)$887,577-74%2,511--$353$14,055,1841Lionsgate / Summit
3A Good Day to Die Hard$753,641-71%3,5552$212$52,721,5382Fox
4Safe Haven$616,523-71%3,2230$191$48,532,8802Relativity Media
5Silver Linings Playbook$561,348-57%2,012-190$279$107,737,36015Weinstein Company
6Dark Skies$450,454-72%2,313--$195$8,639,6201Weinstein / Dimension
7Escape From Planet Earth$379,752-88%3,35365$113$35,192,4512Weinstein Company
8Warm Bodies$261,484-76%2,644-253$99$58,504,9254Lionsgate / Summit
9Side Effects (2013)$258,601-65%2,070-535$125$25,358,1563Open Road
10Beautiful Creatures (2013)$242,175-74%2,9500$82$16,812,7732Warner Bros.
11Zero Dark Thirty$182,892-64%1,197-330$153$91,721,96710Sony / Columbia
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$141,847-71%1,425-678$100$53,086,9335Paramount
13Mama$75,595-72%1,163-485$65$70,306,1656Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$275,672-31%572-75$482$113,800,79814Fox
2Argo$226,304-42%802-101$282$129,879,80620Warner Bros.
3Django Unchained$128,559-45%659-358$195$158,911,9899Weinstein Company
4Lincoln$118,137-68%875-132$135$178,721,70816Disney / DreamWorks
5Quartet$109,410-57%35623$307$8,954,3607Weinstein Company
6Les Miserables (2012)$90,295-42%462-214$195$146,786,9859Universal
7The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$45,469-71%388-217$117$300,997,84811Warner Bros. / New Line
8Bless Me, Ultima$33,397-75%263--$127$980,6261Arenas Entertainment
9Wreck-It Ralph$32,669-82%402-104$81$186,709,08017Disney
10The Impossible$23,391-65%273-149$86$18,076,15110Lionsgate / Summit
11A Haunted House$19,471-68%302-38$64$39,883,1917Open Road
12Kai Po Che$19,226-86%110--$175$541,9911UTV Motion Pictures
13Rise of The Guardians$18,631-83%305-33$61$102,035,75414Paramount / DreamWorks
14Parental Guidance$16,553-77%381-222$43$75,789,2869Fox
15The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$15,247-74%223-31$68$292,138,46815Lionsgate / Summit
16Gangster Squad$14,600-61%202-8$72$45,609,8197Warner Bros.
17The Guilt Trip$12,727-64%18698$68$36,974,31910Paramount
18Parker$12,403-64%212-493$59$17,378,0515FilmDistrict
19Jack Reacher$6,360-55%100-75$64$79,472,25010Paramount
20The Last Stand$5,910-64%11460$52$12,032,5806Lionsgate
21Bullet to the Head$3,562-69%105-365$34$9,401,0854Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$8,989-40%65-21$138$6,135,48112Focus
2Broken City$5,365-58%98-35$55$19,588,9176Fox
3To the Arctic 3D$5,125-66%520$99$11,392,93245Warner Bros. / IMAX
4This is 40$4,320-59%96-71$45$67,527,70510Universal
5Stand Up Guys$4,303-49%41-78$105$3,268,4204Lionsgate / Roadside
6Hitchcock$3,239-10%162$202$5,966,84714Fox Searchlight
7Born to Be Wild 3D$2,365-70%300$79$22,047,63099Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Anna Karenina (2012)$2,093-43%28-23$75$12,805,00015Focus
9Texas Chainsaw 3D$2,013-70%44-52$46$34,336,2698Lionsgate
10Movie 43$1,485-33%21-14$71$8,800,8595Relativity Media
11The Sessions$1,205-47%160$75$5,973,68319Fox Searchlight
12ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$702-86%9-13$78$218,9593UTV Motion Pictures
13Camp (2013)$5212%1--$521$8,3061Freestyle Releasing
14A Late Quartet$464-60%7-6$66$1,545,23417Entertainment One / RKO
15Race 2$395-67%5-6$79$1,579,3915UTV Motion Pictures