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 Wed, Feb. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$950,325-22%3,22257$295$96,728,6803Universal
2Snitch (2013)$788,254-28%2,511--$314$15,939,0171Lionsgate / Summit
3A Good Day to Die Hard$723,548-26%3,5552$204$54,423,6362Fox
4Safe Haven$668,996-24%3,2230$208$50,083,6812Relativity Media
5Silver Linings Playbook$565,909-19%2,012-190$281$108,997,65415Weinstein Company
6Escape From Planet Earth$415,494-11%3,35365$124$36,073,9642Weinstein Company
7Dark Skies$385,107-25%2,313--$166$9,535,5351Weinstein / Dimension
8Side Effects (2013)$296,970-20%2,070-535$143$26,026,3393Open Road
9Warm Bodies$266,316-14%2,644-253$101$59,082,4714Lionsgate / Summit
10Beautiful Creatures (2013)$241,265-21%2,9500$82$17,360,2672Warner Bros.
11Zero Dark Thirty$173,925-15%1,197-330$145$92,101,04410Sony / Columbia
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$140,745-19%1,425-678$99$53,400,7315Paramount
13Mama$75,595-7%1,163-485$65$70,463,1706Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$259,431-22%572-75$454$114,391,73114Fox
2Argo$212,098-19%802-101$264$130,354,34720Warner Bros.
3Quartet$140,141-11%35623$394$9,251,4707Weinstein Company
4Django Unchained$117,499-18%659-358$178$159,171,9489Weinstein Company
5Lincoln$109,664-16%875-132$125$178,961,42916Disney / DreamWorks
6Les Miserables (2012)$80,850-19%462-214$175$146,967,1659Universal
7The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$41,075-12%388-217$106$301,085,80711Warner Bros. / New Line
8Wreck-It Ralph$33,751-2%402-104$84$186,777,33017Disney
9Bless Me, Ultima$30,737-15%263--$117$1,047,4351Arenas Entertainment
10The Impossible$26,071-22%273-149$95$18,135,70010Lionsgate / Summit
11Kai Po Che$24,264-24%110--$221$598,2431UTV Motion Pictures
12Rise of The Guardians$19,309-6%305-33$63$102,075,54514Paramount / DreamWorks
13Parental Guidance$18,916-21%381-222$50$75,832,0589Fox
14A Haunted House$18,317-4%302-38$61$39,920,5897Open Road
15Gangster Squad$15,944-16%202-8$79$45,644,7437Warner Bros.
16The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$15,4180%223-31$69$292,169,31815Lionsgate / Summit
17The Guilt Trip$13,336-14%18698$72$37,003,07710Paramount
18Parker$11,917-24%212-493$56$17,405,5705FilmDistrict
19Jack Reacher$5,980-18%100-75$60$79,485,48010Paramount
20The Last Stand$5,406-13%11460$47$12,044,2156Lionsgate
21Bullet to the Head$3,709-18%105-365$35$9,409,3174Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$9,456-22%65-21$145$6,157,10612Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$6,655-19%520$128$11,407,84245Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$6,19334%300$206$22,058,45099Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Stand Up Guys$5,3473%41-78$130$3,278,9434Lionsgate / Roadside
5Broken City$5,293-28%98-35$54$19,601,5816Fox
6This is 40$4,080-29%96-71$43$67,538,26510Universal
7Anna Karenina (2012)$3,533-10%28-23$126$12,812,46115Focus
8Hitchcock$3,03453%162$190$5,971,86814Fox Searchlight
9The Sessions$2,47849%160$155$5,977,82919Fox Searchlight
10Texas Chainsaw 3D$1,824-6%44-52$41$34,340,0328Lionsgate
11Movie 43$801-28%21-14$38$8,802,7755Relativity Media
12A Late Quartet$503-30%7-6$72$1,546,45517Entertainment One / RKO
13ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$503-34%9-13$56$220,2263UTV Motion Pictures
14Camp (2013)$39749%1--$397$8,9701Freestyle Releasing
15Race 2$19139%5-6$38$1,579,7195UTV Motion Pictures