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 Thu, Mar. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$1,290,409-16%3,525--$366$33,791,3691Warner Bros. / New Line
221 And Over$683,078-2%2,771--$247$11,783,9751Relativity Media
3Identity Thief$662,150-2%3,2308$205$110,210,8854Universal
4Snitch (2013)$516,841-4%2,5110$206$26,755,1272Lionsgate / Summit
5Safe Haven$500,6872%2,951-272$170$59,084,0973Relativity Media
6Silver Linings Playbook$404,532-7%1,836-176$220$117,004,34216Weinstein Company
7Escape From Planet Earth$360,826-3%3,110-243$116$44,625,1823Weinstein Company
8A Good Day to Die Hard$350,215-7%2,589-966$135$61,246,4013Fox
9The Last Exorcism Part II$265,416-2%2,700--$98$8,962,5991CBS Films
10Dark Skies$207,590-7%2,3130$90$14,310,1272Weinstein / Dimension
11Side Effects (2013)$145,968-7%1,112-958$131$28,701,6704Open Road
12Warm Bodies$138,377-8%1,930-714$72$62,559,3845Lionsgate / Summit
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$66,461-7%1,075-1875$62$18,839,8853Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$200,946-1%725369$277$11,990,8318Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$174,365-4%62654$279$117,788,15215Fox
3Argo$144,306-6%985183$147$133,272,55821Warner Bros.
4Django Unchained$97,2493%983324$99$160,668,45210Weinstein Company
5Zero Dark Thirty$88,904-12%722-475$123$93,954,55911Sony / Columbia
6Lincoln$80,821-5%652-223$124$180,403,93117Disney / DreamWorks
7Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$50,364-10%601-824$84$54,322,9176Paramount
8Les Miserables (2012)$47,520-4%352-110$135$147,828,76510Universal
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$22,9798%210-178$109$301,495,99712Warner Bros. / New Line
10Mama$20,115-9%447-716$45$70,964,1807Universal
11Jack Reacher$18,702-1%225125$83$79,757,46811Paramount
12Bless Me, Ultima$18,1175%183-80$99$1,330,7992Arenas Entertainment
13Rise of The Guardians$17,6945%295-10$60$102,454,92415Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Impossible$15,866-5%151-122$105$18,388,39111Lionsgate / Summit
15Parental Guidance$14,814-1%258-123$57$76,119,43910Fox
16Gangster Squad$11,8597%138-64$86$45,799,7568Warner Bros.
17The Guilt Trip$8,8855%133-53$67$37,134,21511Paramount
18Kai Po Che$8,198-26%104-6$79$918,9192UTV Motion Pictures
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$6,3935%180-43$36$292,324,73716Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$143,627--69--$2,082$143,6270Gathr Films
2Stoker$11,595-9%7--$1,656$214,4881Fox Searchlight
3To the Arctic 3D$10,588-6%520$204$11,519,40546Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hyde Park on Hudson$7,139-26%38-27$188$6,251,21713Focus
5The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$5,349-17%68--$79$167,1751Methinx Entertainment
6Bullet to the Head$4,298-4%86-19$50$9,472,1625Warner Bros.
7Broken City$3,6601%69-29$53$19,655,4747Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$3,291-20%300$110$22,098,812100Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Parker$3,11324%51-161$61$17,453,9536FilmDistrict
10Stand Up Guys$2,64020%17-24$155$3,310,0315Lionsgate / Roadside
11Camp (2013)$1,49690%21$748$19,0812Freestyle Releasing
12The Sweeney$1,193-10%11--$108$25,5721eOne Films US
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,150--10$1,150$97,20222Roadside Attractions
14A Late Quartet$1,10646%6-1$184$1,554,69418Entertainment One / RKO
15Movie 43$411-2%17-4$24$8,810,6466Relativity Media