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, Mar. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$24,096,622--3,912--$6,160$24,096,6221Disney
2Jack the Giant Slayer$2,526,50196%3,5250$717$36,317,8702Warner Bros. / New Line
3Dead Man Down$1,832,509--2,188--$838$1,832,5091FilmDistrict
4Identity Thief$1,801,200172%3,002-228$600$112,012,0855Universal
521 And Over$1,683,900147%2,7710$608$13,467,8752Relativity Media
6Snitch (2013)$1,403,815172%2,340-171$600$28,158,9423Lionsgate / Summit
7Safe Haven$1,251,287150%2,541-410$492$60,335,3844Relativity Media
8The Last Exorcism Part II$1,065,954302%2,7000$395$10,028,5532CBS Films
9Silver Linings Playbook$1,041,854158%1,727-109$603$118,046,19617Weinstein Company
10Escape From Planet Earth$702,25495%2,549-561$276$45,327,4364Weinstein Company
11A Good Day to Die Hard$568,99362%1,725-864$330$61,815,3944Fox
12Dark Skies$391,62789%1,505-808$260$14,701,7543Weinstein / Dimension
13Warm Bodies$297,269115%1,052-878$283$62,856,6536Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$397,221128%67145$592$118,185,37316Fox
2Quartet$355,19477%715-10$497$12,346,0259Weinstein Company
3Emperor$330,828--261--$1,268$330,8281Roadside Attractions
4Argo$276,33791%741-244$373$133,548,89522Warner Bros.
5Side Effects (2013)$236,01362%602-510$392$28,937,6835Open Road
6Zero Dark Thirty$176,62299%522-200$338$94,131,18112Sony / Columbia
7Django Unchained$124,19528%336-647$370$160,792,64711Weinstein Company
8Lincoln$115,20343%432-220$267$180,519,13418Disney / DreamWorks
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$96,565320%337127$287$301,592,56213Warner Bros. / New Line
10Les Miserables (2012)$84,37078%286-66$295$147,913,13511Universal
11Beautiful Creatures (2013)$47,585-28%281-794$169$18,887,4704Warner Bros.
12Parental Guidance$47,503221%219-39$217$76,166,94211Fox
13Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$46,927-7%225-376$209$54,369,8447Paramount
14Rise of The Guardians$45,244156%275-20$165$102,500,16816Paramount / DreamWorks
15Mama$42,785113%214-233$200$71,006,9658Universal
16Jack Reacher$40,323116%194-31$208$79,797,79112Paramount
17The Impossible$28,51980%114-37$250$18,416,91012Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$32,052176%1710$1,885$246,5402Fox Searchlight
2Kai Po Che$24,851203%71-33$350$943,7703UTV Motion Pictures
3Girl Rising$20,569-86%10--$2,057$164,1961Gathr Films
4The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$18,244241%56-12$326$185,4192Methinx Entertainment
5Gangster Squad$15,87334%90-48$176$45,815,6299Warner Bros.
6To the Arctic 3D$15,42146%520$297$11,534,82647Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Bless Me, Ultima$12,984-28%52-131$250$1,343,7833Arenas Entertainment
8Skyfall$10,744--69-32$156$304,330,32018Sony / Columbia
9Hyde Park on Hudson$10,27444%391$263$6,261,49114Focus
10Born to Be Wild 3D$7,645132%300$255$22,106,457101Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Movie 43$5,4011214%6346$86$8,816,0477Relativity Media
12Parker$4,99560%34-17$147$17,458,9487FilmDistrict
13Camp (2013)$4,078173%42$1,020$23,1593Freestyle Releasing
14Bullet to the Head$3,109-28%34-52$91$9,475,2716Warner Bros.
15Broken City$2,977-19%24-45$124$19,658,4518Fox
16Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$1,880--1--$1,880$1,8801Rialto Pictures
17A Late Quartet$1,73857%71$248$1,556,43219Entertainment One / RKO
18The Sweeney$191-84%1-10$191$25,7632eOne Films US
19Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$46-96%10$46$97,24823Roadside Attractions