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. 21 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,582,193-4%3,9120$660$155,528,1332Disney
2The Call$1,101,832-6%2,507--$440$22,204,1211Sony / TriStar
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$603,525-10%3,160--$191$13,090,4301Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$471,158-6%3,357-168$140$56,087,2833Warner Bros. / New Line
5Identity Thief$382,295-4%2,842-160$135$125,181,9456Universal
6Snitch (2013)$279,6380%2,35313$119$38,412,5494Lionsgate / Summit
721 And Over$278,341-3%2,424-347$115$23,135,3203Relativity Media
8Silver Linings Playbook$238,723-12%1,602-125$149$125,578,54318Weinstein Company
9Safe Haven$221,6504%2,206-335$100$67,780,1455Relativity Media
10Dead Man Down$188,510-19%2,1880$86$10,305,8682FilmDistrict
11Escape From Planet Earth$161,996-7%2,211-338$73$52,877,3775Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$109,834-11%1,117-608$98$65,937,1825Fox
13The Last Exorcism Part II$65,118-13%1,575-1125$41$14,688,9073CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$125,301-9%688-27$182$15,336,22910Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$106,061-14%646-25$164$121,826,51117Fox
3Emperor$63,498-19%31150$204$2,316,9692Roadside Attractions
4Side Effects (2013)$51,238-15%402-200$127$30,711,1116Open Road
5Warm Bodies$49,7461%659-393$75$64,780,9387Lionsgate / Summit
6Lincoln$43,289-7%46634$93$181,591,78019Disney / DreamWorks
7Dark Skies$43,0562%703-802$61$16,829,4854Weinstein / Dimension
8Argo$42,555-16%540-201$79$135,376,83523Warner Bros.
9Zero Dark Thirty$36,339-12%450-72$81$95,476,53413Sony / Columbia
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$31,7751%305-32$104$302,517,73314Warner Bros. / New Line
11Django Unchained$31,622-11%266-70$119$161,723,81612Weinstein Company
12Les Miserables (2012)$28,85019%241-45$120$148,578,35512Universal
13Rise of The Guardians$16,6292%213-62$78$103,071,72417Paramount / DreamWorks
14Parental Guidance$14,5244%2223$65$76,600,59712Fox
15Mama$13,1658%204-10$65$71,377,2459Universal
16The Impossible$12,4885%105-9$119$18,659,45513Lionsgate / Summit
17Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$10,659-5%130-95$82$54,723,8338Paramount
18Jack Reacher$8,949-2%130-64$69$80,070,73613Paramount
19Beautiful Creatures (2013)$8,40710%125-156$67$19,205,9175Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$27,017-12%9477$287$771,3253Fox Searchlight
2Girl Rising$18,610574%10-8$1,861$427,8862Gathr Films
3To the Arctic 3D$16,10455%520$310$11,736,75448Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Born to Be Wild 3D$8,255-3%300$275$22,235,803102Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Parker$6,6338%9258$72$17,563,4928FilmDistrict
6Bless Me, Ultima$6,594-9%45-7$147$1,490,7614Arenas Entertainment
7Hyde Park on Hudson$4,452-19%31-8$144$6,353,62015Focus
8Gangster Squad$4,387-1%50-40$88$45,938,26010Warner Bros.
9The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$4,10523%45-11$91$325,3263Methinx Entertainment
10From Up on Poppy Hill$3,96016%2--$1,980$72,2331GKIDS
11Camp (2013)$2,4333%1511$162$73,7164Freestyle Releasing
12Kai Po Che$1,733-32%42-29$41$1,088,6084UTV Motion Pictures