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 Sun, Mar. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$13,013,520-31%4,046--$3,216$43,639,7361Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Olympus Has Fallen$7,900,604-36%3,098--$2,550$30,373,7941FilmDistrict
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$6,187,651-36%3,805-107$1,626$177,097,0903Disney
4The Call$2,305,474-41%2,5070$920$31,105,0562Sony / TriStar
5Admission$1,390,456-49%2,160--$644$6,154,9841Focus
6The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$1,087,142-43%3,1600$344$17,411,8182Warner Bros. / New Line
7Jack the Giant Slayer$845,682-36%2,560-797$330$59,036,3844Warner Bros. / New Line
8Identity Thief$617,310-49%2,166-676$285$127,770,3007Universal
9Snitch (2013)$481,495-45%1,807-546$266$40,297,7495Lionsgate / Summit
10Silver Linings Playbook$382,839-50%1,044-558$367$127,163,61419Weinstein Company
1121 And Over$250,536-42%1,134-1290$221$24,163,8414Relativity Media
12Safe Haven$244,577-53%1,279-927$191$68,918,0096Relativity Media
13Escape From Planet Earth$152,979-27%1,494-717$102$53,354,8996Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$210,290-36%489-157$430$122,546,76818Fox
2Quartet$159,625-40%425-263$376$15,914,27211Weinstein Company
3Stoker$98,704-36%275181$359$1,124,6514Fox Searchlight
4A Good Day to Die Hard$90,467-38%448-669$202$66,260,7316Fox
5Dead Man Down$89,279-32%612-1576$146$10,611,9583FilmDistrict
6Django Unchained$80,980-36%29630$274$162,007,43513Weinstein Company
7Emperor$79,873-35%237-74$337$2,600,7323Roadside Attractions
8Side Effects (2013)$71,129-44%225-177$316$30,980,6737Open Road
9The Last Exorcism Part II$64,888-59%455-1120$143$15,009,4744CBS Films
10Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$63,832-30%20979$305$54,931,8069Paramount
11Warm Bodies$56,647-47%299-360$189$65,019,0078Lionsgate / Summit
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$47,493-42%235-70$202$302,695,93815Warner Bros. / New Line
13Dark Skies$40,178-54%205-498$196$17,015,4975Weinstein / Dimension
14InAPPropriate Comedy$39,772-32%275--$145$156,4141Freestyle Releasing
15Zero Dark Thirty$35,953-44%215-235$167$95,614,94914Sony / Columbia
16Argo$35,117-50%185-355$190$135,519,14524Warner Bros.
17Rise of The Guardians$32,271-30%162-51$199$103,174,22018Paramount / DreamWorks
18Parental Guidance$30,026-52%185-37$162$76,736,12613Fox
19Beautiful Creatures (2013)$26,860-39%18863$143$19,304,5506Warner Bros.
20Mama$26,025-37%130-74$200$71,470,86510Universal
21Les Miserables (2012)$25,155-43%129-112$195$148,673,16513Universal
22The Impossible$20,323-40%12318$165$18,736,34514Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1From Up on Poppy Hill$20,220-17%64$3,370$131,9262GKIDS
2To the Arctic 3D$14,227-21%520$274$11,783,18149Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Sapphires$11,286-39%4--$2,822$38,3721Weinstein Company
4Gangster Squad$8,897-26%500$178$45,968,22411Warner Bros.
5Bless Me, Ultima$8,089-12%21-24$385$1,513,4625Arenas Entertainment
6Parker$7,374-25%55-37$134$17,586,9269FilmDistrict
7Born to Be Wild 3D$6,993-46%300$233$22,268,994103Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$5,947-35%28-17$212$347,6944Methinx Entertainment
9Camp (2013)$5,22027%172$307$89,6915Freestyle Releasing
10Girl Rising$4,61082%3--$1,537$435,0263Gathr Films
11Starbuck$4,329-38%3--$1,443$3,470,5551eOne Films US
12Hyde Park on Hudson$4,039-29%20-11$202$6,367,78016Focus
13Kai Po Che$3,830-53%18-24$213$1,105,5595UTV Motion Pictures
14A Resurrection$2,050-25%17--$121$10,7301Archstone Distribution
15Rangrezz$1,174-27%11--$107$4,3181UTV Motion Pictures