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 Mon, Mar. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$4,201,106-68%4,046--$1,038$47,840,8421Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Olympus Has Fallen$2,763,340-65%3,098--$892$33,137,1341FilmDistrict
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,251,262-64%3,805-107$592$179,348,3523Disney
4The Call$826,670-64%2,5070$330$31,931,7262Sony / TriStar
5Spring Breakers$541,195--1,104--$490$5,806,9972A24
6Admission$509,622-63%2,160--$236$6,664,6061Focus
7The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$468,435-57%3,1600$148$17,880,2532Warner Bros. / New Line
8Jack the Giant Slayer$337,450-60%2,560-797$132$59,373,8344Warner Bros. / New Line
9Identity Thief$259,920-58%2,166-676$120$128,030,2207Universal
10Snitch (2013)$177,431-63%1,807-546$98$40,475,1805Lionsgate / Summit
11Silver Linings Playbook$148,149-61%1,044-558$142$127,311,76319Weinstein Company
1221 And Over$126,415-50%1,134-1290$111$24,290,2564Relativity Media
13Safe Haven$114,532-53%1,279-927$90$69,032,5416Relativity Media
14Escape From Planet Earth$78,814-48%1,494-717$53$53,433,7136Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$79,934-62%489-157$163$122,626,70218Fox
2Quartet$65,108-59%425-263$153$15,979,38011Weinstein Company
3Stoker$40,038-59%275181$146$1,164,6894Fox Searchlight
4Dead Man Down$35,227-61%612-1576$58$10,647,1853FilmDistrict
5Django Unchained$33,480-59%29630$113$162,040,91513Weinstein Company
6Emperor$33,159-58%237-74$140$2,633,8913Roadside Attractions
7A Good Day to Die Hard$33,131-63%448-669$74$66,293,8626Fox
8Side Effects (2013)$28,451-60%225-177$126$31,009,1247Open Road
9Warm Bodies$27,527-51%299-360$92$65,046,5348Lionsgate / Summit
10The Last Exorcism Part II$25,551-61%455-1120$56$15,035,0244CBS Films
11Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$25,174-61%20979$120$54,956,9809Paramount
12InAPPropriate Comedy$19,984-50%275--$73$176,3981Freestyle Releasing
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$19,797-58%235-70$84$302,715,73515Warner Bros. / New Line
14Dark Skies$15,839-61%205-498$77$17,031,3365Weinstein / Dimension
15Argo$14,250-59%185-355$77$135,533,39524Warner Bros.
16Parental Guidance$14,247-53%185-37$77$76,750,37313Fox
17Beautiful Creatures (2013)$12,625-53%18863$67$19,317,1756Warner Bros.
18Rise of The Guardians$11,764-64%162-51$73$103,185,98418Paramount / DreamWorks
19Mama$10,400-60%130-74$80$71,441,26510Universal
20Les Miserables (2012)$9,675-62%129-112$75$148,682,84013Universal
21The Impossible$8,487-58%12318$69$18,744,83214Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$10,544-26%520$203$11,793,72549Warner Bros. / IMAX
2From Up on Poppy Hill$7,074-65%64$1,179$138,9992GKIDS
3Born to Be Wild 3D$6,9870%300$233$22,275,981103Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Girl Rising$6,36038%3-6$2,120$441,3863Gathr Films
5The Sapphires$3,879-66%4--$970$42,2511Weinstein Company
6The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$2,910-51%28-17$104$350,6044Methinx Entertainment
7Bless Me, Ultima$2,862-65%21-24$136$1,516,3245Arenas Entertainment
8Parker$2,447-67%55-37$44$17,589,3739FilmDistrict
9Camp (2013)$2,263-57%172$133$91,9545Freestyle Releasing
10Gangster Squad$1,910-79%500$38$45,970,13411Warner Bros.
11Starbuck$1,516-65%3--$505$3,472,0711eOne Films US
12Hyde Park on Hudson$1,443-64%20-11$72$6,369,22316Focus
13Kai Po Che$846-78%18-24$47$1,106,4055UTV Motion Pictures
14Rangrezz$367-69%11--$33$4,6851UTV Motion Pictures