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, Apr. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$5,005,449-21%4,06519$1,231$93,893,3942Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$4,547,019-53%3,719--$1,223$55,555,7081Paramount
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$2,213,795-48%2,047--$1,081$23,855,4741Lionsgate
4Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,854,673-37%3,324-481$558$200,229,3894Disney
5Olympus Has Fallen$1,681,213-54%3,1068$541$56,571,2982FilmDistrict
6The Host (2013)$1,201,011-32%3,202--$375$11,801,1231Open Road
7The Call$653,968-48%2,439-68$268$40,259,8593Sony / TriStar
8Spring Breakers$394,814-42%1,379275$286$10,469,2503A24
9Admission$385,515-50%2,1611$178$12,129,6562Focus
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$203,049-41%1,575-1585$129$20,832,6953Warner Bros. / New Line
11Jack the Giant Slayer$174,248-34%1,080-1480$161$61,573,6325Warner Bros. / New Line
12Identity Thief$140,660-47%1,082-1084$130$130,056,7658Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$104,353-53%752-292$139$128,816,91620Weinstein Company
2Escape From Planet Earth$76,79826%977-517$79$54,003,8947Weinstein Company
3Life of Pi$68,275-41%340-149$201$123,389,40019Fox
4Safe Haven$64,962-21%550-729$118$69,876,3987Relativity Media
5Snitch (2013)$54,094-50%746-1061$73$41,407,9536Lionsgate / Summit
6Quartet$50,515-52%302-123$167$16,650,17912Weinstein Company
721 And Over$49,242-34%344-790$143$25,001,3315Relativity Media
8Django Unchained$26,650-39%233-63$114$162,341,33314Weinstein Company
9Stoker$21,532-51%194-81$111$1,495,3545Fox Searchlight
10A Good Day to Die Hard$21,484-43%209-239$103$66,572,5537Fox
11Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$20,749-50%202-7$103$55,241,23710Paramount
12Argo$19,555-47%26075$75$135,749,69025Warner Bros.
13Emperor$19,421-49%138-99$141$2,909,7264Roadside Attractions
14Warm Bodies$18,950-24%162-137$117$65,265,5479Lionsgate / Summit
15Rise of The Guardians$16,0497%134-28$120$103,311,88619Paramount / DreamWorks
16Parental Guidance$15,896-1%140-45$114$76,914,38414Fox
17Side Effects (2013)$13,086-62%102-123$128$31,247,6618Open Road
18The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$11,453-30%145-90$79$302,860,94616Warner Bros. / New Line
19Mama$11,070-36%123-7$90$71,599,29011Universal
20Les Miserables (2012)$9,265-32%109-20$85$148,784,72514Universal
21The Last Exorcism Part II$7,917-41%102-353$78$15,160,7965CBS Films
22Dark Skies$7,321-26%101-104$72$17,138,0696Weinstein / Dimension
23Beautiful Creatures (2013)$6,660-29%115-73$58$19,405,0057Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$30,865-61%4--$7,716$310,3221Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$17,5448%520$337$11,934,61950Warner Bros. / IMAX
3From Up on Poppy Hill$15,992-51%2519$640$299,4413GKIDS
4Himmatwala$13,238-76%99--$134$211,0081UTV Motion Pictures
5Girl Rising$10,199187%3936$262$528,7294Gathr Films
6Born to Be Wild 3D$7,522-17%300$251$22,369,068104Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Impossible$7,375-34%86-37$86$18,826,33715Lionsgate / Summit
8The Sapphires$6,673-67%128$556$132,8912Weinstein Company
9Starbuck$3,945-72%1714$232$3,531,2842eOne Films US
10Dead Man Down$3,559-48%75-537$47$10,768,1724FilmDistrict
11Bless Me, Ultima$1,726-45%11-10$157$1,538,2456Arenas Entertainment
12Parker$1,453-56%36-19$40$17,611,43510FilmDistrict
13Gangster Squad$1,304-72%500$26$45,998,02212Warner Bros.
14The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$99856%7-21$143$364,8355Methinx Entertainment
15Kai Po Che$419-71%5-13$84$1,116,7136UTV Motion Pictures
16Camp (2013)$414-17%6-11$69$104,7256Freestyle Releasing