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 Tue, Apr. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Evil Dead$1,854,3069%3,025--$613$29,334,1401Sony / TriStar
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,584,99128%3,73415$424$89,259,3592Paramount
3Jurassic Park 3D$1,316,22522%2,771--$475$21,017,0601Universal
4The Croods$1,137,62117%3,879-186$293$127,458,6293Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Olympus Has Fallen$978,82332%3,059-47$320$72,955,7653FilmDistrict
6Tyler Perry's Temptation$712,2549%2,0470$348$39,835,8942Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$539,87322%2,905-419$186$213,590,4105Disney
8The Host (2013)$428,01234%3,2020$134$20,371,7522Open Road
9The Call$345,47840%2,002-437$173$46,073,6234Sony / TriStar
10Admission$198,21946%1,407-754$141$15,599,4213Focus
11Spring Breakers$165,51838%1,072-307$154$12,902,5374A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$68,85519%721-361$95$131,358,8709Universal
2Silver Linings Playbook$55,39832%524-228$106$129,822,50721Weinstein Company
3Jack the Giant Slayer$50,07841%502-578$100$62,555,3046Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$49,53532%535-1040$93$21,894,5634Warner Bros. / New Line
5Quartet$42,93437%252-50$170$17,274,77213Weinstein Company
6Life of Pi$37,82540%269-71$141$123,985,37820Fox
7Safe Haven$30,41049%360-190$84$70,378,7188Relativity Media
821 And Over$23,87953%180-164$133$25,318,7256Relativity Media
9Warm Bodies$23,7137%287125$83$65,629,85310Lionsgate / Summit
10Snitch (2013)$21,03130%304-442$69$41,821,5687Lionsgate / Summit
11Escape From Planet Earth$18,58933%432-545$43$54,473,0308Weinstein Company
12Django Unchained$17,91452%183-50$98$162,578,84715Weinstein Company
13A Good Day to Die Hard$17,59540%22516$78$66,825,7818Fox
14Emperor$16,52237%120-18$138$3,138,4325Roadside Attractions
15Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$12,33114%180-22$69$55,462,70111Paramount
16Argo$9,07733%172-88$53$135,913,70226Warner Bros.
17Dead Man Down$7,18530%14671$49$10,841,4085FilmDistrict
18Parental Guidance$5,70827%110-30$52$77,055,64715Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$74,84319%3026$2,495$1,227,3782Focus
2The Sapphires$25,29726%6048$422$489,3263Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$13,255158%520$255$12,045,32451Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Girl Rising$10,340-48%489$215$619,8335Gathr Films
5Trance$10,236-9%4--$2,559$152,6591Fox Searchlight
6Side Effects (2013)$9,85546%80-22$123$31,408,0889Open Road
7From Up on Poppy Hill$9,8047%4116$239$491,4814GKIDS
8Stoker$9,10846%89-105$102$1,643,7356Fox Searchlight
9The Impossible$7,56321%80-6$95$18,920,88116Lionsgate / Summit
10Starbuck$5,1889%3114$167$3,615,5723eOne Films US
11Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$4,366-37%16--$273$80,5671CodeBlack Films
12Settai$3,53157%33--$107$58,1721UTV Motion Pictures
13Rise of The Guardians$3,30813%89-45$37$103,406,92020Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$3,0474%77-68$40$302,938,60417Warner Bros. / New Line
15Born to Be Wild 3D$2,86133%300$95$22,430,541105Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Himmatwala$2,82781%61-38$46$266,9552UTV Motion Pictures
17Beautiful Creatures (2013)$1,9289%55-60$35$19,448,9178Warner Bros.
18Camp (2013)$1,639-5%82$205$131,9257Freestyle Releasing
19Dark Skies$1,138-3%28-73$41$17,180,4767Weinstein / Dimension
20Bless Me, Ultima$1,0711%6-5$179$1,561,6887Arenas Entertainment
21The Playroom$58147%12--$48$4,8761Freestyle Releasing
22Down the Shore$386-9%2--$193$5,6161Anchor Bay Films
23Kai Po Che$10815%2-3$54$1,120,0787UTV Motion Pictures