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. 15 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$2,231,810-69%3,003--$743$29,718,9541Warner Bros.
2Evil Dead$743,686-67%3,0250$246$42,273,7702Sony / TriStar
3The Croods$720,092-82%3,689-190$195$143,159,2364Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4G.I. Joe: Retaliation$694,726-77%3,535-199$197$103,214,8393Paramount
5Scary Movie 5$636,427-76%3,402--$187$14,793,7941Weinstein / Dimension
6Jurassic Park 3D$597,555-76%2,7787$215$32,568,5402Universal
7Olympus Has Fallen$566,472-71%2,935-124$193$82,423,3704FilmDistrict
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$325,711-76%2,504-401$130$219,707,0816Disney
9Tyler Perry's Temptation$324,354-70%1,805-242$180$45,749,4523Lionsgate
10The Host (2013)$171,902-70%2,172-1030$79$23,600,3853Open Road
11The Call$143,980-71%1,630-372$88$48,718,1955Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$337,954-66%514484$657$5,577,8203Focus
2Trance$83,806-63%438434$191$1,155,0222Fox Searchlight
3Admission$69,497-64%909-498$76$16,864,7444Focus
4Spring Breakers$44,192-55%426-646$104$13,573,3825A24
5Identity Thief$39,225-68%564-157$70$132,061,49010Universal
6Silver Linings Playbook$32,434-64%451-73$72$130,366,23222Weinstein Company
7Quartet$23,706-61%224-28$106$17,601,37114Weinstein Company
8Jack the Giant Slayer$21,713-75%331-171$66$62,980,0047Warner Bros. / New Line
9Life of Pi$18,268-71%217-52$84$124,298,00921Fox
10Warm Bodies$16,598-70%279-8$59$65,914,66511Lionsgate / Summit
11The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$13,209-67%274-261$48$22,142,6095Warner Bros. / New Line
12Safe Haven$13,130-66%277-83$47$70,617,8269Relativity Media
13A Good Day to Die Hard$11,323-71%210-15$54$67,018,0889Fox
14Escape From Planet Earth$10,086-78%276-156$37$54,670,1999Weinstein Company
15Snitch (2013)$8,665-74%215-89$40$41,997,6368Lionsgate / Summit
1621 And Over$8,202-61%107-73$77$25,439,8787Relativity Media
17Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$8,135-72%154-26$53$55,595,27412Paramount
18Django Unchained$6,709-64%126-57$53$162,698,29116Weinstein Company
19Argo$3,585-74%1720$21$135,990,50827Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sapphires$21,768-67%9333$234$806,1144Weinstein Company
2Girl Rising$12,305237%480$256$681,2276Gathr Films
3From Up on Poppy Hill$8,901-69%498$182$617,8785GKIDS
4Emperor$6,035-60%96-24$63$3,225,1766Roadside Attractions
5Not Today$5,945-75%41--$145$102,2921Freestyle Releasing
6Side Effects (2013)$4,650-65%53-27$88$31,484,03910Open Road
7The Impossible$4,401-69%77-3$57$19,001,15617Lionsgate / Summit
8Dead Man Down$3,035-65%94-52$32$10,883,9616FilmDistrict
9To the Arctic 3D$2,941-76%520$57$12,126,45552Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Camp (2013)$2,776--2113$132$171,8128Freestyle Releasing
11Starbuck$2,560-70%321$80$3,661,3914eOne Films US
12Parental Guidance$2,262-81%90-20$25$77,121,23916Fox
13Stoker$2,072-30%30-59$69$1,674,5677Fox Searchlight
14Dark Skies$2,018-69%25-3$81$17,219,8768Weinstein / Dimension
15Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$1,971-71%13-3$152$112,6252CodeBlack Films
16The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,666-80%55-22$30$302,976,74118Warner Bros. / New Line
17Born to Be Wild 3D$1,014-66%300$34$22,458,842106Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Settai$821-82%15-18$55$77,4862UTV Motion Pictures
19Himmatwala$48-67%3-58$16$270,6263UTV Motion Pictures
20Kai Po Che$30-67%1-1$30$1,120,8158UTV Motion Pictures