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 Thu, Apr. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$1,936,3854%3,003--$645$36,032,1011Warner Bros.
2The Croods$725,13811%3,689-190$197$145,397,7424Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3G.I. Joe: Retaliation$670,3613%3,535-199$190$105,436,2663Paramount
4Evil Dead$607,681-2%3,0250$201$44,344,9502Sony / TriStar
5Olympus Has Fallen$592,3166%2,935-124$202$84,301,2524FilmDistrict
6Jurassic Park 3D$555,655-7%2,7787$200$34,471,0902Universal
7Scary Movie 5$524,0711%3,402--$154$16,647,5921Weinstein / Dimension
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$322,3654%2,504-401$129$220,722,1086Disney
9Tyler Perry's Temptation$282,1455%1,805-242$156$46,664,1653Lionsgate
10The Host (2013)$182,3074%2,172-1030$84$24,178,7533Open Road
11The Call$157,7296%1,630-372$97$49,222,1495Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$362,2256%514484$705$6,725,1003Focus
2Trance$80,152-8%438434$183$1,422,6142Fox Searchlight
3Admission$75,6591%909-498$83$17,110,7444Focus
4Spring Breakers$44,184-2%426-646$104$13,728,5275A24
5Identity Thief$39,480-7%564-157$70$132,191,21010Universal
6Silver Linings Playbook$38,8327%451-73$86$130,483,21522Weinstein Company
7Quartet$27,283-6%224-28$122$17,688,76514Weinstein Company
8Jack the Giant Slayer$22,19512%331-171$67$63,051,1647Warner Bros. / New Line
9Life of Pi$21,47512%217-52$99$124,363,11921Fox
10Warm Bodies$18,70414%279-8$67$65,968,02911Lionsgate / Summit
11Safe Haven$15,3283%277-83$55$70,667,5529Relativity Media
12A Good Day to Die Hard$13,40411%210-15$64$67,058,2209Fox
13The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$12,087-4%274-261$44$22,182,5825Warner Bros. / New Line
14Escape From Planet Earth$11,118-1%276-156$40$54,704,9899Weinstein Company
15Snitch (2013)$10,4884%215-89$49$42,031,3688Lionsgate / Summit
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$8,55410%154-26$56$55,620,51712Paramount
17Django Unchained$7,6607%126-57$61$162,721,64716Weinstein Company
1821 And Over$6,826-24%107-73$64$25,466,2587Relativity Media
19Argo$3,9989%1720$23$136,002,57427Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$25,25918%480$526$750,8166Gathr Films
2The Sapphires$24,343-1%9333$262$882,7584Weinstein Company
3From Up on Poppy Hill$10,90613%498$223$648,1875GKIDS
4To the Arctic 3D$10,28619%520$198$12,151,95752Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Born to Be Wild 3D$8,65452%300$288$22,476,852106Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Emperor$7,8377%96-24$82$3,248,1976Roadside Attractions
7Side Effects (2013)$6,1286%53-27$116$31,502,83010Open Road
8Not Today$6,11622%41--$149$119,0861Freestyle Releasing
9The Impossible$5,784-9%77-3$75$19,019,88217Lionsgate / Summit
10Dead Man Down$4,05028%94-52$43$10,895,2956FilmDistrict
11Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$3,85326%13-3$296$121,4802CodeBlack Films
12Starbuck$2,987-5%321$93$3,670,8354eOne Films US
13Camp (2013)$2,9590%2113$141$180,9158Freestyle Releasing
14Parental Guidance$2,74016%90-20$30$77,129,30316Fox
15The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$2,15528%55-22$39$302,982,41218Warner Bros. / New Line
16Stoker$1,9054%30-59$64$1,680,7537Fox Searchlight
17Dark Skies$1,719-4%25-3$69$17,225,0708Weinstein / Dimension
18Settai$545-7%15-18$36$80,2892UTV Motion Pictures
19Kai Po Che$10-71%1-1$10$1,120,8968UTV Motion Pictures