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 Wed, Apr. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oblivion (2013)$2,288,715-28%3,783--$605$45,206,8501Universal
242 (2013)$1,091,046-22%3,250247$336$57,310,1882Warner Bros.
3The Place Beyond the Pines$450,302-24%1,5421028$292$13,126,0004Focus
4The Croods$431,479-19%3,435-254$126$155,996,4715Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Olympus Has Fallen$383,850-15%2,638-297$146$89,966,3545FilmDistrict
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$373,380-21%3,175-360$118$112,414,5044Paramount
7Evil Dead$334,420-19%2,823-202$118$49,554,5603Sony / TriStar
8Jurassic Park 3D$291,250-14%2,330-448$125$39,422,4253Universal
9Scary Movie 5$282,754-28%3,4020$83$23,760,0952Weinstein / Dimension
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$176,835-13%2,045-459$86$224,275,8917Disney
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$149,006-21%1,405-400$106$49,390,3774Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$75,022-14%1,356-816$55$25,412,8524Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Call$75,974-16%977-653$78$50,336,8046Sony / TriStar
2Filly Brown$57,719-28%188--$307$1,693,9511Lionsgate / Pantelion
3The Lords of Salem$51,062-14%355--$144$811,9821Anchor Bay Films
4Silver Linings Playbook$49,161-11%867416$57$131,180,14323Weinstein Company
5Trance$46,120-12%4435$104$1,966,0103Fox Searchlight
6Side Effects (2013)$36,391-12%645592$56$31,915,56511Open Road
7Girl Rising$33,973-4%170122$200$939,4557Gathr Films
8Identity Thief$33,600-18%480-84$70$132,781,59511Universal
9Admission$31,760-15%485-424$65$17,548,5495Focus
10The Sapphires$27,5610%11421$242$1,212,2305Weinstein Company
11Quartet$20,262-3%176-48$115$17,900,39215Weinstein Company
12Safe Haven$19,416-12%32548$60$70,934,82710Relativity Media
13Life of Pi$15,406-13%193-24$80$124,571,06722Fox
14The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$14,691-12%265-9$55$22,384,7006Warner Bros. / New Line
15Spring Breakers$14,317-23%122-304$117$13,878,2256A24
16Escape From Planet Earth$12,91529%240-36$54$54,880,37610Weinstein Company
17Warm Bodies$12,2910%240-39$51$66,153,99312Lionsgate / Summit
18Jack the Giant Slayer$12,126-21%255-76$48$63,300,2698Warner Bros. / New Line
19A Good Day to Die Hard$8,771-3%170-40$52$67,179,07010Fox
20Snitch (2013)$6,534-18%161-54$41$42,132,5459Lionsgate / Summit
21Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$5,4121%112-42$48$55,697,76913Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$9,477-16%520$182$12,227,92953Warner Bros. / IMAX
2From Up on Poppy Hill$6,59829%48-1$137$739,1236GKIDS
3Dark Skies$5,797-4%9166$64$17,311,0329Weinstein / Dimension
421 And Over$5,283-22%50-57$106$25,521,8798Relativity Media
5Camp (2013)$4,70428%3211$147$241,7859Freestyle Releasing
6The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$4,41836%31--$143$464,4708Methinx Entertainment
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,5818%300$119$22,502,707107Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Django Unchained$3,473-17%77-49$45$162,771,16317Weinstein Company
9Emperor$3,370-1%64-32$53$3,284,5967Roadside Attractions
10Parental Guidance$3,173-15%900$35$77,194,50117Fox
11Starbuck$2,474-13%29-3$85$3,703,9545eOne Films US
12Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$2,30411%1--$2,304$16,3351Rialto Pictures
13Stoker$1,6449%28-2$59$1,695,2848Fox Searchlight
14Argo$1,604-19%43-129$37$136,024,12828Warner Bros.
15Not Today$1,420-11%20-21$71$143,2042Freestyle Releasing
16The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$491-11%51-4$10$303,002,76519Warner Bros. / New Line
17Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$43724%2-11$219$125,6493CodeBlack Films
18Settai$215-62%2-13$108$85,3253UTV Motion Pictures
19Pawn$138-25%1--$138$2,5781Anchor Bay Films