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 Tue, May. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$11,286,8960%4,253--$2,654$196,699,0911Disney
2Pain and Gain$834,71128%3,28710$254$35,315,0542Paramount
3Oblivion (2013)$567,65023%3,430-362$165$76,844,9503Universal
442 (2013)$528,05322%3,345-60$158$79,143,2904Warner Bros.
5The Big Wedding$496,38447%2,6330$189$15,049,8822Lionsgate
6The Croods$240,75013%2,915-368$83$169,174,7077Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The Place Beyond the Pines$180,98428%1,162-422$156$18,998,8116Focus
8Olympus Has Fallen$134,10415%1,632-702$82$95,625,1007FilmDistrict
9G.I. Joe: Retaliation$116,05225%1,804-903$64$118,961,1456Paramount
10Scary Movie 5$94,13721%1,857-876$51$29,781,7174Weinstein / Dimension
11Oz: The Great and Powerful$86,5908%1,160-450$75$229,025,8649Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$230,76615%576213$401$5,601,9282Roadside Attractions
2Jurassic Park 3D$98,01511%980-868$100$43,942,9455Universal
3Evil Dead$72,98110%959-1227$76$53,339,2615Sony / TriStar
4Tyler Perry's Temptation$39,8010%504-438$79$51,445,2676Lionsgate
5Silver Linings Playbook$30,23941%468107$65$131,755,19625Weinstein Company
6Jack the Giant Slayer$23,53912%335-30$70$64,196,12110Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Host (2013)$18,82823%290-321$65$26,177,9546Open Road
8Identity Thief$18,14010%300-125$60$133,489,04013Universal
9Filly Brown$16,56315%204-55$81$2,635,9963Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Sapphires$16,13616%123-3$131$1,666,0987Weinstein Company
11Snitch (2013)$12,55211%215-37$58$42,548,18611Lionsgate / Summit
12Side Effects (2013)$9,18925%16557$56$32,102,58113Open Road
13Escape From Planet Earth$7,80913%257-26$30$55,225,09512Weinstein Company
14Safe Haven$7,23019%169-90$43$71,223,57812Relativity Media
15Admission$5,60145%113-166$50$17,792,6597Focus
16Warm Bodies$4,955-6%140-50$35$66,370,18314Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$8,6747%1412$620$124,0372Weinstein Company
2Trance$7,92044%86-71$92$2,233,0725Fox Searchlight
3Quartet$7,71632%86-44$90$18,109,64217Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$6,547-6%300$218$22,583,998109Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Life of Pi$6,04343%99-32$61$124,767,56424Fox
6To the Arctic 3D$5,917-4%520$114$12,380,26955Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Girl Rising$5,750-23%39-33$147$1,110,8479Gathr Films
8Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$5,587-11%20--$279$95,4221Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$5,3787%4--$1,345$50,0431eOne Films US
10Spring Breakers$4,92014%43-29$114$14,010,0418A24
11Starbuck$4,52610%281$162$3,765,7257eOne Films US
1221 And Over$3,48414%82-54$42$25,657,12910Relativity Media
13A Good Day to Die Hard$3,26729%72-50$45$67,300,12812Fox
14From Up on Poppy Hill$3,058-2%39-5$78$860,1878GKIDS
15The Lords of Salem$3,034-22%50-230$61$1,150,5443Anchor Bay Films
16The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$3,0064%82-103$37$22,531,8208Warner Bros. / New Line
17Dark Skies$1,2823%29-34$44$17,369,97811Weinstein / Dimension
18Emperor$1,248133%20-5$62$3,311,0879Roadside Attractions
19Parental Guidance$90630%42-19$22$77,242,26719Fox
20Django Unchained$87692%12-26$73$162,801,81219Weinstein Company
21The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$77043%10-15$77$539,94110Methinx Entertainment
22Camp (2013)$73651%12-16$61$312,06911Freestyle Releasing
23Not Today$330106%30$110$153,3254Freestyle Releasing