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 Thu, May. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$4,993,170-14%3,658--$1,365$135,839,5251Universal
2The Hangover Part III$2,707,051-15%3,5550$761$72,155,6541Warner Bros.
3Star Trek Into Darkness$2,562,579-7%3,90739$656$164,756,4862Paramount
4Epic$1,805,556-1%3,882--$465$48,761,1811Fox
5The Great Gatsby (2013)$1,223,317-11%3,090-460$396$121,990,8923Warner Bros.
6Iron Man 3$1,162,570-7%3,424-781$340$376,745,2854Disney
7The Croods$90,0488%1,008-722$89$179,923,06110Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pain and Gain$46,267-31%1,003-1426$46$48,894,7535Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$151,820-16%712-248$213$15,659,7915Roadside Attractions
242 (2013)$91,194-7%915-1465$100$91,819,4547Warner Bros.
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$66,6359%401-32$166$232,613,19512Disney
4Oblivion (2013)$48,725-10%572-966$85$87,672,9656Universal
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$37,4127%346-63$108$121,311,7629Paramount
6Escape From Planet Earth$31,35714%346-347$91$56,127,10415Weinstein Company
7Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$20,301-25%485-1556$42$8,972,8643Lionsgate
8The Big Wedding$16,804-32%265-1178$63$21,211,1945Lionsgate
9The Place Beyond the Pines$16,102-1%128-144$126$21,050,9899Focus
10Olympus Has Fallen$15,186-7%209-257$73$97,776,67210FilmDistrict
11Identity Thief$13,09016%187-54$70$134,326,17516Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$11,64110%185-65$63$65,039,49813Warner Bros. / New Line
13Tyler Perry's Temptation$6,539-3%131-19$50$51,975,3549Lionsgate
14Scary Movie 5$4,248-21%171-337$25$31,393,7707Weinstein / Dimension

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$21,7205%6326$345$1,340,22712Gathr Films
2Kon-Tiki$15,411-1%643$241$756,6255Weinstein Company
3Stories We Tell$11,5660%263$445$786,9793Roadside Attractions
4Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$8,8095%3713$238$344,5514eOne Films US
5The Sapphires$7,8253%61-41$128$2,152,37810Weinstein Company
6To the Arctic 3D$7,399-44%520$142$12,659,91458Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Filly Brown$5,701-1%29-10$197$2,850,3576Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Spring Breakers$4,652-7%7059$66$14,102,10111A24
9Born to Be Wild 3D$4,427-9%300$148$22,709,864112Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Snitch (2013)$3,8730%93-60$42$42,930,46214Lionsgate / Summit
11The Host (2013)$3,5002%59-172$59$26,627,2019Open Road
12We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$2,99722%4--$749$42,8111Focus World
13Quartet$2,606-21%30-12$87$18,251,97920Weinstein Company
14From Up on Poppy Hill$2,57414%24-12$107$972,56911GKIDS
15A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$2,11339%1--$2,113$16,9461Rialto Pictures
16Silver Linings Playbook$1,97110%35-96$56$132,080,77828Weinstein Company
17Life of Pi$1,33227%26-25$51$124,892,17427Fox
18Admission$1,2151%26-102$47$17,998,60810Focus
19Emperor$1,075-11%81$134$3,338,04512Roadside Attractions
20The Painting (2013)$9523%65$159$20,6853GKIDS
21Not Today$80410%5-1$161$199,0727Freestyle Releasing
22Safe Haven$657-4%36-54$18$71,349,12015Relativity Media