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 Sat, Jun. 15 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$36,315,318-17%4,207--$8,632$92,390,8091Warner Bros.
2This Is The End$7,576,4539%3,055--$2,480$26,831,7941Sony / Columbia
3Now You See Me$4,081,18322%3,08262$1,324$77,109,2413Lionsgate / Summit
4Fast & Furious 6$3,677,22530%3,375-396$1,090$216,637,5154Universal
5The Purge$3,136,0306%2,59155$1,210$49,746,2852Universal
6The Internship$2,712,98414%3,39933$798$29,046,9582Fox
7Epic$2,292,86124%3,151-443$728$93,577,5564Fox
8Star Trek Into Darkness$2,179,81750%2,331-821$935$208,466,2995Paramount
9After Earth$1,473,47527%2,432-969$606$53,095,0013Sony / Columbia
10The Hangover Part III$1,138,03724%1,901-1341$599$107,302,7314Warner Bros.
11Iron Man 3$1,053,98741%1,649-702$639$398,505,2927Disney
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$661,72523%1,175-985$563$139,501,1636Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$250,29730%44474$564$93,538,30610Warner Bros.
2Mud$218,05146%405-175$538$19,443,2898Roadside Attractions
3The Croods$209,04622%368-46$568$182,460,80713Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4The East$121,09545%11574$1,053$625,6723Fox Searchlight
5Oblivion (2013)$69,66029%258-40$270$88,718,5509Universal
6Olympus Has Fallen$68,65527%201-35$342$98,341,05313FilmDistrict
7G.I. Joe: Retaliation$43,09645%170-66$254$122,070,81112Paramount
8Scary Movie 5$34,54430%14190$245$31,504,37210Weinstein / Dimension
9The Big Wedding$31,24824%16573$189$21,453,3138Lionsgate
10Escape From Planet Earth$22,97832%151-31$152$56,669,72618Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$69,997-10%5--$13,999$147,4941A24
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$68,15357%2318$2,963$338,6382Roadside Attractions
3The Kings of Summer$59,58136%6319$946$495,1973CBS Films
4Stories We Tell$36,60064%63-7$581$1,219,6626Roadside Attractions
5Kon-Tiki$28,90643%70-5$413$1,184,6178Weinstein Company
6Pain and Gain$14,90525%70-105$213$49,280,0778Paramount
7The Place Beyond the Pines$13,57635%76-58$179$21,320,57512Focus
8To the Arctic 3D$10,0371%520$193$12,796,49261Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Sapphires$9,86960%39-16$253$2,319,37313Weinstein Company
10Born to Be Wild 3D$6,227-17%300$208$22,797,069115Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$5,17159%14-15$369$469,3047eOne Films US
12Quartet$4,28652%25-89$171$18,333,11623Weinstein Company
13We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$4,16329%11-14$378$155,8174Focus World
14Not Today$3,52254%7-12$503$290,18510Freestyle Releasing
15Lost and Found in Armenia$2,57524%2-7$1,288$79,0902High Top Releasing
16Wish You Were Here (2013)$2,29649%6-5$383$39,5822eOne Films US
17Camp (2013)$1,723-19%2--$862$323,18817Freestyle Releasing
18From Up on Poppy Hill$1,169181%9-1$130$997,94714GKIDS
19Tiger Eyes$747-50%6-11$125$19,2792Freestyle Releasing
20The Stroller Strategy$586-10%1--$586$1,2341Rialto Premieres