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, Jun. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$11,848,0648%4,004--$2,959$105,296,7351Disney
2World War Z$7,981,1684%3,607--$2,213$82,068,3681Paramount
3Man of Steel$5,197,42915%4,2070$1,235$219,812,7452Warner Bros.
4This Is The End$2,286,88715%3,0550$749$62,356,8062Sony / Columbia
5Now You See Me$1,374,74524%2,823-259$487$96,937,7394Lionsgate / Summit
6Fast & Furious 6$665,22517%2,417-958$275$229,851,3755Universal
7The Purge$572,01513%2,201-390$260$60,682,3203Universal
8The Internship$571,72724%1,916-1483$298$39,374,0053Fox
9Star Trek Into Darkness$479,91722%1,565-766$307$217,649,8686Paramount
10Epic$319,10729%1,994-1157$160$101,614,5605Fox
11After Earth$161,54627%1,166-1266$139$57,670,8984Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$341,39612%650645$525$2,988,7042A24
2Iron Man 3$236,86214%924-725$256$403,603,0898Disney
3The Croods$115,07142%324-44$355$183,762,49814Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4The Great Gatsby (2013)$106,45119%362-813$294$141,796,2077Warner Bros.
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$102,32611%206183$497$1,419,6083Roadside Attractions
6The Hangover Part III$95,21517%530-1371$180$110,190,4405Warner Bros.
7The East$48,08913%19580$247$1,298,7174Fox Searchlight
842 (2013)$46,35518%325-119$143$94,290,98311Warner Bros.
9Mud$43,32413%213-192$203$20,288,1029Roadside Attractions
10Oblivion (2013)$23,11516%201-57$115$89,064,85510Universal
11Olympus Has Fallen$19,93413%177-24$113$98,630,17614FilmDistrict
12G.I. Joe: Retaliation$16,35929%139-31$118$122,292,14213Paramount
13The Big Wedding$15,18214%141-24$108$21,642,3509Lionsgate
14Scary Movie 5$13,6145%134-7$102$31,700,25311Weinstein / Dimension
15Escape From Planet Earth$11,40936%138-13$83$56,804,02219Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$21,48924%652$331$800,0014CBS Films
2To the Arctic 3D$9,17167%520$176$12,873,09762Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Kon-Tiki$8,35214%53-17$158$1,317,8949Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$8,24120%300$275$22,863,407116Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Place Beyond the Pines$6,01846%53-23$114$21,393,44713Focus
6Stories We Tell$5,8828%33-30$178$1,342,7587Roadside Attractions
7The Sapphires$5,18331%29-10$179$2,369,37814Weinstein Company
8Girl Rising$4,87046%16--$304$1,429,12716Gathr Films
9Pain and Gain$4,40436%50-20$88$49,341,3969Paramount
10Unfinished Song$3,4339%2--$1,717$32,3171Weinstein Company
11Lost and Found in Armenia$1,9661%1-1$1,966$106,8463High Top Releasing
12Quartet$1,896-40%294$65$18,386,86124Weinstein Company
13Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$772-11%8-6$97$491,9498eOne Films US
14Made in Cleveland$402-44%5--$80$8,1331Striped Entertainment
15Wish You Were Here (2013)$203-1%3-3$68$45,6653eOne Films US
16Tiger Eyes$182-62%2-4$91$25,8293Freestyle Releasing
17Not Today$137-23%3-4$46$297,21411Freestyle Releasing
18Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$88-34%17--$5$6,4151High Top Releasing