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, Jul. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$24,546,980-30%3,956--$6,205$59,557,6450Universal
2The Lone Ranger$9,853,0432%3,904--$2,524$19,504,1610Disney
3The Heat$6,403,42922%3,181--$2,013$61,495,2881Fox
4Monsters University$5,228,602-3%3,739-265$1,398$196,537,6322Disney
5World War Z$4,355,3588%3,405-202$1,279$140,580,6752Paramount
6White House Down$3,512,10132%3,222--$1,090$37,006,7631Sony / Columbia
7Man of Steel$3,015,17028%2,965-1242$1,017$259,774,1533Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$1,141,090-7%2,104-951$542$79,804,1533Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$673,12735%1,606-1217$419$107,645,4125Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$2,586,788-46%876--$2,953$7,360,7040Lionsgate / Summit
2Star Trek Into Darkness$323,18745%660-905$490$221,754,5637Paramount
3Fast & Furious 6$212,660-5%686-1731$310$234,415,1106Universal
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$153,58449%22216$692$2,607,6594Roadside Attractions
5Iron Man 3$122,7992%294-630$418$405,929,3199Disney
6Epic$100,6111%341-1653$295$103,531,3336Fox
7The Internship$95,10717%367-1549$259$42,302,8034Fox
8The Croods$91,10213%288-36$316$184,782,84615Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9After Earth$86,17628%270-896$319$58,504,7045Sony / Columbia
10The Bling Ring$79,1772%159-491$498$4,797,1173A24
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$66,13828%185-177$358$142,623,6188Warner Bros.
12The Hangover Part III$61,82815%338-192$183$110,903,5456Warner Bros.
13The East$58,93466%122-73$483$1,800,8225Fox Searchlight
14The Purge$55,955-3%361-1840$155$63,230,4104Universal
15Mud$45,81784%168-45$273$20,699,00010Roadside Attractions
1642 (2013)$38,17654%182-143$210$94,691,65912Warner Bros.
17Pain and Gain$21,78027%170120$128$49,402,28910Paramount
18Olympus Has Fallen$19,01146%165-12$115$98,834,31215FilmDistrict
19Scary Movie 5$6,423-9%122-12$53$31,850,58212Weinstein / Dimension
20Escape From Planet Earth$5,53124%101-37$55$56,876,26420Weinstein Company
21The Big Wedding$4,58657%101-40$45$21,819,34810Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unfinished Song$26,826113%1917$1,412$195,2202Weinstein Company
2The Kings of Summer$22,39965%48-17$467$987,9365CBS Films
3Copperhead$11,09641%59--$188$94,8341Brainstorm Media
4G.I. Joe: Retaliation$10,15039%85-54$119$122,442,08614Paramount
5Born to Be Wild 3D$8,10455%300$270$22,918,279117Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Ghanchakkar$7,533-7%89--$85$188,4171UTV Motion Pictures
7Stories We Tell$7,51152%23-10$327$1,405,4718Roadside Attractions
8Kon-Tiki$6,46863%34-19$190$1,381,65610Weinstein Company
9The Sapphires$4,36938%18-11$243$2,408,63215Weinstein Company
10To the Arctic 3D$4,325-7%520$83$12,947,89263Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Redemption (2013)$3,551107%19--$187$31,1471Roadside Attractions
12Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,75615%1--$1,756$37,13811Rialto Pictures
13Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$408-27%6-2$68$499,5179eOne Films US
14Not Today$228-53%52$46$312,46312Freestyle Releasing
15Detention of the Dead$1729%2--$86$1,7781Anchor Bay Films
16The Stroller Strategy$8857%1--$88$3,4623Rialto Premieres
17Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$44--1-16$44$6,9052High Top Releasing
18Lost and Found in Armenia$34-86%21$17$119,9884High Top Releasing