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 Mon, Jul. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$10,512,110-56%3,997--$2,630$153,587,0701Universal
2The Lone Ranger$3,021,795-62%3,904--$774$51,736,8051Disney
3The Heat$2,906,577-58%3,1843$913$89,165,7722Fox
4Monsters University$2,560,973-52%3,739-265$685$218,814,9523Disney
5World War Z$2,251,183-57%3,316-291$679$161,240,8213Paramount
6White House Down$1,580,111-57%3,2220$490$52,065,3602Sony / Columbia
7Man of Steel$1,273,493-61%2,905-1226$438$272,461,9434Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$829,859-53%2,104-606$394$86,504,1794Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$362,888-54%1,606-958$226$110,861,4916Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$1,142,182-56%876--$1,304$18,533,3491Lionsgate / Summit
2Star Trek Into Darkness$146,309-59%565-470$259$223,211,3208Paramount
3Fast & Furious 6$117,230-54%617-933$190$235,605,9057Universal
4Epic$75,028-45%428-346$175$104,117,6957Fox
5The Internship$60,536-51%379-629$160$42,823,0745Fox
6After Earth$54,234-50%270-61$201$58,941,2166Sony / Columbia
7The Croods$52,194-43%269-38$194$185,177,38316Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8The Hangover Part III$47,577-55%33861$141$111,301,8207Warner Bros.
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$47,400-61%170-52$279$3,101,5465Roadside Attractions
10Iron Man 3$44,875-57%294-246$153$406,455,86210Disney
11The Bling Ring$44,632-55%159-471$281$5,164,2154A24
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$33,504-59%185-70$181$142,941,4089Warner Bros.
13The Purge$30,695-56%256-866$120$63,583,6605Universal
14Pain and Gain$16,740-54%170144$98$49,536,10711Paramount
15The East$15,464-66%102-83$152$1,980,7696Fox Searchlight
16Mud$15,310-65%111-57$138$20,876,96311Roadside Attractions
1742 (2013)$11,966-61%182-70$66$94,823,09913Warner Bros.
18Olympus Has Fallen$6,990-61%110-55$64$98,902,40716FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$46,308-70%19--$2,437$599,0961Fox Searchlight
2Unfinished Song$22,355-69%7051$319$461,3033Weinstein Company
3The Kings of Summer$11,967-56%513$235$1,096,1466CBS Films
4G.I. Joe: Retaliation$4,405-56%63-55$70$122,480,68315Paramount
5Stories We Tell$3,567-67%274$132$1,443,8709Roadside Attractions
6Kon-Tiki$3,451-50%24-10$144$1,409,74311Weinstein Company
7Girl Rising$2,700--18--$150$1,439,92718Gathr Films
8Scary Movie 5$2,295-55%43-79$53$31,870,60913Weinstein / Dimension
9The Sapphires$1,838-57%15-3$123$2,424,41316Weinstein Company
10Escape From Planet Earth$1,631-40%62-39$26$56,887,11621Weinstein Company
11Copperhead$1,306-59%15-44$87$110,7802Brainstorm Media
12Lost and Found in Armenia$693371%20$347$121,1735High Top Releasing
13Redemption (2013)$518-51%4-15$130$35,4742Roadside Attractions
14Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$162-70%2-4$81$501,78710eOne Films US
15Tiger Eyes$126--10$126$27,1125Freestyle Releasing
16Not Today$26-82%2-3$13$312,96713Freestyle Releasing