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 Thu, Jul. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conjuring$4,224,379-6%2,903--$1,455$61,736,6281Warner Bros. / New Line
2Despicable Me 2$3,208,885-5%3,820-71$840$290,388,5853Universal
3Turbo$2,588,882-1%3,806255$680$42,442,9981Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Grown Ups 2$2,354,259-3%3,4910$674$90,163,7712Sony / Columbia
5Pacific Rim$1,770,477-7%3,28510$539$76,486,1042Warner Bros.
6Red 2$1,597,128-10%3,016--$530$25,674,3561Lionsgate / Summit
7The Heat$1,224,7650%2,689-306$455$134,394,7444Fox
8R.I.P.D.$1,211,845-8%2,852--$425$18,494,9801Universal
9Monsters University$834,8130%2,186-652$382$252,612,1885Disney
10World War Z$635,118-9%2,066-937$307$189,859,5465Paramount
11The Lone Ranger$530,212-7%2,273-1159$233$83,637,0133Disney
12White House Down$294,649-4%1,454-1112$203$69,724,7694Sony / Columbia
13Man of Steel$231,262-8%1,050-1100$220$286,058,2726Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$269,2287%304225$886$5,631,4413Fox Searchlight
2Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$169,523-6%748-144$227$30,752,9303Lionsgate / Summit
3This Is The End$146,940-9%622-772$236$95,114,2856Sony / Columbia
4Girl Most Likely$78,619-4%351--$224$1,025,1141Roadside Attractions
5Epic$68,282-4%319-17$214$105,876,5909Fox
6Now You See Me$63,741-16%333-517$191$114,693,5918Lionsgate / Summit
7Star Trek Into Darkness$55,236-5%250-153$221$225,352,74310Paramount
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$54,352-3%302177$180$143,888,40511Warner Bros.
9Fast & Furious 6$43,125-6%279-43$155$237,303,8509Universal
10The Croods$41,531-5%212-20$196$186,204,79618Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Internship$34,0440%2024$169$43,721,5977Fox
12The Purge$18,720-8%156-4$120$64,147,8707Universal
13The Hangover Part III$16,9085%202-63$84$111,950,5129Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fruitvale Station$90,1247%3427$2,651$1,682,3162Weinstein Company
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$24,2204%95-43$255$3,922,1447Roadside Attractions
3Unfinished Song$21,2473%88-3$241$1,152,9325Weinstein Company
4Mud$13,9156%77-36$181$21,294,44113Roadside Attractions
5The Bling Ring$12,048-3%38-59$317$5,676,6346A24
6The Kings of Summer$6,73916%35-21$193$1,315,5008CBS Films
742 (2013)$5,11118%85-20$60$95,020,21315Warner Bros.
8Pain and Gain$4,4461%70-80$64$49,753,51713Paramount
9The East$4,1390%31-36$134$2,225,5258Fox Searchlight
10Stories We Tell$3,841-15%22-6$175$1,534,24411Roadside Attractions
11Copperhead$3,5758%3631$99$158,7334Brainstorm Media
12Kon-Tiki$2,66371%9-12$296$1,474,03313Weinstein Company
13The Sapphires$648-8%10-5$65$2,450,86718Weinstein Company
14Scary Movie 5$4014%8-25$50$32,015,78715Weinstein / Dimension
15Escape From Planet Earth$299-24%7-48$43$57,012,97723Weinstein Company
16Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$140-82%42$35$518,34212eOne Films US
17Not Today$676%10$67$318,12115Freestyle Releasing