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 Wed, Aug. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,761,420-19%3,110177$566$57,549,0962Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$1,319,453-20%3,445120$383$95,689,5793Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$810,343-19%3,378-338$240$62,330,6673Disney
4Elysium$746,006-22%2,913-371$256$71,376,0293Sony / TriStar
5The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$710,779-34%3,11872$228$16,774,7641Sony / Screen Gems
6The World's End$663,747-25%1,551--$428$11,170,6351Focus
7You're Next$513,092-25%2,437--$211$8,848,1551Lionsgate
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$475,643-28%2,730-142$174$50,107,8623Fox
9Kick-Ass 2$427,025-33%2,9455$145$24,116,7452Universal
10The Smurfs 2$352,947-29%1,852-262$191$63,858,4244Sony / Columbia
112 Guns$309,575-24%1,769-441$175$66,409,1754Universal
12Jobs$295,794-22%2,3810$124$13,009,3092Open Road
13Despicable Me 2$288,420-18%1,311-253$220$351,676,5908Universal
14The Wolverine$232,747-26%1,449-266$161$125,895,8355Fox
15The Conjuring$181,069-21%1,355-646$134$132,296,6856Warner Bros. / New Line
16Paranoia$140,915-24%2,4590$57$6,728,3472Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Closed Circuit$248,704--862--$289$248,7040Focus
2The Spectacular Now$140,89470%345290$408$2,207,8114A24
3Grown Ups 2$65,942-17%620-396$106$129,164,3607Sony / Columbia
4Turbo$62,833-11%470-114$134$78,988,0266Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5The Heat$59,774-10%409-145$146$156,576,3689Fox
6The Way, Way Back$44,625-16%302-128$148$18,775,4948Fox Searchlight
7Pacific Rim$42,161-31%260-184$162$99,331,8807Warner Bros.
8World War Z$39,826-15%239-68$167$198,987,06910Paramount
9Now You See Me$38,380-14%246112$156$116,556,91413Lionsgate / Summit
10Fruitvale Station$35,211-13%392-85$90$15,296,2677Weinstein Company
11Red 2$31,921-20%389-326$82$51,713,6806Lionsgate / Summit
12Chennai Express$29,446-49%144-46$204$4,808,2453UTV Motion Pictures
13Man of Steel$29,147-12%303-62$96$290,327,99811Warner Bros.
14R.I.P.D.$16,110-18%179-2$90$32,784,3006Universal
15Star Trek Into Darkness$15,323-2%144-66$106$227,424,11015Paramount
16Epic$6,525-22%115-53$57$107,377,57714Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$31,829-10%7538$424$830,4233Roadside Attractions
2The Grandmaster$15,511-6%7--$2,216$181,7101Weinstein Company
3Fast & Furious 6$5,405-8%98-43$55$238,566,98514Universal
4Unfinished Song$4,37729%27-16$162$1,622,33410Weinstein Company
5The Croods$3,373-10%69-45$49$187,083,61423Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Girl Rising$2,340--1--$2,340$1,528,82825Gathr Films
7Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$2,037-33%27-9$75$4,259,63612Roadside Attractions
8Savannah$1,6499%14--$118$20,3361Ketchup Entertainment
9Mud$696-24%16-12$44$21,584,25618Roadside Attractions
10Underdogs (2013)$480-24%2-2$240$30,2152Freestyle Releasing
11Stories We Tell$334-25%6-2$56$1,584,44316Roadside Attractions
12Girl Most Likely$29677%1-1$296$1,376,8796Roadside Attractions
13Inch'Allah$19311%21$97$458,4252eOne Films US
14Pain and Gain$83-14%22-64$4$49,875,21618Paramount