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 Sun, Sep. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,696,6732%3,330220$1,711$74,143,3923Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$5,009,87910%3,4450$1,454$109,667,1614Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$3,023,6280%3,259-119$928$70,839,3754Disney
4One Direction: This Is Us$2,907,923-28%2,735--$1,063$15,815,4971Sony / TriStar
5Elysium$2,515,4068%2,539-374$991$78,542,5974Sony / TriStar
6The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$1,963,779-5%3,1180$630$22,929,6002Sony / Screen Gems
7The World's End$1,887,4294%1,5532$1,215$16,845,5462Focus
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,753,9811%2,393-337$733$55,021,3464Fox
9Getaway$1,486,766-6%2,130--$698$4,503,8921Warner Bros.
10You're Next$1,455,912-2%2,4370$597$13,431,5302Lionsgate
11Despicable Me 2$1,091,3552%1,284-118$850$354,699,2509Universal
122 Guns$1,037,0859%1,411-430$735$69,348,4755Universal
13The Smurfs 2$766,609-1%1,366-486$561$66,102,6125Sony / Columbia
14Kick-Ass 2$724,2552%1,646-1299$440$26,479,5703Universal
15Monsters University$663,00910%1,889--$351$263,568,95311Disney
16World War Z$492,6101%1,2471008$395$200,286,55111Paramount
17Jobs$452,0071%1,302-1079$347$14,467,3463Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$3,132,71512%348--$9,002$7,846,4261Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$861,587-2%749742$1,150$2,673,8362Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$812,163-10%870--$934$2,976,7771Focus
4The Wolverine$647,4622%988-461$655$127,822,2286Fox
5The Conjuring$536,8452%903-452$595$133,896,2327Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Spectacular Now$412,5412%385231$1,072$3,469,4505A24
7Star Trek Into Darkness$323,67412%958814$338$228,225,16016Paramount
8Grown Ups 2$321,25211%471-149$682$130,019,9058Sony / Columbia
9Pacific Rim$305,2293%401141$761$100,166,4478Warner Bros.
10The Way, Way Back$289,9854%654352$443$19,564,6479Fox Searchlight
11Turbo$282,798-8%438-32$646$79,802,8847Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Heat$276,51112%393-16$704$157,305,50610Fox
13Now You See Me$142,8502%239-7$598$116,981,31514Lionsgate / Summit
14Red 2$142,2396%261-128$545$52,113,1107Lionsgate / Summit
15Man of Steel$110,5140%284-19$389$290,650,27612Warner Bros.
16White House Down$96,1867%206-23$467$72,772,84910Sony / Columbia
17R.I.P.D.$83,260-8%1812$460$33,032,0557Universal
18Fruitvale Station$72,5132%294-98$247$15,525,6648Weinstein Company
19Paranoia$60,657-6%392-2067$155$7,035,8023Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Satyagraha$149,2821%83--$1,799$412,1481UTV Motion Pictures
2In a World...$123,297-4%9116$1,355$1,196,0624Roadside Attractions
3Chennai Express$94,3989%93-51$1,015$5,066,7854UTV Motion Pictures
4This Is The End$52,57276%34-4$1,546$96,907,99612Sony / Columbia
5Fast & Furious 6$40,4158%59-39$685$238,664,22515Universal
6Epic$19,161-2%80-35$240$107,431,68315Fox
7The Croods$11,6930%45-24$260$187,116,89824Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Passion$10,580-17%14--$756$33,5451eOne Films US
9Afternoon Delight$9,271-3%2--$4,636$27,3521The Film Arcade
10The Servant (2013 re-issue)$2,453-19%21$1,227$31,2896Rialto Pictures
11Unfinished Song$2,018-21%17-10$119$1,632,31111Weinstein Company
12Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,62791%13-14$125$4,265,42213Roadside Attractions
13Savannah$9798%5-9$196$24,5332Ketchup Entertainment
14Underdogs (2013)$915-5%1-1$915$32,9123Freestyle Releasing
15Mud$774-4%6-10$129$21,587,40419Roadside Attractions
16The Last Flight of the Champion$50410%15--$34$1,4931High Top Releasing
17Inch'Allah$458-45%20$229$460,3843eOne Films US
18Stories We Tell$279-30%4-2$70$1,585,83617Roadside Attractions
19Girl Most Likely$115-56%10$115$1,377,5397Roadside Attractions