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, Sep. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Insidious Chapter 2$1,200,236-3%3,049--$394$46,355,2601FilmDistrict
2The Family (2013)$949,124-8%3,091--$307$18,640,5221Relativity Media
3Riddick$529,890-3%3,11710$170$33,508,2902Universal
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$511,3122%3,239-91$158$102,148,1145Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$452,1550%3,238-207$140$133,506,2976Warner Bros. / New Line
6Elysium$207,9921%1,720-521$121$89,323,7096Sony / TriStar
7Planes$160,9044%2,739-294$59$83,682,2936Disney
8The World's End$121,959-6%1,243-277$98$24,507,3134Focus
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$92,39310%1,638-407$56$62,471,8116Fox
10The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$87,7817%1,576-943$56$30,004,5314Sony / Screen Gems
11One Direction: This Is Us$82,0236%2,300-435$36$27,319,9903Sony / TriStar
12This Is The End$76,831-3%1,333-828$58$100,775,36014Sony / Columbia
13Despicable Me 2$60,2550%1,006-44$60$359,370,40011Universal
14Getaway$51,331-3%1,378-757$37$10,206,8283Warner Bros.
15You're Next$42,5422%1,110-792$38$18,118,9094Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$304,8822%933216$327$28,561,7253Lionsgate / Pantelion
22 Guns$90,7855%908-257$100$73,817,6657Universal
3The Spectacular Now$72,1066%770355$94$6,019,0667A24
4The Grandmaster$52,7327%705-99$75$6,056,4174Weinstein Company
5The Conjuring$49,0814%676-40$73$136,207,5989Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Wolverine$46,6644%540-158$86$130,426,8028Fox
7The Heat$26,94314%336-14$80$158,400,13212Fox
8The Way, Way Back$26,4367%421-129$63$20,952,61811Fox Searchlight
9World War Z$26,2145%280-94$94$201,948,97113Paramount
10In a World...$25,280-10%14442$176$2,170,1976Roadside Attractions
11Closed Circuit$24,697-5%413-457$60$5,696,9613Focus
12Turbo$23,935-1%353-5$68$81,229,3359Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13The Ultimate Life$23,89411%4120$58$1,164,9122High Top Releasing
14Kick-Ass 2$22,2958%343-319$65$28,651,2105Universal
15Pacific Rim$19,0958%254-53$75$101,277,30610Warner Bros.
16Jobs$19,0361%239-263$80$15,962,2755Open Road
17Red 2$11,055-6%209-41$53$52,673,0549Lionsgate / Summit
18Now You See Me$10,85711%171-34$63$117,617,74916Lionsgate / Summit
19Fruitvale Station$10,32015%137-51$75$15,918,68010Weinstein Company
20R.I.P.D.$9,03510%164-17$55$33,492,0009Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$26,000-6%4--$6,500$53,7340Fox Searchlight
2Man of Steel$5,9336%91-110$65$291,045,51814Warner Bros.
3Populaire$4,4488%1512$297$78,3652Weinstein Company
4Salinger$3,910-26%40$978$175,8892Weinstein Company
5Paranoia$3,35411%71-107$47$7,268,2805Relativity Media
6Contempt (2013 re-issue)$2,52722%10$2,527$28,6302Rialto Pictures
7Satyagraha$1,79758%35-44$51$731,4673UTV Motion Pictures
8Unfinished Song$1,778-32%17-4$105$1,668,82013Weinstein Company
9Chennai Express$1,49166%30-23$50$5,273,0006UTV Motion Pictures
10Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,31046%14-5$94$4,294,74115Roadside Attractions
11Jayne Mansfield's Car$7789%11--$71$12,4181Anchor Bay Films
12Passion$678-18%12-1$57$89,3083eOne Films US
13Savannah$459127%61$77$35,5514Ketchup Entertainment
14Stories We Tell$47-8%4-5$12$1,596,02619Roadside Attractions
15Underdogs (2013)$16220%10$16$35,2715Freestyle Releasing