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. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$1,428,155-11%3,260--$438$27,683,9321Warner Bros.
2Insidious Chapter 2$594,4600%3,155106$188$62,797,3952FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$510,381-12%3,0910$165$28,022,1702Relativity Media
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$353,457-5%2,931-308$121$107,864,0696Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$341,103-9%3,003-235$114$139,553,4527Warner Bros. / New Line
6Riddick$287,090-5%3,022-95$95$38,449,5653Universal
7Battle of the Year$174,909-5%2,008--$87$5,468,2921Sony / Screen Gems
8Elysium$123,873-9%1,392-328$89$91,349,0627Sony / TriStar
9Planes$122,809-8%2,446-293$50$86,922,1597Disney
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$73,622-2%1,473-165$50$64,578,7517Fox
11One Direction: This Is Us$58,93921%1,706-594$35$28,677,6784Sony / TriStar
12Despicable Me 2$55,220-8%1,004-2$55$360,981,82012Universal
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$48,6794%1,047-529$46$30,855,2195Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wizard of Oz 3D$379,850-2%318--$1,194$4,523,8161Warner Bros.
2Instructions Not Included$268,792-3%97845$275$35,187,4884Lionsgate / Pantelion
3The World's End$65,470-5%833-410$79$25,502,5725Focus
42 Guns$56,505-12%752-156$75$74,716,4108Universal
5Thanks for Sharing$44,191-17%269--$164$738,5911Roadside Attractions
6The Spectacular Now$35,4701%571-199$62$6,541,7798A24
7The Conjuring$35,033-2%561-115$62$136,770,76310Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Wolverine$35,016-2%462-78$76$131,035,1739Fox
9The Grandmaster$24,298-11%473-232$51$6,400,5265Weinstein Company
10The Heat$22,367-4%310-26$72$158,765,52713Fox
11In a World...$19,849-2%1440$138$2,484,6577Roadside Attractions
12Salinger$19,045-10%138134$138$439,9923Weinstein Company
13Turbo$17,689-4%333-20$53$81,713,41210Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14The Way, Way Back$15,550-1%324-97$48$21,234,00412Fox Searchlight
15Pacific Rim$14,756-1%202-52$73$101,512,50311Warner Bros.
16Getaway$14,574-10%515-863$28$10,469,3834Warner Bros.
17You're Next$14,095-1%532-578$26$18,379,2145Lionsgate
18World War Z$12,777-7%203-77$63$202,190,72814Paramount
19Kick-Ass 2$10,100-9%201-142$50$28,795,9856Universal
20Jobs$8,859-3%152-87$58$16,090,0596Open Road
21Red 2$8,6992%178-31$49$52,804,87710Lionsgate / Summit
22The Ultimate Life$8,44210%184-228$46$1,294,2153High Top Releasing
23Fruitvale Station$7,03111%103-34$68$15,987,33811Weinstein Company
24R.I.P.D.$6,79512%151-13$45$33,618,85510Universal
25Now You See Me$6,3320%133-38$48$117,723,98917Lionsgate / Summit
26Closed Circuit$4,1678%105-308$40$5,750,9954Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$20,000-3%40$5,000$367,4791Fox Searchlight
2Rush (2013)$16,099-18%5--$3,220$260,9091Universal
3Paranoia$6,543-3%8817$74$7,356,8756Relativity Media
4Populaire$3,12111%205$156$117,1033Weinstein Company
5C.O.G.$2,9925%20--$150$44,2531Screen Media / Focus World
6Haute Cuisine$2,13810%3--$713$23,1031Weinstein Company
7Unfinished Song$2,0724%236$90$1,687,72914Weinstein Company
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,477-65%184$82$4,314,78316Roadside Attractions
9Chennai Express$1,15841%20-10$58$5,298,3417UTV Motion Pictures
10Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$87133%1--$871$1,5270Rialto Pictures
11Satyagraha$27461%9-26$30$737,8764UTV Motion Pictures
12Jayne Mansfield's Car$16031%6-5$27$14,8362Anchor Bay Films
13Savannah$13511%4-2$34$37,2405Ketchup Entertainment
14Stories We Tell$45-84%51$9$1,597,66720Roadside Attractions
15Passion$44-64%4-8$11$92,1814eOne Films US
16I Spit on Your Grave 2$41-67%1--$41$8101Anchor Bay Films