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 Fri, Sep. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,245,997--4,001--$2,311$9,245,9971Sony / Columbia
2Rush (2013)$3,709,65522943%2,2972292$1,615$3,970,5642Universal
3Prisoners$3,369,126136%3,29030$1,024$31,053,0582Warner Bros.
4Baggage Claim$3,297,613--2,027--$1,627$3,297,6131Fox Searchlight
5Don Jon$3,288,247--2,422--$1,358$3,288,2471Relativity Media
6Insidious Chapter 2$2,071,786249%3,120-35$664$64,869,1813FilmDistrict
7The Family (2013)$1,090,748114%2,894-197$377$29,112,9183Relativity Media
8We're the Millers$841,155147%2,405-598$350$140,394,6078Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$695,41697%2,062-869$337$108,559,4857Weinstein Company
10Battle of the Year$556,987218%2,0080$277$6,025,2792Sony / Screen Gems
11Riddick$438,50553%1,826-1196$240$38,888,0704Universal
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$192,139161%1,007-466$191$64,770,8908Fox
13Planes$172,23340%1,426-1020$121$87,094,3928Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Metallica Through The Never$811,400--305--$2,660$811,4001Picturehouse
2Instructions Not Included$799,989198%948-30$844$35,987,4775Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Enough Said$582,6222813%227223$2,567$950,1012Fox Searchlight
4Despicable Me 2$190,755245%748-256$255$361,172,57513Universal
5Grown Ups 2$161,632--390132$414$131,574,87712Sony / Columbia
6Elysium$149,01920%562-830$265$91,498,0818Sony / TriStar
72 Guns$84,63050%403-349$210$74,801,0409Universal
8The Wizard of Oz 3D$82,837-78%305-13$272$4,606,6532Warner Bros.
9The Smurfs 2$80,053--353-243$227$69,745,0309Sony / Columbia
10The Wolverine$75,803116%329-133$230$131,110,97610Fox
11The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$60,90225%329-718$185$30,916,1216Sony / Screen Gems
12The World's End$58,624-10%281-552$209$25,561,1966Focus
13The Conjuring$58,03266%338-223$172$136,828,79511Warner Bros. / New Line
14Turbo$56,276218%282-51$200$81,769,68811Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15The Heat$55,927150%251-59$223$158,821,45414Fox
16Thanks for Sharing$46,6666%251-18$186$785,2572Roadside Attractions
17This Is The End$37,913--205-322$185$101,278,37616Sony / Columbia
18The Spectacular Now$37,3275%142-429$263$6,579,1069A24
19One Direction: This Is Us$36,639-38%228-1478$161$28,714,3175Sony / TriStar
20In a World...$33,32968%121-23$275$2,517,9868Roadside Attractions
21The Grandmaster$29,13120%143-330$204$6,429,6576Weinstein Company
22Pacific Rim$28,86496%140-62$206$101,541,36712Warner Bros.
23The Way, Way Back$28,66484%158-166$181$21,262,66813Fox Searchlight
24World War Z$23,55784%160-43$147$202,214,28515Paramount
25Red 2$20,951141%110-68$190$52,825,82811Lionsgate / Summit
26Salinger$17,319-9%134-4$129$457,3114Weinstein Company
27You're Next$10,277-27%112-420$92$18,389,4916Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jobs$8,635-3%84-68$103$16,098,6947Open Road
2Haute Cuisine$8,360291%1411$597$31,4632Weinstein Company
3Getaway$8,050-45%74-441$109$10,477,4335Warner Bros.
4Fruitvale Station$6,837-3%42-61$163$15,994,17512Weinstein Company
5Paranoia$6,6882%66-22$101$7,363,5637Relativity Media
6We Are What We Are (2013)$6,362--2--$3,181$6,3621eOne Films US
7The Ultimate Life$5,295-37%47-137$113$1,299,5104High Top Releasing
8Populaire$3,82022%244$159$120,9234Weinstein Company
9Unfinished Song$3,14752%19-4$166$1,690,87615Weinstein Company
10Chennai Express$2,340102%9-11$260$5,300,6818UTV Motion Pictures
11The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,803--1--$1,803$1,8031Rialto Pictures
12C.O.G.$1,528-49%9-11$170$45,7812Screen Media / Focus World
13Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,5153%8-10$189$4,316,29817Roadside Attractions
14Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$1,27346%1--$1,273$2,8001Rialto Pictures
15Morning$1,174--4--$294$1,1741Anchor Bay Films
16Hotel Normandy$401--1--$401$4011Rialto Premieres
17Satyagraha$166-39%2-7$83$738,0425UTV Motion Pictures
18Stories We Tell$130189%4-1$33$1,597,79721Roadside Attractions