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 Fri, Oct. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$17,484,818--3,575--$4,891$17,484,8181Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$4,693,453334%4,0010$1,173$43,750,1792Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$2,786,580--3,026--$921$2,786,5801Fox
4Prisoners$1,735,412119%3,236-54$536$43,915,3803Warner Bros.
5Don Jon$1,419,602100%2,4220$586$13,336,9192Relativity Media
6Rush (2013)$1,407,88592%2,30811$610$15,094,2043Universal
7Baggage Claim$1,240,927208%2,0303$611$12,301,0082Fox Searchlight
8Insidious Chapter 2$1,182,530231%2,607-513$454$72,056,1174FilmDistrict
9We're the Millers$473,129112%1,606-799$295$143,763,1429Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Family (2013)$440,74144%2,023-871$218$33,546,6444Relativity Media
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$347,35563%1,563-499$222$111,525,0958Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pulling Strings$758,787--387--$1,961$758,7871Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Enough Said$603,690215%437210$1,381$3,840,2863Fox Searchlight
3Instructions Not Included$417,706166%858-90$487$39,833,8026Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Grace Unplugged$346,973--511--$679$346,9731Roadside Attractions
5Metallica Through The Never$245,887106%589284$417$2,287,1022Picturehouse
6Riddick$147,0757%795-1031$185$40,805,9955Universal
7Battle of the Year$142,78751%907-1101$157$8,089,2833Sony / Screen Gems
8Besharam$122,717169%217--$566$239,9371Reliance Entertainment
9Despicable Me 2$116,410184%485-263$240$362,067,01014Universal
10Grown Ups 2$107,565--335-55$321$132,177,55213Sony / Columbia
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$105,612158%513-494$206$65,661,0029Fox
12Planes$58,94318%376-1050$157$87,936,2589Disney
13The Wolverine$52,585108%241-88$218$131,461,04311Fox
14Elysium$49,72218%222-340$224$92,093,3569Sony / TriStar
15Red 2$47,689618%20393$235$52,942,17112Lionsgate / Summit
16Turbo$44,043219%222-60$198$82,059,01012Fox / DreamWorks Animation
172 Guns$39,01561%200-203$195$75,156,53010Universal
18The Heat$36,411102%182-69$200$159,052,48715Fox
19The Conjuring$33,86492%202-136$168$137,078,03012Warner Bros. / New Line
20The Smurfs 2$33,409--156-197$214$69,983,07010Sony / Columbia
21The Wizard of Oz 3D$25,302-44%246-59$103$5,270,2683Warner Bros.
22The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$20,134--146-183$138$31,117,9227Sony / Screen Gems
23The World's End$19,160-1%131-150$146$25,794,5417Focus
24The Way, Way Back$10,52424%131-27$80$21,364,25414Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$43,892--9--$4,877$43,8921Ketchup Entertainment
2Pacific Rim$18,12276%92-48$197$101,683,21713Warner Bros.
3In a World...$16,75723%78-43$215$2,664,1899Roadside Attractions
4This Is The End$15,635--97-108$161$101,437,34117Sony / Columbia
5The Spectacular Now$14,36535%58-84$248$6,712,25210A24
6World War Z$12,10248%75-85$161$202,320,44216Paramount
7The Grandmaster$8,94215%35-108$255$6,545,4487Weinstein Company
8Thanks for Sharing$8,844-59%65-186$136$987,8863Roadside Attractions
9Haute Cuisine$8,72264%6046$145$82,5913Weinstein Company
10One Direction: This Is Us$8,044--60-168$134$28,848,1866Sony / TriStar
11A.C.O.D.$7,141--3--$2,380$7,1411The Film Arcade
12Fruitvale Station$6,403121%7634$84$16,032,31413Weinstein Company
13Populaire$3,86197%5834$67$141,2175Weinstein Company
14Nothing Left to Fear$3,759--5--$752$3,7591Anchor Bay Films
15Salinger$3,713-62%21-113$177$546,7975Weinstein Company
16The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$3,015170%21$1,508$12,6222Rialto Pictures
17You're Next$2,54057%45-67$56$18,421,0887Lionsgate
18We Are What We Are (2013)$2,096156%86$262$19,4852eOne Films US
19All Is Bright$1,364--10--$136$1,3641Anchor Bay Films
20The Ultimate Life$1,324-62%9-38$147$1,324,2865High Top Releasing
21The Last Day of August$725--1--$725$7251Striped Entertainment
22C.O.G.$66962%4-5$167$52,0453Screen Media / Focus World
23Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$669-47%6-2$112$4,325,52518Roadside Attractions
24Stories We Tell$292549%2-2$146$1,598,51922Roadside Attractions