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 Tue, Oct. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$6,638,46710%3,575--$1,857$68,450,7071Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,052,1647%4,0010$263$62,040,0782Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$828,01222%3,026--$274$9,214,8771Fox
4Prisoners$612,15625%3,236-54$189$49,029,0073Warner Bros.
5Don Jon$514,54225%2,4220$212$16,998,8862Relativity Media
6Rush (2013)$496,22030%2,30811$215$19,040,8843Universal
7Baggage Claim$309,92611%2,0303$153$15,723,9812Fox Searchlight
8Insidious Chapter 2$278,1455%2,607-513$107$75,315,4154FilmDistrict
9The Family (2013)$178,70727%2,023-871$88$34,957,6134Relativity Media
10We're the Millers$149,35813%1,606-799$93$145,177,1349Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$145,59719%1,563-499$93$112,673,4178Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$223,35423%437210$511$5,834,8413Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$152,85211%387--$395$2,757,9691Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$119,8016%858-90$140$41,491,1576Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Grace Unplugged$58,9842%511--$115$1,115,1091Roadside Attractions
5Riddick$55,7758%795-1031$70$41,307,0205Universal
6Metallica Through The Never$54,813-2%589284$93$2,849,9612Picturehouse
7Battle of the Year$53,02541%907-1101$58$8,577,6453Sony / Screen Gems
8Besharam$36,722114%217--$169$536,0281Reliance Entertainment
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$36,52018%513-494$71$66,052,9309Fox
10Despicable Me 2$31,5258%485-263$65$362,496,23514Universal
11The Wolverine$20,70810%241-88$86$131,629,55911Fox
122 Guns$18,01050%200-203$90$75,277,56010Universal
13Red 2$17,92311%20393$88$53,077,48412Lionsgate / Summit
14Planes$17,688-5%376-1050$47$88,171,6839Disney
15Turbo$16,8018%222-60$76$82,252,62012Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16The Wizard of Oz 3D$13,723-13%246-59$56$5,433,7573Warner Bros.
17The Heat$13,21732%182-69$73$159,161,12515Fox
18The Conjuring$11,0033%202-136$54$137,184,69912Warner Bros. / New Line
19The World's End$9,37927%131-150$72$25,855,3597Focus
20The Way, Way Back$3,024-55%131-27$23$21,397,06314Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$6,936-22%78-43$89$2,720,9599Roadside Attractions
2Pacific Rim$5,8312%92-48$63$101,740,05613Warner Bros.
3Linsanity$5,686-2%9--$632$110,9271Ketchup Entertainment
4The Spectacular Now$5,44752%58-84$94$6,750,34010A24
5Haute Cuisine$4,97930%6046$83$116,1963Weinstein Company
6Thanks for Sharing$4,03829%65-186$62$1,017,9853Roadside Attractions
7Fruitvale Station$3,44224%7634$45$16,055,59913Weinstein Company
8The Grandmaster$3,0817%35-108$88$6,572,8027Weinstein Company
9World War Z$2,5034%75-85$33$202,354,40816Paramount
10Salinger$2,38640%21-113$114$561,2615Weinstein Company
11Populaire$2,18624%5834$38$156,2955Weinstein Company
12We Are What We Are (2013)$1,296-8%86$162$28,3652eOne Films US
13You're Next$940117%45-67$21$18,428,3117Lionsgate
14C.O.G.$4010%4-5$100$54,2763Screen Media / Focus World
15The Ultimate Life$3752%9-38$42$1,326,8015High Top Releasing
16Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$350573%6-2$58$4,328,16618Roadside Attractions
17Stories We Tell$198-35%2-2$99$1,599,54222Roadside Attractions
18The Last Day of August$175-29%1--$175$2,1151Striped Entertainment