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, Oct. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$3,522,4871%3,66085$962$139,536,1302Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$2,012,206-4%3,020--$666$36,030,2351Sony / Columbia
3Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$836,75826%3,874-127$216$83,036,7683Sony / Columbia
4Runner Runner$339,397-12%3,0260$112$15,911,3182Fox
5Prisoners$316,225-4%2,855-381$111$55,194,1584Warner Bros.
6Machete Kills$256,012-12%2,538--$101$5,199,2391Open Road
7Rush (2013)$244,8350%2,130-178$115$23,362,1794Universal
8Don Jon$227,654-5%1,996-426$114$21,297,1673Relativity Media
9Insidious Chapter 2$174,184-1%2,156-451$81$79,390,2415FilmDistrict
10Baggage Claim$120,418-3%1,320-710$91$18,900,6553Fox Searchlight
11We're the Millers$97,2951%1,150-456$85$146,966,16110Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Family (2013)$56,764-5%1,050-973$54$36,080,0355Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$186,421-2%606169$308$8,987,4474Fox Searchlight
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$76,8411%980-583$78$113,895,2279Weinstein Company
3Pulling Strings$59,458-12%42841$139$4,555,7862Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Instructions Not Included$53,761-7%711-147$76$43,003,5507Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Grace Unplugged$46,12723%502-9$92$1,943,3382Roadside Attractions
6Romeo and Juliet (2013)$42,4783%461--$92$717,0731Relativity Media
7Despicable Me 2$39,06039%434-51$90$363,255,23015Universal
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$29,74631%404-109$74$66,621,90610Fox
9Riddick$23,65010%430-365$55$41,768,1456Universal
10The Wolverine$18,3916%227-14$81$131,926,08712Fox
11The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$17,092-17%147--$116$356,8051Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
12Turbo$15,69746%187-35$84$82,508,70613Fox / DreamWorks Animation
132 Guns$12,3950%166-34$75$75,481,56011Universal
14The Heat$11,7992%139-43$85$159,325,99816Fox
15Red 2$11,48011%168-35$68$53,262,56013Lionsgate / Summit
16The Conjuring$6,94319%145-57$48$137,301,40913Warner Bros. / New Line
17Besharam$3,678-34%126-91$29$679,8612Reliance Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$8,18352%167$511$210,9522Ketchup Entertainment
2In a World...$5,23010%54-24$97$2,800,89210Roadside Attractions
3You're Next$4,570-5%8742$53$18,494,0068Lionsgate
4The Wizard of Oz 3D$4,33328%50-196$87$5,509,3344Warner Bros.
5Pacific Rim$4,28310%52-40$82$101,802,90614Warner Bros.
6Haute Cuisine$3,882-5%30-30$129$170,5804Weinstein Company
7The World's End$3,769-6%73-58$52$25,920,1108Focus
8The Spectacular Now$3,43563%33-25$104$6,789,00411A24
9The Way, Way Back$3,240-4%63-68$51$21,438,21615Fox Searchlight
10Salinger$1,89018%16-5$118$583,6336Weinstein Company
11We Are What We Are (2013)$1,821-10%135$140$56,1363eOne Films US
12Fruitvale Station$1,6835%41-35$41$16,079,05314Weinstein Company
13The Grandmaster$1,1261%16-19$70$6,590,5538Weinstein Company
14Populaire$964-9%21-37$46$170,9076Weinstein Company
15Thanks for Sharing$7360%16-49$46$1,035,6634Roadside Attractions
16The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$32458%21$162$19,8123Rialto Pictures
17Cassadaga$21888%3--$73$2,1481Archstone Distribution