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 Mon, Oct. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$2,804,645-65%3,336--$841$34,859,8221Paramount
2Gravity$1,502,304-70%3,707-113$405$201,152,0524Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$896,782-68%3,143123$285$70,812,8653Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$647,990-63%3,044--$213$8,490,9201Fox
5Carrie (2013)$506,548-66%3,1570$160$26,616,6162Sony / Screen Gems
6Escape Plan$398,643-69%2,8830$138$18,040,4642Lionsgate / Summit
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$316,287-82%3,111-491$102$101,102,8665Sony / Columbia
8Prisoners$94,035-64%1,347-813$70$59,221,4366Warner Bros.
9The Fifth Estate$66,278-58%1,7690$37$2,914,6342Disney / DreamWorks
10Insidious Chapter 2$56,258-69%1,229-436$46$82,189,9367FilmDistrict
11Machete Kills$49,204-46%1,253-1285$39$7,317,8633Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$195,188-67%123104$1,587$3,589,4562Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$139,661-64%83578$167$13,193,7576Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$64,315-65%677-520$95$25,920,8496Universal
4Runner Runner$56,505-62%969-1042$58$18,876,0434Fox
5We're the Millers$56,135-59%786-95$71$148,617,81312Warner Bros. / New Line
6Don Jon$54,129-59%540-574$100$23,555,7515Relativity Media
7Baggage Claim$38,009-70%594-271$64$20,875,8235Fox Searchlight
8I'm in Love with a Church Girl$37,953-71%4581$83$1,754,4402High Top Releasing
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$26,830-61%444-158$60$114,769,65011Weinstein Company
10Despicable Me 2$26,555-76%379-16$70$364,275,18517Universal
11Instructions Not Included$18,994-81%301-174$63$43,975,2619Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Pulling Strings$18,841-82%315-123$60$5,593,4264Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$15,785-75%303-47$52$67,236,89912Fox
14The Family (2013)$9,741-58%218-265$45$36,495,2817Relativity Media
15The Wolverine$9,596-65%164-43$59$132,253,71514Fox
16Grace Unplugged$8,316-74%208-105$40$2,375,4074Roadside Attractions
17Riddick$7,020-57%156-97$45$42,004,8108Universal
18Turbo$4,957-80%108-41$46$82,734,65615Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19The Conjuring$2,207-64%100-13$22$137,389,47915Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$52,533-64%8276$641$703,3202Roadside Attractions
2Romeo and Juliet (2013)$5,709-26%91-370$63$1,076,4173Relativity Media
3The Heat$2,737-65%80-23$34$159,472,02518Fox
4In a World...$1,949-69%32-15$61$2,881,05012Roadside Attractions
5The World's End$1,840-33%26-14$71$25,957,56910Focus
6The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$1,655-63%49-98$34$489,0033Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
7The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,188-57%149$85$32,9455Rialto Pictures
8We Are What We Are (2013)$1,105-55%175$65$77,7385eOne Films US
9Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,020-36%1--$1,020$8,0261Cinepix
10Haute Cuisine$1,005-62%14-7$72$213,0776Weinstein Company
11The Spectacular Now$993-58%24-30$41$6,831,52513A24
12Thanks for Sharing$975-58%11-3$89$1,060,2146Roadside Attractions
13Fruitvale Station$757-43%16-4$47$16,096,25816Weinstein Company
14Linsanity$692-81%8-1$87$253,4844Ketchup Entertainment