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 Wed, Nov. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ender's Game$1,503,661-29%3,407--$441$32,501,6121Lionsgate / Summit
2Last Vegas$1,415,350-26%3,065--$462$21,033,9431CBS Films
3Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,317,244-25%3,3459$394$66,180,0192Paramount
4Gravity$894,262-23%3,024-683$296$221,833,6955Warner Bros.
5Captain Phillips$646,378-21%3,021-122$214$84,545,5794Sony / Columbia
6Free Birds$560,112-54%3,736--$150$18,295,3711Relativity Media
7The Counselor$311,549-24%3,0440$102$14,798,5202Fox
8Carrie (2013)$209,798-29%2,252-905$93$32,581,6273Sony / Screen Gems
9Escape Plan$183,685-29%1,966-917$93$22,220,0503Lionsgate / Summit
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$165,839-60%2,430-681$68$106,934,1936Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$425,757-18%410287$1,038$10,349,2343Fox Searchlight
2About Time$110,250-10%175--$630$1,402,1181Universal
3Enough Said$100,344-9%662-173$152$15,105,3377Fox Searchlight
4All Is Lost$59,224-2%13048$456$1,606,8453Roadside Attractions
5We're the Millers$42,577-20%555-231$77$149,365,15013Warner Bros. / New Line
6Machete Kills$40,890-5%263-990$155$7,748,1694Open Road
7Rush (2013)$34,845-15%303-374$115$26,596,4547Universal
8Prisoners$31,733-33%465-882$68$60,060,7177Warner Bros.
9Despicable Me 2$23,175-29%309-70$75$364,856,21018Universal
10Don Jon$22,169-6%181-359$122$23,954,1066Relativity Media
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$21,965-17%312-132$70$115,137,66612Weinstein Company
12Insidious Chapter 2$20,234-22%553-676$37$82,891,9278FilmDistrict
13Baggage Claim$14,260-26%294-300$49$21,272,9496Fox Searchlight
14I'm in Love with a Church Girl$11,048-36%243-215$45$2,098,5653High Top Releasing
15Runner Runner$10,970-21%237-732$46$19,192,0385Fox
16Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$9,989-32%251-52$40$67,527,97013Fox
17Instructions Not Included$6,612-10%136-165$49$44,152,94510Lionsgate / Pantelion
18The Wolverine$5,348-16%119-45$45$132,374,21715Fox
19Pulling Strings$4,761-19%109-206$44$5,728,4325Lionsgate / Pantelion

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$22,498-18%9--$2,500$332,6231Focus
2Diana$8,946-10%38--$235$95,0201eOne Films US
3The Family (2013)$5,262-23%87-131$60$36,595,4068Relativity Media
4Turbo$2,784-18%69-39$40$82,815,89816Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5The Heat$2,586-10%42-38$62$159,519,23519Fox
6In a World...$2,58037%22-10$117$2,912,77213Roadside Attractions
7Grace Unplugged$2,215-28%81-127$27$2,459,1475Roadside Attractions
8Big Sur$2,21210%13--$170$23,4991Ketchup Entertainment
9Romeo and Juliet (2013)$2,078-44%22-69$94$1,115,0504Relativity Media
10The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,607149%5-9$321$48,8446Rialto Pictures
11Linsanity$1,4371023%4-4$359$261,5135Ketchup Entertainment
12The World's End$1,28315%16-10$80$25,974,92411Focus
13The Spectacular Now$849106%18-6$47$6,838,46914A24
14Torn$273190%2--$137$17,9843The Film Collective
15Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$28-96%10$28$18,7702Cinepix