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 Sun, Nov. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$34,505,044-34%4,163--$8,289$158,074,2861Lionsgate
2Thor: The Dark World$3,776,482-41%3,713-128$1,017$167,917,1233Disney
3The Best Man Holiday$3,020,680-47%2,04117$1,480$50,360,5102Universal
4Delivery Man$1,826,736-45%3,036--$602$7,944,9771Disney / DreamWorks
5Free Birds$1,693,247-34%3,071-439$551$48,657,0734Relativity Media
6Last Vegas$1,084,690-45%2,926-311$371$53,884,8244CBS Films
7Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$832,544-46%2,625-565$317$95,434,6295Paramount
8Gravity$826,965-45%1,845-715$448$245,407,7598Warner Bros.
912 Years a Slave$760,682-40%1,47463$516$29,426,9476Fox Searchlight
10Ender's Game$539,450-39%2,035-1201$265$57,195,5794Lionsgate / Summit
11Captain Phillips$440,572-48%1,656-970$266$100,705,8347Sony / Columbia
12About Time$320,250-41%1,050-230$305$13,822,5584Universal
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$298,227-29%1,121-524$266$114,228,3189Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$696,560-43%666482$1,046$6,374,0584Focus
2All Is Lost$100,462-39%347-136$290$4,944,7026Roadside Attractions
3Despicable Me 2$94,420-44%295-10$320$366,375,65021Universal
4Enough Said$57,597-53%233-160$247$16,989,90710Fox Searchlight
5Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$53,502-36%112--$478$199,4631Reliance Entertainment
6Escape Plan$34,138-42%267-420$128$24,460,0136Lionsgate / Summit
7Prisoners$33,422-41%255-100$131$60,805,08610Warner Bros.
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$31,384-39%185-30$170$68,062,80716Fox
9Insidious Chapter 2$28,939-41%18518$156$83,312,58711FilmDistrict
10We're the Millers$27,458-48%195-108$141$150,208,28516Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Family (2013)$16,910-38%12696$134$36,719,25311Relativity Media
12The Counselor$16,840-40%129-352$131$16,797,9195Fox
13Carrie (2013)$16,666-47%210-723$79$35,266,6196Sony / Screen Gems
14Elysium$15,642-30%114-67$137$93,050,11716Sony / TriStar
15Lee Daniels' The Butler$13,722-47%124-52$111$115,570,23415Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$180,497-35%7041$2,579$1,307,5123Fox
2Nebraska$88,721-41%2824$3,169$515,3682Paramount Vantage
3Frozen (2013)$84,194-9%1--$84,194$243,3901Disney
4Philomena$37,834-34%4--$9,459$128,4351Weinstein Company
5Instructions Not Included$22,714-4%8033$284$44,305,90313Lionsgate / Pantelion
6I'm in Love with a Church Girl$12,465-46%17-38$733$2,380,4056High Top Releasing
7Don Jon$7,745-45%36-12$215$24,257,0909Relativity Media
8Baggage Claim$4,567-60%46-62$99$21,503,6839Fox Searchlight
9Diana$2,735-17%26-57$105$331,6354eOne Films US
10Runner Runner$1,739-34%38-38$46$19,303,8398Fox
11In a World...$1,503-46%90$167$2,954,64816Roadside Attractions
12Grace Unplugged$1,189-27%10-19$119$2,505,4408Roadside Attractions
13Linsanity$966--1--$966$284,3328Ketchup Entertainment
14The World's End$840-63%6-2$140$25,996,22514Focus
15Reaching for the Moon$528-47%108$53$38,6153Wolfe Releasing
16The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$472-47%1--$472$58,3419Rialto Pictures
17Romeo and Juliet (2013)$81-79%12-17$7$1,153,9387Relativity Media
18Big Sur$70-64%10$70$34,4614Ketchup Entertainment