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, Dec. 5 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,938,977-3%4,1630$706$309,664,9562Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$1,867,1762%3,7420$499$102,637,4362Disney
3Thor: The Dark World$509,0682%3,2860$155$188,899,6424Disney
4Homefront$476,292-1%2,5700$185$11,900,3901Open Road
5Delivery Man$394,9031%3,0360$130$21,024,7822Disney / DreamWorks
6The Book Thief$346,255-2%1,2340$281$9,375,0554Fox
7The Best Man Holiday$308,770-6%1,717-68$180$64,565,6153Universal
812 Years a Slave$180,0842%1,1650$155$33,872,1207Fox Searchlight
9Last Vegas$169,705-1%1,854-109$92$59,321,6085CBS Films
10Gravity$138,0541%1,0160$136$250,275,2549Warner Bros.
11Black Nativity$117,589-8%1,5160$78$5,378,0031Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$100,2571%1,503-116$67$99,200,5356Paramount
13Free Birds$36,0741%2,2870$16$53,446,9265Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$311,175-6%83582$373$5,972,6352Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$187,3103%6966$269$10,948,3245Focus
3Oldboy (2013)$82,408-5%5830$141$1,655,2161FilmDistrict
4Captain Phillips$66,6681%8070$83$102,990,3778Sony / Columbia
5Ender's Game$64,5737%8430$77$59,635,7415Lionsgate / Summit
6Nebraska$56,042-4%1020$549$1,717,4783Paramount Vantage
7About Time$28,0100%331-45$85$14,780,5985Universal
8All Is Lost$17,067-2%154-195$111$5,379,6407Roadside Attractions
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$15,9828%7070$23$115,106,16510Sony / Columbia
10Despicable Me 2$13,4159%2710$50$366,986,59522Universal
11Prisoners$8,975-7%2030$44$61,002,30211Warner Bros.
12Enough Said$8,7854%1210$73$17,227,98611Fox Searchlight
13We're the Millers$5,890-7%1640$36$150,394,11917Warner Bros. / New Line
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$5,113-23%1630$31$68,261,36317Fox
15Insidious Chapter 2$5,086-6%1400$36$83,480,29312FilmDistrict
16The Family (2013)$4,604-13%1300$35$36,830,60912Relativity Media
17Escape Plan$4,50420%1410$32$24,572,9757Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Out of the Furnace$12,612-13%4--$3,153$27,0760Relativity Media
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$8,113106%4--$2,028$105,7161Weinstein Company
3Lee Daniels' The Butler$4,08019%710$57$115,657,15616Weinstein Company
4The Counselor$3,81913%780$49$16,870,8766Fox
5Linsanity$3,31872%32$1,106$293,2879Ketchup Entertainment
6Don Jon$3,174-1%26-10$122$24,309,02910Relativity Media
7Instructions Not Included$2,884-21%680$42$44,421,22414Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$2,378-22%56-56$42$338,4712Reliance Entertainment
9Runner Runner$473-11%230$21$19,314,5159Fox
10Reaching for the Moon$435-19%4--$109$45,5024Wolfe Releasing
11The World's End$362-25%60$60$26,004,85115Focus
12In a World...$18623%5-4$37$2,963,90217Roadside Attractions
13Contempt (2013 re-issue)$168-55%1--$168$34,18613Rialto Pictures
14Big Sur$153394%2--$77$35,0725Ketchup Entertainment
15Grace Unplugged$4275%4-6$11$2,507,2019Roadside Attractions
16Romeo and Juliet (2013)$2717%120$2$1,162,6358Relativity Media