Grosses

'The Maze Runner' Easily Leads with Strong $32.5M; 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' #2 with $13.1M; 'This Is Where I Leave You' #3 with $11.9MSeptember 21, 2014 08:49 AM

by Daniel Garris

As was widely expected, Fox's The Maze Runner debuted comfortably in first place this weekend with an estimated $32.5 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 $11.25 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.1 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased 19 percent on Saturday to gross $13.43 million and is estimated to fall 42 percent on Sunday to gross $7.83 million. That places the film's estimated 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 10.2 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 an estimated $13.13 million. Universal's modestly budgeted action thriller starring Liam Neeson opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened softer than Liam's recent vehicles; including 33 percent softer than the $19.67 million debut of 2012's The Grey. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened with $4.7 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.43 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased a modest 8.5 percent on Saturday to take in $5.1 million and is estimated to decline 35 percent on Sunday to gross $3.33 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.79 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 an estimated $11.86 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey opened in line with its modest expectations. This Is Where I Leave You opened 12 percent below the $13.53 million start of 2011's The Change-Up. This Is Where I Leave You started with $3.9 million on Friday, increased a very solid 28 percent on Saturday to take in $4.98 million and is estimated to decline 40 percent on Sunday to gross $2.99 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.04 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 58 percent from last weekend's first place debut to place in fourth with an estimated $10.2 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 $40.11 million. That places No Good Deed 6 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 an estimated $9.01 million. The family sequel from Warner Bros. was down 43 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 $27.07 million in ten days, but is currently running 27 percent behind the $37.18 million ten-day take of Dolphin Tale.

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy placed in sixth with an estimated $5.18 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero film from Marvel was down 36 percent from last weekend. With a massive 52-day take of $313.67 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 an estimated $0.89 million from 602 locations. That gave the low-budget Kevin Smith directed horror film a per-location average of just $1,472 for the frame.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Jan. 21 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$2,103,770-70%2,663--$790$50,730,1501Universal
2Lone Survivor$1,539,335-60%2,989114$515$78,279,0264Universal
3Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$1,280,359-50%3,387--$378$19,315,0851Paramount
4The Nut Job$878,780-86%3,427--$256$26,578,7801Open Road
5American Hustle$833,288-56%2,204-425$378$118,429,4746Sony / Columbia
6August: Osage County$751,507-48%2,0511146$366$20,141,8634Weinstein Company
7Frozen (2013)$750,191-83%2,979-260$252$337,450,1049Disney
8The Wolf of Wall Street$673,656-48%1,930-591$349$91,820,6774Paramount
9Devil's Due$383,121-54%2,544--$151$9,528,4791Fox
10Her (2013)$368,180-54%1,7290$213$16,199,7995Warner Bros.
11Saving Mr. Banks$342,380-64%2,449-222$140$76,457,3926Disney
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$321,185-62%1,815-1260$177$249,681,1946Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Legend Of Hercules$242,040-68%2,1040$115$15,372,5862Lionsgate / Summit
14Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$170,076-59%1,731-1281$98$122,680,3155Paramount
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$162,541-71%1,328-434$122$418,182,1529Lionsgate
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$103,051-71%1,037-1547$99$55,550,3404Fox
17Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$100,151-50%1,569-1314$64$31,635,5033Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$157,243-63%761647$207$41,230,87014Fox Searchlight
2Gravity$157,081-64%944789$166$258,875,01116Warner Bros.
3Philomena$140,511-51%505-102$278$24,452,5389Weinstein Company
4Dallas Buyers Club$100,854-55%419294$241$18,139,76912Focus
5Nebraska$97,239-52%408-113$238$9,958,68110Paramount Vantage
6Inside Llewyn Davis$78,189-60%585-144$134$11,317,5217CBS Films
747 Ronin$60,025-10%343-1016$175$37,727,1304Universal
8Captain Phillips$56,905-55%903789$63$105,825,09015Sony / Columbia
9The Book Thief$29,951-51%190-113$158$20,247,82911Fox
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$18,692-85%256-8$73$118,571,24817Sony / Columbia
11Walking With Dinosaurs$18,353-83%454-885$40$34,421,0815Fox
12Grudge Match$15,227-51%408-1597$37$29,105,4674Warner Bros.
13Last Vegas$12,816-44%194-46$66$63,638,85512CBS Films
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$10,772-59%122-241$88$8,013,7528Weinstein Company
15Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$8,311-46%154-38$54$101,987,15113Paramount
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$7,423-78%391-649$19$52,263,8106Lionsgate
17Free Birds$7,379-84%199-33$37$55,329,63612Relativity Media
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,782-62%119-17$49$116,550,29123Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Knights of Badassdom$18,461--13--$1,420$18,4610eOne Films US
2Out of the Furnace$4,906-45%9760$51$11,278,2547Relativity Media
3All Is Lost$4,181-72%62-7$67$6,196,34614Roadside Attractions
4Contempt (2013 re-issue)$772-44%2--$386$41,34720Rialto Pictures
5Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$10184%10$101$4,8912Anchor Bay Films
6Indigo Children$11-92%1--$11$1,9711Striped Entertainment