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 Tue, Feb. 4 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$844,4059%2,867108$295$94,318,2553Universal
2That Awkward Moment$777,70427%2,809--$277$10,129,8971Focus
3Lone Survivor$688,22510%3,285123$210$106,103,8916Universal
4Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$585,81127%2,907-480$202$39,925,6953Paramount
5Labor Day (2013)$570,32443%2,584--$221$6,145,7061Paramount
6Frozen (2013)$529,7009%2,754-3$192$360,652,00411Disney
7American Hustle$439,42127%2,216-88$198$134,266,6358Sony / Columbia
8I, Frankenstein$396,71423%2,7530$144$15,444,4742Lionsgate
9The Wolf of Wall Street$393,49022%1,607-197$245$104,643,4436Paramount
10August: Osage County$370,28440%2,319-92$160$32,216,5646Weinstein Company
11The Nut Job$347,15611%3,4720$100$50,570,7873Open Road
12Gravity$208,13214%1,132-128$184$264,379,61818Warner Bros.
1312 Years a Slave$203,18033%1,172-59$173$46,206,72916Fox Searchlight
14Dallas Buyers Club$154,00718%1,052-58$146$22,826,61514Focus
15Saving Mr. Banks$112,13321%1,075-585$104$81,246,8498Disney
16Devil's Due$85,83111%1,290-1254$67$14,952,9053Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$169,08137%875-93$193$13,952,50012Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$137,11036%56762$242$27,618,64411Weinstein Company
3Her (2013)$131,23911%803-522$163$21,486,3737Warner Bros.
4The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$124,46015%933-352$133$254,497,5168Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$101,08023%822-229$123$421,592,06511Lionsgate
6The Legend Of Hercules$53,8534%598-773$90$18,067,2574Lionsgate / Summit
7Inside Llewyn Davis$36,77532%214-75$172$12,538,2229CBS Films
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$31,76411%410-130$77$56,947,6166Fox
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$31,3730%420-404$75$124,474,0047Paramount
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$21,9410%347-38$63$1,236,1442Roadside Attractions
11Captain Phillips$21,88516%245-57$89$106,586,05817Sony / Columbia
1247 Ronin$20,88034%174-65$120$38,333,7656Universal
13The Book Thief$19,4211%178-19$109$20,800,90713Fox
14Walking With Dinosaurs$15,37819%323-7$48$34,997,9017Fox
15Grudge Match$9,37224%241-3$39$29,359,7266Warner Bros.
16Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$8,816-11%220-22$40$119,131,59519Sony / Columbia
17Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$8,405-2%150-377$56$32,303,4555Paramount
18Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$6,8653%16331$42$52,446,9168Lionsgate
19Last Vegas$5,35818%104--$52$63,844,37314CBS Films
20Free Birds$2,916-3%135-36$22$55,526,01114Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$15,26236%2926$526$274,1702Roadside Attractions
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$8,573118%77-25$111$8,153,58210Weinstein Company
3At Middleton$3,3824%20--$169$40,4041Anchor Bay / Freestyle
4Knights of Badassdom$1,836442%11-2$167$70,8552eOne Films US
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,281-13%52-49$25$116,626,88425Weinstein Company
6All Is Lost$1,164-39%25-5$47$6,247,36716Roadside Attractions
7Out of the Furnace$1,12312%36-38$31$11,328,9619Relativity Media
8Love Is in the Air$3923%6--$65$5,7091Focus World