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 Fri, Feb. 14 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1About Last Night$12,871,109--2,253--$5,713$12,871,1091Sony / Screen Gems
2The LEGO Movie$12,798,674424%3,7750$3,390$93,101,6042Warner Bros.
3Endless Love (2014)$7,428,245--2,896--$2,565$7,428,2451Universal
4RoboCop (2014)$6,828,685220%3,372--$2,025$11,774,2971Sony / Columbia
5The Monuments Men$4,964,973221%3,0830$1,610$33,633,6402Sony / Columbia
6Winter's Tale$3,652,687--2,965--$1,232$3,652,6871Warner Bros.
7Ride Along$3,410,535587%2,517-283$1,355$110,784,3305Universal
8Frozen (2013)$1,707,212328%2,101-359$813$371,898,42613Disney
9That Awkward Moment$1,536,844326%1,922-887$800$19,599,7903Focus
10Lone Survivor$1,248,105247%2,013-856$620$115,574,2718Universal
11American Hustle$781,082229%1,072-568$729$139,801,34010Sony / Columbia
12Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$754,474195%1,278-861$590$46,201,3355Paramount
13Vampire Academy$706,928291%2,6760$264$5,458,9272Weinstein Company
14Labor Day (2013)$494,387101%1,664-920$297$11,688,9553Paramount
15Philomena$415,070308%1,225721$339$29,488,19713Weinstein Company
16The Nut Job$400,265135%1,918-1086$209$56,150,9215Open Road
17August: Osage County$238,73659%1,010-317$236$35,120,5438Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$556,153167%751-416$741$109,302,2858Paramount
2Gravity$294,553313%355-346$830$267,216,16320Warner Bros.
3Her (2013)$192,788216%255-202$756$22,901,7789Warner Bros.
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$172,457396%326-203$529$422,748,27613Lionsgate
5I, Frankenstein$163,272170%468-959$349$18,028,1504Lionsgate
6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$143,597192%285-252$504$255,768,97410Warner Bros. / New Line
7Nebraska$138,89869%324-201$429$15,399,02114Paramount Vantage
812 Years a Slave$131,22689%386-292$340$47,783,20218Fox Searchlight
9Dallas Buyers Club$92,79779%223-265$416$23,993,11816Focus
10The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$66,899329%201-41$333$57,326,9048Fox
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$64,797173%261-85$248$124,959,2279Paramount
12Devil's Due$50,619235%123-262$412$15,542,3485Fox
13Walking With Dinosaurs$37,120330%248-3$150$35,280,1799Fox
14Grudge Match$29,382143%291-50$101$29,598,8278Warner Bros.
15Captain Phillips$26,040119%135-47$193$106,804,52819Sony / Columbia
16Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$25,374303%181-16$140$119,328,42721Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$81,242321%9833$829$724,4474Roadside Attractions
2Hasee Toh Phasee$49,305442%77-11$640$451,6362Reliance Entertainment
3Inside Llewyn Davis$31,715107%86-43$369$12,850,51611CBS Films
4The Book Thief$25,37098%94-41$270$21,021,66615Fox
5The Legend Of Hercules$23,867155%90-158$265$18,469,1476Lionsgate / Summit
6Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$11,903128%62-41$192$32,418,8137Paramount
7Free Birds$7,885268%75-34$105$55,583,25516Relativity Media
8Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$6,12623%34-12$180$8,207,05412Weinstein Company
9Last Vegas$6,11796%41-19$149$63,896,62616CBS Films
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$1,309-40%15-61$87$1,349,0434Roadside Attractions
11All Is Lost$1,105244%9-3$123$6,256,66718Roadside Attractions
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,08830%10$1,088$13,3552Rialto Pictures
13The Pretty One$681458%10$681$3,0352Dada Films
14At Middleton$479142%1-7$479$51,6973Anchor Bay / Freestyle
15Knights of Badassdom$259-95%2-7$130$97,4674eOne Films US