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, Feb. 16 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$16,785,339-17%3,7750$4,446$130,149,3602Warner Bros.
2RoboCop (2014)$6,593,235-20%3,372--$1,955$26,627,0421Sony / Columbia
3About Last Night$4,847,031-39%2,253--$2,151$25,649,0111Sony / Screen Gems
4The Monuments Men$4,556,228-23%3,0830$1,478$44,144,1572Sony / Columbia
5Endless Love (2014)$2,302,320-36%2,896--$795$13,307,1251Universal
6Ride Along$2,139,450-32%2,517-283$850$116,082,6155Universal
7Frozen (2013)$2,099,578-13%2,101-359$999$376,417,79413Disney
8Winter's Tale$1,399,446-38%2,965--$472$7,297,6941Warner Bros.
9Lone Survivor$1,167,540-30%2,013-856$580$118,412,6018Universal
10That Awkward Moment$806,139-29%1,922-887$419$21,543,3993Focus
11American Hustle$688,192-29%1,072-568$642$141,453,99610Sony / Columbia
12The Nut Job$665,156-14%1,918-1086$347$57,589,5435Open Road
13Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$589,960-34%1,278-861$462$47,679,1365Paramount
14Philomena$522,099-11%1,225721$426$30,597,57013Weinstein Company
15Vampire Academy$504,778-28%2,6760$189$6,663,6502Weinstein Company
16Labor Day (2013)$301,926-34%1,664-920$181$12,445,2433Paramount
17August: Osage County$297,816-14%1,010-317$295$35,765,1078Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$636,125-14%751-416$847$110,675,5248Paramount
2Gravity$337,960-16%355-346$952$267,958,26920Warner Bros.
312 Years a Slave$197,974-15%386-292$513$48,214,74018Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$188,166-12%324-201$581$15,800,78714Paramount Vantage
5Her (2013)$176,367-24%255-202$692$23,310,9459Warner Bros.
6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$155,908-21%285-252$547$256,122,88610Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$146,772-32%326-203$450$423,111,43113Lionsgate
8I, Frankenstein$136,689-22%468-959$292$18,338,9864Lionsgate
9Dallas Buyers Club$119,518-26%223-265$536$24,274,17016Focus
10Walking With Dinosaurs$59,658-15%248-3$241$35,409,7309Fox
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$56,506-21%261-85$216$125,086,8519Paramount
12The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$48,840-40%201-41$243$57,456,5488Fox
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$33,341-23%181-16$184$119,405,17121Sony / Columbia
14Devil's Due$31,104-30%123-262$253$15,617,8545Fox
15Grudge Match$25,482-31%291-50$88$29,661,4998Warner Bros.
16Captain Phillips$22,902-28%135-47$170$106,859,13819Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$102,866-19%9833$1,050$953,5974Roadside Attractions
2Hasee Toh Phasee$46,979-17%77-11$610$555,3782Reliance Entertainment
3Inside Llewyn Davis$39,893-20%86-43$464$12,940,12211CBS Films
4The Legend Of Hercules$23,772-8%90-158$264$18,518,8426Lionsgate / Summit
5The Book Thief$23,345-30%94-41$248$21,078,31815Fox
6Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$13,102-17%62-41$211$32,447,6507Paramount
7Free Birds$11,230-21%75-34$150$55,608,78116Relativity Media
8Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$5,4439%34-12$160$8,217,51212Weinstein Company
9Last Vegas$4,257-42%41-19$104$63,908,21716CBS Films
10Knights of Badassdom$2,783513%2-7$1,392$100,7044eOne Films US
11Gimme Shelter (2014)$2,13930%15-61$143$1,352,8254Roadside Attractions
12All Is Lost$1,122-12%9-3$125$6,259,06018Roadside Attractions
13Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$794-19%10$794$15,1332Rialto Pictures
14The Pretty One$551-26%10$551$4,3342Dada Films
15At Middleton$517-27%1-7$517$52,9263Anchor Bay / Freestyle