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 Sat, Feb. 22 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$14,479,03399%3,890115$3,722$173,464,8683Warner Bros.
23 Days to Kill$5,176,79428%2,872--$1,803$9,211,0021Relativity Media
3RoboCop (2014)$4,380,24169%3,3720$1,299$41,170,3362Sony / Columbia
4Pompeii$4,259,12226%2,658--$1,602$7,626,2531Sony / TriStar
5The Monuments Men$3,673,68564%3,064-19$1,199$55,862,1363Sony / Columbia
6About Last Night$3,359,88547%2,2530$1,491$36,384,3422Sony / Screen Gems
7Ride Along$2,207,86066%2,186-331$1,010$122,047,1206Universal
8Frozen (2013)$2,031,01298%1,891-210$1,074$382,758,78514Disney
9Endless Love (2014)$1,737,60019%2,8960$600$19,041,3352Universal
10Winter's Tale$970,50444%2,9650$327$10,738,7282Warner Bros.
11Lone Survivor$924,76069%1,516-497$610$121,201,4269Universal
12That Awkward Moment$605,94327%1,208-714$502$23,751,5634Focus
13Philomena$536,26880%1,004-221$534$32,358,16414Weinstein Company
14The Nut Job$488,122130%1,235-683$395$59,539,8046Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$840,55183%903-169$931$143,681,90411Sony / Columbia
2The Wolf of Wall Street$603,07677%627-124$962$112,463,1499Paramount
3Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$388,06359%807-471$481$49,105,2916Paramount
4Gravity$387,68876%348-7$1,114$269,036,25321Warner Bros.
512 Years a Slave$241,35899%349-37$692$48,917,19719Fox Searchlight
6Nebraska$200,907100%210-114$957$16,390,02815Paramount Vantage
7Her (2013)$188,35478%250-5$753$23,865,07510Warner Bros.
8August: Osage County$179,22977%525-485$341$36,495,8029Weinstein Company
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$151,89572%240-86$633$423,547,71614Lionsgate
10The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$139,83887%266-19$526$256,558,49511Warner Bros. / New Line
11Dallas Buyers Club$131,11083%175-48$749$24,652,22417Focus
12Vampire Academy$123,52170%536-2140$230$7,540,8793Weinstein Company
13In Secret$113,58545%266--$427$192,0491Roadside Attractions
14Gloria (2014)$106,79680%11012$971$1,277,0845Roadside Attractions
15Labor Day (2013)$104,02650%418-1246$249$13,052,9684Paramount
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$80,01748%2087$385$57,681,3439Fox
17I, Frankenstein$67,91270%217-251$313$18,620,0085Lionsgate
18Walking With Dinosaurs$63,053115%214-34$295$35,588,24510Fox
19The Legend Of Hercules$43,64274%11020$397$18,614,5977Lionsgate / Summit
20Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$40,076120%1810$221$119,519,59722Sony / Columbia
21Inside Llewyn Davis$33,18878%10721$310$13,050,93512CBS Films
22Captain Phillips$32,86699%18954$174$106,942,12220Sony / Columbia
23Grudge Match$22,55363%108-183$209$29,736,6449Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Highway$145,97356%97--$1,505$239,4071UTV Motion Pictures
2The Wind Rises$129,21158%21--$6,153$352,8871Disney
3Devil's Due$31,94080%84-39$380$15,705,6556Fox
4The Book Thief$29,39861%84-10$350$21,175,44816Fox
5Hasee Toh Phasee$16,55257%33-44$502$624,7593Reliance Entertainment
6Free Birds$12,611132%56-19$225$55,643,92317Relativity Media
7Barefoot$4,51815%18--$251$8,4521Roadside Attractions
8Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,65051%33-1$111$8,239,55613Weinstein Company
9The Pretty One$2,55432%54$511$9,6783Dada Films
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$94771%5-10$189$1,359,0785Roadside Attractions
11All Is Lost$8363%5-4$167$6,262,27619Roadside Attractions
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$58420%10$584$19,5683Rialto Pictures
13Knights of Badassdom$434244%31$145$114,0915eOne Films US