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, Mar. 1 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Non-Stop (2014)$12,406,35023%3,090--$4,015$22,463,8851Universal
2The LEGO Movie$10,265,817133%3,770-120$2,723$202,987,8114Warner Bros.
3Son of God$9,346,491-1%3,260--$2,867$18,804,4801Fox
4The Monuments Men$2,406,44566%3,002-62$802$64,545,3714Sony / Columbia
53 Days to Kill$2,309,13659%2,8720$804$19,564,3952Relativity Media
6RoboCop (2014)$2,081,13581%2,885-487$721$49,940,3503Sony / Columbia
7Pompeii$1,971,66863%2,6580$742$16,617,9822Sony / TriStar
8Frozen (2013)$1,788,949149%1,746-145$1,025$387,632,11815Disney
9About Last Night$1,560,56650%1,804-449$865$42,949,4703Sony / Screen Gems
10Ride Along$1,477,16570%1,869-317$790$126,469,6507Universal
11Endless Love (2014)$693,45521%1,874-1022$370$21,927,2503Universal
12Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$613,99746%1,317--$466$126,202,77411Paramount
13Philomena$588,02872%1,09793$536$34,334,49915Weinstein Company
14Lone Survivor$488,16072%1,017-499$480$123,087,65110Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$1,011,675101%94542$1,071$146,304,05212Sony / Columbia
2The Wind Rises$653,33140%496475$1,317$1,699,0732Disney
3The Wolf of Wall Street$610,80386%505-122$1,210$114,287,93310Paramount
412 Years a Slave$523,106134%41162$1,273$50,106,89320Fox Searchlight
5Gravity$450,314109%340-8$1,324$270,255,08522Warner Bros.
6The Nut Job$324,188202%752-483$431$60,562,0457Open Road
7That Awkward Moment$242,52921%608-600$399$24,966,5425Focus
8Dallas Buyers Club$229,918105%21641$1,064$25,232,99118Focus
9Repentance$220,50530%152--$1,451$390,6451Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
10Her (2013)$218,72188%2500$875$24,508,39011Warner Bros.
11Stalingrad (2014)$213,48348%308--$693$357,9031Sony / Columbia
12Nebraska$199,71380%28979$691$17,038,71616Paramount Vantage
13Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$131,56559%367-440$358$49,805,3447Paramount
14August: Osage County$119,95080%346-179$347$37,013,65910Weinstein Company
15Winter's Tale$112,33447%705-2260$159$12,259,1043Warner Bros.
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$100,17190%215-51$466$256,901,03412Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$91,99486%198-42$465$423,860,82115Lionsgate
18Gloria (2014)$74,63180%102-8$732$1,560,1246Roadside Attractions
19I, Frankenstein$60,80387%169-48$360$18,811,5156Lionsgate
20The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$58,46867%163-45$359$57,875,79710Fox
21Walking With Dinosaurs$57,269147%195-19$294$35,746,35111Fox
22Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$38,477195%163-18$236$119,617,28723Sony / Columbia
23Labor Day (2013)$21,38838%107-311$200$13,239,6655Paramount
24In Secret$20,28159%109-157$186$410,6032Roadside Attractions
25Vampire Academy$19,27876%111-425$174$7,715,6824Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain Phillips$89,673709%96-93$934$107,091,67121Sony / Columbia
2Highway$45,25053%80-17$566$470,7292UTV Motion Pictures
3The Legend Of Hercules$31,15780%89-21$350$18,733,2778Lionsgate / Summit
4The Book Thief$25,47254%73-11$349$21,267,40017Fox
5Inside Llewyn Davis$21,46399%65-42$330$13,151,40213CBS Films
6Devil's Due$13,53267%48-36$282$15,765,3807Fox
7Free Birds$13,007226%48-8$271$55,673,94218Relativity Media
8Grudge Match$10,08853%75-33$135$29,779,50210Warner Bros.
9Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$8,20255%9158$90$8,266,65314Weinstein Company
10Ernest & Celestine$7,819237%1--$7,819$10,1381GKIDS
11Hasee Toh Phasee$1,91030%9-24$212$644,5194Reliance Entertainment
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$25364%10$253$21,3924Rialto Pictures