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, Mar. 28 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Noah$15,183,234--3,567--$4,257$15,183,2341Paramount
2Divergent$8,129,132165%3,9360$2,065$76,889,1402Lionsgate / Summit
3Muppets Most Wanted$2,630,480138%3,1940$824$24,468,1692Disney
4God's Not Dead$2,352,810162%1,178398$1,997$15,305,8282Freestyle / Pure Flix
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$2,208,827120%3,299-308$670$87,617,6404Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Sabotage (2014)$1,832,067--2,486--$737$1,832,0671Open Road
7Need For Speed$1,194,78998%2,705-410$442$34,612,8103Disney / DreamWorks
8300: Rise of an Empire$1,178,04375%2,601-484$453$98,023,4574Warner Bros.
9Non-Stop (2014)$1,169,430134%2,515-430$465$82,249,6055Universal
10The LEGO Movie$722,90868%2,001-500$361$245,921,6288Warner Bros.
11Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$319,12856%1,139-757$280$14,197,2333Lionsgate
12Son of God$261,1018%1,277-862$204$57,051,8435Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$2,405,393303%977673$2,462$18,037,2084Fox Searchlight
2Cesar Chavez$1,029,545--664--$1,551$1,029,5451Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Bad Words$765,958855%842755$910$1,684,6483Focus
4The Monuments Men$124,40621%501-437$248$76,283,8678Sony / Columbia
5Ride Along$97,195114%360-290$270$133,438,07011Universal
6The Nut Job$83,17663%294-41$283$62,876,90111Open Road
7Frozen (2013)$79,0397%387-682$204$398,132,91419Disney
83 Days to Kill$62,3796%340-412$183$30,084,6526Relativity Media
9Veronica Mars$49,7369%210-137$237$3,073,8873Warner Bros.
1012 Years a Slave$37,766-12%228-294$166$56,282,09324Fox Searchlight
11Gravity$34,86949%135-67$258$273,225,52726Warner Bros.
12American Hustle$32,13544%188-93$171$149,941,95316Sony / Columbia
13The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$28,82572%185-39$156$258,131,48116Warner Bros. / New Line
14Philomena$28,580-7%202-95$141$37,247,70319Weinstein Company
15Pompeii$26,41072%162-39$163$22,904,1016Sony / TriStar
16The Wolf of Wall Street$25,85428%134-81$193$116,805,80914Paramount
17Lone Survivor$25,57562%165-46$155$124,900,12614Universal
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$25,290118%107-21$236$50,498,91511Paramount
19RoboCop (2014)$25,15822%168-160$150$57,207,4377Sony / Columbia
20The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$18,21848%158-53$115$424,600,27219Lionsgate
21Her (2013)$14,757116%11037$134$25,425,50015Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1About Last Night$22,49033%91-123$247$48,367,7757Sony / Screen Gems
2Dallas Buyers Club$15,8515%99-79$160$27,151,04022Focus
3That Awkward Moment$14,79291%68-25$218$26,021,7319Focus
4August: Osage County$9,6440%81-60$119$37,648,95114Weinstein Company
5Ernest & Celestine$6,102529%125$509$104,1595GKIDS
6Gloria (2014)$5,522-12%36-14$153$2,010,25310Roadside Attractions
7Walking With Dinosaurs$4,48131%42-17$107$36,037,75415Fox
8Winter's Tale$3,992-28%85-59$47$12,582,9157Warner Bros.
9Stalingrad (2014)$2,851210%6653$43$995,7495Sony / Columbia
10Vampire Academy$1,76216%24-11$73$7,781,3748Weinstein Company
11Blood Ties$468-82%5-23$94$39,8242Roadside Attractions
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$147-60%21$74$25,1538Rialto Pictures