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, Apr. 18 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$9,503,748120%3,825-113$2,485$184,418,2023Disney
2Rio 2$9,283,530158%3,97527$2,335$62,168,9102Fox
3Heaven is for Real$7,850,885136%2,417--$3,248$14,885,0781Sony / TriStar
4Transcendence$4,813,369--3,455--$1,393$4,813,3691Warner Bros.
5A Haunted House 2$4,045,237--2,310--$1,751$4,045,2371Open Road
6Bears$2,311,688--1,720--$1,344$2,311,6881Disneynature
7Divergent$2,226,647133%2,486-624$896$130,391,5145Lionsgate / Summit
8Draft Day$2,156,851136%2,7810$776$15,804,6382Lionsgate / Summit
9Oculus$2,021,10398%2,6480$763$18,010,4942Relativity Media
10God's Not Dead$1,696,995150%1,796-64$945$45,222,3085Freestyle / Pure Flix
11Noah$1,660,046109%2,537-745$654$89,933,8724Paramount
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,166,055116%1,280-187$911$42,715,4567Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Muppets Most Wanted$471,70624%929-1332$508$47,722,2595Disney
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$362,11437%780-1221$464$106,738,6957Fox / DreamWorks Animation
32 States$361,336--135--$2,677$361,3361UTV Motion Pictures
4The LEGO Movie$161,453102%340-270$475$252,021,04311Warner Bros.
5Non-Stop (2014)$138,42596%360-402$385$89,906,2858Universal
6Son of God$108,982124%503-402$217$59,275,3198Fox
7Frozen (2013)$96,320103%290-54$332$399,715,39322Disney
8300: Rise of an Empire$86,88158%265-260$328$105,336,4587Warner Bros.
9Bad Words$60,64117%223-540$272$7,458,9596Focus
10The Monuments Men$51,421--221-44$233$77,402,83011Sony / Columbia
11Dom Hemingway$49,302426%12987$382$204,6413Fox Searchlight
12The Nut Job$44,88144%201-60$223$63,949,85714Open Road
13RoboCop (2014)$39,436--175-19$225$57,659,18410Sony / Columbia
14Make Your Move$30,089--142--$212$30,0891High Top Releasing
15Sabotage (2014)$28,835-34%130-621$222$10,301,0964Open Road
16About Last Night$26,043--10983$239$48,531,57510Sony / Screen Gems
17Cesar Chavez$24,951-6%117-188$213$5,332,9984Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Gravity$24,19922%145-57$167$273,932,88429Warner Bros.
193 Days to Kill$24,054448%11027$219$30,496,5309Relativity Media
20Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$15,100136%114-21$132$15,894,8276Lionsgate
21Philomena$10,88721%101-56$108$37,619,55122Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$80,83838%370$2,185$712,8393Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Railway Man$49,153662%2622$1,891$137,3032Weinstein Company
3Joe (2014)$23,561115%480$491$176,0552Roadside Attractions
4Frankie & Alice$9,69510%43-128$225$653,9763Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
512 Years a Slave$9,42640%53-11$178$56,598,08727Fox Searchlight
6The Unknown Known$9,257-16%49-31$189$201,2293RADiUS-TWC
7Pompeii$8,443--64-29$132$23,203,0909Sony / TriStar
8Watermark$5,929416%85$741$29,9873eOne Films US
9Godzilla: The Japanese Original$4,423--1--$4,423$4,4231Rialto Pictures
10Ernest & Celestine$3,609-30%31-8$116$231,6938GKIDS
11Dallas Buyers Club$3,49547%14-19$250$27,283,97725Focus
1213 Sins$3,337--45--$74$3,3371RADiUS-TWC
13Gloria (2014)$1,863-8%13-11$143$2,078,05913Roadside Attractions
14Veronica Mars$1,76682%15-8$118$3,316,1266Warner Bros.
15Cuban Fury$1,709-69%8-71$214$84,5262eOne Films US
16August: Osage County$1,36050%16-11$85$37,724,62017Weinstein Company
17Gabrielle (2014)$1,039--1--$1,039$1,0391eOne Films US