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, May. 4 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$23,280,183-30%4,324--$5,384$91,608,3371Sony / Columbia
2The Other Woman (2014)$3,524,476-42%3,23833$1,088$47,552,7362Fox
3Heaven is for Real$2,555,859-29%2,930225$872$65,503,9183Sony / TriStar
4Rio 2$2,428,571-31%3,314-389$733$106,582,2284Fox
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$2,150,530-39%3,179-441$676$237,155,4805Disney
6Brick Mansions$1,062,058-30%2,6470$401$15,628,9882Relativity Media
7Bears$561,294-20%1,79070$314$14,366,2163Disneynature
8Divergent$558,830-44%1,639-427$341$142,669,0097Lionsgate / Summit
9God's Not Dead$535,898-25%1,330-270$403$55,561,3087Freestyle / Pure Flix
10The Quiet Ones$434,873-51%2,0270$215$6,755,7022Lionsgate
11Draft Day$365,147-41%1,354-726$270$26,426,0474Lionsgate / Summit
12Transcendence$330,323-34%1,775-1680$186$21,366,2303Warner Bros.
13A Haunted House 2$303,211-33%1,328-982$228$16,124,4633Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$486,427-40%884-137$550$51,548,9459Fox Searchlight
2Noah$280,688-29%929-675$302$99,025,2876Paramount
3Oculus$183,947-44%884-997$208$26,702,3654Relativity Media
4The Railway Man$137,931-40%1648$841$1,629,3544Weinstein Company
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$118,051-38%410-58$288$108,548,0629Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The LEGO Movie$69,873-33%220-83$318$253,106,87513Warner Bros.
7RoboCop (2014)$51,978-76%23184$225$58,317,50412Sony / Columbia
8Non-Stop (2014)$39,180-43%218-34$180$90,716,20010Universal
9300: Rise of an Empire$37,819-24%235-90$161$106,036,1809Warner Bros.
10The Monuments Men$21,843-59%145-21$151$77,842,89713Sony / Columbia
11The Nut Job$16,208-30%101-59$160$64,238,76716Open Road
12Son of God$10,089-25%126-85$80$59,631,57510Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12 States$48,424-39%96-41$504$2,023,3863UTV Motion Pictures
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$47,277-6%370$1,278$1,326,5355Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Belle$34,085-18%4--$8,521$106,5781Fox Searchlight
4Blue Ruin$21,438-29%60--$357$121,4862RADiUS-TWC
5Cesar Chavez$14,725-11%9752$152$5,550,8666Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Walk of Shame$11,979-13%51--$235$39,7511Focus World
7Sabotage (2014)$8,080-17%60-15$135$10,471,6886Open Road
8Joe (2014)$7,884-30%39-2$202$341,8004Roadside Attractions
9Dom Hemingway$7,186-32%47-72$153$496,3025Fox Searchlight
103 Days to Kill$6,893-42%64-21$108$30,655,53811Relativity Media
11Godzilla: The Japanese Original$5,838-26%98$649$40,8873Rialto Pictures
12Decoding Annie Parker$5,700-11%13--$438$16,7811eOne Films US
13Bad Words$5,010-34%40-74$125$7,719,1578Focus
14Gravity$4,896-45%65-40$75$274,084,95131Warner Bros.
15Philomena$3,355-30%22-11$153$37,692,01324Weinstein Company
16Watermark$2,54938%11-5$232$76,7985eOne Films US
17Gloria (2014)$1,462-35%90$162$2,099,69215Roadside Attractions
18The Unknown Known$829-16%15-7$55$262,6135RADiUS-TWC
19Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$781-32%1-1$781$40,50413Rialto Pictures
20Gabrielle (2014)$36059%10$360$5,5343eOne Films US
21August: Osage County$278-38%3-4$93$37,738,40019Weinstein Company