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 Wed, May. 7 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$4,123,636-34%4,324--$954$107,139,9851Sony / Columbia
2The Other Woman (2014)$1,245,200-19%3,23833$385$51,374,1932Fox
3Heaven is for Real$656,299-23%2,930225$224$67,608,6513Sony / TriStar
4Captain America: The Winter Soldier$538,107-19%3,179-441$169$238,868,6925Disney
5Rio 2$337,163-24%3,314-389$102$107,698,9844Fox
6Brick Mansions$299,892-24%2,6470$113$16,616,3722Relativity Media
7God's Not Dead$179,522-10%1,330-270$135$56,094,1247Freestyle / Pure Flix
8Divergent$171,202-12%1,639-427$104$143,180,1737Lionsgate / Summit
9Bears$156,893-14%1,79070$88$14,824,4223Disneynature
10Draft Day$137,6593%1,354-726$102$26,804,5354Lionsgate / Summit
11The Quiet Ones$130,187-19%2,0270$64$7,178,3082Lionsgate
12Transcendence$124,582-17%1,775-1680$70$21,757,9163Warner Bros.
13A Haunted House 2$95,333-10%1,328-982$72$16,424,3533Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$186,732-8%884-137$211$52,096,5579Fox Searchlight
2Noah$87,446-13%929-675$94$99,295,5386Paramount
3Oculus$73,614-12%884-997$83$26,928,9304Relativity Media
4The Railway Man$51,384-2%1648$313$1,776,0224Weinstein Company
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$18,115-3%410-58$44$108,602,9359Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The LEGO Movie$17,311-20%220-83$79$253,160,55713Warner Bros.
7Non-Stop (2014)$15,155-14%218-34$70$90,761,87010Universal
8300: Rise of an Empire$14,405-3%235-90$61$106,078,3949Warner Bros.
9Son of God$3,558-10%126-85$28$59,642,64910Fox
10The Nut Job$2,914-19%101-59$29$64,248,10016Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$25,14814%370$680$1,391,7765Warner Bros. / IMAX
22 States$11,830-28%96-41$123$2,059,8603UTV Motion Pictures
3Belle$9,521-9%4--$2,380$136,0881Fox Searchlight
4Blue Ruin$8,5961%60--$143$146,8262RADiUS-TWC
5Cesar Chavez$5,93016%9752$61$5,566,8726Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Walk of Shame$5,587-7%51--$110$55,7281Focus World
7Decoding Annie Parker$4,100246%13--$315$31,6561eOne Films US
8Dom Hemingway$3,280-14%47-72$70$506,3205Fox Searchlight
9Joe (2014)$3,155-17%39-2$81$351,2554Roadside Attractions
10Sabotage (2014)$2,858-15%60-15$48$10,480,9396Open Road
113 Days to Kill$2,568-8%64-21$40$30,663,04911Relativity Media
12Bad Words$2,558-17%40-74$64$7,726,4218Focus
13Gravity$1,918-7%65-40$30$274,090,59631Warner Bros.
14Philomena$1,64222%22-11$75$37,695,91824Weinstein Company
15Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,093-48%1211$91$45,9573Rialto Pictures
16Watermark$7717%11-5$70$78,9195eOne Films US
17Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$42565%1-1$425$41,42713Rialto Pictures
18Gloria (2014)$342-89%90$38$2,103,29115Roadside Attractions
19The Unknown Known$321-64%15-7$21$264,4655RADiUS-TWC
20August: Osage County$108-11%3-4$36$37,738,73319Weinstein Company