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 Thu, Jul. 3 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$9,660,41825%4,233--$2,282$138,345,7691Paramount
2Tammy$5,518,172-11%3,400--$1,623$11,729,5400Warner Bros. / New Line
3Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$2,657,138-7%3,049--$871$5,511,8520Sony / Screen Gems
4Earth to Echo$2,552,979-4%3,230--$790$5,202,8990Relativity Media
522 Jump Street$2,491,95026%3,32418$750$149,466,2933Sony / Columbia
6How to Train Your Dragon 2$2,444,11224%3,311-957$738$131,254,3643Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Maleficent$1,529,47927%2,443-1007$626$207,760,4885Disney
8Jersey Boys$1,095,42825%2,630-275$417$31,535,7952Warner Bros.
9Think Like a Man Too$1,091,56732%1,729-496$631$52,298,7242Sony / Screen Gems
10Edge of Tomorrow$812,36855%1,538-1674$528$87,227,1534Warner Bros.
11The Fault in Our Stars$767,75411%1,866-1474$411$113,403,5294Fox
12America (2014)$626,648-4%1,105--$567$1,318,9681Lionsgate
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$410,27240%1,040-1641$394$225,220,0026Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$306,45148%686-275$447$20,361,7528Open Road
2Begin Again$214,94532%175--$1,228$538,2491Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$165,32547%250--$661$501,5191RADiUS-TWC
4Godzilla (2014)$105,09752%352-1013$299$197,483,6147Warner Bros.
5The Amazing Spider-Man 2$101,24933%289-145$350$200,477,6129Sony / Columbia
6Neighbors (2014)$90,99030%298-735$305$147,621,6308Universal
7Rio 2$90,7513%299-11$304$128,503,12812Fox
8Blended$60,12143%305-537$197$43,846,0156Warner Bros.
9A Million Ways to Die in the West$59,36041%201-1216$295$41,983,1705Universal
10Heaven is for Real$47,59718%186-15$256$90,349,86111Sony / TriStar
11Belle$42,52333%134-110$317$9,809,7199Fox Searchlight
12Divergent$40,39820%210-79$192$150,687,12115Lionsgate / Summit
13The Grand Seduction$31,01619%119-5$261$2,305,6605eOne Films US
14The LEGO Movie$30,158-2%240-75$126$257,122,20321Warner Bros.
15The Other Woman (2014)$28,17030%168-63$168$83,506,60710Fox
16Mr. Peabody & Sherman$18,3495%136-43$135$111,089,59117Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17Words and Pictures$16,46731%105-70$157$1,795,1116Roadside Attractions
18The Signal (2014)$1,50830%180-24$8$581,4653Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$55,76414%0-41--$3,742,80013Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$21,04539%80-32$263$58,622,60417Fox Searchlight
3Brick Mansions$14,89184%31-29$480$20,396,82910Relativity Media
4God's Not Dead$12,59138%90-22$140$60,648,17515Freestyle / Pure Flix
5The Immigrant$11,87234%61-49$195$2,025,3287Weinstein Company
6Moms' Night Out$11,19139%9646$117$10,327,0688Sony / TriStar
7Fed Up$6,4241%18-29$357$1,481,3078RADiUS-TWC
8Yves Saint Laurent$6,10221%20$3,051$54,5611Weinstein Company
9The Railway Man$2,89024%38-46$76$4,418,31912Weinstein Company
10Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$2,62064%12-34$218$186,2564RADiUS-TWC
11Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$1,22433%9-43$136$8,439,8068Clarius Entertainment
12Radio Free Albemuth$872-19%10--$87$9,3651Freestyle Releasing
13Godzilla: The Japanese Original$200-37%1--$200$143,75711Rialto Pictures
14The Hornet's Nest$8822%1-2$88$307,3328Freestyle Releasing
15The Unknown Known$6632%1-1$66$276,49713RADiUS-TWC