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 Tue, Aug. 5 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$11,907,8212%4,080--$2,919$117,951,0601Disney
2Lucy$2,576,11011%3,20229$805$84,437,5352Universal
3Hercules (2014)$1,631,47515%3,5950$454$55,711,0022Paramount
4Get On Up$1,332,2057%2,468--$540$16,164,4701Universal
5Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$1,285,97012%3,283-385$392$191,749,5064Fox
6Planes: Fire and Rescue$977,59819%3,241-598$302$49,012,6713Disney
7The Purge: Anarchy$915,0058%2,656-200$345$65,029,1453Universal
8Sex Tape$581,5688%2,500-562$233$35,001,1003Sony / Columbia
9And So It Goes$505,95332%1,81654$279$11,280,6442Clarius Entertainment
10Transformers: Age of Extinction$341,8247%1,732-744$197$241,868,3346Paramount
11Tammy$206,6627%1,415-1147$146$81,930,8415Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$333,8841%726365$460$7,640,8482Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$303,4807%310203$979$8,029,3304IFC Films
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$251,03510%861-497$292$169,050,4468Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Maleficent$216,9402%681-396$319$235,169,26410Disney
522 Jump Street$207,7471%828-785$251$188,855,0428Sony / Columbia
6Earth to Echo$95,63520%536-736$178$37,153,7595Relativity Media
7Begin Again$95,0706%727-517$131$13,940,6776Weinstein Company
8Wish I Was Here$93,16015%753128$124$3,227,9573Focus
9Edge of Tomorrow$92,54311%40249$230$98,797,2629Warner Bros.
10Chef$79,635-4%350-55$228$28,472,58713Open Road
11The Fluffy Movie$73,88515%4320$171$2,508,2912Open Road
12Kick$67,85710%162-15$419$2,229,6982UTV Motion Pictures
13The Fault in Our Stars$65,59610%282-105$233$123,528,6079Fox
14America (2014)$49,7596%478-282$104$14,171,5836Lionsgate
15Jersey Boys$41,10410%286-176$144$46,301,3267Warner Bros.
16Godzilla (2014)$40,28114%277-25$145$200,239,56812Warner Bros.
17Rio 2$34,25827%212-18$162$131,081,97217Fox
18X-Men: Days of Future Past$30,6867%190-99$162$231,755,72711Fox
19Blended$25,0958%187-36$134$45,937,52211Warner Bros.
20Neighbors (2014)$20,2755%177-31$115$149,810,92013Universal
21Snowpiercer$18,1556%100-49$182$4,174,4956RADiUS-TWC
22I Origins$10,98414%12246$90$253,9423Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$48,7476%410$1,189$5,530,91818Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$10,700-11%50-24$214$3,227,51710eOne Films US
3Calvary$7,496-11%4--$1,874$90,0291Fox Searchlight
4The LEGO Movie$6,010178%38-164$158$257,724,67826Warner Bros.
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$5,53044%591$94$111,401,96322Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Words and Pictures$2,416-1%18-10$134$2,145,75811Roadside Attractions
7Yves Saint Laurent$1,831-22%80$229$266,5886Weinstein Company
8God's Not Dead$51311%7-2$73$60,754,70920Freestyle / Pure Flix
9Fed Up$450-30%7-6$64$1,534,11513RADiUS-TWC
10Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$362159%40$91$211,0319RADiUS-TWC
11Godzilla: The Japanese Original$355--1--$355$147,77316Rialto Pictures
12Accident (2014 re-issue)$1193%1--$119$17,33011Rialto Pictures
13As It Is in Heaven (2014)$78-3%1--$78$9,9434Embark Visuals
14A Long Way Off$767%10$76$29,9249Moving Visions Entertainment