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 Mon, Aug. 11 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$6,670,138-63%3,845--$1,735$72,245,2431Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$5,343,905-58%4,0888$1,307$181,859,6662Disney
3Into the Storm$1,701,177-61%3,434--$495$19,047,6041Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Hundred-Foot Journey$1,269,585-58%2,023--$628$12,248,8751Disney / DreamWorks
5Lucy$1,227,330-56%3,147-55$390$98,738,9403Universal
6Step Up All In$679,861-55%2,072--$328$7,149,7181Lionsgate / Summit
7Hercules (2014)$662,040-59%2,896-699$229$64,170,1783Paramount
8Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$550,886-58%2,306-977$239$198,319,0425Fox
9Get On Up$541,965-64%2,4691$220$23,651,7252Universal
10Planes: Fire and Rescue$392,989-46%2,280-961$172$53,375,8434Disney
11The Purge: Anarchy$328,980-49%1,602-1054$205$68,862,3404Universal
12And So It Goes$157,056-53%1,111-705$141$13,400,2713Clarius Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$262,125--506196$518$10,799,1685IFC Films
2A Most Wanted Man$239,948-61%80175$300$10,650,7383Roadside Attractions
3Sex Tape$163,602-45%944-1556$173$37,070,7924Sony / Columbia
4How to Train Your Dragon 2$125,970-39%526-335$239$170,247,1229Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Maleficent$90,898-37%370-311$246$236,144,56611Disney
6Transformers: Age of Extinction$70,135-57%580-1152$121$242,950,1667Paramount
7Tammy$64,372-48%550-865$117$82,801,5406Warner Bros. / New Line
822 Jump Street$61,279-39%313-515$196$189,539,1039Sony / Columbia
9Edge of Tomorrow$49,338-50%265-137$186$99,330,01610Warner Bros.
10Chef$41,223-54%242-108$170$28,985,42214Open Road
11X-Men: Days of Future Past$40,739-53%22737$179$232,118,58512Fox
12The Fault in Our Stars$38,938-33%223-59$175$123,885,48510Fox
13Earth to Echo$28,089-34%217-319$129$37,486,7286Relativity Media
14Begin Again$27,121-48%245-482$111$14,305,5337Weinstein Company
15Godzilla (2014)$18,455-57%178-99$104$200,453,76313Warner Bros.
16Rio 2$17,176-44%166-46$103$131,278,72418Fox
17Jersey Boys$15,148-55%150-136$101$46,506,2818Warner Bros.
18Wish I Was Here$14,060-51%202-551$70$3,473,7274Focus
19Neighbors (2014)$13,840-47%139-38$100$149,953,53014Universal
20Blended$13,823-54%144-43$96$46,098,16612Warner Bros.
21The Fluffy Movie$10,775-66%156-276$69$2,715,8163Open Road
22America (2014)$10,662-51%121-357$88$14,331,5197Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$44,73314%410$1,091$5,825,69219Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Calvary$30,618-61%4440$696$390,2492Fox Searchlight
3What If$17,346-52%20--$867$151,2441CBS Films
4Snowpiercer$12,094-44%71-29$170$4,293,0647RADiUS-TWC
5Kick$9,110-68%74-88$123$2,402,7023UTV Motion Pictures
6I Origins$5,558-48%88-34$63$314,1434Fox Searchlight
7The Grand Seduction$5,095-33%33-17$154$3,279,04811eOne Films US
8Mr. Peabody & Sherman$3,717-23%36-23$103$111,433,43623Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9The LEGO Movie$1,4880%17-21$88$257,732,59527Warner Bros.
10Yves Saint Laurent$1,171-32%6-2$195$276,4897Weinstein Company
11Words and Pictures$1,020-46%12-6$85$2,156,38412Roadside Attractions
12Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$158-39%3-1$53$211,90810RADiUS-TWC
13As It Is in Heaven (2014)$9939%21$50$10,4955Embark Visuals
14Fed Up$37-71%2-5$19$1,535,05614RADiUS-TWC