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 Wed, Aug. 20 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$2,623,129-25%3,697-391$710$231,680,8323Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$2,406,886-32%3,980135$605$126,487,6082Paramount
3Let's Be Cops$1,765,160-30%3,094158$571$32,594,6451Fox
4The Giver$1,122,276-28%3,003--$374$16,309,4111Weinstein Company
5The Expendables 3$1,084,957-33%3,221--$337$19,908,1581Lionsgate
6The Hundred-Foot Journey$850,389-19%2,04320$416$26,353,3432Disney / DreamWorks
7Into the Storm$686,409-27%3,4340$200$33,893,0012Warner Bros. / New Line
8Lucy$618,510-20%2,520-532$245$109,718,9754Universal
9Step Up All In$260,460-36%2,0720$126$12,753,0972Lionsgate / Summit
10Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$225,750-25%1,262-589$179$202,668,5516Fox
11Hercules (2014)$210,385-26%1,475-1421$143$68,891,8304Paramount
12Get On Up$170,135-21%1,101-1179$155$27,615,9403Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$243,642-9%771265$316$14,397,1336IFC Films
2Planes: Fire and Rescue$146,821-15%960-892$153$56,182,6345Disney
3A Most Wanted Man$137,306-7%644-157$213$13,058,5524Roadside Attractions
4What If$122,603-15%787767$156$1,445,6012CBS Films
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$86,707-19%377-149$230$171,516,64910Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Purge: Anarchy$68,720-17%575-630$120$70,356,8405Universal
7Calvary$48,219-3%13086$371$1,040,1113Fox Searchlight
8And So It Goes$47,303-15%362-749$131$14,468,7894Clarius Entertainment
9Sex Tape$45,039-19%317-416$142$37,907,8695Sony / Columbia
1022 Jump Street$37,110-11%172-106$216$190,059,41010Sony / Columbia
11Edge of Tomorrow$32,559-6%261-4$125$99,797,41911Warner Bros.
12X-Men: Days of Future Past$29,797-12%223-4$134$232,575,42813Fox
13The Fault in Our Stars$26,938-9%206-17$131$124,270,10811Fox
14Transformers: Age of Extinction$23,876-14%206-374$116$243,416,5878Paramount
15Tammy$20,688-15%276-274$75$83,204,7427Warner Bros. / New Line
16Chef$18,350-11%122-120$150$29,353,78315Open Road
17Earth to Echo$16,66311%154-63$108$37,715,1617Relativity Media
18Godzilla (2014)$9,704-2%118-60$82$200,616,74014Warner Bros.
19Rio 2$9,109-16%128-38$71$131,443,95219Fox
20Jersey Boys$7,996-14%115-35$70$46,649,2269Warner Bros.
21Blended$7,911-9%111-33$71$46,235,89513Warner Bros.
22Neighbors (2014)$7,4350%106-33$70$150,079,33015Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$37,1057%410$905$6,228,69520Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Yves Saint Laurent$11,881-45%1812$660$432,5078Weinstein Company
3The Grand Seduction$7,85034%25-8$314$3,345,35712eOne Films US
4Begin Again$7,279-13%62-183$117$14,478,8878Weinstein Company
5Snowpiercer$7,246-1%42-29$173$4,395,6908RADiUS-TWC
6The Fluffy Movie$4,780-9%51-105$94$2,801,0644Open Road
7America (2014)$3,066-27%62-59$49$14,386,4218Lionsgate
8Wish I Was Here$2,588-2%54-148$48$3,546,4875Focus
9Kick$2,579-58%16-58$161$2,470,1164UTV Motion Pictures
10The LEGO Movie$1,3632%15-2$91$257,748,13228Warner Bros.
11Words and Pictures$1,287-13%153$86$2,169,77513Roadside Attractions
12I Origins$358-8%13-75$28$335,8275Fox Searchlight
13Jake Squared$28542%10--$29$2,3661Freestyle Releasing
14Fed Up$208-48%53$42$1,538,40515RADiUS-TWC
15Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$30-83%2-1$15$213,92411RADiUS-TWC