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 Sat, Aug. 23 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$7,480,88855%3,371-326$2,219$246,553,2944Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$7,287,23460%3,864-116$1,886$140,639,1003Paramount
3If I Stay$5,618,206-18%2,907--$1,933$12,445,2131Warner Bros. / New Line
4Let's Be Cops$4,539,62838%3,14046$1,446$42,085,2762Fox
5When the Game Stands Tall$3,379,18415%2,673--$1,264$6,327,7381Sony / TriStar
6The Giver$2,747,90734%3,0030$915$22,176,6132Weinstein Company
7The Expendables 3$2,746,56046%3,2210$853$25,539,9422Lionsgate
8The Hundred-Foot Journey$2,334,87447%1,944-99$1,201$31,114,3263Disney / DreamWorks
9Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For$2,142,501-18%2,894--$740$4,762,2421Weinstein / Dimension
10Into the Storm$1,720,95260%2,375-1059$725$37,299,0623Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lucy$1,501,98048%1,768-752$850$112,752,9805Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$485,28658%733-529$662$203,652,8137Fox
2Get On Up$422,67068%579-522$730$28,439,6654Universal
3A Most Wanted Man$406,33071%433-211$938$13,833,5655Roadside Attractions
4Hercules (2014)$377,88453%622-853$608$69,710,5485Paramount
5Step Up All In$311,94056%948-1124$329$13,476,3123Lionsgate / Summit
6What If$288,03139%680-107$424$2,048,3513CBS Films
7How to Train Your Dragon 2$224,30860%353-24$635$171,971,16411Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Calvary$223,51454%240110$931$1,455,9324Fox Searchlight
9Transformers: Age of Extinction$168,37972%28377$595$243,705,6499Paramount
10The Purge: Anarchy$143,11056%295-280$485$70,640,4106Universal
11Earth to Echo$131,17148%781627$168$37,947,8768Relativity Media
12Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$109,30265%302261$362$6,440,79521Warner Bros. / IMAX
1322 Jump Street$82,99146%135-37$615$190,231,24611Sony / Columbia
14Tammy$72,23664%157-119$460$83,338,5598Warner Bros. / New Line
15Chef$67,67385%105-17$645$29,480,05616Open Road
16And So It Goes$65,76550%156-206$422$14,624,1215Clarius Entertainment
17X-Men: Days of Future Past$61,99948%188-35$330$232,707,40114Fox
18The Fault in Our Stars$57,89336%185-21$313$124,395,61212Fox
19Edge of Tomorrow$51,91844%192-69$270$99,918,47612Warner Bros.
20Sex Tape$41,16350%111-206$371$38,010,4536Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The One I Love$22,17846%8--$2,772$37,3841RADiUS-TWC
2Jersey Boys$18,36947%64-51$287$46,689,30610Warner Bros.
3Yves Saint Laurent$18,03116%213$859$479,4349Weinstein Company
4Godzilla (2014)$16,28979%70-48$233$200,651,73115Warner Bros.
5Begin Again$16,06956%39-23$412$14,512,4699Weinstein Company
6Blended$15,47450%66-45$234$46,270,20314Warner Bros.
7Rio 2$11,87937%72-56$165$131,474,82520Fox
8Snowpiercer$11,57772%28-14$413$4,421,8879RADiUS-TWC
9America (2014)$9,30438%7210$129$14,406,0779Lionsgate
10The Grand Seduction$7,20128%19-6$379$3,363,45813eOne Films US
11The Fluffy Movie$6,40657%30-21$214$2,816,7125Open Road
12Wish I Was Here$4,84537%19-35$255$3,557,7186Focus
13The LEGO Movie$150-12%7-8$21$257,749,59029Warner Bros.
14Fed Up$12239%2-3$61$1,538,82216RADiUS-TWC