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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Apr. 27 - Sun, Apr. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$18,000,000-46%2,0150$8,933$60,868,0582Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$11,400,000--3,358--$3,395$11,400,0001Sony / Columbia
3The Lucky One (2012)$11,325,000-50%3,17520$3,567$39,926,6962Warner Bros.
4The Hunger Games$11,250,000-23%3,572-180$3,149$372,454,7506Lionsgate
5The Five-Year Engagement$11,156,800--2,936--$3,800$11,156,8001Universal
6Safe (2012)$7,720,000--2,266--$3,407$7,720,0001Lionsgate
7The Raven$7,250,000--2,203--$3,291$7,250,0001Relativity Media
8Chimpanzee$5,460,000-49%1,5674$3,484$19,152,9322Disneynature
9The Three Stooges$5,400,000-45%3,105-377$1,739$37,140,5443Fox
10The Cabin in the Woods$4,500,000-44%2,639-172$1,705$34,663,8403Lionsgate
1121 Jump Street$3,100,000-35%1,820-607$1,703$132,037,5187Sony / Columbia
12American Reunion$3,004,830-45%2,154-879$1,395$53,568,6654Universal
13Mirror Mirror$2,242,000-49%2,017-921$1,112$58,879,4225Relativity Media
14Wrath of the Titans$1,985,000-49%1,572-930$1,263$80,528,8115Warner Bros.
15Titanic 3D$1,915,000-62%1,409-1106$1,359$56,282,1424Paramount
16Lockout$944,323-71%1,259-1076$750$13,333,8533Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$883,000-54%883-700$1,000$208,470,6809Universal
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$440,000-36%335-111$1,313$7,790,3288CBS Films
3Bully (2012)$330,000-36%2630$1,255$2,126,4795Weinstein Company
4Safe House$163,735-29%229-72$715$125,853,56012Universal
5Footnote$163,551-13%1018$1,619$1,564,7178Sony Pictures Classics
6Act of Valor$146,00011%28556$512$69,672,29210Relativity Media
7The Raid: Redemption$142,357-70%126-422$1,130$3,901,5656Sony Pictures Classics
8A Thousand Words$110,00073%1691$651$18,065,0528Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsieur Lazhar$252,02166%6633$3,819$613,33527Music Box Films
2Damsels in Distress$92,952-19%5711$1,631$448,1664Sony Pictures Classics
3Bernie$90,438--3--$30,146$90,4381Millennium Entertainment
4The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$75,621-10%51-4$1,483$873,6586Music Box Films
5Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$73,260-54%67-39$1,093$1,074,3843Code Black Entertainment
6Darling Companion$71,61479%1713$4,213$126,5152Sony Pictures Classics
7Jeff Who Lives at Home$61,000-53%77-45$792$4,141,8607Paramount Vantage
8A Separation$57,10816%48-11$1,190$7,009,02418Sony Pictures Classics
9Sound of My Voice$40,069--5--$8,014$40,0691Fox Searchlight
10Blue Like Jazz$37,850-71%46-80$823$552,4293Roadside Attractions
11Friends With Kids$36,950-48%52-31$711$7,160,3218Roadside Attractions
12The Artist$30,000-46%50-36$600$44,211,67523Weinstein Company
13The Woman in Black$28,000-41%63-27$444$54,321,72113CBS Films
14Touchback$27,000-54%30-39$900$183,9233Anchor Bay Films
15Elles$26,000--6--$4,333$26,0001Kino Lorber
16Casa de mi Padre$23,000-42%36-22$639$5,813,7797Lionsgate / Pantelion
17Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$20,000-43%39-42$513$34,881,86810Lionsgate
18Coriolanus$16,81859%140$1,201$708,27315Weinstein Company
19Rampart$13,817333%1811$768$963,12212Millennium Entertainment
20Undefeated$10,8855%203$544$519,20111Weinstein Company
21The Highest Pass$10,392--2--$5,196$10,3921Cinema Libre
22Turn Me On, Dammit!$8,79643%54$1,759$50,3665New Yorker Films
23W.E.$5,474-49%10-5$547$575,25813Weinstein Company