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, May. 4 - Sun, May. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$200,300,000--4,349--$46,057$200,300,0001Disney
2Think Like a Man$8,000,000-55%2,010-5$3,980$73,029,4343Sony / Screen Gems
3The Hunger Games$5,700,000-47%2,794-778$2,040$380,726,9987Lionsgate
4The Lucky One (2012)$5,510,000-49%3,005-170$1,834$47,916,9453Warner Bros.
5The Pirates! Band of Misfits$5,400,000-52%3,3580$1,608$18,563,4592Sony / Columbia
6The Five-Year Engagement$5,088,000-52%2,9415$1,730$19,191,9052Universal
7The Raven$2,508,000-66%2,2096$1,135$12,047,3452Relativity Media
8Safe (2012)$2,470,000-69%2,2715$1,088$12,873,7582Lionsgate
9Chimpanzee$2,395,000-54%1,531-36$1,564$23,012,4333Disneynature
10The Three Stooges$1,800,000-65%2,174-931$828$39,636,6824Fox
11The Cabin in the Woods$1,550,000-66%1,669-970$929$38,003,9434Lionsgate
1221 Jump Street$1,050,000-65%1,040-780$1,010$133,984,6838Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Reunion$838,880-71%856-1298$980$55,322,4905Universal
2Mirror Mirror$715,000-68%922-1095$775$60,143,2516Relativity Media
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$403,775-52%521-362$775$209,011,42010Universal
4Titanic 3D$335,000-82%333-1076$1,006$57,260,1745Paramount
5Lockout$207,261-78%311-948$666$13,882,1814Open Road
6Bully (2012)$168,000-49%2630$639$2,534,8776Weinstein Company
7Damsels in Distress$159,42892%205148$778$630,1445Sony Pictures Classics
8Safe House$112,000-33%175-54$640$126,026,15013Universal
9A Thousand Words$80,000-31%140-29$571$18,188,6049Paramount
10Act of Valor$73,000-53%193-92$378$69,823,57611Relativity Media
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$60,000310%143104$420$34,939,71411Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$750,301--27--$27,789$750,3011Fox Searchlight
2Monsieur Lazhar$220,814-10%8113$2,726$912,55428Music Box Films
3Bernie$140,45064%85$17,556$261,7492Millennium Entertainment
4Footnote$96,684-34%82-19$1,179$1,696,5489Sony Pictures Classics
5Darling Companion$67,6735%4629$1,471$211,7143Sony Pictures Classics
6Sound of My Voice$52,65646%2823$1,881$101,9102Fox Searchlight
7A Beautiful Soul$51,800--20--$2,590$51,8001Tyscot Manhaddon Films
8The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$46,845-38%36-20$1,301$956,5337Music Box Films
9Jeff Who Lives at Home$30,000-48%47-32$638$4,193,6758Paramount Vantage
10Elles$30,00024%137$2,308$67,3852Kino Lorber
11Casa de mi Padre$28,75034%6832$423$5,847,7448Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$26,683-67%30-37$889$1,136,2394Code Black Entertainment
13Friends With Kids$17,625-44%34-19$518$7,186,8629Roadside Attractions
14Coriolanus$13,000-18%184$722$727,67216Weinstein Company
15The Artist$13,000-55%41-9$317$44,240,49524Weinstein Company
16Blue Like Jazz$10,330-72%20-26$517$578,1804Roadside Attractions
17A Little Bit of Heaven$9,830--11--$894$9,8301Millennium Entertainment
18Touchback$7,000-73%12-16$583$196,7974Anchor Bay Films
19Undefeated$6,000-47%13-7$462$530,46912Weinstein Company
20Rampart$3,892-67%10-8$389$969,50513Millennium Entertainment
21Turn Me On, Dammit!$1,680-81%1-4$1,680$57,2026New Yorker Films