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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Mar. 15 - Sun, Mar. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$42,222,000-47%3,9120$10,793$145,025,6242Disney
2The Call$17,100,000--2,507--$6,821$17,100,0001Sony / TriStar
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$10,305,000--3,160--$3,261$10,305,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$6,220,000-37%3,357-168$1,853$53,913,3733Warner Bros. / New Line
5Identity Thief$4,519,000-29%2,842-160$1,590$123,705,8656Universal
6Snitch (2013)$3,500,000-31%2,35313$1,487$37,257,2774Lionsgate / Summit
721 And Over$2,619,000-49%2,424-347$1,080$21,867,7733Relativity Media
8Silver Linings Playbook$2,587,000-28%1,602-125$1,615$124,613,17918Weinstein Company
9Safe Haven$2,495,000-34%2,206-335$1,131$66,952,8105Relativity Media
10Escape From Planet Earth$2,327,000-28%2,211-338$1,052$52,165,5815Weinstein Company
11Dead Man Down$2,040,000-62%2,1880$932$9,287,3402FilmDistrict
12The Last Exorcism Part II$1,325,000-58%1,575-1125$841$14,430,1043CBS Films
13A Good Day to Die Hard$1,150,000-46%1,117-608$1,030$65,464,1475Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$1,225,000-22%646-25$1,896$121,345,13417Fox
2Quartet$913,000-27%688-27$1,327$14,809,89210Weinstein Company
3Emperor$632,350-38%31150$2,033$2,035,4132Roadside Attractions
4Warm Bodies$585,000-42%659-393$888$64,595,9107Lionsgate / Summit
5Dark Skies$551,000-56%703-802$784$16,653,5114Weinstein / Dimension
6Side Effects (2013)$543,000-38%402-200$1,351$30,482,2136Open Road
7Argo$507,000-50%540-201$939$135,176,04423Warner Bros.
8Zero Dark Thirty$415,000-38%450-72$922$95,297,72313Sony / Columbia
9Lincoln$377,000-12%46634$809$181,389,58619Disney / DreamWorks
10Django Unchained$283,000-35%266-70$1,064$161,583,52712Weinstein Company
11Les Miserables (2012)$207,000-33%241-45$859$148,488,97512Universal
12Rise of The Guardians$173,000-24%213-62$812$103,004,03617Paramount / DreamWorks
13Mama$152,000-1%204-10$745$71,334,5259Universal
14Amour$101,726-45%129-76$789$6,495,92413Sony Pictures Classics
15Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$97,000-43%130-95$746$54,677,8448Paramount
16Jack Reacher$79,000-41%130-64$608$80,033,11313Paramount
17The Impossible$75,000-24%105-9$714$18,605,56113Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Spring Breakers$270,000--3--$90,000$270,0001A24
2Stoker$265,733132%9477$2,827$646,5293Fox Searchlight
3The Gatekeepers$239,1031%8619$2,780$1,344,5167Sony Pictures Classics
4No (2013)$191,44227%4813$3,988$736,0475Sony Pictures Classics
5From Up on Poppy Hill$55,028--2--$27,514$55,0281GKIDS
6Bless Me, Ultima$48,278-14%45-7$1,073$1,465,6104Arenas Entertainment
7Ginger & Rosa$45,000--3--$15,000$45,0001A24
8Like Someone in Love$34,300151%1812$1,906$145,7295IFC Films
9Upside Down$28,270--11--$2,570$28,2701Millennium Entertainment
10Beyond the Hills$25,20072%1411$1,800$47,4332IFC Films
11Hyde Park on Hudson$21,900-41%31-8$706$6,336,21715Focus
12Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)$12,240-64%10$12,240$47,4172Tribeca Film
13Reality$8,000--1--$8,000$8,0001Oscilloscope