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. 19 - Sun, Apr. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oblivion (2013)$38,150,000--3,783--$10,085$38,150,0001Universal
242 (2013)$18,025,000-34%3,250247$5,546$54,057,1012Warner Bros.
3The Croods$9,500,000-28%3,435-254$2,766$154,897,7425Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Scary Movie 5$6,296,000-56%3,4020$1,851$22,943,5922Weinstein / Dimension
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$5,775,000-47%3,175-360$1,819$111,211,2664Paramount
6The Place Beyond the Pines$4,745,88823%1,5421028$3,078$11,470,9884Focus
7Olympus Has Fallen$4,500,000-38%2,638-297$1,706$88,801,2525FilmDistrict
8Evil Dead$4,100,000-57%2,823-202$1,452$48,444,9503Sony / TriStar
9Jurassic Park 3D$4,000,000-55%2,330-448$1,717$38,471,0903Universal
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$3,048,000-37%2,045-459$1,490$223,770,1087Disney
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$2,200,000-51%1,405-400$1,566$48,864,1654Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$1,001,000-58%1,356-816$738$25,179,7534Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Home Run$1,623,032--381--$4,260$1,623,0321IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
2Filly Brown$1,363,000--188--$7,250$1,363,0001Lionsgate / Pantelion
3The Call$875,000-55%977-653$896$50,097,1496Sony / TriStar
4The Lords of Salem$622,000--355--$1,752$622,0001Anchor Bay Films
5Silver Linings Playbook$556,00036%867416$641$131,039,21523Weinstein Company
6Identity Thief$470,000-13%480-84$979$132,661,21011Universal
7Trance$400,000-55%4435$903$1,822,6143Fox Searchlight
8Admission$346,401-61%485-424$714$17,457,1455Focus
9Side Effects (2013)$300,000466%645592$465$31,802,83011Open Road
10The Sapphires$262,0005%11421$2,298$1,144,7585Weinstein Company
11Life of Pi$158,500-33%193-24$821$124,521,61922Fox
12Quartet$149,000-34%176-48$847$17,837,76515Weinstein Company
13Warm Bodies$145,000-35%240-39$604$66,113,02912Lionsgate / Summit
14Escape From Planet Earth$139,000-12%240-36$579$54,843,98910Weinstein Company
15Spring Breakers$97,900-74%122-304$802$13,826,4276A24
16Snitch (2013)$85,000-36%161-54$528$42,116,3689Lionsgate / Summit
17Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$58,000-43%112-42$518$55,678,51713Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Company You Keep$425,34553%8443$5,064$979,4423Sony Pictures Classics
2Disconnect$253,398--67--$3,782$412,1362LD Entertainment
3Renoir$148,869-18%567$2,658$665,7364IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
4No (2013)$126,191-19%88-11$1,434$2,035,38910Sony Pictures Classics
5From Up on Poppy Hill$76,618-19%47-2$1,630$724,8056GKIDS
6Upstream Color$75,1105%3019$2,504$217,2463ERBP
7Django Unchained$40,000-51%77-49$519$162,761,64717Weinstein Company
8In the House$35,214--3--$11,738$35,2141Cohen Media Group
9Ginger & Rosa$35,000-36%48-23$729$793,9936A24
10Blancanieves$28,2351%2710$1,046$156,2154Cohen Media Group
11Starbuck$27,723-14%30-2$924$3,698,5585eOne Films US
12It's a Disaster$20,00031%1310$1,538$40,0112Oscilloscope
13Pawn$2,085--1--$2,085$2,0851Anchor Bay Films