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, Jul. 12 - Sun, Jul. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$44,754,000-46%4,0036$11,180$229,237,8802Universal
2Grown Ups 2$42,500,000--3,491--$12,174$42,500,0001Sony / Columbia
3Pacific Rim$38,300,000--3,275--$11,695$38,300,0001Warner Bros.
4The Heat$14,000,000-43%3,128-56$4,476$112,363,4773Fox
5The Lone Ranger$11,140,000-62%3,9040$2,853$71,101,1922Disney
6Monsters University$10,621,000-46%3,142-597$3,380$237,760,4274Disney
7World War Z$9,430,000-49%3,003-313$3,140$177,086,9204Paramount
8White House Down$6,150,000-54%2,566-656$2,397$62,962,9333Sony / Columbia
9Man of Steel$4,825,000-58%2,150-755$2,244$280,994,8785Warner Bros.
10This Is The End$2,950,000-50%1,394-710$2,116$91,738,4405Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$5,000,000-50%89216$5,605$26,378,3092Lionsgate / Summit
2Now You See Me$1,310,000-54%850-756$1,541$113,287,7027Lionsgate / Summit
3Star Trek Into Darkness$690,000-47%403-162$1,712$224,364,7249Paramount
4Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$670,000--139--$4,820$670,0001Reliance Entertainment
5Fast & Furious 6$535,000-50%397-220$1,348$236,520,3558Universal
620 Feet from Stardom$497,3783%13142$3,797$1,770,5175RADiUS-TWC
7Epic$465,000-9%352-76$1,321$104,856,4148Fox
8Before Midnight$313,714-34%154-60$2,037$7,090,3838Sony Pictures Classics
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$263,700-41%138-32$1,911$3,529,9516Roadside Attractions
10The Croods$247,000-28%243-26$1,016$185,621,46917Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11Iron Man 3$241,000-50%199-95$1,211$406,850,68811Disney
12The Internship$216,000-53%233-146$927$43,218,9546Fox
13Mud$134,300-17%110-1$1,221$21,068,96012Roadside Attractions
14The Purge$124,000-62%179-77$693$63,795,9806Universal
15Pain and Gain$71,000-39%150-20$473$49,659,15012Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$1,110,000101%7960$14,051$1,854,4852Fox Searchlight
2Fruitvale Station$377,285--7--$53,898$377,2851Weinstein Company
3Unfinished Song$248,0002%9121$2,725$793,4864Weinstein Company
4The Attack$167,703-14%552$3,049$714,9134Cohen Media Group
5The Bling Ring$150,000-53%97-62$1,546$5,450,2455A24
6Fill the Void$136,839-15%645$2,138$1,406,1848Sony Pictures Classics
7I'm So Excited$109,816-22%226$4,992$473,9663Sony Pictures Classics
8Frances Ha$96,900-13%57-13$1,700$3,796,1339IFC Films
9The East$94,800-42%71-31$1,335$2,127,0527Fox Searchlight
10The Kings of Summer$70,000-27%565$1,250$1,204,7057CBS Films
11Killing Season$25,628--15--$1,709$25,6281Millenium Entertainment
12Stories We Tell$24,800-29%281$886$1,483,20510Roadside Attractions
13Crystal Fairy$24,000--2--$12,000$24,0001IFC Films
14Museum Hours$23,336-25%2-1$11,668$124,1843Cinema Guild
15Still Mine$21,000--4--$5,250$21,0001IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
16G.I. Joe: Retaliation$17,000-50%41-22$415$122,511,24116Paramount
17Stuck in Love$12,754-64%15-6$850$61,6862Millennium Entertainment
18Byzantium$12,000-5%126$1,000$63,2263IFC Films
19Dealin' with Idiots$12,000--1--$12,000$12,0001IFC Films
20What Maisie Knew$9,615-37%131$740$1,044,57611Millenium Entertainment
21Viola$6,275--1--$6,275$6,2751Cinema Guild
22Pawn Shop Chronicles$4,670--15--$311$4,6701Anchor Bay Films