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. 14 - Sun, Mar. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mr. Peabody & Sherman$21,200,000-34%3,95117$5,366$63,179,9162Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2300: Rise of an Empire$19,105,000-58%3,49020$5,474$78,310,5532Warner Bros.
3Need For Speed$17,808,000--3,115--$5,717$17,808,0001Disney / DreamWorks
4Non-Stop (2014)$10,600,000-33%3,18370$3,330$68,789,8103Universal
5Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$8,300,000--1,896--$4,378$8,300,0001Lionsgate
6The LEGO Movie$7,705,000-29%3,040-250$2,535$236,931,9286Warner Bros.
7Son of God$5,400,000-48%2,990-281$1,806$50,874,7083Fox
8Frozen (2013)$2,117,000-28%1,466-194$1,444$396,355,85017Disney
9The Monuments Men$2,000,000-35%1,594-407$1,255$73,818,6926Sony / Columbia
103 Days to Kill$1,700,000-44%1,566-782$1,086$28,432,3684Relativity Media
11Ride Along$1,400,000-31%1,024-299$1,367$132,121,4659Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Veronica Mars$2,021,000--291--$6,945$2,021,0001Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$1,180,000-44%925-140$1,276$55,047,99222Fox Searchlight
3RoboCop (2014)$850,000-58%965-749$881$56,520,5315Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$675,000-59%624-450$1,082$47,820,9005Sony / Screen Gems
5American Hustle$600,000-43%503-102$1,193$149,343,28114Sony / Columbia
6Pompeii$585,000-63%671-987$872$22,413,0094Sony / TriStar
7Gravity$522,000-42%320-64$1,631$272,646,89224Warner Bros.
8The Nut Job$472,00045%405-85$1,165$62,080,5559Open Road
9The Wind Rises$412,000-54%305-191$1,351$4,260,9214Disney
10Philomena$410,000-40%502-168$817$36,640,16217Weinstein Company
11The Wolf of Wall Street$405,000-41%286-73$1,416$116,336,91412Paramount
12Dallas Buyers Club$362,000-42%281-31$1,288$26,765,35220Focus
13Lone Survivor$267,000-36%316-156$845$124,570,89112Universal
14Tim's Vermeer$218,17529%10944$2,002$1,010,5397Sony Pictures Classics
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$205,00073%268135$765$424,338,88117Lionsgate
16Endless Love (2014)$153,000-62%278-258$550$23,393,8805Universal
17That Awkward Moment$131,000-40%122-66$1,074$25,845,7217Focus
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$130,00017%15245$855$50,277,6449Paramount
19Repentance$103,000-65%126-31$817$1,116,6253Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
20August: Osage County$100,000-20%2037$493$37,468,75712Weinstein Company
21Nebraska$71,000-62%120-60$592$17,609,23618Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$3,640,034349%6662$55,152$4,778,9742Fox Searchlight
2Bad Words$120,000--6--$20,000$120,0001Focus
3The Lunchbox$97,386-15%185$5,410$314,8123Sony Pictures Classics
4The Great Beauty$93,297-40%73-4$1,278$2,602,44818Janus Films
5Particle Fever$89,618109%1411$6,401$178,8722Abramorama / Bond 360
6Gloria (2014)$78,850-32%73-3$1,080$1,900,8548Roadside Attractions
7The Face of Love$56,700130%2118$2,700$89,9992IFC Films
8Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$49,7002%3613$1,381$190,9544IFC Films
9I, Frankenstein$48,000-32%76-16$632$19,058,8788Lionsgate
10Le Week-End$45,000--3--$15,000$45,0001Music Box Films
11The Art of the Steal (2014)$38,500--60--$642$38,5001RADiUS-TWC
12Ernest & Celestine$36,468233%93$4,052$68,3543GKIDS
13Stalingrad (2014)$33,000-70%70-73$471$960,4423Sony / Columbia
14Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$21,000-86%50-254$420$127,343,44513Paramount
15Enemy$18,000--1--$18,000$18,0001A24
16Labor Day (2013)$15,000-66%42-42$357$13,362,3377Paramount
17Generation War$12,000106%60$2,000$74,0459Music Box Films
18On My Way$11,100--1--$11,100$11,1001Cohen Media Group
19Big Men$9,050--1--$9,050$9,0501Abramorama
2020 Feet from Stardom$8,902-65%18-37$495$4,928,65840RADiUS-TWC
21Teenage$8,000--1--$8,000$8,0001Oscilloscope
22The Retrieval$6,400--1--$6,400$6,4001Variance Films
23Beijing Love Story$4,500-64%4-2$1,125$423,5985China Lion Film
24The Word$3,720--1--$3,720$3,7201Scarlet Sky Productions
25In Bloom$616-73%1-3$616$37,25410Big World Pictures
26Cutie and the Boxer$42033%42$105$199,46531RADiUS-TWC