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, Aug. 22 - Sun, Aug. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$17,631,000-30%3,371-326$5,230$251,884,8574Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$16,800,000-41%3,864-116$4,348$145,609,8063Paramount
3If I Stay$16,355,000--2,907--$5,626$16,355,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
4Let's Be Cops$11,000,000-38%3,14046$3,503$45,246,1682Fox
5When the Game Stands Tall$9,000,000--2,673--$3,367$9,000,0001Sony / TriStar
6The Giver$6,730,000-45%3,0030$2,241$24,100,5382Weinstein Company
7The Expendables 3$6,600,000-58%3,2210$2,049$27,518,1772Lionsgate
8Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For$6,477,000--2,894--$2,238$6,477,0001Weinstein / Dimension
9The Hundred-Foot Journey$5,562,000-22%1,944-99$2,861$32,750,2043Disney / DreamWorks
10Into the Storm$3,800,000-52%2,375-1059$1,600$38,301,3843Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lucy$3,500,000-36%1,768-752$1,980$113,735,2705Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$1,864,360-6%734-37$2,540$16,526,4087IFC Films
2Magic in the Moonlight$1,331,613-25%787-177$1,692$6,820,9385Sony Pictures Classics
3Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$1,100,000-45%733-529$1,501$203,960,9707Fox
4Get On Up$947,000-51%579-522$1,636$28,711,9904Universal
5A Most Wanted Man$920,775-27%433-211$2,127$14,110,7645Roadside Attractions
6Hercules (2014)$830,000-61%622-853$1,334$69,916,2965Paramount
7Step Up All In$760,000-71%948-1124$802$13,724,0483Lionsgate / Summit
8What If$652,000-24%680-107$959$2,204,4543CBS Films
9Maleficent$573,00055%344100$1,666$237,584,22113Disney
10Calvary$540,00033%240110$2,250$1,627,5134Fox Searchlight
11Planes: Fire and Rescue$532,000-48%589-371$903$56,878,6296Disney
12How to Train Your Dragon 2$510,000-12%353-24$1,445$172,116,96211Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Transformers: Age of Extinction$385,00087%28377$1,360$243,824,6039Paramount
14The Purge: Anarchy$329,000-48%295-280$1,115$70,734,7156Universal
15Chef$151,624-10%105-17$1,444$29,527,42716Open Road
16X-Men: Days of Future Past$147,000-39%188-35$782$232,750,58114Fox
17The Fault in Our Stars$143,000-25%185-21$773$124,438,18912Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Love Is Strange$126,552--5--$25,310$126,5521Sony Pictures Classics
2The Trip to Italy$114,00059%107$11,400$221,2802IFC Films
3Land Ho!$85,67083%5120$1,680$362,0917Sony Pictures Classics
4The One I Love$55,126--8--$6,891$55,1261RADiUS-TWC
5Snowpiercer$26,978-37%28-14$964$4,430,5709RADiUS-TWC
6Obvious Child$25,50011%15-6$1,700$3,050,02412A24
7Alive Inside$21,734--16--$1,358$150,1976BOND/360
8The Fluffy Movie$15,610-62%30-21$520$2,821,8365Open Road
9Life After Beth$13,500-15%2018$675$34,4002A24
10A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$7,814545%41$1,954$161,98210Big World Pictures
11Fed Up$286-86%2-3$143$1,538,89816RADiUS-TWC