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.

Weekend domestic gross

YearWeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
198339 (Sep 30 - Oct 02) - 1983$17,997,328-15%$20,733,834-12%The Big Chill
198439 (Sep 28 - Sep 30) - 1984$24,456,56836%$28,430,90337%All of Me
198539 (Sep 27 - Sep 29) - 1985$22,011,016-10%$23,503,118-17%Invasion U.S.A.
198639 (Sep 26 - Sep 28) - 1986$21,808,317-1%$24,011,4022%Crocodile Dundee
198739 (Sep 25 - Sep 27) - 1987$25,867,13219%$29,168,71621%Fatal Attraction
198839 (Sep 23 - Sep 25) - 1988$17,949,885-31%$25,260,369-13%Dead Ringers
198939 (Sep 29 - Oct 01) - 1989$27,672,42154%$31,837,25826%Black Rain
199039 (Sep 28 - Sep 30) - 1990$32,770,48718%$34,922,11510%Pacific Heights
199139 (Sep 27 - Sep 29) - 1991$29,505,432-10%$33,226,132-5%The Fisher King
199239 (Sep 25 - Sep 27) - 1992$39,580,76434%$44,230,44733%The Last of the Mohicans
199339 (Sep 24 - Sep 26) - 1993$42,505,2737%$48,491,94210%The Good Son (1993)
199439 (Sep 30 - Oct 02) - 1994$37,774,192-11%$40,963,717-16%The River Wild
199539 (Sep 29 - Oct 01) - 1995$43,393,25515%$48,956,28020%Seven
199639 (Sep 27 - Sep 29) - 1996$41,257,693-5%$45,830,187-6%The First Wives Club
199739 (Sep 26 - Sep 28) - 1997$60,725,47047%$64,405,74241%The Peacemaker
199839 (Sep 25 - Sep 27) - 1998$64,079,1266%$67,756,8225%Rush Hour
199939 (Sep 24 - Sep 26) - 1999$69,030,7028%$79,544,37517%Double Jeopardy
200039 (Sep 29 - Oct 01) - 2000$50,236,097-27%$64,957,774-18%Remember the Titans
200139 (Sep 28 - Sep 30) - 2001$61,239,41022%$75,858,31117%Don't Say a Word
200239 (Sep 27 - Sep 29) - 2002$88,802,40045%$102,285,41335%Sweet Home Alabama
200339 (Sep 26 - Sep 28) - 2003$74,447,175-16%$93,939,050-8%The Rundown
200439 (Sep 24 - Sep 26) - 2004$55,723,379-25%$71,408,536-24%The Forgotten
200539 (Sep 30 - Oct 02) - 2005$71,401,97428%$88,716,36724%Flightplan
200639 (Sep 29 - Oct 01) - 2006$83,618,13717%$100,292,22613%Open Season (2006)
200739 (Sep 28 - Sep 30) - 2007$72,768,976-13%$90,923,648-9%The Game Plan
200839 (Sep 26 - Sep 28) - 2008$82,147,08613%$101,345,90411%Eagle Eye
200939 (Sep 25 - Sep 27) - 2009$79,373,564-3%$96,779,755-5%Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
201039 (Sep 24 - Sep 26) - 2010$88,901,91012%$100,663,2804%Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
201139 (Sep 30 - Oct 02) - 2011$83,299,640-6%$99,728,540-1%Dolphin Tale
201239 (Sep 28 - Sep 30) - 2012$102,991,09424%$119,200,36120%Hotel Transylvania
201339 (Sep 27 - Sep 29) - 2013$91,565,449-11%$108,114,390-9%Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2