Weekend Wrap-Up

Maze Runs Box Office Up From Tombstones of Early September

By John Hamann

September 21, 2014

Goonies never say die!

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Fifth, then, is Dolphin Tale 2, which is not seeing the same sort of success the original did. After opening to $15.9 million last weekend, the sequel needed a second weekend above $10 million, but failed to achieve that mark, instead earning $9 million. That’s a drop of 43% for the Warner Bros. release, which carries a price tag of $36 million. It will make that much stateside, but I doubt that overseas grosses are going to turn this one around, as the original earned only $23 million overseas, compared with a $72 million domestic gross. So far, the sequel has earned $27.1 million.

Guardians of the Galaxy dips to sixth, now in its eighth weekend of release. The Marvel breakout earned another $5.2 million and fell 36%. Guardians has brought its domestic total up to $313.7 million, moving it into the top 40 domestic earners of all time. This weekend, it passed iconic films like Return of the Jedi ($309.3 million – all editions), Attack of the Clones ($310.7 million) and Iron Man 2 ($312.4 million). Next weekend it will to work over the one that started it all, Iron Man, which earned $318.4 million.

Seventh is Let’s Be Cops, the Fox comedy that won’t go away. Cops earned another $2.7 million this weekend and declined 39% from the previous frame. This one cost $17 million and won Fox the lottery, as it has earned $77.2 million at the domestic box office alone.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hangs on to a spot for another weekend, but the film seems to be fading. This weekend, the Paramount/Nickelodeon co-pro earned another $2.7 million and dropped 45% compared to the previous frame. The $125 million film has now pulled in $185 million stateside, and over $140 million overseas.


The Drop does just that, as this small film wilts this weekend, despite adding a number of screens. The last film from James Gandolfini earned only $2 million this weekend, good for a drop of 50% despite Fox Searchlight adding 383 venues. Made for less than $13 million, The Drop now has a domestic total of $7.7 million.

Finally in tenth is If I Stay, the Chloe Moretz Kleenex puller. If I Stay earned another $1.8 million and fell 53%. The $11 million film has now earned an impressive $47.7 million stateside.

In other box office news, Kevin Smith’s Tusk opened at 602 venues and earned $886,000. A film about a man turned into a walrus (Human Centipede anyone?), this one is likely too weird for general audiences to grab onto.

Overall, the box office is continuing to pull out of the depths of despair, and actually won a weekend versus last year. With The Maze Runner on top, the top 12 films garnered $93.3 million, ahead of the same weekend last year when the box office earned $73.1 million with Prisoners leading the way. Things get only more interesting next weekend, when Denzel debuts The Equalizer, and Laika brings us another creation like Coraline and ParaNorman with The Box Trolls.

Top Weekend Box Office for 9/19/14-9/21/14 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Maze Runner Fox $32,500,000 New $32,500,000
2 A Walk Among the Tombstones Universal $13,126,080 New $13,126,080
3 This Is Where i Leave You WARNER BROS. $11,860,000 New $11,860,000
4 No Good Deed $10,200,000 - 58% $40,110,000
5 Dolphin Tale 2 WARNER BROS. $9,005,000 - 43% $27,070,000
6 Guardians of the Galaxy Disney $5,180,000 - 36% $313,669,000
7 Let's Be Cops Fox $2,675,000 - 39% $77,195,700
8 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Paramount $2,650,000 - 45% $185,018,000
9 The Drop FOX SEARCHLIGHT $2,050,000 - 50% $7,689,700
10 If I Stay Summit Entertainment $1,835,000 - 53% $47,672,000
11 The Hundred-Foot Journey Disney $1,120,000 - 54% $51,456,000
12 When the Game Stands Tall Sony $1,050,000 - 56% $28,300,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  Tusk A24 $886,114 New $886,114
  The Guest Picturehouse $82,126 New $111,703
  Hector And the Search For Happiness Relativity $46,000 New $46,000
  20,000 Days On Earth Drafthouse Films $26,873 New $29,963
  Art And Craft Oscilloscope $23,000 New $23,000
  Tracks Weinstein Co. $21,554 New $21,554
  Not Cool Starz Digital Media $14,500 New $14,500
  Keep On Keepin' On Radius/TWC $12,195 New $12,195
  The Skeleton Twins Roadside Attractions $425,000 + 12% $925,000
  My Old Lady Cohen Media $500,000 + 301% $690,000
  The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Weinstein Co. $169,700 + 154% $259,590
  The November Man Relativity $686,000 - 76% $24,368,577
  As Above/So Below Universal $679,450 - 68% $20,560,720
  The Giver Weinstein Co. $967,000 - 62% $43,037,947
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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