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Weekend Box Office Report: September 19-21, 2014

09.21.2014

The Maze Runner finishes first!

The latest young-adult adaptation got off to a running start this weekend as THE MAZE RUNNER took the top spot at the box office with an estimated $32.5 million!

The first movie based on author James Dashner's post-apocalyptic novel series has also carried off an additional $49 million from international audiences for an $81.5 million global total (on a reasonable $34 million reported budget), a solid performance for a September release. Crowds appreciated their time in the labyrinth with an 'A-' CinemaScore, but critics were less enthused with the dystopian teen thriller (63% on Rotten Tomatoes).

Opening in second was the Liam Neeson crime drama A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES with $13.1 million. Based on writer Lawrence Block's books about private investigator Matthew Scudder (previously portrayed in 1982 by Jeff Bridges in 8 MILLION WAYS TO DIE), the movie's opening was quite a bit lower than Neeson's last time going after the bad guys -- February's NON-STOP started with $28.8 million and went on to a $91.7 million domestic total and $202 million worldwide.

Neeson's latest only cost a reported $28 million to make, but moviegoers weren't really digging the dark revenge tale ('B-' CinemaScore) and critics gave it a grim 65% on Rotten Tomatoes, so it seems unlikely to launch a Scudder movie franchise.

In third place was the new R-rated comedy THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU with an opening of $11.8 million. The movie (also adapted from a novel) features a lot of familiar faces like Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver and Rose Byrne, and  paying crowds enjoyed it more than the critics ('B+' CinemaScore and 43% on Rotten Tomatoes).

Falling to fourth was last weekend's winner NO GOOD DEED with $10.2 million, a drop of 57% from its opening. The home-invasion thriller was closely followed by DOLPHIN TALE 2 splashing in fith place with $9 million, down 43% from last week's opening.

In sixth was Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY with $5.1 million, still holding strong in the Top 10 after two full months in theaters. James Gunn's assorted space heroes have now also passed both the domestic and worldwide totals of their fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe release IRON MAN 2.

LET'S BE COPS and TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES were in a pitched battle for seventh as the R-rated comedy has crossed $100 million worldwide and the reptile champions have sliced their way to $333 million globally. THE DROP hangs on to the chart as it added a few hundred more screens, with the Chloe Moretz young-adult melodrama IF I STAY sticking around in tenth.

If you're looking for Kevin Smith's new horror release TUSK, it opened far outside the Top 10 collecting $886k on 600 screens (with a lower per-screen average than GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY in its eighth weekend in theaters).

Outside the chart, THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, THE GIVER and THE NOVEMBER MAN were shoved aside. Of the handful of new limited releases, the Nick Cave mockumentary 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH received the most attention with a $26k per-screen average.

Next weekend brings the stop-motion animated family movie THE BOXTROLLS, and Denzel Washington kills the bad people in THE EQUALIZER.

What is your favorite stop-motion animation? VOTE HERE!

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Maze Runner $32.5 M
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2. A Walk Among the Tombstones $13.1 M
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3. This Is Where I Leave You $11.8 M
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4. No Good Deed $10.2 M $40.1 M
5. Dolphin Tale 2 $9 M $27 M
6. Guardians of the Galaxy $5.1 M $313.6 M
7. Let's Be Cops $2.6 M $77.1 M
8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $2.6 M $185 M
9. The Drop $2 M $7.6 M
10. If I Stay $1.8 M $47.6 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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3:06PM on 09/22/2014
Can we finally stop mentioning Kevin Smith yet? I'm sure he had a good run, but no one cares anymore.
Can we finally stop mentioning Kevin Smith yet? I'm sure he had a good run, but no one cares anymore.
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12:09PM on 09/22/2014

New Generation Has Taken Over!

Well I didn't believe it with Harry Potter or Twilights were taking over, but I guess old school action films will be long gone and only appreciated via home entertainment. A Walk Among Tombstones is a good film, Maze Runner at best is ok a time at the movies but what a reception at the box office. The Expendables, The November Man deserved better. This is Where I Leave You is a dark comedy and extremely twisted. Tina Fey had perfect timing while the rest of the characters were all over the
Well I didn't believe it with Harry Potter or Twilights were taking over, but I guess old school action films will be long gone and only appreciated via home entertainment. A Walk Among Tombstones is a good film, Maze Runner at best is ok a time at the movies but what a reception at the box office. The Expendables, The November Man deserved better. This is Where I Leave You is a dark comedy and extremely twisted. Tina Fey had perfect timing while the rest of the characters were all over the place.
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12:08PM on 09/22/2014

New Generation Has Taken Over!

Well I didn't believe it with Harry Potter or Twilights were taking over, but I guess old school action films will be long gone and only appreciated via home entertainment. A Walk Among Tombstones is a good film, Maze Runner at best is ok a time at the movies but what a reception at the box office. The Expendables, The November Man deserved better. This is Where I Leave You is a dark comedy and extremely twisted. Tina Fey had perfect timing while the rest of the characters were all over the
Well I didn't believe it with Harry Potter or Twilights were taking over, but I guess old school action films will be long gone and only appreciated via home entertainment. A Walk Among Tombstones is a good film, Maze Runner at best is ok a time at the movies but what a reception at the box office. The Expendables, The November Man deserved better. This is Where I Leave You is a dark comedy and extremely twisted. Tina Fey had perfect timing while the rest of the characters were all over the place.
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2:25AM on 09/22/2014

Kevin Smith

He deserves credit. He managed to parlay one good movie twenty years ago into a two decade film career. It has to be one of the lengthiest descents to the bottom in cinema history. It's even more remarkable because he has burned every bridge he has ever even looked at, and the ones that didn't burn broke under the weight of his enormous ego (or ass, snoogens) but he kept getting to make movies. No idea how. He has been pumping out total dogshit since at least Chasing Amy (which is so dated and
He deserves credit. He managed to parlay one good movie twenty years ago into a two decade film career. It has to be one of the lengthiest descents to the bottom in cinema history. It's even more remarkable because he has burned every bridge he has ever even looked at, and the ones that didn't burn broke under the weight of his enormous ego (or ass, snoogens) but he kept getting to make movies. No idea how. He has been pumping out total dogshit since at least Chasing Amy (which is so dated and 90s that it should only be available on laserdisc) and it's obvious people just aren't interested at all in what he puts out and haven't been for a long, long time. I'm sure he can make a decent living price-gouging the ranks of his faithful fanboy followers for swag from movies that no one saw, and giving speeches at colleges talking about how amazing he is, but the cinema ship has sailed.
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4:28PM on 09/21/2014

WAIT A MINUTE!

Tusk made $886k on its first weekend,but Disaster Movie made over 5million on its first weekend.

This world is going to hell.
Tusk made $886k on its first weekend,but Disaster Movie made over 5million on its first weekend.

This world is going to hell.
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5:32PM on 09/21/2014
Couldn't agree more!
Couldn't agree more!
6:25PM on 09/21/2014
It does suck. I feel like modern audiences just don't respect horror any more.
It does suck. I feel like modern audiences just don't respect horror any more.
3:01PM on 09/21/2014

Maze Runner Not That Bad.....

Saw both Maze Runner and Walk among the Tombstones this past weekend....Tombstones was a nasty piece of work, and anyone whose read Lawrence Blocks books would have been happy. Neeson actually stretched out his acting muscles a bit instead of just glowering. Maze Runner was better than the ' Typical teenage bullshit' films that H'Wood is churning out, this one had some actual balls...Way better than those godawful Hunger Games Crapfests... Looking Forward to The Equalizer next week...one more
Saw both Maze Runner and Walk among the Tombstones this past weekend....Tombstones was a nasty piece of work, and anyone whose read Lawrence Blocks books would have been happy. Neeson actually stretched out his acting muscles a bit instead of just glowering. Maze Runner was better than the ' Typical teenage bullshit' films that H'Wood is churning out, this one had some actual balls...Way better than those godawful Hunger Games Crapfests... Looking Forward to The Equalizer next week...one more thing; CAN THIS SITE TAKE IT EASY ON THE POP UP ADS???? jesus, you don't know how frigging annoying it is to navigate around that bullshit!!
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2:28PM on 09/21/2014
Of course. More teen bullshit. This is why we don't get to have good movies.
Of course. More teen bullshit. This is why we don't get to have good movies.
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2:05PM on 09/21/2014
Saw The Skeleton Twins this weekend and it is worth every bit of the hype. Fantastic film and I suggest anyone and everyone who has a opportunity to go see it to check it out ASAP. Just terrific filmmaking with an Oscar worthy performance from Bill Hader.
Saw The Skeleton Twins this weekend and it is worth every bit of the hype. Fantastic film and I suggest anyone and everyone who has a opportunity to go see it to check it out ASAP. Just terrific filmmaking with an Oscar worthy performance from Bill Hader.
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1:42PM on 09/21/2014
Of course. More teen bullshit. This is why we don't get to have good movies.
Of course. More teen bullshit. This is why we don't get to have good movies.
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