Weekend Forecast: 'The Maze Runner', 'A Walk Among the Tombstones', & 'This Is Where I Leave You'

Featured Stories - on September 17, 2014 by BoxOffice Staff

sep19.pngThree new films open wide over the September 19 weekend. Our analysis:

The Maze Runner

PROS:

- Young adult novel adaptations are hot right now in the wake of The Hunger Games and Divergent.
- Fox's marketing campaign has strongly pushed the film as an all-around thriller.
- Facebook and Flixster activity are relatively strong in comparison to Divergent's.

CONS:

- Opening in the dead zone of September isn't something the major young adult adaptation have had to overcome.
- Twitter activity, while fairly solid, is significantly behind Divergent.
- Are audiences ready for a new franchise at this time of year, or simply waiting for Mockingjay Part 1?

A Walk Among the Tombstones

PROS:

- Liam Neeson's box office drawing power has been well proven in recent years.
- With over 278,000 fans entering Wednesday, Facebook activity is respectable.
- Older male crowds don't have much else to look forward to this weekend.

CONS:

- The darker tone and somewhat niche genre could hinder Tombstones in the way it did past star-driven flicks like Killing Me Softly and Out of the Furnace.
- Twitter activity is modest.

This Is Where I Leave You

PROS:

- Warner Bros. has aggressively marketed this dramedy.
- The ensemble cast led by Jason Bateman and Tina Fey could attract adult moviegoers.
- Flixster activity is respectable.

CONS:

- Twitter and Facebook buzz leave much to be desired.
- Despite overall success in recent years, Bateman and Fey have each had their share of box office disappointments.
- Opening on a somewhat crowded weekend won't help matters.

Check out our complete weekend forecast in the table below.

Title Release Date Distributor Weekend Domestic Total through Sunday, Sep. 21
The Maze Runner Sep 19, 2014 Fox
$37,000,000 $37,000,000
A Walk Among the Tombstones Sep 19, 2014 Universal
$14,000,000 $14,000,000
No Good Deed (2014) Sep 12, 2014 Sony / Screen Gems
$12,000,000 $42,100,000
This Is Where I Leave You Sep 19, 2014 Warner Bros.
$11,500,000 $11,500,000
Dolphin Tale 2 Sep 12, 2014 Warner Bros.
$10,000,000 $28,100,000
Guardians of the Galaxy Aug 1, 2014 Disney
$5,800,000 $314,300,000
Let's Be Cops Aug 13, 2014 Fox
$3,200,000 $77,800,000
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Aug 8, 2014 Paramount
$3,000,000 $185,400,000
The Drop Sep 12, 2014 Fox Searchlight
$2,500,000 $8,200,000
If I Stay Aug 22, 2014 Warner Bros. / New Line
$2,300,000 $48,100,000
Tusk Sep 19, 2014 A24
$1,800,000 $1,800,000

Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.

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