Grosses

'Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials' #1, But Below Its Predecessor with $30.3M; 'Black Mass' #2 with $22.6M Start; 'Everest' Climbs to Promising $7.2M in IMAX/PLF DebutSeptember 21, 2015 12:54 PM

by Daniel Garris

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials debuted in first this weekend with $30.32 million. However, the young adult sequel from Fox debuted significantly below expectations and an underwhelming 7 percent below the $32.51 million debut of last year's The Maze Runner. With that said, without adjusting for ticket price inflation The Scorch Trials delivered the eighth largest September debut of all-time (just ahead of 2009's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs). Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials outpaced Black Mass by a comfortable $7.68 million in the battle for first place this weekend.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials opened with $11.00 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.7 million from Thursday night shows), increased 11 percent on Saturday to gross $12.25 million and declined 42 percent on Sunday to gross $7.07 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.76 to 1. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore, which was just below the A- CinemaScore rating of its predecessor. That and the film's sequel nature suggest that The Scorch Trials won't hold up as well in comparison going forward.

Warner's Black Mass debuted in second place with $22.64 million. While the Johnny Depp led crime drama didn't nearly reach the heights that its strong online pre-sales had suggested, the film was still off to a solid start and opened in line with low-end and earlier expectations. Given its moderate price tag, the film's debut was arguably Depp's strongest since the launch of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides back in 2011. Black Mass opened just 5 percent below the $23.81 million start of 2010's The Town, but whether it can duplicate that film's holding power remains to be seen.

Black Mass started with $8.77 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.4 million from Thursday night shows), was unchanged on Saturday with $8.77 million and declined 42 percent on Sunday to gross $5.10 million. That gave the film a relatively front-loaded opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.58 to 1, which isn't the greatest initial sign for the film. Black Mass received a B rating on CinemaScore, which while respectable, doesn't suggest that the film will hold up especially well going forward.

Universal's The Visit placed in third with $11.57 million. The low-budget M. Night Shyamalan directed horror thriller from Blumhouse Productions was down 55 percent from last weekend. That represented a sizable, but respectable second weekend decline, especially given the overall new competition that arrived in the marketplace this weekend. The Visit continues to exceed expectations with a ten-day take of $42.56 million. That places the film 32 percent ahead of the $32.20 million ten-day gross of 2006's Lady in the Water.

Last weekend's top film, Sony's The Perfect Guy was down three spots and a sharp 62 percent to land in fourth with $9.75 million. Despite the sharp second weekend decline, in the bigger picture the low-budget thriller starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut is still performing very nicely with a ten-day gross of $41.46 million. That places The Perfect Guy 4 percent ahead of the $39.70 million ten-day take of last year's No Good Deed.

Everest was off to a healthy fifth place start this weekend with $7.22 million. Universal's adventure drama opened exclusively in 545 IMAX 3D and PLF 3D locations, which gave the film a very promising per-location average of $13,251 for the frame. Everest took in $2.30 million on Friday, was up an encouraging 30 percent on Saturday to gross $2.99 million and declined 36 percent on Sunday to gross $1.93 million. That placed the film's weekend to Friday ratio at a strong 3.14 to 1. Given the strength of this weekend's exclusive debut, prospects are looking bright for Everest when it expands into traditional wide release next weekend.

Sony's War Room continued to hold up very nicely this weekend with a sixth place take of $6.22 million. Continued strong word of mouth continues to drive the Kendrick Brothers produced faith based film, as it was down a slim 20 percent from last weekend. War Room has grossed a terrific $49.05 million in 24 days. The film is currently running 20 percent stronger than the $40.90 million 24-day take of last year's God's Not Dead.

Meanwhile, as War Room continued to excel this weekend, fellow faith based film Captive stumbled out of the gate with an eleventh place start of just $1.39 million. The drama thriller from Paramount starring Kate Mara and David Oyelowo opened below its already modest expectations. As was the case with Samuel Goldwyn's 90 Minutes in Heaven last weekend, potential for Captive was clearly limited by the continued success of War Room.

On the platform front, Lionsgate's Sicario was off to a strong start with $401,288 from 6 locations. That gave the crime thriller starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin a per-location average of $66,881 for the frame. Sicario will expand into wide release on October 2nd.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jun. 11 - Sun, Jun. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Karate Kid (2010)$55,665,805--3,663--$15,197$55,665,8051Sony / Columbia
2The A-Team$25,669,455--3,535--$7,262$25,669,4551Fox
3Shrek Forever After$15,770,491-38%3,868-518$4,077$210,022,5574Paramount / DreamWorks
4Get Him to the Greek$9,942,000-43%2,7025$3,679$36,401,0002Universal
5Killers (2010)$8,008,007-49%2,8590$2,801$30,261,6242Lionsgate
6Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$6,486,150-54%3,108-538$2,087$72,228,3023Disney
7Marmaduke$6,006,704-48%3,2130$1,870$22,285,5402Fox
8Sex and the City 2$5,438,000-56%2,750-695$1,977$84,659,0003Warner Bros. / New Line
9Iron Man 2$4,521,206-43%2,305-702$1,961$299,282,3906Paramount
10Splice$2,942,000-60%2,4500$1,201$13,154,0002Warner Bros
11Robin Hood$2,615,000-51%1,895-704$1,380$99,464,0005Universal
12Letters to Juliet$1,693,941-44%1,331-631$1,273$46,754,2425Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Date Night$601,291-22%430-228$1,398$96,266,71810Fox
2The Bounty Hunter$351,71674%236-13$1,490$66,418,93113Sony / Columbia
3The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$347,925-13%1622$2,148$4,506,6559Sony Pictures Classics
4How to Train Your Dragon$330,459-32%281-62$1,176$214,426,38112Paramount / DreamWorks
5Clash of the Titans (2010)$329,000170%333199$988$161,958,00011Warner Bros.
6The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$323,9153%17422$1,862$7,871,85213Music Box
7Just Wright$320,441-58%279-239$1,149$20,795,5715Fox Searchlight
8Please Give$285,2418%10316$2,769$2,088,0427Sony Pictures Classics
9Raajneeti$268,000-68%12413$2,161$1,287,0002UTV Communications
10City Island$262,771-15%159-18$1,653$5,655,54213Anchor Bay
11Furry Vengeance$175,180114%268143$654$16,821,9637Summit
12Babies$169,707-33%146-35$1,162$6,854,0166Focus
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid$155,409-25%202-42$769$63,364,89613Fox
14The Last Song$152,67354%21091$727$62,342,31911Disney
15Alice in Wonderland (2010)$142,144-53%223-54$637$333,920,16515Disney
16Kick-Ass$108,35248%17861$609$47,790,7599Lionsgate
17The Back-up Plan$79,736-17%112-41$712$36,917,5098CBS Films
18A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$73,000-66%125-169$584$62,578,0007Warner Bros. / New Line
19The Losers$55,000-58%127-79$433$23,528,0008Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Solitary Man$369,703112%5331$6,976$871,0814Anchor Bay
2Hubble 3D$239,0004%481$4,979$8,092,00013Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$164,351--7--$23,479$164,3511IFC
4Harry Brown$124,06741%6717$1,852$1,362,8667Samuel Goldwyn
5Exit Through the Gift Shop$115,151-15%430$2,678$2,365,2489Producers Distribution Agency
6Micmacs$111,188-22%4611$2,417$415,1713Sony Classics
7Winter's Bone$84,887--4--$21,222$84,8871Roadside Attractions
8Mother and Child$83,160-33%532$1,569$573,9926Sony Pictures Classics
9Death at a Funeral (2010)$68,018-10%66-36$1,031$42,192,7479Sony / Screen Gems
10Avatar$64,767-16%26-20$2,491$749,316,79926Fox
11Ondine$49,81681%149$3,558$87,36315Magnolia
12Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$44,454--3--$14,818$149,2101Sony Pictures Classics
13Oceans$39,160-29%72-23$544$19,095,9828Disneynature
14The Ghost Writer$39,102-57%63-84$621$15,523,16817Summit
15Under the Sea 3D$37,00012%15-2$2,467$22,399,00070Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Princess Kaiulani$34,897-20%261$1,342$771,4995Roadside Attractions
17La Mission$31,000--14--$2,214$942,00010Screen Media
18Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$27,019-34%43-38$628$88,718,74818Fox
19The City of Your Final Destination$26,00018%194$1,368$356,0009Screen Media Films
20Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$25,56674%157$1,704$509,11813Zeitgeist
21Agora$24,652-40%51$4,930$137,7353Newmarket
22Holy Rollers$24,651-18%14-2$1,761$215,12920First Independent Pictures
23Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$23,160-34%82$2,895$226,2976Kino International
24Mademoiselle Chambon$20,908-21%51$4,182$93,6943Lorber
25The Secret of Kells$17,140-18%20-4$857$599,12515GKIDS
26Breathless (2010 re-issue)$17,000-23%41$4,250$112,0003Rialto
27The Lottery$16,435--1--$16,435$16,4351Variance Films
28The Father of My Children$15,795-43%71$2,256$123,7444IFC Films
29The Square (2010)$13,4572%170$792$326,61510Apparition
30Deep Sea 3D$11,84627%20$5,923$43,358,509224Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Kings of the Evening$11,156--4--$2,789$23,36618Indican Pictures
32Only the Brave (2010)$9,844--4--$2,461$100,3693Indican Pictures
33Chloe$9,410155%3424$277$3,037,54112Sony Pictures Classics
34OSS 117: Lost in Rio$8,396631%65$1,399$61,06561Music Box
35Vincere$7,91911%7-4$1,131$615,27813IFC
36Magnificent Desolation$6,900--3--$2,300$33,076,000247IMAX
37Casino Jack and the United States of Money$6,6470%9-5$739$162,0636Magnolia
38Sweetgrass$6,60413%62$1,101$180,82338Cinema Guild
39Looking for Eric$6,346203%114$577$45,1595IFC
40The Little Traitor$6,27018%2-2$3,135$342,12227Westchester Films
41The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$6,239-61%10-7$624$170,2147IFC
42Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$6,0702%50$1,214$23,219,303141National Geographic
43Madeo (Mother)$6,006-23%110$546$547,29255Magnolia
44Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$5,206-63%20$2,603$23,3662Indican Pictures
45John Rabe$5,175-44%62$863$31,5514Strand
46Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema$4,978--4--$1,245$4,9581Anchor Bay
47Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger$4,850--6--$808$13,5514Monterey
48Best Worst Movie$4,84111%20$2,421$51,8668Area23a
49Our Family Wedding$4,600-58%8-10$575$20,247,00014Fox Searchlight
50The Tooth Fairy$4,600-73%13-33$354$60,013,00021Fox
51Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suss$4,597--3--$1,532$52,45060Zeitgeist
52Everyone Else$4,59448%52$919$64,02752Cinema Guild
53The Eclipse$4,23547%92$471$128,93712Magnolia
54Double Take (2010)$4,176-10%10$4,176$15,1202Kino International
55Finding Bliss$4,100--1--$4,100$6,8002Phase4 Films
56The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$4,058-7%10$4,058$72,56210International Film Circuit
57The Joneses$3,46596%81$433$1,442,5709Roadside Attractions
58The Oath$3,233--2--$1,617$23,3706Zeitgeist
59When You're Strange$2,80129%20$1,401$238,63210Abramorama
60A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$2,789-7%40$697$2,076,96316Sony Classics
61Ajami$2,089-65%5-5$418$599,06539Kino International
62The Good, the Bad, the Weird$2,055-71%4-5$514$117,89710IFC
63No One Knows About Persian Cats$1,796-55%82$225$79,8489IFC
64Whiz Kids$1,721--3--$574$3,6892Shadow Distribution
65After the Cup: Sons of Sakhin United$1,63318%31$544$10,0034Variance Films
66Valley of the Heart's Delight$1,632--1--$1,632$118,666138Indican Pictures
67The Last Station$1,406-69%2-2$703$6,615,57822Sony Pictures Classics
68Survival of the Dead$1,174-84%4-9$294$84,0573Magnolia / Magnet
69Departures$1,026--1--$1,026$1,542,50355Regent Releasing
70The Girl on the Train (2010)$941--2--$471$203,23521Strand Releasing
71Space Station 3D$800--3--$267$81,955,000426IMAX
72North Face (Nordwand)$754--2--$377$710,99320Music Box Films
73Tru Loved$275--1--$275$9,46787Regent Releasing