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, Jul. 9 - Sun, Jul. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$56,397,125--3,476--$16,225$56,397,1251Universal
2The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$31,708,438-51%4,4680$7,097$235,370,8152Summit
3Predators$24,760,882--2,669--$9,277$24,706,8821Fox
4Toy Story 3$21,015,958-31%3,753-275$5,600$339,240,8574Disney
5The Last Airbender$16,635,471-59%3,20334$5,194$99,712,7572Paramount
6Grown Ups$15,806,738-17%3,463-71$4,564$110,721,5313Sony / Columbia
7Knight and Day$7,719,251-26%2,628-476$2,937$61,808,1103Fox
8The Karate Kid (2010)$5,365,636-33%2,458-651$2,183$164,301,1245Sony / Columbia
9The A-Team$1,752,421-45%1,236-917$1,418$73,923,5945Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$1,280,47065%200123$6,402$3,426,5454Fox Searchlight
2The Girl Who Played With Fire$904,998--108--$8,380$904,9981Music Box
3Get Him to the Greek$711,625-42%442-442$1,610$59,424,0556Universal
4I Am Love$503,008-5%11131$4,532$2,003,0594Magnolia
5Shrek Forever After$502,392-44%461-496$1,090$233,784,8978Paramount / DreamWorks
6Winter's Bone$456,4956%10623$4,307$2,512,4555Roadside Attractions
7Solitary Man$419,338-16%172-4$2,438$3,505,2798Anchor Bay
8Iron Man 2$392,755-38%333-189$1,179$309,237,29410Paramount
9Marmaduke$353,815-1%383-92$924$31,545,7376Fox
10Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$348,308-50%275-325$1,267$89,004,4407Disney
11Letters to Juliet$336,221-59%241-99$1,395$51,726,0649Summit
12How to Train Your Dragon$317,923-7%254-49$1,252$216,893,96716Paramount / DreamWorks
13Robin Hood$287,925-12%300-78$960$104,494,8059Universal
14Killers (2010)$268,769-43%269-458$999$45,845,6086Lionsgate
15Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$255,063-22%1154$2,218$2,000,5485IFC
16Sex and the City 2$208,711-45%156-199$1,338$94,701,6897Warner Bros. / New Line
17Date Night$188,5631%205-37$920$98,002,74614Fox
18Splice$131,698-22%20464$646$16,762,2086Warner Bros
19The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$129,810-26%110-17$1,180$5,876,72013Sony Pictures Classics
20Please Give$125,392-27%100-45$1,254$3,691,42211Sony Pictures Classics
21Clash of the Titans (2010)$84,260-27%130-45$648$163,102,60015Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$491,971--7--$70,282$491,9711Focus
2Hubble 3D$255,6113%531$4,823$10,272,71717Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$150,597-22%91-18$1,655$9,335,53217Music Box
4I Hate Luv Storys$123,836--79--$1,568$748,3752UTV
5Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$115,605-10%4743$2,460$764,7005Sony Pictures Classics
6Restrepo$93,59060%2515$3,744$265,4623National Geographic
7City Island$83,115-21%65-16$1,279$6,498,01017Anchor Bay
8Grease Sing-a-Long$60,759--12--$5,063$95,7691Paramount
9Under the Sea 3D$56,51726%130$4,347$22,816,25574Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Micmacs$56,388-7%45-5$1,253$945,2717Sony Classics
11Just Wright$53,480-1%80-15$669$21,416,3939Fox Searchlight
12Furry Vengeance$50,461-47%86-21$587$17,596,25611Summit
13Exit Through the Gift Shop$46,021-26%21-10$2,191$2,890,21513Producers Distribution Agency
14Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$40,67328%1711$2,393$166,0383Sony Pictures Classics
15Jonah Hex$40,382-67%65-285$621$10,083,2394Warner Bros.
16Mother and Child$38,970-35%44-33$886$1,000,10110Sony Pictures Classics
17Avatar$36,97129%90$4,108$749,657,40930Fox
18The Back-up Plan$36,432-30%61-36$597$37,447,76712CBS Films
19Ondine$33,961-30%32-6$1,061$421,19919Magnolia
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid$32,305-24%51-19$633$63,870,49717Fox
21A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$28,805-29%53-57$543$63,059,65511Warner Bros. / New Line
22Harry Brown$28,718-49%33-12$870$1,758,63011Samuel Goldwyn
23South of the Border$23,370-33%71$3,339$111,0453Cinema Libre
24La Mission$22,112294%2520$884$1,034,96114Screen Media
25Deep Sea 3D$20,23640%30$6,745$43,480,207228Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Breathless (2010 re-issue)$19,788389%42$4,947$192,9137Rialto
27The Last Song$18,889-43%41-38$461$62,933,79315Disney
28Love Ranch$17,945-59%8-3$2,243$109,6612E1 Entertainment
29Winnebago Man$16,469--2--$8,235$16,4691Kino International
30Oceans$15,890-63%35-44$454$19,406,40612Disneynature
31Stonewall Uprising$14,090227%106$1,409$84,9644First Run Features
32The Killer Inside Me$13,862-68%14-3$990$146,4444IFC Films
33God of Vampires$13,44029%8-2$1,680$32,0652Nocturnal Features
34Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$11,57260%90$1,286$608,19817Zeitgeist
35Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$8,716--4--$2,179$266,93810Kino International
36The City of Your Final Destination$8,480-48%10-4$848$456,56813Screen Media Films
37[REC] 2$8,191--5--$1,638$8,1911Magnolia
38Best Worst Movie$6,70496%10$6,704$72,50012Area23a
39Holy Rollers$6,197-44%5-8$1,239$294,07924First Independent Pictures
40Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$5,840--2--$2,920$27,8413Kino International
41Racing Dreams$5,529139%1-2$5,529$55,5898Hanover House
42Princess Kaiulani$5,500-1%61$917$846,7719Roadside Attractions
43Around a Small Mountain$5,326--1--$5,326$5,3261Cinema Guild
44The Oath$5,196--3--$1,732$38,86010Zeitgeist
45Mademoiselle Chambon$5,173--4--$1,293$172,9017Lorber
46Agora$3,944-28%1-1$3,944$213,2027Newmarket
47In My Sleep$3,911--1--$3,911$28,84112Morning Star
48The Lottery$3,4326%20$1,716$46,8205Variance Films
49John Rabe$3,301232%31$1,100$50,0508Strand
50Cropsey$3,281229%32$1,094$33,7336Cinema Purgatorio
51The Secret of Kells$3,247-70%10-4$325$681,17119GKIDS
52The Square (2010)$3,080-41%50$616$400,87514Apparition
53Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,909-26%30$970$23,245,005145National Geographic
54The Joneses$2,455-7%21$1,228$1,474,50813Roadside Attractions
55Great Directors$2,418--2--$1,209$10,1062Paladin
56The Little Traitor$2,281--1--$2,281$366,10331Westchester Films
57The Nature of Existence$2,184-63%30$728$15,4034Walking Shadows
58Survival of the Dead$1,91457%2-2$957$101,0557Magnolia / Magnet
59Raajneeti$1,726--5--$345$1,514,5576UTV Communications
60OSS 117: Lost in Rio$1,288-45%2-1$644$84,28465Music Box
61The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$1,214--1--$1,214$83,77914International Film Circuit
62Behind the Burly Q$1,174117%21$587$18,27712First Run Features
63Only the Brave (2010)$876-81%10$876$142,0607Indican Pictures
64Only When I Dance$820-62%10$820$4,8372Film Movement
65Kings of the Evening$738-72%10$738$80,12722Indican Pictures
66Sweetgrass$648-69%2-2$324$196,18942Cinema Guild
67Chloe$577-46%2-1$289$3,074,83816Sony Pictures Classics
68Everyone Else$562-83%1-2$562$75,44256Cinema Guild
69Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$502-69%10$502$25,7714The Film Desk
70A Town Called Panic$403-58%10$403$163,18830Zeitgeist Films
71The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$343--1--$343$453,33624First Run Features