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, Aug. 20 - Sun, Aug. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$16,968,032-51%3,2700$5,189$65,357,1172Lionsgate
2Vampires Suck$12,202,831--3,233--$3,774$18,566,7331Fox
3Eat Pray Love$12,111,162-48%3,0820$3,930$47,214,0782Sony / Columbia
4Lottery Ticket$10,652,297--1,973--$5,399$10,652,2971Warner Bros.
5The Other Guys$10,163,337-42%3,472-179$2,927$88,253,4823Sony / Columbia
6Piranha 3D$10,106,872--2,470--$4,092$10,106,8721Weinstein Company
7The Switch (2010)$8,436,713--2,012--$4,193$8,436,7131Miramax
8Nanny McPhee Returns$8,407,685--2,784--$3,020$8,407,6851Universal
9Inception$7,838,179-31%2,401-719$3,265$262,031,5946Warner Bros.
10Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$5,201,970-51%2,8202$1,845$20,898,2552Universal
11Despicable Me$4,662,065-33%2,236-687$2,085$231,056,9907Universal
12Dinner for Schmucks$3,520,805-44%2,149-897$1,638$65,800,9194Paramount / DreamWorks
13Step Up 3D$3,150,401-54%1,592-847$1,979$36,868,9513Disney
14Salt$2,510,012-60%1,794-1040$1,399$109,895,1055Sony / Columbia
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$1,701,134-59%1,580-1148$1,077$39,660,6114Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$1,523,124-31%730-489$2,086$403,803,64210Disney
2The Kids Are All Right$818,213-40%404-426$2,025$18,239,7257Focus
3Get Low$713,79489%14693$4,889$1,697,8774Sony Pictures Classics
4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$566,864-56%557-655$1,018$297,216,7988Summit
5The Sorcerer's Apprentice$476,035-58%472-517$1,009$60,605,5266Disney
6Charlie St. Cloud$475,545-78%647-1436$735$30,346,1404Universal
7Grown Ups$427,136-63%424-544$1,007$158,951,3329Sony / Columbia
8Ramona and Beezus$402,882-52%388-244$1,038$24,288,6525Fox
9The Karate Kid (2010)$378,103-27%314-58$1,204$175,514,42411Sony / Columbia
10The Girl Who Played With Fire$375,8053%1715$2,198$5,769,9137Music Box
11Hubble 3D$350,02026%15197$2,318$14,031,19223Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Shrek Forever After$277,464-23%232-22$1,196$237,736,71014Paramount / DreamWorks
13Knight and Day$260,3720%277-33$940$75,679,5299Fox
14Winter's Bone$211,965-2%130-6$1,631$5,180,69011Roadside Attractions
15Predators$200,414-41%234-109$856$51,397,6577Fox
16The Last Airbender$188,596-47%223-141$846$130,085,6438Paramount
17Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$174,365-24%186-16$937$90,402,16213Disney
18The A-Team$108,366-26%151-53$718$76,980,76111Fox
19Marmaduke$80,561-18%122-29$660$33,492,95012Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mao's Last Dancer$199,657--33--$6,050$777,6571Samuel Goldwyn
2Peepli Live$162,914-53%706$2,327$600,6272UTV Communications
3Cairo Time$131,77967%3115$4,251$357,5713IFC
4I Am Love$112,373-20%83-19$1,354$4,398,58510Magnolia
5Animal Kingdom$101,440--22--$4,611$198,4822Sony Pictures Classics
6Under the Sea 3D$73,985-9%160$4,624$23,844,77880Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Extra Man$60,025-17%332$1,819$277,4954Magnolia
8Restrepo$59,249-19%44-8$1,347$1,049,7979National Geographic
9Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$56,32410%273$2,086$390,4805NeoClassics
10The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$55,0467%173$3,238$268,3773National Geographic
11The Concert$53,235-6%201$2,662$288,5075Weinstein Company
12The Tillman Story$52,185--4--$13,046$52,1851Weinstein Company
13What If...$49,770--23--$2,164$49,7701Five & Two Pictures
14Flipped$49,709-58%29-15$1,714$570,5773Warner Bros.
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$41,87717%411$1,021$9,937,66223Music Box
16Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$41,017-37%47-19$873$1,558,33411Sony Pictures Classics
17La Soga$36,330-31%209$1,817$110,96827-57 Releasing
18A Film Unfinished$34,060--4--$8,515$47,7801Oscilloscope
19Lebanon$33,95996%1512$2,264$95,97345Sony Pictures Classics
20Cyrus$33,715-34%56-28$602$7,318,03510Fox Searchlight
21Agora$24,368-28%11-2$2,215$527,25813Newmarket
22Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$23,927186%42$5,982$140,2805Arthouse Films
23Soul Kitchen$20,916--2--$10,458$20,9161IFC
24Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$20,201-35%30-13$673$2,871,56711IFC
25Solitary Man$19,562-12%19-9$1,030$4,290,17714Anchor Bay
26Exit Through the Gift Shop$19,342-11%10-3$1,934$3,180,53119Producers Distribution Agency
27Life During Wartime$18,993-28%15-5$1,266$216,9515IFC
28Patrik, Age 1.5$17,751109%94$1,972$38,5353Here Films
29Letters to Juliet$17,208-47%35-26$492$53,021,56015Summit
30The Disappearance of Alice Creed$15,439-40%8-4$1,930$110,3083Anchor Bay
31Middle Men$15,068-84%16-236$942$723,7143Paramount
32Date Night$15,026-38%23-10$653$98,684,12320Fox
33Mademoiselle Chambon$13,65795%125$1,138$293,56413Lorber
34Deep Sea 3D$13,363-18%30$4,454$43,695,646234Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Please Give$12,380-33%18-5$688$3,973,40617Sony Pictures Classics
36Winnebago Man$11,536135%70$1,648$117,4817Kino International
37Breathless (2010 re-issue)$10,484155%64$1,747$274,70213Rialto
38Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$10,05427%19-2$529$339,7519Sony Pictures Classics
39Tales From Earthsea$9,940-52%50$1,988$41,0292Disney
40Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$9,710--1--$9,710$36,39110The Film Desk
41The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$9,416-39%9-6$1,046$6,318,05919Sony Pictures Classics
42Micmacs$8,490-41%240$354$1,170,02513Sony Classics
43Army of Crime$8,102--3--$2,701$8,1021Lorber
44Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$6,129-9%51$1,226$662,30423Zeitgeist
45Countdown to Zero$5,902-2%6-4$984$248,2735Magnolia
46Kisses$4,540127%63$757$77,8196Oscilloscope
47Spoken Word$2,691-54%3-1$897$22,5925Variance
48Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$2,616-44%21$1,308$9,8382First Run Features
49Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,375-12%30$792$23,284,314151National Geographic
50Ondine$2,297-35%5-2$459$522,96525Magnolia
51Mother and Child$2,110-76%13-2$162$1,095,68616Sony Pictures Classics
52U2 3D$1,98226%10$1,982$10,362,088135National Geographic
53Everyone Else$1,855-37%1-1$1,855$91,85362Cinema Guild
54City Island$1,732-28%4-4$433$6,669,09823Anchor Bay
55Brotherhood (2009)$1,71179%10$1,711$7,6733Olive Films
56Salt of This Sea$1,543-69%10$1,543$9,4932
57Altiplano$1,269--1--$1,269$1,2691First Run
58To the Sea$1,23173%21$616$31,6496Film Movement
59Ajami$1,205153%21$603$621,24049Kino International
60Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$1,204-93%1-5$1,204$346,56116Kino International
61Sweetgrass$1,199--1--$1,199$203,85448Cinema Guild
62Princess Kaiulani$1,167-64%1-2$1,167$869,84215Roadside Attractions
63The Sicilian Girl$1,164-74%21$582$19,6283Music Box
64The Law$1,1000%10$1,100$15,9379Oscilloscope
65Small Change (2009 re-issue)$927--1--$927$32,66039The Film Desk
66Only When I Dance$835-11%10$835$7,1508Film Movement
67Orlando (2010 re-issue)$779-88%51$156$53,7735Sony Pictures Classics
68Behind the Burly Q$760--1--$760$21,28618First Run Features
69The Beaches of Agnes$733--1--$733$239,71160Cinema Guild
70Kings of the Evening$535-11%10$535$98,03528Indican Pictures
71Videocracy$363--1--$363$23,56728Lorber Films
72Holy Rollers$345-51%10$345$302,88630First Independent Pictures
73Spring Fever$273-84%10$273$10,47812Strand
74The Nature of Existence$228-80%10$228$37,55410Walking Shadows
75Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$158-80%1-1$158$45,8519Kino International
76Stonewall Uprising$100-86%1-1$100$118,67510First Run Features