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, Jan. 21 - Sun, Jan. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$19,652,921--3,018--$6,512$19,652,9211Paramount
2The Green Hornet$17,677,565-47%3,5840$4,932$63,018,8082Sony / Columbia
3The Dilemma$9,108,890-49%2,9433$3,095$32,746,2252Universal
4The King's Speech$7,854,910-14%1,680137$4,676$57,313,8819Weinstein Company
5True Grit (2010)$7,330,092-33%3,4645$2,116$137,963,5195Paramount
6Black Swan$5,869,744-30%2,40779$2,439$83,250,3758Fox Searchlight
7Little Fockers$4,320,090-40%2,979-415$1,450$141,111,7055Universal
8The Fighter$4,164,504-18%2,275-139$1,831$72,680,7407Paramount
9Yogi Bear$3,819,395-29%2,510-192$1,522$88,649,5986Warner Bros.
10TRON: Legacy$3,647,121-36%2,018-421$1,807$163,206,6116Disney
11Tangled$3,081,926-23%1,860-188$1,657$186,356,4259Disney
12Season of the Witch$2,297,299-50%2,307-520$996$22,189,3313Relativity Media
13Country Strong$2,082,688-43%1,44117$1,445$16,845,0525Sony / Screen Gems
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$1,353,936-42%1,135-569$1,193$100,620,3667Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$1,159,012-45%1,100-566$1,054$40,021,6135Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way Back$1,218,867--678--$1,798$1,218,8671Newmarket Films
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$898,271-36%725-216$1,239$291,340,76810Warner Bros.
3The Tourist$881,114-48%875-545$1,007$65,894,0317Sony / Columbia
4Blue Valentine (2010)$877,815-37%24212$3,627$4,460,0224Weinstein Company
5The Company Men$647,797--106--$6,111$690,9341Weinstein Company
6Megamind$571,044-14%320-21$1,785$146,340,72312Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Social Network$444,08623%38563$1,153$95,408,47317Sony / Columbia
8The Heart Specialist$251,509-47%293-129$858$922,6372Freestyle
9Due Date$237,814-26%275-66$865$100,448,49812Warner Bros.
10Unstoppable (2010)$226,970-7%278-25$816$80,731,35211Fox
11Burlesque$217,015-18%2961$733$39,031,8199Sony / Screen Gems
12Rabbit Hole$177,591-36%1011$1,758$1,268,0416Lionsgate
13How Do You Know$114,471-71%261-354$439$30,212,6206Sony / Columbia
14Red (2010)$104,005-26%153-53$680$90,238,92215Summit
15Love and Other Drugs$99,853-36%146-20$684$32,156,8209Fox
16Secretariat$70,415-21%107-29$658$59,560,34316Disney
17Faster (2010)$61,55750%10629$581$23,081,7269CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Barney's Version$478,68432%7735$6,217$1,573,3182Sony Pictures Classics
2Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$365,297--78--$4,683$365,2971UTV Communications
3Another Year$208,36686%4532$4,630$714,3874Sony Pictures Classics
4Yamla Pagla Deewana$203,712-60%840$2,425$851,3812Eros International
5Somewhere (2010)$203,401-19%8330$2,451$1,306,8965Focus
6Hubble 3D$131,598-10%535$2,483$210,013,55045Warner Bros. / IMAX
7127 Hours$118,557-27%69-7$1,718$11,296,80512Fox Searchlight
8The Illusionist (2010)$80,59933%158$5,373$370,9845Sony Pictures Classics
9I Love You Phillip Morris$77,502-41%75-20$1,033$1,800,2468Roadside Attractions
10Made in Dagenham$73,205-22%86-3$851$887,18510Sony Pictures Classics
11Casino Jack$71,244-41%48-12$1,484$743,1326IDP/ATO Pictures
12Life As We Know It$49,551-44%86-46$576$53,358,96416Warner Bros.
13Under the Sea 3D$48,45211%162$3,028$26,830,449102Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Fair Game (2010)$35,096-22%72-7$487$9,376,70612Summit
15All Good Things$31,88832%28-1$1,139$467,6068Magnolia Pictures
16No One Killed Jessica$28,667-71%28-17$1,024$428,6913UTV Communications
17Inside Job$24,248-30%23-5$1,054$3,660,81216Sony Pictures Classics
18Space Station 3D$19,99732%20$9,999$82,586,379458IMAX
19The Housemaid (Hanyo)$16,670--2--$8,335$16,6701IFC Films
20The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$16,187-45%23-14$704$5,151,35413Music Box
21Biutiful$11,323--4--$2,831$92,0924Roadside Attractions
22Down for Life$8,817-62%50$1,763$39,6442B.D.Fox Independent
23Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$8,218-13%5-3$1,644$372,37615Zeitgeist Films
24The Warrior's Way$7,969-67%29-48$275$5,656,7878Relativity Media
25Tiny Furniture$7,838-18%164$490$347,66111IFC
26What If...$7,721--5--$1,544$775,30823Five & Two Pictures
27Four Lions$7,404-22%9-4$823$284,74812Drafthouse Films
28My Dog Tulip$7,156259%54$1,431$185,14421New Yorker Films
29Summer Wars$6,255-12%6-3$1,043$63,2935GKIDS
30Galapagos$6,240-34%20$3,120$17,807,970587IMAX
31Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$6,235159%105$624$187,54012Magnolia
32Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$6,217233%3-5$2,072$273,24221Music Box
33Deep Sea 3D$6,127-34%30$2,042$43,987,982256Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$5,918-52%10$5,918$62,4693First Run Features
35The Woodmans$5,874--1--$5,874$9,5601Lorber Films
36The Tempest$5,328-7%83$666$258,5577Disney
37William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$5,298158%42$1,325$42,43610Oscilloscope
38White Material$5,075-42%11-2$461$295,88610IFC
39Enemies of the People$4,241168%41$1,060$54,40326International Film Circuit
40Tamara Drewe$4,023--14--$287$551,07716Sony Pictures Classics
41Winter's Bone$4,016-35%6-1$669$6,271,08633Roadside Attractions
42Marwencol$3,894-21%60$649$82,34216Cinema Guild
43Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,83023%20$1,915$23,504,471173National Geographic
44The Salvation Poem$3,754-34%21$1,877$511,04915CanZion Films
45Ong Bak 3$3,389-40%30$1,130$12,5892Magnolia
46The Time That Remains$2,717-21%21$1,359$18,7193IFC
47Get Low$2,594--3--$865$9,116,29726Sony Pictures Classics
48Waste Land$2,396-73%41$599$116,70013Arthouse Films
49The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,389-6%30$796$703,69125National Geographic
50Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$2,283-60%10$2,283$13,2892Kino International
51Feed the Fish$2,244-25%41$561$99,93110Strand
52Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$2,18077%41$545$166,18220Lorber
53Nenette$1,797--2--$899$8,9385Kino International
54Bhutto$1,791-55%1-2$1,791$62,7918First Run Features
55Every Day$1,791-82%2-1$896$15,9182Image Entertainment
56The Strange Case of Angelica$1,770-48%1-1$1,770$31,0214Cinema Guild
57Mesrine: Killer Instinct$1,428-85%4-5$357$548,42022Music Box
58Kings of Pastry$1,250-63%1-3$1,250$299,52719First Run
59You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$1,115--3--$372$3,245,08618Sony Pictures Classics
60The Little Traitor$1,052--1--$1,052$386,85659Westchester Films
61Howl$1,049-31%2-1$525$608,25718Oscilloscope
62Animal Kingdom$843--2--$422$1,023,84924Sony Pictures Classics
63Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$842--1--$842$35,92611Film Desk
64Zenith$501--3--$167$5,95817Cinema Purgatorio
65Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$500-53%1-4$500$236,2108Oscilloscope
66Night Catches Us$459-66%30$153$63,5578Magnolia
67Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$39384%10$393$91,23431Kino International
68To the Sea$345--1--$345$61,43628Film Movement