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, May. 27 - Sun, May. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover Part II$85,946,294--3,615--$23,775$117,556,6611Warner Bros.
2Kung Fu Panda 2$47,656,302--3,925--$12,142$53,460,4311Paramount / DreamWorks
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$39,828,974-56%4,1649$9,565$153,424,2612Disney
4Bridesmaids$16,551,355-21%2,95821$5,595$85,157,9103Universal
5Thor$9,533,870-38%3,296-628$2,893$159,893,1734Paramount
6Fast Five$6,409,150-39%2,981-641$2,150$195,818,2505Universal
7Something Borrowed$1,860,855-47%1,440-1166$1,292$34,775,1814Warner Bros.
8Rio (2011)$1,804,883-61%1,672-921$1,079$134,846,1577Fox
9Priest (2011)$1,772,996-63%1,918-946$924$27,335,2773Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumping the Broom$1,823,631-51%939-533$1,942$34,104,6974Sony / TriStar
2Water for Elephants$1,087,568-50%794-1100$1,370$54,417,0336Fox
3Cave of Forgotten Dreams$431,0624%11812$3,653$2,618,5345IFC Films
4Soul Surfer$401,011-57%401-583$1,000$41,290,0338Sony / TriStar
5Rango$359,511-9%280-22$1,284$121,715,38213Paramount
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$335,126-65%359-553$933$52,298,0366Lionsgate
7Source Code$321,925-22%299-78$1,077$53,432,4139Summit
8Everything Must Go$272,793-48%161-84$1,694$2,096,2113Roadside Attractions
9HOP$227,240-11%299-55$760$107,508,6459Universal
10Limitless$219,912-36%269-88$818$78,457,21811Relativity Media
11Hanna$219,139-28%216-63$1,015$39,528,6618Focus
12Win Win$195,965-29%124-78$1,580$9,646,65011Fox Searchlight
13The Lincoln Lawyer$191,573-24%166-92$1,154$56,790,94211Lionsgate
14Insidious$163,203-66%186-315$877$52,734,4579FilmDistrict
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$161,200-13%214-39$753$52,107,69010Fox
16Jane Eyre (2011)$160,360-25%143-65$1,121$10,656,31112Focus
17The Conspirator$155,130-36%137-132$1,132$11,154,9177Roadside Attractions
18Scream 4$124,90837%26156$479$37,883,2627Weinstein Company
19The Beaver$106,185-44%109-59$974$765,7334Summit
20Mars Needs Moms$96,592-9%128-26$755$21,167,16112Disney
21Gnomeo and Juliet$88,604-29%111-47$798$99,604,17816Disney
22African Cats$74,845-71%147-231$509$14,774,0856Disneynature
23Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$66,811-82%203-439$329$9,449,6215Weinstein Company
24The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$52,87828%14160$375$554,4266Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$1,929,562222%5852$33,268$2,834,5462Sony Pictures Classics
2The Tree of Life$372,920--4--$93,230$372,9201Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$247,6122%47-3$5,268$5,887,5268Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Incendies$199,0607%7213$2,765$888,5686Sony Pictures Classics
5The Double Hour$163,07638%5822$2,812$738,2627IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
6Tangled$131,938-86%34-157$3,881$200,803,30927Disney
7Prom$113,721-77%98-276$1,160$9,867,3985Disney
8Hubble 3D$102,37114%36-2$2,844$25,600,79663Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Meek's Cutoff$96,82815%401$2,421$603,1028Oscilloscope
10Arthur (2011)$85,251-35%77-160$1,107$32,940,0978Warner Bros.
11I Am (2011)$83,2800%54-20$1,542$1,384,36415Paladin
1213 Assassins$82,45114%316$2,660$421,7345Magnolia / Magnet
13The First Grader$57,23950%3619$1,590$139,7683National Geographic
14Battle: Los Angeles$54,065-46%96-74$563$83,537,65112Sony / Columbia
15Potiche$52,00318%36-10$1,445$1,480,90810Music Box Films
16Bill Cunningham New York$48,499-2%22-3$2,205$1,133,66711Zeitgeist Films
17I Am Number Four$46,685-74%42-54$1,112$55,086,02915Disney / DreamWorks
18L'Amour fou$41,8102%187$2,323$170,7323IFC Films
19Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$39,115-6%110$3,556$2,801,576553D Entertainment
20In a Better World$37,7089%28-6$1,347$749,3259Sony Pictures Classics
21Of Gods and Men$35,348-32%37-23$955$3,853,59114Sony Pictures Classics
22Under the Sea 3D$34,332-1%211$1,635$28,574,650120Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Hesher$29,792-52%11-13$2,708$322,0603Wrekin Hill Entertainment
24Queen to Play$26,01939%110$2,365$271,1379Zeitgeist Films
25Winter in Wartime$22,89717%13-5$1,761$431,02611Sony Pictures Classics
26The Princess of Montpensier$21,7433%173$1,279$276,9327IFC Films
27Hobo with a Shotgun$21,0336%2113$1,002$598,9084Magnolia / Magnet
28A Beautiful Life$12,639-46%21-2$602$51,7882China Lion Film
29The King's Speech$11,588-41%18-22$644$138,774,31527Weinstein Company
3035 and Ticking$10,612-64%60$1,769$48,2802Image Entertainment
31There Be Dragons$8,568-61%10-19$857$1,065,4394IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
32Kill the Irishman$8,537-27%10-2$854$1,166,53712Anchor Bay Films
33My Perestroika$8,305-41%11-8$755$191,08410International Film Circuit
34Certified Copy$7,760-53%8-16$970$1,307,11212IFC Films
35Last Night (2010)$7,694-25%3-1$2,565$98,9864Miramax / Tribeca
36Barney's Version$6,54473%94$727$7,486,44920Sony Pictures Classics
37Tuesday, After Christmas$6,472--1--$6,472$8,3591Lorber Films
38Deep Sea 3D$5,913-36%2-2$2,957$44,272,652274Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Circo$5,408430%10$5,408$59,4589First Run Features
40Into Eternity$4,656137%40$1,164$43,79417International Film Circuit
41Rubber$4,307112%5-1$861$88,0949Magnolia / Magnet
42Blank City$4,0848%2-1$2,042$87,8628Insurgent Releasing
43Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$3,757--6--$626$169,33837Collective Eye
44Lebanon, PA$3,359-37%3-3$1,120$44,6745Truly Indie
45The Robber$3,300-23%1-1$3,300$54,3535Kino International
46Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$3,24346%53$649$165,57913Strand Releasing
47Poetry$2,877-66%3-5$959$342,22616Kino International
48How To Live Forever$2,709-65%20$1,355$16,8453Variance Films
49Harvest$2,651--4--$663$21,1474Monterey Media
50Dumbstruck$2,328260%10$2,328$12,9677Truly Indie
51Pianomania$2,238--1--$2,238$2,2381First Run Features
52Dum Maaro Dum$1,929-59%6-5$322$562,6876Fox Searchlight
53Small Town Murder Songs$1,854--2--$927$1,8541Monterey Media
54The Music Never Stopped$1,692-38%50$338$244,72411Roadside Attractions
55Go For It!$1,528-89%14-50$109$178,1643Lionsgate / Pantelion
56Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$1,483-58%2-2$742$43,6946Variance Films
57Henry's Crime$1,182-50%1-1$1,182$100,5048Moving Pictures Film & Television
58United Red Army$1,161--1--$1,161$1,1611Lorber Films
59Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$94597%10$945$247,56421First Run Features
60Biutiful$932-77%5-2$186$5,098,56222Roadside Attractions
61Battle of the Brides$910-86%1-5$910$64,1164Variance Films
62The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$841-83%2-3$421$11,0313Argot Pictures
63City of Life and Death$810-82%21$405$19,5643Kino International
64Kings of Pastry$788-23%10$788$332,40137First Run
65American: The Bill Hicks Story$759-36%21$380$82,3748Variance Films
66The Little Traitor$732-50%10$732$398,01077Westchester Films
67The Salvation Poem$677-54%20$339$868,63833CanZion Films
68Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$636-66%2-1$318$13,3713First Run Features
69Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$530-73%1-1$530$6,8383Strand Releasing
70The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$483-86%1-2$483$110,5209Lorber Films
71Skateland$479-93%2-9$240$17,7043Freestyle Releasing
72Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$222--1--$222$33,79330Variance Films
73To Die Like a Man$153--1--$153$3,9138Strand Releasing