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. 17 - Sun, Jun. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Green Lantern (2011)$53,174,303--3,816--$13,935$53,174,3031Warner Bros.
2Super 8$21,472,020-39%3,40829$6,300$73,002,8092Paramount
3Mr. Popper's Penguins$18,445,355--3,339--$5,524$18,445,3551Fox
4X-Men: First Class$11,933,524-51%3,375-317$3,536$120,358,0863Fox
5The Hangover Part II$10,071,339-43%3,460-215$2,911$233,110,6174Warner Bros.
6Kung Fu Panda 2$9,027,671-45%3,469-460$2,602$143,670,4684Paramount / DreamWorks
7Bridesmaids$7,097,735-29%2,573-349$2,759$136,450,7256Universal
8Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$6,646,249-39%2,742-691$2,424$220,746,5025Disney
9Midnight in Paris$4,884,800-16%1,03894$4,706$21,446,6145Sony Pictures Classics
10Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$2,103,465-65%2,5240$833$11,029,3072Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$1,163,92341%11568$10,121$3,900,3554Fox Searchlight
2Thor$1,145,076-53%875-907$1,309$176,111,0787Paramount
3Fast Five$872,160-50%729-600$1,196$206,816,8808Universal
4The Art of Getting By$679,160--610--$1,113$679,1601Fox Searchlight
5Rio (2011)$517,653-23%408-119$1,269$138,725,04410Fox
6Water for Elephants$305,177-36%351-115$869$57,192,1699Fox
7Soul Surfer$243,234-18%264-53$921$42,638,64611Sony / TriStar
8Cave of Forgotten Dreams$241,045-8%116-7$2,078$4,138,0168IFC Films
9Jumping the Broom$210,757-54%211-154$999$37,101,0647Sony / TriStar
10Something Borrowed$202,630-56%212-154$956$38,077,6847Warner Bros.
11The Lincoln Lawyer$199,237135%220119$906$57,373,86114Lionsgate
12Rango$148,063-16%188-32$788$122,751,08116Paramount
13Source Code$120,997-30%161-87$752$54,388,84912Summit
14Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$95,714-20%162-20$591$9,847,9388Weinstein Company
15Limitless$73,990-32%117-49$632$79,077,83414Relativity Media
16African Cats$58,400249%12182$483$14,983,3159Disneynature

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gerry (2011)$367,635--95--$3,870$464,7461Entertainment One Films
2Beginners$354,94846%4425$8,067$909,1243Focus
3Born to Be Wild 3D$219,8337%470$4,677$7,240,52911Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Trip (2011)$176,365126%3024$5,879$289,8882IFC Films
5Hubble 3D$115,90424%36-2$3,220$26,217,94066Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Insidious$90,233-34%98-36$921$53,399,44512FilmDistrict
7Incendies$88,127-33%66-19$1,335$1,535,8729Sony Pictures Classics
8Jig$70,432--5--$14,086$70,4321Screen Media Films
9Buck$67,548--4--$16,887$67,5481IFC Films
10Ready$65,860-65%970$679$910,4463Eros International
11Hanna$58,563-41%91-56$644$40,122,69211Focus
12Submarine$58,2914%2811$2,082$207,6523Weinstein Company
13Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$52,40622%110$4,764$3,122,203583D Entertainment
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$49,923-33%90-27$555$52,563,99113Fox
15The Double Hour$47,225-46%39-14$1,211$1,165,24810IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
16Jane Eyre (2011)$45,694-27%68-22$672$11,100,68915Focus
17Bride Flight$45,109-17%245$1,880$125,6532Music Box Films
18Priest (2011)$44,742-61%71-98$630$29,136,6266Sony / Screen Gems
19Win Win$44,418-42%67-33$663$10,078,13914Fox Searchlight
20Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$44,058-42%71-41$621$52,848,3429Lionsgate
21Under the Sea 3D$39,674-2%16-3$2,480$28,824,159123Warner Bros. / IMAX
2213 Assassins$38,4070%315$1,239$672,5388Magnolia / Magnet
23Prom$33,531-56%72-69$466$10,106,2338Disney
24Everything Must Go$29,039-56%55-32$528$2,598,7766Roadside Attractions
25Page One: Inside the New York Times$28,911--2--$14,456$28,9111Magnolia Pictures
26Meek's Cutoff$27,354-35%30-11$912$843,67911Oscilloscope
27Bill Cunningham New York$24,407-11%190$1,285$1,301,35014Zeitgeist Films
28The Conspirator$24,148-46%44-22$549$11,460,30710Roadside Attractions
29The Last Mountain$20,39377%74$2,913$64,5433Dada Films
30I Am (2011)$17,465-16%360$485$1,529,23618Paladin
31Mars Needs Moms$15,923-29%24-29$663$21,379,31515Disney
32Beautiful Boy$15,725181%84$1,966$49,0323Anchor Bay Films
33Scream 4$14,104-62%39-41$362$38,160,37710Weinstein Company
34Gnomeo and Juliet$14,043-38%23-20$611$99,808,60919Disney
35Trollhunter$13,302138%54$2,660$21,4672Magnolia / Magnet
36City of Life and Death$13,23270%52$2,646$51,5446Kino International
37The Beaver$12,425-21%23-23$540$935,4887Summit
38The First Grader$12,257-53%15-15$817$300,3876National Geographic
39In a Better World$10,420-63%24-9$434$851,44412Sony Pictures Classics
40Winter in Wartime$10,34618%14-2$739$502,46814Sony Pictures Classics
41L'Amour fou$9,964-26%14-2$712$280,0046IFC Films
42Queen to Play$9,56840%93$1,063$332,15412Zeitgeist Films
43Potiche$8,251-34%8-8$1,031$1,589,54813Music Box Films
44Deep Sea 3D$8,22754%2-1$4,114$44,310,701277Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$7,78466%106$778$198,80040Collective Eye
46My Perestroika$7,31937%8-1$915$222,46713International Film Circuit
47Hobo with a Shotgun$7,236-38%14-1$517$657,7527Magnolia / Magnet
48Of Gods and Men$7,043-57%17-9$414$3,936,99917Sony Pictures Classics
49Road to Nowhere$6,051140%74$864$13,1082Monterey Media
50The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$4,329-38%3-1$1,443$131,47612Lorber Films
51WAR: Women Art Revolution$3,985212%42$996$25,3463Zeitgeist Films
52The Princess of Montpensier$3,856-60%6-5$643$334,10510IFC Films
53The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$3,688175%9-1$410$616,0609Sony Pictures Classics
54Viva Riva!$3,672-64%30$1,224$19,4952Music Box Films
5535 and Ticking$3,344-50%10$3,344$72,7785Image Entertainment
56Rejoice and Shout$3,145-63%2-4$1,573$28,8523Magnolia Pictures
57Last Night (2010)$3,131--4--$783$102,1177Miramax / Tribeca
58Hesher$2,741-26%30$914$364,6776Wrekin Hill Entertainment
59Blank City$2,463-41%2-1$1,232$104,58511Insurgent Releasing
60Small Town Murder Songs$2,425-34%3-3$808$14,3244Monterey Media
61Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$2,320-30%2-2$1,160$24,6966First Run Features
62Into Eternity$2,030152%20$1,015$51,41720International Film Circuit
63How To Live Forever$1,828-34%1-1$1,828$30,0146Variance Films
64Circo$1,696462%20$848$66,33412First Run Features
65Kill the Irishman$1,573-54%2-3$787$1,185,25315Anchor Bay Films
66Barney's Version$1,294-69%3-2$431$7,501,40423Sony Pictures Classics
67Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$1,26050%21$630$174,32416Strand Releasing
68Film Socialisme$1,099-76%1-2$1,099$20,4683Lorber Films
69Korkoro$920--2--$460$7,22513Lorber Films
70The Robber$793-79%2-1$397$68,7988Kino International
71Making The Boys$619-46%10$619$30,95115First Run Features
72The Music Never Stopped$272-49%31$91$248,99014Roadside Attractions
73Orgasm Inc.$155--1--$155$49,00119First Run Features
74The Arbor$55--1--$55$13,2308Strand Releasing
75Space Station 3D$40--2--$20$83,709,033479IMAX