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. 15 - Sun, Jul. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$169,189,427--4,375--$38,672$169,189,4271Warner Bros.
2Transformers: Dark of the Moon$21,328,545-55%3,917-190$5,445$302,878,7973Paramount / DreamWorks
3Horrible Bosses$17,777,464-37%3,13494$5,672$60,149,6032Warner Bros. / New Line
4Zookeeper$12,330,512-39%3,4820$3,541$42,382,9782Sony / Columbia
5Cars 2$8,407,529-45%3,249-741$2,588$165,389,7544Disney
6Winnie the Pooh$7,857,076--2,405--$3,267$7,857,0761Disney
7Bad Teacher$5,152,447-42%2,659-303$1,938$88,457,6394Sony / Columbia
8Larry Crowne$2,664,550-55%2,287-689$1,165$31,719,5603Universal
9Super 8$1,970,377-59%1,459-833$1,350$122,287,3596Paramount
10Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,368,355-57%1,002-994$1,366$61,473,0165Fox
11Monte Carlo$1,318,448-65%1,169-1304$1,128$20,110,4713Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$1,876,588-29%706-113$2,658$41,778,6989Sony Pictures Classics
2Bridesmaids$1,722,205-34%872-230$1,975$161,329,58010Universal
3Green Lantern (2011)$1,359,133-57%973-1042$1,397$112,789,1665Warner Bros.
4Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$960,548--100--$9,605$960,5481Eros International
5X-Men: First Class$635,586-57%470-377$1,352$143,455,8577Fox
6The Tree of Life$626,723-21%235-2$2,667$10,090,4898Fox Searchlight
7The Hangover Part II$504,803-58%455-380$1,109$251,881,9538Warner Bros.
8Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$493,155-53%373-249$1,322$237,353,6349Disney
9Kung Fu Panda 2$460,755-47%354-296$1,302$160,074,5298Paramount / DreamWorks
10Beginners$432,814-22%17015$2,546$3,932,6877Focus
11Thor$386,155-33%272-43$1,420$179,501,16211Paramount
12A Better Life$338,2962%21663$1,566$1,039,0364Summit
13Rio (2011)$323,269-22%241-31$1,341$141,932,57614Fox
14Buck$301,980-22%137-14$2,204$2,223,0135IFC Films
15Fast Five$214,145-18%212-29$1,010$209,142,63512Universal
16Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$143,61277%21443$671$14,369,5556Relativity Media
17Water for Elephants$88,238-29%120-48$735$58,461,50113Fox
18Soul Surfer$83,802-36%126-34$665$43,853,42415Sony / TriStar

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Le Sens de l'humour$311,778-33%890$3,503$1,499,2822Alliance Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$192,513-20%480$4,011$9,186,06415Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$137,74723%2218$6,261$294,2702Sony Pictures Classics
4Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$134,005--24--$5,584$134,0051Fox Searchlight
5Page One: Inside the New York Times$127,80110%6311$2,029$609,7075Magnolia Pictures
6Hubble 3D$114,259-10%312$3,686$27,176,88170Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Delhi Belly$106,629-72%67-23$1,591$1,427,7053UTV Communications
8The Trip (2011)$94,357-10%413$2,301$1,090,7686IFC Films
9Tabloid$91,201--14--$6,514$91,2011IFC Films
10Terri$77,28473%3022$2,576$242,5283IDP/ATO Pictures
11Something Borrowed$75,38014%74-39$1,019$38,955,88911Warner Bros.
12The Undefeated (2011)$65,132--10--$6,513$65,1321Cinedigm
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$55,841-44%87-25$642$53,311,94813Lionsgate
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$51,637-20%10-1$5,164$3,565,771623D Entertainment
15Insidious$50,646-36%66-15$767$53,829,02816FilmDistrict
16Cave of Forgotten Dreams$50,284-39%480$1,048$4,909,75312IFC Films
17Project Nim$49,04590%2218$2,229$87,8402Roadside Attractions
18The Lincoln Lawyer$42,288-32%72-34$587$57,981,88918Lionsgate
19Under the Sea 3D$36,173-19%14-1$2,584$29,173,572127Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Incendies$35,410-1%386$932$6,650,16513Sony Pictures Classics
21Bride Flight$28,059-9%17-6$1,651$325,3486Music Box Films
22The Names of Love$23,005-8%121$1,917$156,7234Music Box Films
23Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$20,9984%10$20,998$59,8452International Film Circuit
24The Double Hour$20,550-38%22-6$934$1,388,63714IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
25Gerry (2011)$20,010-60%23-22$870$1,844,7545Entertainment One Films
26Turtle: The Incredible Journey$14,861-62%8-15$1,858$216,9554Hannover House
27Life, Above All$13,788--5--$2,758$13,7881Sony Pictures Classics
28Meek's Cutoff$13,70251%131$1,054$931,43615Oscilloscope
29Passione: A Musical Adventure$12,94719%42$3,237$93,4034Abramorama
30Queen to Play$12,596-38%90$1,400$428,75416Zeitgeist Films
31Trollhunter$10,369-46%201$518$174,3136Magnolia / Magnet
32Bill Cunningham New York$9,788-27%6-3$1,631$1,418,74618Zeitgeist Films
33Submarine$8,874-47%14-5$634$398,9887Weinstein Company
34In a Better World$8,594-29%10-8$859$937,27716Sony Pictures Classics
35Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$8,261-55%19-23$435$10,134,75412Weinstein Company
36The Last Mountain$8,083125%52$1,617$101,1427Dada Films
37Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$7,940-55%5-5$1,588$239,5344Abramorama
38Salvation Boulevard$7,208--4--$1,802$7,2081IFC Films
39Win Win$7,145-49%7-10$1,021$10,179,27518Fox Searchlight
4013 Assassins$6,977-24%173$410$776,54212Magnolia / Magnet
41If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$6,928424%53$1,386$34,0064Oscilloscope
42Deep Sea 3D$5,73912%31$1,913$44,376,386281Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Everything Must Go$5,164-41%12-5$430$2,677,46710Roadside Attractions
44The Tree$4,983--2--$2,492$4,9831Zeitgeist Films
45The Conspirator$4,890-19%10-5$489$11,521,42114Roadside Attractions
46Rapt$4,852-17%10$4,852$18,0922Lorber Films
47Rejoice and Shout$4,700-61%70$671$82,2747Magnolia Pictures
48Trigun: Badlands Rumble$4,054-86%2-10$2,027$43,7322Eleven Arts
49Ranchero$3,826--2--$1,913$3,8261Indican Pictures
50The Sleeping Beauty$3,553-41%21$1,777$13,1682Strand Releasing
5135 and Ticking$3,411-24%51$682$90,0699Image Entertainment
52The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$3,343-22%21$1,672$37,9144Rialto Pictures
53The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$3,242425%43$811$142,68416Lorber Films
54Film Socialisme$2,795--2--$1,398$26,9627Lorber Films
55Murder 2$2,735-93%260$105$59,4722Eros International
56Beautiful Boy$2,71727%1-2$2,717$77,2477Anchor Bay Films
57Small Town Murder Songs$2,6935510%32$898$25,2578Monterey Media
58Hesher$2,37612%32$792$377,17710Wrekin Hill Entertainment
59City of Life and Death$2,261-59%40$565$93,23910Kino International
60Hobo with a Shotgun$2,101-37%5-1$420$695,41211Magnolia / Magnet
61The Salvation Poem$1,994-68%20$997$902,77940CanZion Films
62The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$1,735--1--$1,735$21,74210Argot Pictures
63How To Live Forever$1,605-46%21$803$42,96710Variance Films
64Pianomania$1,539--1--$1,539$13,9768First Run Features
65Road to Nowhere$1,03923%41$260$29,0746Monterey Media
66Beginning of the Great Revival$983-84%1-7$983$151,3054China Lion Film
67Daylight (2011)$959--1--$959$9591Cinema Purgatorio
68The Perfect Host$943-71%2-1$472$17,4203Magnolia Pictures
69Blank City$791-75%1-2$791$115,57615Insurgent Releasing
70Potiche$768-79%1-2$768$1,613,22717Music Box Films
71The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$7490%4-4$187$629,49913Sony Pictures Classics
72Into Eternity$706--3--$235$52,76324International Film Circuit
73Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$701-65%10$701$15,75410Strand Releasing
74The Arbor$658453%10$658$14,15712Strand Releasing
75Chillar Party$502-88%4-3$126$6,1492UTV Communications
76Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$500-62%1-1$500$179,64420Strand Releasing
77Farmageddon$496-85%10$496$16,0815Undefined
78Viva Riva!$354-90%1-4$354$46,5196Music Box Films
79My Perestroika$335-86%2-1$168$238,81117International Film Circuit
80The Robber$329-21%10$329$72,08012Kino International
81Winter in Wartime$263-85%1-3$263$531,64518Sony Pictures Classics
82Putty Hill$139--1--$139$48,64422Cinema Guild