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. 20 - Sun, Jan. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Underworld Awakening$25,306,725--3,078--$8,222$25,306,7251Sony / Screen Gems
2Red Tails$18,782,154--2,512--$7,477$18,782,1541Fox
3Contraband$12,039,605-51%2,8707$4,195$45,937,5252Universal
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$10,045,33210935%2,6302624$3,820$10,737,2395Warner Bros.
5Beauty and the Beast 3D$8,779,676-51%2,6250$3,345$33,588,0562Disney
6Haywire$8,425,370--2,439--$3,454$8,425,3701Relativity Media
7Joyful Noise$5,917,437-47%2,7350$2,164$21,745,4192Warner Bros.
8Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$5,554,254-52%2,519-827$2,205$197,363,4416Paramount
9Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$4,515,497-47%2,485-670$1,817$178,321,7266Warner Bros.
10The Iron Lady$3,684,279-32%1,076274$3,424$12,585,9584Weinstein Company
11The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$3,528,514-47%1,907-767$1,850$94,553,5825Sony / Columbia
12War Horse$3,150,502-47%2,525-331$1,248$72,285,1805Disney / DreamWorks
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,076,168-48%2,070-779$1,486$124,682,2056Fox
14We Bought a Zoo$2,783,440-50%2,065-844$1,348$69,565,0255Fox
15The Devil Inside$2,668,865-67%2,207-344$1,209$51,289,9723Paramount
16The Adventures of Tintin$2,218,841-45%1,340-733$1,656$72,321,0065Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$2,372,29813%560-100$4,236$51,259,65810Fox Searchlight
2The Artist$2,371,80399%662446$3,583$12,119,7189Weinstein Company
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$1,763,380-45%731-155$2,412$18,328,9777Focus
4Hugo$937,620-10%650105$1,442$55,887,4029Paramount
5Happy Feet Two$427,309-12%331-34$1,291$62,597,36210Warner Bros.
6A Dangerous Method$382,733-23%1051$3,645$3,337,6949Sony Pictures Classics
7Puss in Boots (2011)$355,089-14%292-24$1,216$147,722,07513Paramount / DreamWorks
8Jack and Jill$342,346-17%283-15$1,210$72,952,65311Sony / Columbia
9My Week with Marilyn$327,104-31%225-175$1,454$12,066,4619Weinstein Company
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$308,718-60%370-338$834$280,262,45710Lionsgate / Summit
11Carnage (2011)$283,565-60%248-246$1,143$1,945,5746Sony Pictures Classics
12The Muppets$261,418-54%285-262$917$87,036,3799Disney
13The Darkest Hour$183,036-83%301-881$608$21,074,6275Summit
14Tower Heist$178,200-26%220-40$810$77,821,29512Universal
15The Sitter$142,648-72%191-258$747$30,021,3117Fox
16Young Adult$138,213-74%150-237$921$16,075,4487Paramount
17New Year's Eve$136,781-87%265-827$516$54,185,4737Warner Bros. / New Line
18Real Steel$134,632-5%162-25$831$85,255,42816Disney / DreamWorks
19Immortals$123,235-25%169-18$729$83,270,59511Relativity Media
20Moneyball$58,697-25%110-18$534$75,524,65818Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$243,79869%9554$2,566$2,983,1988Fox Searchlight
2A Separation$168,818135%137$12,986$541,0414Sony Pictures Classics
3Pina$136,66810%104$13,667$782,1315IFC Films
4Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos$119,300--42--$2,840$119,3001Eleven Arts
5Born to Be Wild 3D$100,396-4%450$2,231$15,662,57442Warner Bros. / IMAX
6We Need to Talk About Kevin$73,71074%75$10,530$184,7317Oscilloscope
7Pariah (2011)$64,971-36%21-3$3,094$497,5794Focus
8The Viral Factor$63,235--22--$2,874$63,2351China Lion Film
9Coriolanus$61,136--9--$6,793$61,1361Weinstein Company
10In Time$57,633-24%97-9$594$37,454,84413Fox
11Courageous$51,476-42%90-26$572$34,522,22117Sony / TriStar
12Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$49,73868%8-1$6,217$4,611,172893D Entertainment
13Melancholia$48,632-38%52-15$935$2,912,67611Magnolia Pictures
14The Flowers of War$48,558--30--$1,619$139,7521Wrekin Hill Entertainment
15Hubble 3D$34,459-28%211$1,641$30,726,38297Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Vettai$34,397-61%21-13$1,638$148,9382UTV Communications
17J. Edgar$31,053-44%46-36$675$37,036,91511Warner Bros.
18Drive (2011)$26,543-8%331$804$35,010,46419FilmDistrict
19In the Land of Blood and Honey$25,693-42%14-4$1,835$201,2255FilmDistrict
20Dolphin Tale$24,893-38%63-28$395$72,279,69018Warner Bros.
21Under the Sea 3D$22,317-9%8-1$2,790$30,430,092154Warner Bros. / IMAX
22The Way$21,056-37%28-12$752$4,373,59816Producers Distribution Agency
23Midnight in Paris$12,94728%13-2$996$56,446,21736Sony Pictures Classics
24The Skin I Live In$12,267-42%17-14$722$3,147,49915Sony Pictures Classics
25The Women on the 6th Floor$11,354-17%71$1,622$534,77416Strand Releasing
26Le Havre$11,198--14--$800$514,96814Janus Films
27Don 2$9,493-75%12-16$791$3,673,2505Reliance Big Entertainment
28Margin Call$8,148-46%14-6$582$5,344,10414Roadside Attractions
29Crazy Horse$7,963--1--$7,963$12,3371Zipporah Films
30Take Shelter$7,76723%162$485$1,716,35317Sony Pictures Classics
31The Help$7,393-50%22-6$336$169,598,52324Disney / DreamWorks
32Young Goethe In Love$6,320148%85$790$122,18512Music Box Films
33Martha Marcy May Marlene$6,107-30%172$359$2,965,48414Fox Searchlight
34Tomboy (2011)$5,509278%105$551$106,34310Dada Films
35Carol Channing: Larger Than Life$5,000--2--$2,500$5,0001Entertainment One Films
36The Man Nobody Knew$4,9641245%32$1,655$181,27618First Run Features
37The Mill and the Cross$4,8922%4-1$1,223$289,45219Kino Lorber
38The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$4,721--1--$4,721$4,7211First Run Features
39The City Dark$4,594--1--$4,594$7,0321Argot Pictures
40Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston$3,968--1--$3,968$3,9681Tribeca Films
41The Guard$3,87521%9-2$431$5,354,86826Sony Pictures Classics
42Man on a Mission$3,160-8%51$632$7,0152First Run Features
43Buzzkill$2,912--2--$1,456$2,9121Indican Pictures
44Sing Your Song$2,803-79%20$1,402$20,1192S2BN Films
45Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$2,571-76%10$2,571$41,5213Cinema Guild
46OKA!$2,496--1--$2,496$17,42615Dada Films
47Santa Mesa$2,276-41%1-2$2,276$7,7172Indican Pictures
48Addiction Incorporated$2,200-1%21$1,100$13,5036Variance Films
49Sophomore$2,080-84%10$2,080$16,6512Undefined
50Blackthorn$1,958-26%3-2$653$196,71316Magnolia Pictures
51My Reincarnation$1,872-12%2-1$936$71,24213Long Shot Factory
52Roadie (2010)$1,813110%10$1,813$7,5563Magnolia Pictures
53Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$1,474-50%2-2$737$271,92914Submarine Deluxe
54Mozart's Sister$1,402-53%2-4$701$705,26423Music Box Films
55Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$1,248-49%10$1,248$850,64329International Film Circuit
56Outrage$1,100-38%3-2$367$41,1778Magnolia / Magnet
57The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$921--2--$461$28,47720The Film Desk
58Pianomania$790-2%10$790$49,53435First Run Features
59Tyrannosaur$746--1--$746$18,52510Strand Releasing
60Jane's Journey$72438%10$724$26,10719First Run Features
61Loosies$566-30%21$283$3,3182IFC Films
62Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$512--2--$256$38,85219International Film Circuit
63Crazy Wisdom$294-85%1-1$294$47,5949Alive Mind Cinema
64The Interrupters$208--1--$208$275,17126Cinema Guild
65Charlotte Rampling: The Look$198-69%20$99$14,22212Kino Lorber
66Eames: The Architect and the Painter$186--1--$186$144,36510First Run Features
67Garbo: The Spy$128-88%1-1$128$27,60310First Run Features