'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, Feb. 17 - Sun, Feb. 19

Wide (1000+)

1Safe House$23,641,575-41%3,1212$7,575$77,911,1902Universal
2The Vow$23,065,077-44%2,9580$7,798$84,991,9142Sony / Screen Gems
3Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$22,115,334--3,174--$6,968$22,115,3341Sony / Columbia
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$19,845,282-27%3,50030$5,670$52,961,6242Warner Bros. / New Line
5This Means War$17,405,930--3,189--$5,458$19,015,7351Fox
6Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$7,966,431-65%2,6550$3,001$33,839,6662Fox
8The Woman in Black$6,679,196-34%2,559-297$2,610$45,289,8143CBS Films
9The Secret World of Arrietty$6,446,395--1,522--$4,235$6,446,3951Disney
10The Grey$3,142,111-38%2,107-694$1,491$48,035,1704Open Road
11The Descendants$2,932,824-15%1,243-338$2,359$75,015,59414Fox Searchlight
12Big Miracle$2,263,515-43%1,634-499$1,385$16,707,0103Universal
13Red Tails$1,442,093-40%1,009-571$1,429$47,558,6295Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Artist$2,430,3608%8080$3,008$27,529,31913Weinstein Company
3Underworld Awakening$1,136,686-54%826-831$1,376$61,380,4875Sony / Screen Gems
4The Iron Lady$1,063,704-8%623111$1,707$24,423,4908Weinstein Company
5One For the Money$784,938-66%933-1123$841$25,461,1474Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$627,618-57%577-798$1,088$30,630,5959Warner Bros.
7Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$553,80268%403138$1,374$185,271,15610Warner Bros.
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$494,723-8%400-102$1,237$129,683,21810Fox
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$492,491-10%184-48$2,677$22,695,33811Focus
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$486,056-31%275-194$1,767$207,299,47910Paramount
12The Adventures of Tintin$389,85415%30346$1,287$76,391,1709Paramount
132012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$372,042-10%13818$2,696$987,4852Shorts International
14The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$345,043-30%189-80$1,826$101,364,9149Sony / Columbia
15Man on a Ledge$331,508-75%401-1022$827$18,377,4564Lionsgate
16We Bought a Zoo$300,033-17%287-133$1,045$73,656,6549Fox
17War Horse$298,332-34%394-108$757$78,706,2989Disney / DreamWorks
18Beauty and the Beast 3D$251,292-70%214-464$1,174$46,999,1186Disney
19Joyful Noise$219,935-55%340-346$647$30,307,8946Warner Bros.
20The Muppets$207,263-24%269-22$770$88,067,26013Disney
21My Week with Marilyn$197,841-5%120-5$1,649$13,642,95813Weinstein Company
22Albert Nobbs$193,041-30%119-32$1,622$2,360,2314Roadside Attractions
23Puss in Boots (2011)$187,050-14%163-46$1,148$148,998,02617Paramount / DreamWorks
24Jack and Jill$121,297-26%134-53$905$74,020,22315Sony / Columbia
25The Darkest Hour$98,6911334%11395$873$21,319,6969Summit
26Happy Feet Two$97,176-48%135-67$720$63,826,40014Warner Bros.
27The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$62,646-63%148-82$423$281,267,66314Lionsgate / Summit
28Agneepath$34,828-58%1320$264$1,973,5744Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1A Separation$309,08516%549$5,724$2,025,8378Sony Pictures Classics
2Pina$297,66616%7810$3,816$2,174,4949IFC Films
3Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$230,770-64%98-13$2,355$1,026,3032UTV Communications
4Thin Ice$183,527--53--$3,463$183,5271IDP/ATO Pictures
5A Dangerous Method$152,441-26%96-11$1,588$5,171,94413Sony Pictures Classics
6Born to Be Wild 3D$149,56546%451$3,324$16,373,13046Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Rampart$125,997108%2823$4,500$210,4172Millennium Entertainment
8Love$83,178--7--$11,883$83,1781China Lion Film
9In Darkness$82,551201%1411$5,897$142,5142Sony Pictures Classics
10We Need to Talk About Kevin$71,232-15%160$4,452$604,82111Oscilloscope
11Haywire$69,716-66%79-184$882$18,751,4605Relativity Media
12Shame$66,547-21%44-8$1,512$3,720,16712Fox Searchlight
13Hubble 3D$62,13743%190$3,270$31,065,735101Warner Bros. / IMAX
14W.E.$53,016-11%203$2,651$206,9463Weinstein Company
15Under the Sea 3D$46,463164%11-1$4,224$30,579,553158Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Coriolanus$39,21525%132$3,017$321,9655Weinstein Company
17Carnage (2011)$33,441-18%35-1$955$2,420,30010Sony Pictures Classics
18Undefeated$33,165--5--$6,633$33,1651Weinstein Company
19Bullhead$32,267--7--$4,610$32,2671Drafthouse Films
20Chico & Rita$30,79649%54$6,159$60,3632GKIDS
21The Sitter$29,883-47%43-56$695$30,471,20911Fox
22Young Adult$28,822116%8752$331$16,295,03311Paramount
23Pariah (2011)$20,657-12%130$1,589$687,9228Focus
24On the Ice$17,901--4--$4,475$17,9011PMK*BNC
25The Devil Inside$14,341-59%34-61$422$53,180,7847Paramount
26New Year's Eve$12,730-80%33-122$386$54,538,01311Warner Bros. / New Line
27The Women on the 6th Floor$10,829-3%62$1,805$603,48220Strand Releasing
28Midnight in Paris$9,791-44%16-8$612$56,553,41640Sony Pictures Classics
29The Help$9,359-11%130$720$169,668,58628Disney / DreamWorks
30Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$8,992-53%12-2$749$4,794,504933D Entertainment
31Deep Sea 3D$7,836205%20$3,918$44,490,042312Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Le Havre$7,195--7--$1,028$577,11318Janus Films
33In the Land of Blood and Honey$7,122-36%8-2$890$284,9919FilmDistrict
34An Inconsistent Truth$5,655-23%31$1,885$53,1094Rocky Mountain Pictures
35The Flowers of War$5,04053%3-3$1,680$218,8325Wrekin Hill Entertainment
36Immortals$4,967-74%29-4$171$83,502,40315Relativity Media
37Death of the Virgin$4,826-44%2-1$2,413$16,8262Indican Pictures
38Declaration of War$4,727--7--$675$34,1814IFC Films
39The Interrupters$4,209--2--$2,105$282,44830Cinema Guild
40J. Edgar$3,979-71%11-31$362$37,304,45115Warner Bros.
41The Innkeepers$3,436-52%7-6$491$74,9063Magnolia / Magnet
42The Turin Horse$3,383-63%21$1,692$17,7632Cinema Guild
43The Way$3,374-54%5-2$675$4,421,90520Producers Distribution Agency
44Michael (2012)$3,366--1--$3,366$4,5461Strand Releasing
45The Viral Factor$3,214-61%40$804$212,5965China Lion Film
46Young Goethe In Love$2,929-37%50$586$145,99516Music Box Films
47Khodorkovsky$2,9003437%10$2,900$33,05412Kino Lorber
48Kung Fu Joe$2,796-11%1-1$2,796$7,0822Indican Pictures
49Melancholia$2,770-70%5-3$554$3,023,19615Magnolia Pictures
50Vettai$2,518-23%1-1$2,518$202,5816UTV Communications
51Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$2,270-46%20$1,135$62,7337Cinema Guild
52Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$2,242-54%2-1$1,121$862,90133International Film Circuit
53How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?$1,698--4--$425$12,4304First Run Features
54Putin's Kiss$1,525--1--$1,525$1,5251Kino Lorber
55Kill List$1,463-29%40$366$19,4013IFC Films
56Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$1,433--1--$1,433$48,33128Lorber Films
57Circus Columbia$1,284--1--$1,284$1,2841Strand Releasing
58The Skin I Live In$1,149-7%4-2$287$3,167,95819Sony Pictures Classics
59Mozart's Sister$1,118--2--$559$706,62227Music Box Films
60Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$1,080468%21$540$287,28118Submarine Deluxe
61Sing Your Song$95644%1-1$956$32,0836S2BN Films
62The Whale$67724%10$677$69,94424Paladin
63Hell and Back Again$561--2--$281$38,09920Docurama Films
64Eames: The Architect and the Painter$518--1--$518$146,07914First Run Features
65The Conquest$423-84%2-2$212$186,37215Music Box Films
66Man on a Mission$396--1--$396$8,5486First Run Features
67Take Shelter$322-38%40$81$1,724,46121Sony Pictures Classics
68My Reincarnation$319-96%20$160$82,61817Long Shot Factory
69The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$262--1--$262$28,73924The Film Desk
70Crazy Wisdom$96-6%10$96$55,46513Alive Mind Cinema