'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. 25 - Sun, May. 27

Wide (1000+)

1Men in Black 3$54,592,779--4,248--$12,851$54,592,7791Sony / Columbia
2Marvel's The Avengers$36,686,871-34%3,918-331$9,364$523,907,2024Disney
4The Dictator$9,276,560-47%3,0146$3,078$41,124,6642Paramount
5Chernobyl Diaries$7,955,307--2,433--$3,270$7,955,3071Warner Bros.
6Dark Shadows$7,504,387-40%3,404-351$2,205$62,987,2833Warner Bros.
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$7,127,919-32%3,0210$2,359$22,149,1672Lionsgate
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$6,383,20398%1,233879$5,177$16,586,6994Fox Searchlight
9The Hunger Games$2,311,406-22%1,421-643$1,627$395,320,19110Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1Think Like a Man$1,465,265-45%786-936$1,864$88,337,2066Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$1,082,288-31%884-956$1,224$27,286,5925Sony / Columbia
3Bernie$870,15477%19499$4,485$2,221,9605Millennium Entertainment
421 Jump Street$660,79593%364103$1,815$136,503,52211Sony / Columbia
5The Lucky One (2012)$566,829-68%615-1390$922$58,279,6626Warner Bros.
6Mirror Mirror$482,50219%42215$1,143$62,200,7599Relativity Media
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$475,7854%39011$1,220$210,839,55513Universal
8The Three Stooges$322,573-26%325-269$993$42,303,9277Fox
10The Five-Year Engagement$294,555-73%274-901$1,075$27,949,8405Universal
11John Carter$247,940-33%17561$1,417$72,473,55912Disney
12Wrath of the Titans$232,380-51%255-105$911$82,927,7569Warner Bros.
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$177,118-15%175-70$1,012$103,110,61116Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Cabin in the Woods$174,424-54%203-245$859$40,933,1457Lionsgate
15Girl in Progress$127,490-72%143-179$892$2,405,7633Lionsgate / Pantelion
16American Reunion$114,650-57%165-125$695$56,706,7558Universal
17Safe (2012)$62,175-79%112-391$555$16,799,1285Lionsgate
18The Raven$60,013-75%111-321$541$15,735,5035Relativity Media
19Bully (2012)$42,552-53%104-100$409$3,297,0259Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

1Moonrise Kingdom$522,996--4--$130,749$522,9961Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$225,5754%501$4,512$2,310,3466Warner Bros. / IMAX
3First Position$149,88161%5615$2,676$493,3384IFC Films
4Hysteria$138,251288%3227$4,320$194,0572Sony Pictures Classics
5Crooked Arrows$137,389-46%6712$2,051$456,8442Branded/Peck Films
6Headhunters$124,76839%456$2,773$570,5925Magnolia Pictures
7Monsieur Lazhar$113,52324%65-2$1,747$1,450,12931Music Box Films
8The Intouchables$103,507--4--$25,877$103,5071Weinstein Company
9Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$85,143-10%87-47$979$8,865,97812CBS Films
10Marley$70,341-4%53-2$1,327$1,162,9296Magnolia Pictures
11Born to Be Wild 3D$65,1818%340$1,917$19,069,21760Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Darling Companion$64,66410%611$1,060$518,4996Sony Pictures Classics
13Hubble 3D$63,07226%18-2$3,504$32,819,256115Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Where Do We Go Now?$58,261147%2513$2,330$121,5283Sony Pictures Classics
15Cowgirls n' Angels$54,675--50--$1,094$54,6751IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
16Deadtime (2012)$47,32072%13-3$3,640$156,0723Nocturnal Features
17Polisse$46,072178%1411$3,291$74,4412IFC Films
18Jiro Dreams of Sushi$44,10421%35-6$1,260$2,269,17212Magnolia Pictures
19Sound of My Voice$37,41121%425$891$310,3815Fox Searchlight
20Titanic 3D$33,431-34%42-28$796$57,801,0228Paramount
21Under the Sea 3D$31,654-1%202$1,583$31,519,651172Warner Bros. / IMAX
22A Thousand Words$30,963-46%59-51$525$18,429,08112Paramount
23We Have a Pope$28,63128%222$1,301$426,4958IFC Films
24This Means War$26,977-54%44-46$613$54,719,74715Fox
25Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$22,22631%10-2$2,223$5,562,2071073D Entertainment
26Footnote$19,860-38%31-21$641$1,888,71712Sony Pictures Classics
27The Secret World of Arrietty$18,214-39%26-34$701$19,172,86915Disney
28The Kid With A Bike$16,543-25%20-14$827$1,347,76611IFC Films
29Elena (2012)$14,73063%21$7,365$33,8852Zeitgeist Films
30Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$14,730-22%30$4,910$66,7953Rialto Pictures
31Damsels in Distress$11,918-43%11-27$1,083$824,6188Sony Pictures Classics
32The Artist$11,619-57%20-83$581$44,575,36927Weinstein Company
33God Bless America$10,970-19%150$731$77,0653Magnolia / Magnet
34I Wish$10,610284%52$2,122$32,1203Magnolia Pictures
35The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$10,606-50%19-20$558$1,059,03410Music Box Films
37Elles$9,65023%82$1,206$118,7505Kino Lorber
38Oslo, August 31st$9,564--2--$4,782$9,5641Strand Releasing
39FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$8,856-61%9-10$984$63,7754International Film Circuit
40A Separation$8,84113%10-7$884$7,078,65522Sony Pictures Classics
41Act of Valor$8,221-84%39-57$211$70,002,49814Relativity Media
42The Raid: Redemption$7,754-25%12-3$646$4,080,43110Sony Pictures Classics
43Friends With Kids$6,218-43%9-16$691$7,238,97712Roadside Attractions
44The Perfect Family$6,114-45%6-6$1,019$90,0614Variance Films
45Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,049-42%22-18$275$133,095,13724Fox
46OC87$5,733--1--$5,733$5,7331Fisher Klingenstein Films
47Deep Sea 3D$5,71458%10$5,714$44,626,354326Warner Bros. / IMAX
48October Baby$5,505-53%16-20$344$5,334,23531IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
49The Salt of Life$5,287331%42$1,322$301,73413Zeitgeist Films
50Undefeated$3,951-4%6-3$659$555,16515Weinstein Company
51Turn Me On, Dammit!$3,73695%20$1,868$71,5289New Yorker Films
52Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$3,674--2--$1,837$128,89721Cinema Guild
53Whores' Glory$3,250--2--$1,625$14,7805Kino Lorber
54Goon$2,916261%51$583$4,167,8279Magnolia / Magnet
55Beyond the Black Rainbow$2,877-42%20$1,439$11,7292Magnolia / Magnet
56Hit So Hard$2,478188%30$826$28,4197Variance Films
57Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$2,33339%31$778$5,2972Music Box Films
58Bonsai$2,274-14%20$1,137$9,5883Strand Releasing
59Henning Mankell’s Wallander: The Revenge$2,230--1--$2,230$2,2301Music Box Films
60Gerhard Richter Painting$1,977-40%30$659$184,07411Kino Lorber
61Surviving Progress$1,966-13%20$983$35,2168First Run Features
62Tonight You're Mine$1,934--3--$645$5,0863Roadside Attractions
63Keyhole$1,83491%51$367$18,6408Monterey Media
64Coriolanus$1,724-66%4-4$431$756,02619Weinstein Company
65The Women on the 6th Floor$1,612--2--$806$711,28334Strand Releasing
66Red Tails$1,55949%74$223$49,871,44019Fox
67Virginia$1,516-78%2-3$758$11,0692Entertainment One Films
68Lovely Molly$1,423-89%2-3$712$17,9772Image Entertainment
69Jesus Henry Christ$1,257159%21$629$18,3906Entertainment One Films
70Small, Beautifully Moving Parts$1,169--1--$1,169$5,0993Long Shot Factory
71The Hunter (2012)$1,076-30%30$359$170,5448Magnolia Pictures
72The Turin Horse$938--1--$938$47,93816Cinema Guild
73Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$913-57%7-4$130$97,2973Magnolia Pictures
74The Color Wheel$812-79%1-1$812$6,7022Cinema Conservancy
75Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow$772-60%10$772$4,1522First Run Features
76Blue Like Jazz$493-73%3-4$164$594,4677Roadside Attractions
77Nobody Else But You$387-37%10$387$7,0563First Run Features
78Payback (2012)$363-60%1-2$363$12,1615Zeitgeist Films
79Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$250-15%10$250$43,456,38216Fox
80The Fairy$156-69%1-1$156$24,04114Kino Lorber