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. 15 - Sun, Jun. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$34,055,474-44%4,2635$7,989$119,006,0062Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$20,712,174-59%3,44246$6,017$89,370,3012Fox
3Rock of Ages$14,437,269--3,470--$4,161$14,437,2691Warner Bros. / New Line
4That's My Boy$13,453,714--3,030--$4,440$13,453,7141Sony / Columbia
5Snow White and the Huntsman$13,265,635-42%3,701-76$3,584$122,062,6703Universal
6Men in Black 3$10,047,575-28%3,135-657$3,205$152,726,5584Sony / Columbia
7Marvel's The Avengers$8,905,467-21%2,582-547$3,449$586,794,3717Disney
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$2,283,218-30%1,184-114$1,928$35,216,7137Fox Searchlight
9What to Expect When You're Expecting$1,203,381-57%1,216-871$990$38,639,3825Lionsgate
10The Dictator$1,109,454-51%1,119-532$991$57,677,7175Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$2,237,72643%17882$12,571$6,839,4624Focus
2Battleship$1,248,150-45%942-1012$1,325$62,151,8205Universal
3The Hunger Games$852,832-20%593-158$1,438$401,766,45213Lionsgate
4Dark Shadows$623,388-56%680-870$917$75,156,0166Warner Bros.
5Bernie$618,746-25%300-32$2,062$5,870,6168Millennium Entertainment
6For Greater Glory$545,121-41%380-262$1,435$4,542,5583ARC Entertainment
7Hysteria$284,37792%218134$1,304$1,059,4885Sony Pictures Classics
8Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$260,380-23%277-13$940$212,490,25016Universal
9Mirror Mirror$235,632-31%278-25$848$63,915,26412Relativity Media
10The Lucky One (2012)$213,346-40%350-52$610$59,890,5749Warner Bros.
11The Three Stooges$204,303-20%201-44$1,016$43,442,67710Fox
12Think Like a Man$201,818-40%208-79$970$90,677,9649Sony / Screen Gems
1321 Jump Street$191,780-24%220-38$872$137,982,55014Sony / Columbia
14Chernobyl Diaries$177,498-79%255-925$696$17,637,7064Warner Bros.
15The Cabin in the Woods$173,134177%224111$773$41,507,32710Lionsgate
16Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$150,337--157--$958$150,3371Indomina Media
17The Five-Year Engagement$92,440-24%168-7$550$28,644,7708Universal
18The Pirates! Band of Misfits$91,998-34%149-168$617$29,140,9538Sony / Columbia
19Wrath of the Titans$77,466-26%105-45$738$83,550,28412Warner Bros.
20Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$75,213-20%108-18$696$103,692,73519Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$357,028-7%770$4,637$1,552,6454Weinstein Company
2Safety Not Guaranteed$296,494203%4738$6,308$439,9992FilmDistrict
3Ferrari Ki Sawaari$240,792--99--$2,432$240,7921Eros International
4To the Arctic 3D$194,06813%510$3,805$3,611,2779Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Peace, Love & Misunderstanding$133,81626%7645$1,761$284,2832IFC Films
6Your Sister's Sister$109,221--13--$8,402$109,2211IFC Films
7Lola Versus$61,77994%5248$1,188$107,9912Fox Searchlight
8Crooked Arrows$56,754-74%97-181$585$1,731,0145Branded/Peck Films
9Born to Be Wild 3D$56,21214%330$1,703$19,480,18363Warner Bros. / IMAX
10John Carter$56,079-38%79-23$710$72,996,04315Disney
11Hubble 3D$49,09536%171$2,888$33,109,130118Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Headhunters$45,524-34%40-20$1,138$937,1238Magnolia Pictures
13Chimpanzee$43,819-33%96-59$456$28,431,5959Disneynature
14Rowdy Rathore$36,980-74%32-68$1,156$744,1643UTV Communications
15Safe (2012)$35,501-35%76-35$467$17,120,0198Lionsgate
16Monsieur Lazhar$33,604-34%35-13$960$1,747,06434Music Box Films
17The Woman in the Fifth$33,011--9--$3,668$33,0111IDP/ATO Pictures
18Piranha 3DD$31,116-16%11-67$2,829$370,9043Weinstein Company
19First Position$26,667-45%36-16$741$848,3717IFC Films
20Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$22,69919%100$2,270$5,667,3551103D Entertainment
21Deadly Renovations$22,386-47%130$1,722$92,6382Nocturnal Features
22Marley$22,366-14%19-8$1,177$1,333,6289Magnolia Pictures
23Darling Companion$20,090-55%20-31$1,005$733,8649Sony Pictures Classics
24Where Do We Go Now?$19,432-51%14-17$1,388$369,8946Sony Pictures Classics
25Girl in Progress$19,374-36%41-16$473$2,594,8786Lionsgate / Pantelion
26Jiro Dreams of Sushi$18,788-28%19-6$989$2,426,08415Magnolia Pictures
27Under the Sea 3D$17,41031%12-4$1,451$31,672,130175Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Bel Ami$16,619-56%12-4$1,385$72,8532Magnolia Pictures
29Damsels in Distress$15,85917%224$721$890,14911Sony Pictures Classics
30Footnote$15,366-31%21-4$732$1,971,11115Sony Pictures Classics
31Gerhard Richter Painting$13,6892969%65$2,282$203,52314Kino Lorber
32A Cat In Paris$13,097--8--$1,637$89,8213GKIDS
33The Raven$12,050-15%29-5$416$15,839,9928Relativity Media
34Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$11,041--2--$5,521$16,2871Music Box Films
35Dark Horse$10,209-25%21$5,105$30,5132Vitagraph
36The Girl From the Naked Eye$10,185--20--$509$10,1851Archstone Distribution
37Elena (2012)$9,884-31%7-6$1,412$87,5935Zeitgeist Films
38Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$9,39136%42$2,348$113,0186Rialto Pictures
39Polisse$8,253-33%91$917$171,3205IFC Films
40The Artist$6,969-51%21-15$332$44,667,09530Weinstein Company
41Sound of My Voice$6,819-20%13-11$525$398,7298Fox Searchlight
42Deep Sea 3D$6,18717%10$6,187$44,661,539329Warner Bros. / IMAX
43I Wish$5,633-44%9-1$626$73,9986Magnolia Pictures
44The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$5,222-21%81$653$1,087,17713Music Box Films
45OC87$4,991-36%61$832$28,7504Fisher Klingenstein Films
46Turn Me On, Dammit!$3,766144%54$753$87,97612New Yorker Films
47The Raid: Redemption$3,7253%80$466$4,101,36113Sony Pictures Classics
48The Perfect Family$2,9515%40$738$107,7217Variance Films
49Bonsai$2,869--2--$1,435$13,3976Strand Releasing
50Paul Williams Still Alive$2,855-53%21$1,428$10,4492Abramorama
51Bully (2012)$2,824-83%14-17$202$3,483,79512Weinstein Company
52The Highest Pass$2,733--1--$2,733$20,3868Cinema Libre
53The Graduate: 45th Anniversary Reunion$2,577--1--$2,577$29,79810Rialto
54Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$2,484279%30$828$10,6463First Run Features
556 Month Rule$2,435-52%1-2$2,435$11,1583Secret Identity Productions
56Payback (2012)$2,3451038%10$2,345$15,6548Zeitgeist Films
575 Broken Cameras$2,336-70%10$2,336$30,3483Kino Lorber
58God Bless America$2,255-54%7-2$322$107,6616Magnolia / Magnet
59Oslo, August 31st$2,188-61%2-3$1,094$49,2594Strand Releasing
60A Separation$1,968-39%3-1$656$7,098,49225Sony Pictures Classics
61Hide Away$1,92096%20$960$22,5794Joule Films
62Whores' Glory$1,882--1--$1,882$22,2088Kino Lorber
63Beyond the Black Rainbow$1,383-61%2-3$692$28,1275Magnolia / Magnet
64FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$1,264-69%3-3$421$86,9797International Film Circuit
65The Fairy$1,085-45%1-1$1,085$34,14917Kino Lorber
66Elles$1,054-72%2-4$527$138,3908Kino Lorber
67The Turin Horse$96118%1-1$961$50,22319Cinema Guild
68Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$924-44%6-2$154$102,6286Magnolia Pictures
69Henning Mankell’s Wallander: The Revenge$774-59%1-1$774$10,3594Music Box Films
70The Women on the 6th Floor$666-45%1-1$666$718,90937Strand Releasing
71Nobody Else But You$620-86%20$310$14,9396First Run Features
72The Salt of Life$532-30%10$532$309,81616Zeitgeist Films
73How To Grow A Band$346-42%20$173$11,48610International Film Circuit
74Patagonia Rising$282-71%10$282$1,6742First Run Features
75Keyhole$262524%10$262$22,09911Monterey Media
76The Beat Hotel$141--1--$141$5,57112First Run Features