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. 13 - Sun, Jul. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ice Age: Continental Drift$46,629,259--3,881--$12,015$46,629,2591Fox
2The Amazing Spider-Man$34,628,104-44%4,3180$8,019$200,500,3512Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$22,410,855-30%3,30347$6,785$159,257,2503Universal
4Brave$11,160,522-43%3,392-499$3,290$196,061,3194Disney
5Savages$9,393,840-41%2,6357$3,565$32,125,2902Universal
6Magic Mike$9,021,123-42%3,090-30$2,919$91,841,1983Warner Bros.
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$5,584,027-45%2,004-157$2,786$55,611,7213Lionsgate
8Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$3,800,607-47%2,7322$1,391$18,653,5442Paramount
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$3,669,675-51%2,285-576$1,606$203,901,3976Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$3,704,507-18%92440$4,009$32,483,0028Focus
2To Rome with Love$2,469,235-20%744-62$3,319$8,587,8624Sony Pictures Classics
3Marvel's The Avengers$1,398,754-35%747-378$1,872$613,660,48611Disney
4Snow White and the Huntsman$1,022,270-42%677-475$1,510$151,630,8007Universal
5Prometheus$978,655-46%559-546$1,751$124,307,4166Fox
6Men in Black 3$875,835-48%497-382$1,762$174,787,8988Sony / Columbia
7People Like Us$793,313-64%961-1094$826$11,194,5363Disney / DreamWorks
8Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$767,753-61%655-1002$1,172$35,915,8424Fox
9The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$651,051-12%342-17$1,904$43,040,82711Fox Searchlight
10Safety Not Guaranteed$339,23434%18273$1,864$2,621,8246FilmDistrict
11That's My Boy$309,444-50%172-228$1,799$36,723,4995Sony / Columbia
12The Hunger Games$279,755-11%212-16$1,320$404,864,65117Lionsgate
13Rock of Ages$271,991-57%255-446$1,067$37,559,9865Warner Bros. / New Line
14Battleship$239,395-16%228-21$1,050$64,734,9509Universal
15Dark Shadows$226,926-26%239-64$949$77,268,18810Warner Bros.
16Bernie$215,932-14%103-10$2,096$8,106,28012Millennium Entertainment
17What to Expect When You're Expecting$176,230-15%221-15$797$40,729,8809Lionsgate
18The Pirates! Band of Misfits$174,655-29%232-25$753$30,466,67212Sony / Columbia
19Your Sister's Sister$153,8211%1016$1,523$1,215,7375IFC Films
20Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$143,6358%168-7$855$213,745,89520Universal
21The Dictator$103,450-28%161-25$643$59,504,4279Paramount
22Chimpanzee$58,387-27%119-16$491$28,801,38813Disneynature

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beasts of the Southern Wild$790,535111%8162$9,760$1,692,6753Fox Searchlight
2Cocktail (2012)$647,956--96--$6,750$647,9561Eros International
3The Intouchables$356,33331%8323$4,293$3,581,4888Weinstein Company
4Bol Bachchan$228,752-57%980$2,334$1,004,1742Fox International Pictures
5To the Arctic 3D$207,585-15%520$3,992$5,522,81413Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Take This Waltz$147,306-3%482$3,069$629,0253Magnolia Pictures
7The Three Stooges$105,596106%72-4$1,467$44,053,04214Fox
8The Obama Effect$83,896--25--$3,356$83,8961ARC Entertainment
9Farewell, My Queen$72,100--4--$18,025$72,1001Cohen Media Group
10Hubble 3D$63,4341%141$4,531$33,608,970122Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Born to Be Wild 3D$59,402-3%330$1,800$19,958,30267Warner Bros. / IMAX
12For Greater Glory$54,84416%423$1,306$5,494,6147ARC Entertainment
13Mirror Mirror$50,829-20%91-28$559$64,757,06416Relativity Media
142016: Obama's America$31,610--1--$31,610$31,6101Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Trishna$29,140--3--$9,713$29,1401IFC Films
16Under the Sea 3D$27,77924%104$2,778$31,872,457179Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$25,44932%100$2,545$5,800,3301143D Entertainment
18Easy Money (2012)$24,684--2--$12,342$27,7831Weinstein Company
19The Imposter$22,379--1--$22,379$22,3791Indomina Releasing
20The Lucky One (2012)$20,853-53%41-31$509$60,443,23713Warner Bros.
21Ballplayer: Pelotero$20,628--10--$2,063$20,6281Strand Releasing
22Headhunters$17,740-28%20-5$887$1,123,94412Magnolia Pictures
23A Cat In Paris$17,21819%186$957$208,7507GKIDS
24Neil Young Journeys$16,57151%94$1,841$56,5153Sony Pictures Classics
25Monsieur Lazhar$16,1142%10-3$1,611$1,919,84938Music Box Films
26Chernobyl Diaries$14,897-20%23-15$648$18,112,9298Warner Bros.
27Union Square (2012)$14,406--4--$3,602$14,4061Dada Films
28Where Do We Go Now?$13,5791%135$1,045$475,18210Sony Pictures Classics
29Deep Sea 3D$13,242-32%20$6,621$44,758,206333Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Hysteria$13,105-41%28-7$468$1,667,7779Sony Pictures Classics
31Elena (2012)$12,707200%63$2,118$156,2079Zeitgeist Films
32Red Lights (2012)$10,340--2--$5,170$10,3401Millennium Entertainment
33Jiro Dreams of Sushi$10,166-3%8-3$1,271$2,518,24519Magnolia Pictures
34The Magic of Belle Isle$9,244-11%85$1,156$24,9242Magnolia Pictures
35Unforgivable$6,312-61%4-2$1,578$77,4783Strand Releasing
36Dark Horse$6,22631%63$1,038$85,7626Vitagraph
37Damsels in Distress$5,805-38%9-6$645$947,18515Sony Pictures Classics
385 Broken Cameras$5,7004900%10$5,700$55,6097Kino Lorber
39Elles$5,232102%51$1,046$151,24812Kino Lorber
40Kumare$5,1442%21$2,572$53,7304Kino Lorber
41Runaway Slave$4,901--1--$4,901$9,3812Rocky Mountain Pictures
42Crooked Arrows$4,866-12%9-2$541$1,830,4759Branded/Peck Films
43Natural Selection$4,655697%32$1,552$52,80818Cinema Guild
44I Wish$4,196-10%3-1$1,399$120,39910Magnolia Pictures
45Marley$3,556-55%6-2$593$1,388,80913Magnolia Pictures
46Crazy Wisdom$2,946--1--$2,946$71,29434Alive Mind Cinema
47The Woman in the Fifth$2,681-32%4-2$670$112,4985IDP/ATO Pictures
48Alps$2,628--2--$1,314$2,6281Kino Lorber
49Gerhard Richter Painting$2,184225%1-1$2,184$233,93718Kino Lorber
50The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$1,95228%31$651$1,105,04117Music Box Films
51Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,744--1--$1,744$136,82910Rialto Pictures
52Nobody Else But You$1,727-47%30$576$23,84710First Run Features
53Teri Meri Kahani$1,668-92%940$18$781,1964Eros International
54The Invisible War$1,661-26%1-3$1,661$42,9624Cinedigm
55Beyond the Black Rainbow$1,658-35%4-1$415$52,6149Magnolia / Magnet
56The Salt of Life$1,650--1--$1,650$313,70820Zeitgeist Films
57Turn Me On, Dammit!$1,552-42%1-2$1,552$108,51416New Yorker Films
58Bel Ami$1,421-72%2-3$711$114,3716Magnolia Pictures
59China Heavyweight$1,168-69%10$1,168$6,2672Zeitgeist Films
60Crazy Eyes$1,157-64%20$579$5,4622Strand Releasing
61The Fairy$706--1--$706$36,65721Kino Lorber
62Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$668-38%2-1$334$14,0759Music Box Films
63The Color Wheel$654126%10$654$14,6329Cinema Conservancy
64Bonsai$571--1--$571$16,78710Strand Releasing
65Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$521-80%30$174$60,3095Music Box Films
66How To Grow A Band$502--1--$502$12,45114International Film Circuit
67FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$484-85%2-1$242$109,53111International Film Circuit
68Darling Companion$401-81%40$100$774,19013Sony Pictures Classics
69The Turin Horse$377-74%20$189$54,06723Cinema Guild
70Paul Williams Still Alive$370-54%10$370$33,1206Abramorama
71Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$254--1--$254$20,84352The Film Desk
72Pink Ribbons, Inc.$194-85%20$97$18,7627First Run Features