'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. 18 - Sun, Jan. 20

Wide (1000+)

2Zero Dark Thirty$15,797,612-35%2,9469$5,362$54,142,3695Sony / Columbia
3Silver Linings Playbook$10,752,836114%2,5231713$4,262$54,712,10610Weinstein Company
4Gangster Squad$8,640,540-49%3,1030$2,785$31,750,6002Warner Bros.
5Broken City$8,268,908--2,620--$3,156$8,268,9081Fox
6A Haunted House$8,170,023-55%2,1600$3,782$29,783,2002Open Road
7Django Unchained$7,755,800-30%2,516-496$3,083$137,874,5354Weinstein Company
8Les Miserables (2012)$7,491,995-22%2,579-348$2,905$130,050,0154Universal
9The Last Stand$6,281,433--2,913--$2,156$6,281,4331Lionsgate
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$6,176,941-33%2,323-689$2,659$287,166,6826Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lincoln$5,475,263-14%2,174147$2,519$160,611,34211Disney / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$4,252,418-30%2,337-620$1,820$66,277,5724Fox
13Life of Pi$3,351,62524%1,256499$2,668$99,188,9309Fox
14Jack Reacher$2,237,947-54%1,707-1000$1,311$76,415,2805Paramount
15This is 40$2,032,805-54%1,232-1088$1,650$64,913,8055Universal
16Wreck-It Ralph$1,302,47498%1,312836$993$180,809,77812Disney
17Texas Chainsaw 3D$1,269,949-76%1,474-1185$862$33,462,8873Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Impossible$2,476,238-2%88678$2,795$10,192,8035Lionsgate / Summit
2Argo$2,262,94780%756135$2,993$114,784,50115Warner Bros.
3Skyfall$969,241-38%507-316$1,912$300,856,31511Sony / Columbia
4Monsters, Inc. 3D$752,545-56%565-562$1,332$31,693,0605Disney
5The Guilt Trip$605,194-68%642-964$943$35,697,7785Paramount
6Rise of The Guardians$560,742-47%474-431$1,183$99,497,1059Paramount / DreamWorks
7Hyde Park on Hudson$419,693-30%194-52$2,163$4,861,2267Focus
8Hotel Transylvania$364,3433%237-15$1,537$147,078,98117Sony / Columbia
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$333,772-49%306-236$1,091$290,713,79510Lionsgate / Summit
11Rust and Bone$223,76520%16889$1,332$1,461,3079Sony Pictures Classics
12Red Dawn (2012)$215,05299%24924$864$44,287,9909FilmDistrict
13Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$214,958-53%265-165$811$12,164,9645Paramount
14Here Comes the Boom$198,237-7%209-19$949$44,646,00215Sony / Columbia
15Anna Karenina (2012)$164,220-29%117-27$1,404$12,234,11410Focus
16Promised Land (2012)$122,042-90%134-1513$911$7,534,1284Focus
17Taken 2$105,395-28%156-34$676$139,653,87116Fox
19Pitch Perfect$69,365-32%125-29$555$64,896,59317Universal
20Hitchcock$68,735-27%122-5$563$5,773,9909Fox Searchlight
21Dabangg 2$1,107-72%1660$7$2,505,3475Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Amour$373,58645%3621$10,377$1,145,2815Sony Pictures Classics
2Quartet$304,263546%3230$9,508$376,3402Weinstein Company
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$149,9692266%7167$2,112$11,455,00530Fox Searchlight
4LUV$83,194--45--$1,849$83,1941Indomina Media
5To the Arctic 3D$73,6236%520$1,416$10,860,83140Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Perks of Being A Wallflower$51,430-23%73-27$705$17,659,36918Lionsgate / Summit
7Hubble 3D$51,42636%171$3,025$35,989,914149Warner Bros. / IMAX
8A Royal Affair$49,334291%389$1,298$751,59511Magnolia Pictures
9The Sessions$43,360-25%628$699$5,793,78514Fox Searchlight
10Born to Be Wild 3D$32,37935%300$1,079$21,774,36094Warner Bros. / IMAX
1156 Up$32,03581%42$8,009$91,5013First Run Features
12Cloud Atlas$29,838-59%58-104$514$27,093,69613Warner Bros.
13Searching For Sugar Man$29,35412%275$1,087$3,135,74626Sony Pictures Classics
14Ice Age: Continental Drift$22,734-20%40-8$568$161,269,08728Fox
15A Late Quartet$18,868-38%14-3$1,348$1,444,79812Entertainment One / RKO
16Space Station 3D$18,06037%42$4,515$87,004,334562IMAX
17Playing For Keeps (2012)$17,773-45%58-49$306$12,935,5097FilmDistrict
18The Master$17,426-21%14-2$1,245$16,044,36119Weinstein Company
19Deep Sea 3D$14,66633%41$3,667$45,308,573360Warner Bros. / IMAX
20The House I Live In$12,551435%53$2,510$199,25416Abramorama
21The Rabbi's Cat$10,333--7--$1,476$17,3137GKIDS
22Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$8,29334%70$1,185$984,20418IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
23West of Memphis$7,962182%97$885$55,8064Sony Pictures Classics
24Not Fade Away$6,937-83%56-121$124$605,7475Paramount Vantage
25Killing Them Softly$6,270-66%12-19$523$14,953,9868Weinstein Company
26Somewhere Between$6,108-1%32$2,036$203,55322Long Shot Factory
27Under the Sea 3D$5,64849%74$807$32,513,828206Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$5,530--1--$5,530$5,5301Kino Lorber
29Any Day Now$5,203-42%7-8$743$157,8136Music Box Films
30Let My People Go!$3,59461%32$1,198$7,0832Zeitgeist Films
31Brief Reunion$3,085--2--$1,543$3,0851Striped Entertainment
32Robot & Frank$2,311-82%10-16$231$3,324,42823IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
33The Waiting Room$2,077293%32$692$179,33817International Film Circuit
345 Broken Cameras$1,777--1--$1,777$77,38434Kino Lorber
35Orchestra of Exiles$1,640--1--$1,640$26,35013First Run Features
36Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$1,512-66%1-1$1,512$42,82212Zeitgeist Films
37The Invisible War$1,361--4--$340$64,01031Cinedigm
38Deadfall (2012)$1,322812%21$661$65,8047Magnolia Pictures
39Brooklyn Castle$1,292-41%31$431$207,71214Producers Distribution Agency
40Django (2012 re-issue)$1,181222%20$591$20,3525Rialto Pictures
41Officer Down$1,061--1--$1,061$1,0611Anchor Bay Films
42Wagner & Me$1,058-35%1-1$1,058$31,8857First Run Features
43The Law in These Parts$748--1--$748$11,97610Cinema Guild
44Nothing But a Man (2012 re-issue)$566-2%10$566$7,74011APD/Cinema Conservancy
45A Dark Truth$424-78%1-2$424$4,4423Magnolia Pictures
46California Solo$294-81%10$294$15,3288Strand Releasing
47The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$205-20%10$205$6,8597Indican Pictures
48North Sea Texas$75--1--$75$25,59312Strand Releasing
49Storage 24$72--1--$72$721Magnolia / Magnet
50Neighboring Sounds$32--1--$32$48,00622Cinema Guild