'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. 15 - Sun, Feb. 17

Wide (1000+)

1A Good Day to Die Hard$24,834,845--3,553--$6,990$33,073,9611Fox
2Identity Thief$23,674,295-31%3,16524$7,480$70,962,0802Universal
3Safe Haven$21,401,594--3,223--$6,640$30,230,5121Relativity Media
4Escape From Planet Earth$15,891,055--3,288--$4,833$15,891,0551Weinstein Company
5Warm Bodies$8,865,186-22%2,897-112$3,060$50,085,7173Lionsgate / Summit
6Beautiful Creatures (2013)$7,582,595--2,950--$2,570$10,124,9121Warner Bros.
7Side Effects (2013)$6,272,152-33%2,6050$2,408$19,092,9882Open Road
8Silver Linings Playbook$6,241,902-3%2,202-607$2,835$98,616,37414Weinstein Company
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$3,513,410-39%2,103-1182$1,671$49,742,2054Paramount
10Zero Dark Thirty$2,995,899-25%1,527-1035$1,962$87,924,5679Sony / Columbia
12Lincoln$1,635,183-13%1,007-510$1,624$176,223,11015Disney / DreamWorks
13Django Unchained$1,527,281-34%1,017-485$1,502$157,020,2648Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

1Argo$2,182,269-8%903-502$2,417$126,845,32119Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$1,570,368-10%647-277$2,427$110,872,26913Fox
3Quartet$1,314,09740%33389$3,946$6,890,1146Weinstein Company
4The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$990,361-33%605-396$1,637$299,874,70610Warner Bros. / New Line
5Les Miserables (2012)$861,895-45%676-771$1,275$145,527,8758Universal
6Wreck-It Ralph$793,472-26%506-251$1,568$185,527,33116Disney
7Amour$702,74287%306181$2,297$3,925,8719Sony Pictures Classics
8Parental Guidance$489,509-54%603-616$812$75,153,3698Fox
9The Impossible$480,402-50%422-317$1,138$17,507,0539Lionsgate / Summit
11Rise of The Guardians$421,91966%33863$1,248$101,381,49413Paramount / DreamWorks
12The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$370,509-4%266115$1,393$1,466,4463ShortsHD
13A Haunted House$298,490-62%340-573$878$39,546,2616Open Road
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$285,713186%25494$1,125$291,779,21914Lionsgate / Summit
15Skyfall$267,784-38%262-108$1,022$303,898,78115Sony / Columbia
16Bullet to the Head$240,819-88%470-1934$512$9,234,4983Warner Bros.
17Gangster Squad$201,742-77%210-732$961$45,346,2936Warner Bros.
18Beasts of the Southern Wild$151,96722%19295$791$12,272,20034Fox Searchlight
19Jack Reacher$128,247-46%175-132$733$79,334,2329Paramount
20Stand Up Guys$106,550-84%119-551$895$3,161,6073Lionsgate / Roadside
21This is 40$99,365-49%167-111$595$67,432,8059Universal
22Hotel Transylvania$89,171-44%144-47$619$148,280,63521Sony / Columbia
23Broken City$83,383-83%133-622$627$19,488,2955Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Top Gun 3D$141,381-93%40-260$3,535$2,958,3992Paramount
2Hyde Park on Hudson$101,644-26%86-44$1,182$6,015,09211Focus
3To the Arctic 3D$80,14530%520$1,541$11,279,73944Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hubble 3D$77,02463%214$3,668$36,395,807153Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Monsters, Inc. 3D$75,934-65%99-137$767$33,232,9429Disney
6No (2013)$71,742--4--$17,936$71,7421Sony Pictures Classics
7A Royal Affair$70,50911%34-3$2,074$1,244,87315Magnolia Pictures
856 Up$69,93385%2711$2,590$371,0627First Run Features
9Texas Chainsaw 3D$59,876-41%96-89$624$34,288,9117Lionsgate
10Here Comes the Boom$53,779-45%96-48$560$45,274,25119Sony / Columbia
11ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$53,657-44%22-3$2,439$179,8112UTV Motion Pictures
12The Guilt Trip$51,728-52%88-137$588$36,794,8079Paramount
13Born to Be Wild 3D$45,7725%300$1,526$21,985,56898Warner Bros. / IMAX
14The Gatekeepers$45,1857%41$11,296$216,6313Sony Pictures Classics
15Anna Karenina (2012)$40,815-34%51-40$800$12,762,90414Focus
16Lore$38,27021%82$4,784$86,1022Music Box Films
17Koch$37,47844%117$3,407$126,1563Zeitgeist Films
18Red Dawn (2012)$28,018-48%56-49$500$44,794,93613FilmDistrict
19The Master$27,27015%22-7$1,240$16,285,99423Weinstein Company
20Rust and Bone$26,140-11%33-18$792$1,943,49313Sony Pictures Classics
21Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$26,028729%76$3,718$53,2544Music Box Films
22The Last Stand$25,837-72%54-185$478$11,959,6475Lionsgate
23Sound City$23,486-26%17-2$1,382$286,5833Variance Films
24Searching For Sugar Man$23,34714%19-1$1,229$3,278,31330Sony Pictures Classics
25Like Someone in Love$21,813--3--$7,271$21,8131IFC Films
26A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III$21,786--18--$1,210$35,5862A24
27Movie 43$18,365-93%35-742$525$8,778,6794Relativity Media
28Race 2$17,555-79%11-52$1,596$1,566,7394UTV Motion Pictures
29Yossi$15,33472%71$2,191$56,2434Strand Releasing
30A Late Quartet$12,94747%131$996$1,531,48316Entertainment One / RKO
31Under the Sea 3D$12,514301%102$1,251$32,555,517210Warner Bros. / IMAX
32The Sessions$12,0673%16-2$754$5,954,28018Fox Searchlight
33Space Station 3D$11,500-73%2-1$5,750$87,158,044566IMAX
34John Dies at the End$10,777-47%101$1,078$62,6424Magnolia / Magnet
35Hitchcock$9,598-52%14-22$686$5,944,06313Fox Searchlight
36Lost in Thailand$8,289-74%350$237$55,5642WAMCR
37Playing For Keeps (2012)$8,010-72%23-58$348$13,099,78611FilmDistrict
38The Power of Few$7,614--2--$3,807$7,6141Steelyard Pictures
39Deep Sea 3D$6,736-84%70$962$45,418,695364Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Killing Them Softly$6,240-84%30-57$208$15,022,14612Weinstein Company
41Taken 2$6,018-60%16-19$376$139,852,11520Fox
42West of Memphis$5,764-43%8-2$721$128,8438Sony Pictures Classics
43The Waiting Room$3,449-34%40$862$198,99221International Film Circuit
44Brooklyn Castle$2,812--3--$937$216,09818Producers Distribution Agency
45The Sorcerer and the White Snake$2,744-50%4-1$686$14,1612Magnolia / Magnet
46Night Across the Street$2,205-32%10$2,205$7,6132Cinema Guild
475 Broken Cameras$2,091-20%6-1$349$93,57838Kino Lorber
48North Sea Texas$1,563--2--$782$27,41316Strand Releasing
49Masquerade (2012)$1,194-32%2-2$597$911,81722CJ Entertainment
50Any Day Now$1,138-28%3-2$379$183,07510Music Box Films
52The Package (2013)$1,095--1--$1,095$1,0951Anchor Bay Films
53Starlet$916--2--$458$87,91015Music Box Films
54Little Fugitive (2013 re-issue)$888--1--$888$17,7603APD/Cinema Conservancy
55We Won't Grow Old Together$694--1--$694$13,60237The Film Desk
56Wagner & Me$673178%10$673$36,08911First Run Features
57Beware of Mr. Baker$661-77%2-1$331$109,40612SnagFilms