'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. 14 - Sun, Jun. 16

Wide (1000+)

1Man of Steel$116,619,362--4,207--$27,720$128,681,4861Warner Bros.
2This Is The End$20,719,162--3,055--$6,782$33,027,2971Sony / Columbia
3Now You See Me$11,016,473-42%3,08262$3,574$80,705,9163Lionsgate / Summit
4Fast & Furious 6$9,583,330-51%3,375-396$2,840$219,723,9554Universal
5The Purge$8,317,995-76%2,59155$3,210$51,962,8452Universal
6The Internship$7,148,551-59%3,39933$2,103$31,099,9122Fox
8Star Trek Into Darkness$6,256,254-45%2,331-821$2,684$211,086,9485Paramount
9After Earth$4,052,042-62%2,432-969$1,666$54,516,0573Sony / Columbia
10Iron Man 3$2,956,855-49%1,649-702$1,793$399,659,0947Disney
11The Hangover Part III$2,782,149-62%1,901-1341$1,464$108,032,7014Warner Bros.
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$1,674,333-60%1,175-985$1,425$139,977,8746Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1Before Midnight$1,382,719163%897845$1,541$3,054,9684Sony Pictures Classics
242 (2013)$606,12166%44474$1,365$93,701,48910Warner Bros.
3The Croods$570,353-21%368-46$1,550$182,651,45013Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Mud$542,785-53%405-175$1,340$19,618,4478Roadside Attractions
5Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$310,774-61%1610$1,930$3,394,0103Eros International
6Frances Ha$293,566-46%212-21$1,385$2,876,7325IFC Films
7The East$287,95526%11574$2,504$709,2603Fox Searchlight
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$244,191-35%259-63$943$234,176,72815Disney
9Oblivion (2013)$183,180-26%258-40$710$88,777,8909Universal
10Olympus Has Fallen$170,121-14%201-35$846$98,388,50613FilmDistrict
11G.I. Joe: Retaliation$110,984-39%170-66$653$122,108,91112Paramount
12Scary Movie 5$86,268506%14190$612$31,529,52510Weinstein / Dimension
13The Big Wedding$80,37759%16573$487$21,477,2818Lionsgate
14Escape From Planet Earth$61,320-43%151-31$406$56,690,66718Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Bling Ring$214,395--5--$42,879$214,3951A24
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$161,727-6%2318$7,032$388,7612Roadside Attractions
3The Kings of Summer$154,850-27%6319$2,458$546,7943CBS Films
4Love Is All You Need$100,521-52%72-29$1,396$1,169,3307Sony Pictures Classics
5Fill the Void$90,27115%185$5,015$396,6694Sony Pictures Classics
6Stories We Tell$83,354-41%63-7$1,323$1,244,1576Roadside Attractions
7Kon-Tiki$76,749-32%70-5$1,096$1,212,2368Weinstein Company
8Fukrey$74,110--57--$1,300$74,1101Eros International
9Hubble 3D$61,78112%18-3$3,432$38,783,519170Warner Bros. / IMAX
1020 Feet from Stardom$54,596--3--$18,199$54,5961RADiUS-TWC
11What Maisie Knew$53,035-65%51-71$1,040$900,0467Millenium Entertainment
12Dirty Wars$48,469-24%1410$3,462$137,2472IFC Films
13Pain and Gain$37,279-63%70-105$533$49,290,5708Paramount
14The Place Beyond the Pines$33,275-54%76-58$438$21,330,18412Focus
15Renoir$31,156-51%33-24$944$2,073,52012IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
16The Company You Keep$30,915-29%6615$468$4,991,78511Sony Pictures Classics
17To the Arctic 3D$29,779-16%520$573$12,806,24761Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Hannah Arendt$26,828-26%61$4,471$153,3333Zeitgeist Films
19Shadow Dancer$25,788107%148$1,842$57,8363Magnolia Pictures
20Pandora's Promise$22,495--16--$1,406$23,4191Abramorama
21The Sapphires$22,409-44%39-16$575$2,325,74513Weinstein Company
22Space Station 3D$17,99225%40$4,498$88,066,763583IMAX
23The Iceman$17,155-74%30-37$572$1,902,0817Millennium Entertainment
24Born to Be Wild 3D$16,69929%300$557$22,800,080115Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Life of Pi$12,56812%250$503$124,953,84630Fox
26Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$11,955-52%14-15$854$473,6157eOne Films US
27Under the Sea 3D$11,632-30%10-1$1,163$33,062,229227Warner Bros. / IMAX
28We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$10,516-71%11-14$956$158,9324Focus World
29Quartet$10,142-70%25-89$406$18,336,15623Weinstein Company
30Lost and Found in Armenia$8,275-83%2-7$4,138$82,7102High Top Releasing
31Deep Sea 3D$8,0090%3-3$2,670$45,605,690381Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Storm Surfers 3D$7,915--2--$3,958$30,8928XLrator Media
33Not Today$7,454-67%7-12$1,065$291,82710Freestyle Releasing
34Berberian Sound Studio$6,602--5--$1,320$6,6021IFC Midnight
35So Young$5,281--3--$1,760$5,2811China Lion Film
36More Than Honey$5,225--1--$5,225$7,5311Kino Lorber
37Wish You Were Here (2013)$5,207-80%6-5$868$40,9522eOne Films US
38Lore$4,948-32%2-1$2,474$961,05819Music Box Films
39To the Wonder$4,7833%5-7$957$573,10610Magnolia Pictures
40Tiger Eyes$4,676-57%6-11$779$21,7172Freestyle Releasing
41From Up on Poppy Hill$4,516-8%9-1$502$1,000,87814GKIDS
42One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$4,392--3--$1,464$50,9636Zeitgeist Films
43Hava Nagila (The Movie)$4,2880%82$536$341,79216International Film Circuit
44Camp (2013)$4,27893%21$2,139$323,62817Freestyle Releasing
45The English Teacher$3,919-36%2-1$1,960$48,8195Cinedigm
46The Wall$3,875146%43$969$11,0893Music Box Films
47Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$3,837-20%84$480$71,7509Kino Lorber
48Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$3,700--1--$3,700$3,7001First Run Features
49Call Me Kuchu$3,476--1--$3,476$3,4761Cinedigm
50The Guillotines$3,296--10--$330$3,2961Well Go USA
51An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$3,205-18%2-1$1,603$46,4198Variance Films
52No Place on Earth$2,824-42%3-1$941$182,30611Magnolia Pictures
53In the Fog$2,327--1--$2,327$2,3271Strand Releasing
54At Any Price$2,108-72%5-13$422$352,1228Sony Pictures Classics
55The Stroller Strategy$1,799--1--$1,799$1,7991Rialto Premieres
56Venus and Serena$1,623103%31$541$48,2806Magnolia Pictures
57The History of Future Folk$1,535-29%21$768$11,2753Variance / FilmBuff
58You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$1,518-72%20$759$10,6802Kino Lorber
59Searching For Sugar Man$1,420-40%40$355$3,684,59847Sony Pictures Classics
60Augustine$1,192-11%20$596$47,6185Music Box Films
61Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$965-85%4-3$241$111,5499Kino Lorber
62Sound City$916-30%21$458$417,54020Variance Films
63Paradise: Love$908241%10$908$23,1658Strand Releasing
64The Silence$761--2--$381$91,68715Music Box Films
65√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$725-82%3-2$242$6,6092Magnolia Pictures
66No (2013)$684-87%3-11$228$2,341,22618Sony Pictures Classics
67Post Tenebras Lux$665-86%2-4$333$35,5867Strand Releasing
68Free the Mind$661-91%3-1$220$69,5867International Film Circuit
6956 Up$485--2--$243$696,39624First Run Features
70The Gatekeepers$416-72%2-2$208$2,408,55320Sony Pictures Classics
71Syrup$278-8%10$278$6562Magnolia Pictures
72Pieta$220-76%1-1$220$21,0885Drafthouse Films
73Dead Man's Burden$172-68%10$172$29,6347Cinedigm