'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. 12 - Sun, Jul. 14

Wide (1000+)

1Despicable Me 2$43,892,895-47%4,0036$10,965$228,376,7752Universal
2Grown Ups 2$41,508,572--3,491--$11,890$41,508,5721Sony / Columbia
3Pacific Rim$37,285,325--3,275--$11,385$37,285,3251Warner Bros.
4The Heat$14,002,080-43%3,128-56$4,476$112,365,5573Fox
5The Lone Ranger$11,506,100-61%3,9040$2,947$71,467,2922Disney
6Monsters University$10,631,576-46%3,142-597$3,384$237,771,0034Disney
7World War Z$9,314,862-49%3,003-313$3,102$176,971,7824Paramount
8White House Down$6,162,633-54%2,566-656$2,402$62,975,5663Sony / Columbia
9Man of Steel$4,719,084-59%2,150-755$2,195$280,888,9625Warner Bros.
10This Is The End$2,850,571-51%1,394-710$2,045$91,639,0115Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$4,754,152-53%89216$5,330$26,132,4612Lionsgate / Summit
2Now You See Me$1,334,164-53%850-756$1,570$113,311,8667Lionsgate / Summit
3Star Trek Into Darkness$686,181-48%403-162$1,703$224,360,9059Paramount
4Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$647,112--139--$4,655$647,1121Reliance Entertainment
5Fast & Furious 6$547,815-49%392-225$1,397$236,533,1708Universal
620 Feet from Stardom$497,2663%13142$3,796$1,770,4055RADiUS-TWC
8Before Midnight$293,836-39%154-60$1,908$7,070,5058Sony Pictures Classics
9After Earth$273,432-28%238-32$1,149$59,383,5747Sony / Columbia
10Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$256,699-43%138-32$1,860$3,526,8266Roadside Attractions
11The Croods$255,632-25%243-26$1,052$185,630,10117Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Iron Man 3$241,289-50%199-95$1,213$406,850,97711Disney
13The Internship$217,751-53%233-146$935$43,220,7056Fox
14The Hangover Part III$199,820-43%265-73$754$111,651,6078Warner Bros.
15The Great Gatsby (2013)$168,297-41%125-60$1,346$143,218,77610Warner Bros.
16The Purge$161,995-50%179-77$905$63,833,9756Universal
17Mud$135,921-16%1132$1,203$21,070,58112Roadside Attractions
18Lootera$78,765-75%1000$788$550,6512Eros International
19Pain and Gain$75,007-36%150-20$500$49,663,15712Paramount
2042 (2013)$60,809-49%105-77$579$94,927,85014Warner Bros.
21Raanjhanaa$12,078-74%1020$118$901,1064Eros International
22Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$7,686-61%1610$48$3,820,3777Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Way, Way Back$1,121,851103%7960$14,201$1,866,3362Fox Searchlight
2Fruitvale Station$386,291--7--$55,184$386,2911Weinstein Company
3Unfinished Song$239,700-2%9121$2,634$785,1864Weinstein Company
4The Bling Ring$157,907-51%97-62$1,628$5,458,1525A24
5Fill the Void$132,216-18%645$2,066$1,401,5618Sony Pictures Classics
6I'm So Excited$105,420-26%226$4,792$469,5703Sony Pictures Classics
7The East$93,838-43%71-31$1,322$2,126,0907Fox Searchlight
8Scary Movie 5$79,846350%33-10$2,420$31,957,94414Weinstein / Dimension
9The Kings of Summer$72,006-25%565$1,286$1,206,7117CBS Films
10Frances Ha$67,381-40%57-13$1,182$3,766,6149IFC Films
11Hubble 3D$66,213-25%101$6,621$39,413,552174Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Escape From Planet Earth$62,002572%55-7$1,127$56,958,05122Weinstein Company
13A Hijacking$52,033-15%3212$1,626$276,6314Magnolia Pictures
14The Hunt$43,045--4--$10,761$43,0451Magnolia Pictures
15Love Is All You Need$38,334-14%354$1,095$1,505,91011Sony Pictures Classics
16Hannah Arendt$35,548-13%162$2,222$347,5957Zeitgeist Films
17Killing Season$27,713--15--$1,848$27,7131Millenium Entertainment
18Space Station 3D$25,786-23%20$12,893$88,492,317587IMAX
19Stories We Tell$25,669-26%281$917$1,484,07410Roadside Attractions
20Crystal Fairy$25,052--2--$12,526$25,0521IFC Films
21Museum Hours$22,277-29%30$7,426$123,1253Cinema Guild
22Kon-Tiki$21,777-12%21-3$1,037$1,445,03412Weinstein Company
23To the Arctic 3D$20,302-20%182$1,128$13,185,32765Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Under the Sea 3D$20,300-29%60$3,383$33,236,559231Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Still Mine$19,920--4--$4,980$449,9211IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
26G.I. Joe: Retaliation$17,811-48%41-22$434$122,512,05216Paramount
27Storm Surfers 3D$14,88680%64$2,481$62,04612XLrator Media
28Born to Be Wild 3D$13,183-30%130$1,014$22,705,233119Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Stuck in Love$12,872-63%15-6$858$61,8042Millennium Entertainment
30Oz: The Great and Powerful$12,623-65%43-53$294$234,903,07619Disney
31Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$12,028-20%75$1,718$39,6532Magnolia Pictures
32Byzantium$12,019-5%137$925$63,2453IFC Films
33What Maisie Knew$11,075-27%131$852$1,046,03611Millenium Entertainment
34Deep Sea 3D$9,943-10%3-1$3,314$45,673,253385Warner Bros. / IMAX
35V/H/S/2$9,932--12--$828$9,9321Magnolia / Magnet
36The Sapphires$9,720-30%150$648$2,439,25317Weinstein Company
37Renoir$9,449-9%10-1$945$2,198,71316IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
38Dealin' with Idiots$8,508--1--$8,508$8,5081IFC Films
39Dirty Wars$8,151-32%130$627$332,9476IFC Films
40Augustine$7,9181%8-1$990$87,0099Music Box Films
41One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$7,769--4--$1,942$71,23610Zeitgeist Films
42More Than Honey$7,541175%42$1,885$34,1225Kino Lorber
43A Band Called Death$7,468-62%10-4$747$91,7163Drafthouse Films
44Pandora's Promise$6,969--4--$1,742$51,9915Abramorama
45Viola$6,109--1--$6,109$6,1091Cinema Guild
46Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$5,5296561%43$1,382$20,1165First Run Features
47Pawn Shop Chronicles$4,924--15--$328$4,9241Anchor Bay Films
48The Iceman$4,691-19%5-1$938$1,947,93011Millennium Entertainment
49The Company You Keep$4,620-48%9-4$513$5,106,48615Sony Pictures Classics
50Terms and Conditions May Apply$4,446--1--$4,446$4,4461Variance Films
51Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$4,236101%31$1,412$508,43011eOne Films US
52Copperhead$4,071-72%5-10$814$119,1433Brainstorm Media
53Not Today$4,018741%1-1$4,018$317,16514Freestyle Releasing
54At Any Price$3,792-9%6-1$632$372,18412Sony Pictures Classics
55Revelation Road 2$3,722--5--$744$3,7221Freestyle Releasing
56Shadow Dancer$2,928174%42$732$94,1597Magnolia Pictures
57The Look of Love$2,429-52%2-1$1,215$10,3792IFC Films
5856 Up$2,215-6%10$2,215$701,27828First Run Features
59Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$2,176-47%10$2,176$129,92813Kino Lorber
60The History of Future Folk$1,951--2--$976$15,3667Variance / FilmBuff
61Hava Nagila (The Movie)$1,560-2%41$390$358,84920International Film Circuit
62In the Fog$1,485--3--$495$8,2805Strand Releasing
63Night Across the Street$1,108--1--$1,108$15,71223Cinema Guild
64No Place on Earth$1,016236%20$508$192,34415Magnolia Pictures
65Free the Mind$58814%31$196$80,12911International Film Circuit
66Call Me Kuchu$571--1--$571$8,9415Cinedigm
67Searching For Sugar Man$456-46%10$456$3,690,57551Sony Pictures Classics
68You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$454-73%20$227$14,4036Kino Lorber
69Hammer of the Gods$24751%20$124$4382Magnolia / Magnet
70100 Bloody Acres$236-53%2-1$118$5,9723Doppelgänger Releasing
71√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$190-61%21$95$13,5036Magnolia Pictures
72Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$116-94%1-4$116$99,11813Kino Lorber
73A Girl and a Gun$84-95%1-8$84$3,0062First Run Features