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, Feb. 14 - Sun, Feb. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$49,846,430-28%3,7750$13,204$130,149,3602Warner Bros.
2About Last Night$25,649,011--2,253--$11,384$25,649,0111Sony / Screen Gems
3RoboCop (2014)$21,681,430--3,372--$6,430$26,627,0421Sony / Columbia
4The Monuments Men$15,475,490-30%3,0830$5,020$44,144,1572Sony / Columbia
5Endless Love (2014)$13,307,125--2,896--$4,595$13,307,1251Universal
6Ride Along$8,708,820-9%2,517-283$3,460$116,082,6155Universal
7Winter's Tale$7,297,694--2,965--$2,461$7,297,6941Warner Bros.
8Frozen (2013)$6,226,580-9%2,101-359$2,964$376,417,79413Disney
9Lone Survivor$4,086,435-27%2,013-856$2,030$118,412,6018Universal
10That Awkward Moment$3,480,453-34%1,922-887$1,811$21,543,3993Focus
11American Hustle$2,433,738-21%1,072-568$2,270$141,453,99610Sony / Columbia
12Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$2,232,275-37%1,278-861$1,747$47,679,1365Paramount
13Vampire Academy$1,911,651-51%2,6760$714$6,663,6502Weinstein Company
14The Nut Job$1,838,887-51%1,918-1086$959$57,589,5435Open Road
15Philomena$1,524,44391%1,225721$1,244$30,597,57013Weinstein Company
16Labor Day (2013)$1,250,675-61%1,664-920$752$12,445,2433Paramount
17August: Osage County$883,300-40%1,010-317$875$35,765,1078Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$1,929,392-25%751-416$2,569$110,675,5248Paramount
2Gravity$1,036,659-38%355-346$2,920$267,958,26920Warner Bros.
3Her (2013)$601,955-18%255-202$2,361$23,310,9459Warner Bros.
412 Years a Slave$562,764-31%386-292$1,458$48,214,74018Fox Searchlight
5Nebraska$540,664-23%324-201$1,669$15,800,78714Paramount Vantage
6The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$535,612-19%326-203$1,643$423,111,43113Lionsgate
7The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$497,509-28%285-252$1,746$256,122,88610Warner Bros. / New Line
8I, Frankenstein$474,108-68%468-959$1,013$18,338,9864Lionsgate
9Dallas Buyers Club$373,849-38%223-265$1,676$24,274,17016Focus
10The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$360,223-8%16725$2,157$1,380,6683ShortsHD
11Thor: The Dark World$313,436-6%212-21$1,478$205,459,22515Disney
12Saving Mr. Banks$234,444-45%212-273$1,106$82,246,82510Disney
13The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$196,5434%201-41$978$57,456,5488Fox
14Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$192,421-26%261-85$737$125,086,8519Paramount
15Walking With Dinosaurs$166,671-3%248-3$672$35,409,7309Fox
16Devil's Due$126,125-61%123-262$1,025$15,617,8545Fox
17Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$102,118-18%181-16$564$119,405,17121Sony / Columbia
18Grudge Match$92,054-36%291-50$316$29,661,4998Warner Bros.
19Captain Phillips$80,650-27%135-47$597$106,859,13819Sony / Columbia
20Delivery Man$70,444-9%114-28$618$30,475,30413Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$310,39226%9833$3,167$953,5974Roadside Attractions
2Hasee Toh Phasee$153,047-55%77-11$1,988$555,3782Reliance Entertainment
3Beijing Love Story$140,106--9--$15,567$140,1061China Lion Film
4Inside Llewyn Davis$121,321-24%86-43$1,411$12,940,12211CBS Films
5Journey to the South Pacific$121,059134%152$8,071$496,34712IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
6The Attorney$119,825-45%26-1$4,609$425,0202Well Go USA
7The Great Beauty$102,702-6%52-1$1,975$1,949,40914Janus Films
8The Past$99,796-4%7710$1,296$996,4759Sony Pictures Classics
9The Book Thief$82,022-20%94-41$873$21,078,31815Fox
10The Legend Of Hercules$73,562-68%90-158$817$18,518,8426Lionsgate / Summit
11Tim's Vermeer$57,75648%125$4,813$202,7463Sony Pictures Classics
12Hubble 3D$43,9079%16-1$2,744$42,480,336205Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$40,740-41%62-41$657$32,447,6507Paramount
14Girl on a Bicycle$37,610--52--$723$38,1301Monterey Media
15Like Father, Like Son (2014)$33,517245%158$2,234$133,5755IFC Films
16Free Birds$33,411-3%75-34$445$55,608,78116Relativity Media
17The Invisible Woman$32,744-45%44-30$744$1,040,9908Sony Pictures Classics
18When Comedy Went to School$25,008620%72$3,573$269,38629International Film Circuit
19Stranger By the Lake$21,153-44%9-3$2,350$169,4784Strand Releasing
20Last Vegas$17,708-21%41-19$432$63,908,21716CBS Films
21Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$16,584-16%34-12$488$8,217,51212Weinstein Company
22Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$12,869--1--$12,869$12,8691Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
2320 Feet from Stardom$12,606229%169$788$4,856,68536RADiUS-TWC
24The Saratov Approach$12,048-71%22-34$548$2,085,09719Purdie Distribution
25Blue Jasmine$9,252-15%16-6$578$33,265,91230Sony Pictures Classics
26Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$9,052-41%1-1$9,052$39,2352Kino Lorber
27To the Arctic 3D$8,443205%90$938$13,809,03996Warner Bros. / IMAX
28The Last of the Unjust$7,760-46%4-4$1,940$28,5712Cohen Media Group
29Visitors$7,457-4%103$746$42,3954Cinedigm
30Under the Sea 3D$7,385138%41$1,846$33,743,487262Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Jimmy P$7,191--1--$7,191$7,1911IFC Films
32Gimme Shelter (2014)$5,091-91%15-61$339$1,352,8254Roadside Attractions
33Born to Be Wild 3D$4,35319%6-2$726$23,171,468150Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Blue Is the Warmest Color$4,237-10%93$471$2,189,15817IFC Films
35Adult World$3,783--2--$1,892$3,7831IFC Films
36All Is Lost$3,49810%9-3$389$6,259,06018Roadside Attractions
37Knights of Badassdom$3,496-32%2-7$1,748$100,7044eOne Films US
38Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$2,866-61%10$2,866$15,1332Rialto Pictures
39A Field in England$2,831-70%8-5$354$19,5892Drafthouse Films
40Kill Your Darlings$2,0251%40$506$1,028,18118Sony Pictures Classics
41The Pretty One$1,98033%10$1,980$4,3342Dada Films
42Generation War$1,936--3--$645$36,1185Music Box Films
43Camille Claudel 1915$1,770--1--$1,770$33,51218Kino Lorber
44At Middleton$1,708-51%1-7$1,708$52,9263Anchor Bay / Freestyle
45The Act of Killing$1,657-54%2-18$829$482,71331Drafthouse Films
46The Best Offer$1,418-70%8-4$177$72,2797IFC Films
47Museum Hours$1,24288%20$621$557,98034Cinema Guild
48Cousin Jules (2013 re-issue)$1,219382%10$1,219$19,18812Cinema Guild
49Muscle Shoals$1,164338%31$388$690,19921Magnolia Pictures
50Cutie and the Boxer$85348%64$142$194,22727RADiUS-TWC
51Maidentrip$775781%21$388$34,3419First Run Features
52Big Bad Wolves$707-38%3-2$236$23,4565Magnolia / Magnet
53Sweet Dreams (2013)$612-36%20$306$33,79116International Film Circuit
54The Armstrong Lie$525-70%1-2$525$381,67315Sony Pictures Classics
55Peter Brook: The Tightrope$502-71%21$251$17,3053First Run Features
56The Rocket (2013)$497-73%2-2$249$22,7166Kino Lorber
57In Bloom$443-84%20$222$28,1596Big World Pictures
58The End of Time$354-28%10$354$4,37512First Run Features
59Inequality for All$286-65%2-1$143$1,204,87321RADiUS-TWC