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, Jun. 13 - Sun, Jun. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
122 Jump Street$57,071,445--3,306--$17,263$57,071,4451Sony / Columbia
2How to Train Your Dragon 2$49,451,322--4,253--$11,627$49,451,3221Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Maleficent$18,504,997-46%3,623-325$5,108$163,021,5293Disney
4Edge of Tomorrow$16,527,215-43%3,50515$4,715$57,001,6982Warner Bros.
5The Fault in Our Stars$14,791,933-69%3,273100$4,519$80,767,2002Fox
6X-Men: Days of Future Past$9,816,449-35%3,042-597$3,227$206,256,6104Fox
7Godzilla (2014)$3,311,185-46%2,088-1022$1,586$191,457,1945Warner Bros.
8A Million Ways to Die in the West$3,246,400-56%2,413-747$1,345$37,107,0203Universal
9Neighbors (2014)$2,369,250-56%1,896-778$1,250$143,022,2156Universal
10Chef$2,187,526-17%1,102-196$1,985$13,987,9796Open Road
11Blended$1,739,108-58%1,581-1347$1,100$40,387,3374Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$953,927-51%682-799$1,399$198,386,2217Sony / Columbia
2Million Dollar Arm$804,423-60%577-1066$1,394$33,471,3025Disney
3Alone Yet Not Alone$534,626--103--$5,191$668,17238Enthuse Entertainment
4Belle$510,282-34%338-138$1,510$8,569,6247Fox Searchlight
5Rio 2$415,628-46%383-319$1,085$126,666,67010Fox
6Words and Pictures$394,79640%217119$1,819$1,066,0844Roadside Attractions
7Divergent$382,46852%33638$1,138$149,621,27513Lionsgate / Summit
8Heaven is for Real$334,518-15%53286$629$89,402,4329Sony / TriStar
9Captain America: The Winter Soldier$274,842-34%223-94$1,232$256,334,46711Disney
10The Grand Seduction$271,738-5%104-3$2,613$1,280,0883eOne Films US
11Ida (2014)$256,95114%11225$2,294$1,668,3557Music Box Films
12The Other Woman (2014)$244,550-51%244-245$1,002$82,733,1668Fox
13The LEGO Movie$227,240-21%30127$755$256,330,27119Warner Bros.
14The Grand Budapest Hotel$196,466-19%149-36$1,319$58,109,81315Fox Searchlight
15Holiday (2014)$169,460-57%102-42$1,661$706,8932Reliance Entertainment
16The Signal (2014)$155,642--120--$1,297$155,6421Focus
17The Immigrant$152,542-21%140-5$1,090$1,686,8965Weinstein Company
18Mr. Peabody & Sherman$143,620-19%207-17$694$110,622,60715Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19God's Not Dead$129,978-25%150-50$867$60,300,99413Freestyle / Pure Flix
20Muppets Most Wanted$67,329-33%158-39$426$50,972,37313Disney
21Noah$64,281-31%103-33$624$101,163,60712Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$136,90519%412$3,339$2,954,37611Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Obvious Child$133,85773%1815$7,437$251,4222A24
3The Rover$69,302--5--$13,860$69,3021A24
4Journey to the South Pacific$57,64326%190$3,034$3,216,35929IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
5Brick Mansions$55,951-27%85-14$658$20,222,2028Relativity Media
6Moms' Night Out$52,477-67%81-211$648$10,079,8946Sony / TriStar
7Fading Gigolo$50,268-16%48-6$1,047$3,612,3069Millennium Entertainment
8Night Moves$48,393-1%5524$880$153,0363Cinedigm
9Hubble 3D$45,694-6%232$1,987$44,587,886222Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Fed Up$42,084-53%56-32$752$1,327,3896RADiUS-TWC
11Cold in July$32,917-52%42-31$784$364,8364IFC Films
12Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$30,95334%1814$1,720$62,4472RADiUS-TWC
13The Lunchbox$30,640-26%26-20$1,178$4,094,68116Sony Pictures Classics
14Jerusalem 3D$25,3939%15-6$1,693$4,434,48839National Geographic
15The Railway Man$25,307-53%50-127$506$4,306,99310Weinstein Company
16We Are the Best!$23,7671%197$1,251$93,6233Magnolia Pictures
17Chinese Puzzle$22,611-27%21-6$1,077$270,8355Cohen Media Group
18Only Lovers Left Alive$22,417-12%27-3$830$1,663,22510Sony Pictures Classics
19Citizen Koch$20,796--11--$1,891$34,9872Variance Films
20Frozen (2013)$20,749-23%28-15$741$400,685,42330Disney
21Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$19,86824%113$1,806$87,4404IFC Films
22Draft Day$18,306-57%53-60$345$28,831,14510Lionsgate / Summit
23Ivory Tower$17,857--2--$8,929$17,8571IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
24Bears$17,624-48%45-30$392$17,550,5019Disneynature
25Transcendence$17,267-31%58-47$298$23,014,5049Warner Bros.
26Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$14,688-60%43-41$342$8,333,3736Clarius Entertainment
27Need For Speed$14,004-48%39-19$359$43,568,50714Disney / DreamWorks
28Locke$11,546-57%23-21$502$1,253,4408A24
29Oculus$11,464-49%31-16$370$27,674,14510Relativity Media
30Finding Vivian Maier$10,857-21%14-7$776$1,418,67912IFC Films
31Under the Skin (2014)$9,584-57%16-12$599$2,467,93111A24
32A Long Way Off$8,005--13--$616$22,1832Moving Visions Entertainment
33Hellion$7,601--1--$7,601$7,6011IFC Films
34Under the Sea 3D$7,58131%12-4$632$34,040,044279Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Lucky Them$7,460184%75$1,066$16,4153IFC Films
36The Double (2014)$7,24816%10-1$725$140,8536Magnolia Pictures
37The German Doctor$6,835-52%8-4$854$414,9128IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
38Elena (2014)$6,129--1--$6,129$23,2783Variance Films
39Borgman$5,912--4--$1,478$15,8632Drafthouse Films
40Filmistaan$5,776-81%8-16$722$44,3072UTV Motion Pictures
41To the Arctic 3D$5,427-16%51$1,085$14,096,449113Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Redwood Highway$5,045-49%6-10$841$88,94310Monterey Media
43Bicycling with Molière$4,80413%61$801$49,3438Strand Releasing
44Test$4,473--4--$1,118$11,8432Variance Films
45A Coffee in Berlin$3,918--1--$3,918$3,9181Music Box Films
46The Hornet's Nest$3,815-69%3-13$1,272$298,9276Freestyle Releasing
47Le Week-End$3,807108%91$423$2,211,59614Music Box Films
48For No Good Reason$3,699-38%20-1$185$56,0048Sony Pictures Classics
49Jodorowsky's Dune$3,348-50%6-10$558$621,55513Sony Pictures Classics
50The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$2,197-58%1-2$2,197$238,78111Zeitgeist Films
51The Sacrament$2,112262%54$422$4,0932Magnolia / Magnet
52Just a Sigh$1,878182%10$1,878$71,28013Distrib Films
5350 to 1$1,805--2--$903$720,11713Ten Furlongs
54The Raid 2$1,801-72%18-20$100$2,625,80312Sony Pictures Classics
55Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$1,677-53%5-3$335$30,5905International Film Circuit
56Half of a Yellow Sun$1,672736%42$418$27,8555Monterey Media
57Accident (2014 re-issue)$1,593--1--$1,593$14,3154Rialto Pictures
58Filth$1,444-74%50$289$23,6063Magnolia / Magnet
592 Autumns, 3 Winters$1,186-45%10$1,186$5,0302Film Movement
60Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$1,185--1--$1,185$59,04118Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
61Born to Be Wild 3D$1,171-37%3-12$390$23,393,533167Warner Bros. / IMAX
62Particle Fever$1,102-13%1-2$1,102$862,44115Abramorama / Bond 360
63Blue Ruin$1,013-59%2-1$507$256,9068RADiUS-TWC
64Deep Sea 3D$925-61%82$116$46,063,526433Warner Bros. / IMAX
65Big Men$847-83%21$424$55,87914Abramorama
66The Amazing Catfish$733--1--$733$7331Strand Releasing
67In Bloom$681--3--$227$52,46923Big World Pictures
68Heropanti$671218%1-2$671$63,0514UTV Motion Pictures
69The Unknown Known$565-55%30$188$273,60311RADiUS-TWC
70Godzilla: The Japanese Original$364-86%1-1$364$139,6019Rialto Pictures
71For a Woman$354-93%2-2$177$25,5567Film Movement
72Tasting Menu$199-75%1-1$199$18,6869Magnolia Pictures
73Evergreen: The Road to Legalization$189--1--$189$1891First Run Features
74Nymphomaniac: Volume I$183-92%1-3$183$785,66913Magnolia Pictures
75Nymphomaniac: Volume II$150-86%1-2$150$326,98311Magnolia Pictures
7620 Feet from Stardom$90-64%10$90$4,946,25053RADiUS-TWC
77Next Year Jerusalem$84-44%10$84$8,0935First Run Features