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, Jul. 11 - Sun, Jul. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$72,611,427--3,967--$18,304$72,611,4271Fox
2Transformers: Age of Extinction$16,302,415-56%3,913-320$4,166$208,833,7133Paramount
3Tammy$12,555,151-42%3,4650$3,623$56,998,7522Warner Bros. / New Line
422 Jump Street$6,501,558-34%2,811-513$2,313$171,762,6975Sony / Columbia
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$6,073,372-32%2,885-412$2,105$152,276,7335Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Earth to Echo$5,488,277-34%3,2300$1,699$24,585,8162Relativity Media
7Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$4,750,289-51%3,0490$1,558$25,052,0992Sony / Screen Gems
8Maleficent$4,180,586-32%2,077-312$2,013$222,005,3947Disney
9Jersey Boys$2,517,430-51%1,968-662$1,279$41,712,0404Warner Bros.
10Think Like a Man Too$2,400,983-51%1,231-498$1,950$61,807,2454Sony / Screen Gems
11America (2014)$2,393,811-13%1,1050$2,166$8,211,7913Lionsgate
12Edge of Tomorrow$1,813,249-50%1,103-435$1,644$94,498,3416Warner Bros.
13The Fault in Our Stars$1,506,215-40%1,002-863$1,503$119,629,6996Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Begin Again$2,820,839124%939764$3,004$5,171,5873Weinstein Company
2Chef$1,259,140-26%70115$1,796$24,075,14010Open Road
3X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,025,365-46%655-389$1,565$229,162,4368Fox
4Snowpiercer$635,370-37%356106$1,785$2,635,4723RADiUS-TWC
5Rio 2$392,0996%285-26$1,376$129,626,91114Fox
6Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania$380,011--101--$3,762$380,0111Reliance Entertainment
7Neighbors (2014)$357,625-14%267-48$1,339$148,636,11010Universal
8The Amazing Spider-Man 2$344,843-25%275-14$1,254$201,597,62511Sony / Columbia
9Blended$342,8193%33530$1,023$44,713,3148Warner Bros.
10Godzilla (2014)$246,234-41%303-49$813$198,355,1859Warner Bros.
11Third Person$238,026124%227193$1,049$556,5564Sony Pictures Classics
12Obvious Child$219,325-41%134-68$1,637$2,344,8456A24
13Captain America: The Winter Soldier$213,468-36%215-36$993$258,258,22215Disney
14A Million Ways to Die in the West$213,320-24%188-39$1,135$42,615,6857Universal
15Million Dollar Arm$186,1582%22461$831$35,643,7529Disney
16Heaven is for Real$151,510-21%173-13$876$90,836,06713Sony / TriStar
17Belle$137,810-27%107-16$1,288$10,249,49511Fox Searchlight
18The LEGO Movie$78,61223%350110$225$257,335,78123Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$387,618--5--$77,524$387,6181IFC Films
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$151,5172%410$3,696$4,240,61515Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Ida (2014)$147,712-37%88-15$1,679$3,119,85411Music Box Films
4Life Itself$141,5558%6643$2,145$329,0212Magnolia Pictures
5The Grand Seduction$121,338-28%921$1,319$2,706,8687eOne Films US
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$69,321-31%63-9$1,100$58,848,86619Fox Searchlight
7A Hard Day's Night (2014 re-issue)$65,488-70%56-46$1,169$427,5062Janus Films
8The Other Woman (2014)$65,152-32%96-46$679$83,742,26512Fox
9Journey to the South Pacific$59,243-8%180$3,291$3,682,42133IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
10Hubble 3D$52,611-10%131$4,047$45,057,568226Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Words and Pictures$47,582-51%40-21$1,190$1,986,5488Roadside Attractions
12Venus in Fur$42,21141%197$2,222$170,0774IFC Films
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$41,178-20%78-33$528$111,233,40119Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Land Ho!$34,319--4--$8,580$34,3191Sony Pictures Classics
15Yves Saint Laurent$33,887-28%144$2,421$162,2713Weinstein Company
16Le Chef$30,782-31%12-6$2,565$169,8574Cohen Media Group
17Moms' Night Out$22,680-56%54-42$420$10,429,70710Sony / TriStar
18Jerusalem 3D$20,492-30%143$1,464$4,671,77143National Geographic
19Code Black$19,696147%76$2,814$75,3864Long Shot Factory
20Only Lovers Left Alive$17,22711%120$1,436$1,794,05914Sony Pictures Classics
21A Coffee in Berlin$15,4022%10-1$1,540$107,5195Music Box Films
22The Breakup Guru$14,390-60%6-4$2,398$183,6833China Lion Film
23A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$13,822-6%62$2,304$79,4244Big World Pictures
24God's Not Dead$11,622-68%25-35$465$60,722,24717Freestyle / Pure Flix
25The Rover$10,1660%12-9$847$1,043,5725A24
26Under the Sea 3D$10,111-12%6-1$1,685$34,127,720283Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Under the Skin (2014)$9,855-14%9-3$1,095$2,565,63915A24
28Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$9,588-32%91$1,065$55,4403Magnolia Pictures
29Locke$8,741-16%10-1$874$1,329,64812A24
3050 to 1$8,019-14%7-1$1,146$798,53617Ten Furlongs
31Bears$7,107-40%22-9$323$17,769,44213Disneynature
32Fading Gigolo$6,736-43%10-2$674$3,763,97313Millennium Entertainment
33Ivory Tower$6,252163%30$2,084$99,5555IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
34Citizen Koch$6,218--9--$691$142,7296Variance Films
35The Last Sentence$6,002230%64$1,000$38,5904Music Box Films
36Muppets Most Wanted$5,892-46%23-18$256$51,178,89317Disney
37Fed Up$5,878-14%202$294$1,501,12710RADiUS-TWC
38Chinese Puzzle$5,784-28%102$578$335,4309Cohen Media Group
39Frozen (2013)$5,751-20%9-2$639$400,736,60034Disney
40Half of a Yellow Sun$5,1612381%43$1,290$44,7659Monterey Media
41Closed Curtain$5,002--1--$5,002$7,6561Variance Films
42Finding Vivian Maier$4,85453%81$607$1,479,30916IFC Films
43The Lunchbox$4,647-42%105$465$4,185,81720Sony Pictures Classics
44The Double (2014)$4,2136%70$602$178,96110Magnolia Pictures
45The Signal (2014)$4,079-39%15-20$272$597,4205Focus
46The Railway Man$3,284-53%11-3$299$4,435,08314Weinstein Company
47We Are the Best!$2,907-15%10-2$291$159,9717Magnolia Pictures
48For a Woman$2,575--1--$2,575$28,13111Film Movement
49Redwood Highway$2,537-7%20$1,269$119,24314Monterey Media
50Hellion$2,529-54%92$281$46,1105IFC Films
51Night Moves$2,213-77%6-5$369$248,3837Cinedigm
52Lucky Them$1,905-30%40$476$37,8377IFC Films
53Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$1,895-78%6-6$316$202,4056RADiUS-TWC
54Siddharth$1,718-11%10$1,718$13,3843Zeitgeist Films
55Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$1,534-69%60$256$133,2968IFC Films
56Borgman$1,499-61%5-2$300$51,7226Drafthouse Films
57A Long Way Down$1,426--1--$1,426$1,4261Magnolia Pictures
58The Empty Hours$1,366--1--$1,366$1,3661Strand Releasing
59The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz$1,342-69%2-2$671$46,3793FilmBuff / Participant
60Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$1,218-87%10-13$122$8,456,32510Clarius Entertainment
61Cold in July$1,202-57%5-1$240$416,8438IFC Films
62To the Arctic 3D$1,114178%21$557$14,147,968117Warner Bros. / IMAX
63Jodorowsky's Dune$620-57%2-1$310$644,03617Sony Pictures Classics
64For No Good Reason$607402%32$202$63,03212Sony Pictures Classics
65Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$550-80%2-1$275$44,3839International Film Circuit
66Bicycling with Molière$525-28%1-1$525$57,09412Strand Releasing
67The Hornet's Nest$520-77%21$260$310,18010Freestyle Releasing
68Under the Electric Sky$473-93%1-8$473$196,0777Focus
69The Girl on the Train (2014)$468122%21$234$4682Monterey Media
70Ilo Ilo$441-89%1-1$441$54,07115Film Movement
71Deep Sea 3D$41983%21$210$46,069,917437Warner Bros. / IMAX
72Filth$404-64%2-1$202$33,4767Magnolia / Magnet
73Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$320-51%10$320$61,35222Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
74The Jewish Cardinal$198-4%10$198$130,66127Film Movement
75Born to Be Wild 3D$104-84%4-1$26$23,433,602171Warner Bros. / IMAX
76Nothing Bad Can Happen$65-85%1-1$65$4,6793Drafthouse Films
77The Amazing Catfish$50-96%1-1$50$11,2785Strand Releasing
78Evergreen: The Road to Legalization$12--1--$12$1,6145First Run Features