'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, Jan. 16 - Sun, Jan. 18

Wide (1000+)

1American Sniper$89,269,06615304%3,5553551$25,111$92,693,8444Warner Bros.
2The Wedding Ringer$20,649,306--3,003--$6,876$20,649,3061Sony / Screen Gems
3Paddington$18,966,676--3,303--$5,742$18,966,6761Weinstein / Dimension
4Taken 3$14,715,818-62%3,5940$4,095$63,502,7352Fox
6The Imitation Game$6,801,166-6%1,61145$4,222$50,407,4748Weinstein Company
7Into the Woods$6,774,343-29%2,758-75$2,456$114,528,0124Disney
8The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies$4,904,695-48%2,220-1182$2,209$244,581,8105Warner Bros. / New Line
11Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb$3,838,879-43%2,437-934$1,575$104,786,9855Fox
12Annie (2014)$1,991,145-58%1,585-1271$1,256$82,171,1575Sony / Columbia
13The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1$1,872,802-50%1,221-842$1,534$332,516,4419Lionsgate
14The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death$1,681,276-64%1,392-1210$1,208$24,868,8493Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

1Birdman$1,543,643162%471243$3,277$28,269,63614Fox Searchlight
2Wild (2014)$1,449,692-46%764-522$1,898$33,005,1457Fox Searchlight
3Spare Parts$1,335,768--440--$3,036$1,335,7681Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Inherent Vice$1,130,388-59%6538$1,731$6,446,3326Warner Bros
5Big Hero 6$1,074,031-53%739-841$1,453$216,092,56111Disney
6The Theory of Everything$971,39944%509101$1,908$27,289,34511Focus
7I (2015)$771,312--222--$3,474$1,388,5661Aascar Film
9Big Eyes$534,991-57%587-457$911$13,464,8014Weinstein Company
10Penguins of Madagascar$519,206-56%417-640$1,245$80,589,4548Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Gambler$223,686-90%415-1706$539$33,414,0864Paramount
12Exodus: Gods and Kings$214,944-81%245-897$877$64,259,9746Fox
13Horrible Bosses 2$176,637-50%285-90$620$54,086,8568Warner Bros. / New Line
14Gone Girl$173,774-31%186-67$934$167,412,28416Fox
15Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day$145,696-20%173-35$842$66,474,29215Disney
16Dumb and Dumber To$135,545-25%176-68$770$85,850,12510Universal
17The Interview (2014)$100,095-76%163-329$614$6,018,1294Sony / Columbia
18St. Vincent$80,140-27%104-99$771$43,817,18015Weinstein Company
19Fury (2014)$51,795-53%103-85$503$85,807,38814Sony / Columbia
20Nightcrawler$45,255-32%10530$431$32,177,63112Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

1Ode to My Father$313,8073%33-5$9,509$1,049,2654CJ Entertainment
2A Most Violent Year$282,547142%3935$7,245$774,1283A24
3Still Alice$212,432--12--$17,703$282,3321Sony Pictures Classics
4Top Five$135,558-75%83-553$1,633$25,203,8116Paramount
5PK (2014)$102,534-60%45-60$2,279$10,498,6055UTV Motion Pictures
6The Book of Life (2014)$100,839-18%96-26$1,050$49,864,94914Fox
7Journey to the South Pacific$49,71862%16-1$3,107$5,479,63960IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
8The Boxtrolls$48,078-5%87-27$553$50,746,75617Focus
10Hubble 3D$39,8872%162$2,493$47,242,665253Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Maze Runner$32,174-47%60-35$536$102,381,11618Fox
12Force Majeure$25,069-43%37-2$678$1,270,01113Magnolia Pictures
13Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$24,71146%350$706$8,543,08442Warner Bros. / IMAX
14The Taking of Tiger Mountain$24,595-68%6-7$4,099$204,7653Well Go USA
15Song of the Sea$24,582-15%41$6,146$132,4435GKIDS
16Guardians of the Galaxy$21,729-57%65-60$334$333,166,88325Disney
17Beyond the Lights$21,360642%5738$375$14,595,20110Relativity Media
18The Tale of The Princess Kaguya$20,716427%104$2,072$619,07014GKIDS
19Tevar$19,572-89%0-127--$234,2072Eros International
20The Homesman$18,901-49%24-26$788$2,377,28210Roadside Attractions
21Human Capital$17,324--6--$2,887$19,9891Film Movement
22John Wick$15,591-57%51-55$306$43,029,92513Lionsgate / Summit
23The Pyramid$11,321-24%231$492$2,738,5907Fox
24Zero Motivation$10,054580%63$1,676$90,5507Zeitgeist Films
25Little Accidents$8,649--17--$509$8,6491Amplify
26Dear White People$7,70220%80$963$4,398,73614Roadside Attractions
27Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks$6,112--3--$2,037$44,3746Dada Films
28Beloved Sisters$5,748-71%4-5$1,437$33,1322Music Box Films
29Under the Sea 3D$4,342103%51$868$34,414,051310Warner Bros. / IMAX
30She's Beautiful When She's Angry$3,58912%2-2$1,795$60,5097International Film Circuit
31To the Arctic 3D$2,990-5%2-1$1,495$14,295,532144Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Born to Be Wild 3D$2,9791003%31$993$23,876,791198Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Awake: The Life of Yogananda$2,567-50%30$856$1,113,46115CounterPoint Films
34Three Night Stand$2,538--10--$254$2,5381Freestyle Releasing
35Love on the Cloud$2,330-71%2-2$1,165$269,7534China Lion Film
36The Overnighters$1,764-21%3-4$588$106,68915Drafthouse Films
37Why Don't You Play in Hell?$1,584--1--$1,584$21,50211Drafthouse Films
38Diplomacy$967-77%2-1$484$228,91814Zeitgeist Films
39Antarctica: A Year on Ice$652-85%5-4$130$252,7918Music Box Films
40A Tale of Winter (2014 re-issue)$625-71%1-2$625$19,0295Big World Pictures
41If You Don't, I Will$305--1--$305$9,5145Film Movement
42Two-Bit Waltz$13-93%1-1$13$2,06413Monterey Media