'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. 13 - Sun, Feb. 15

Wide (1000+)

1Fifty Shades of Grey$85,171,450--3,646--$23,360$85,171,4501Universal / Focus
2Kingsman: The Secret Service$36,206,331--3,204--$11,300$36,206,3311Fox
3The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water$31,457,373-43%3,65413$8,609$94,589,9342Paramount
4American Sniper$16,414,805-30%3,436-449$4,777$304,113,0988Warner Bros.
5Jupiter Ascending$9,254,019-50%3,1810$2,909$32,375,1652Warner Bros.
6Seventh Son$4,151,780-42%2,874-1$1,445$13,422,2202Universal
7Paddington$4,035,984-23%2,244-644$1,799$62,229,2925Weinstein / Dimension
8The Imitation Game$3,487,137-26%1,551-412$2,248$79,619,56012Weinstein Company
9The Wedding Ringer$3,244,447-31%1,456-682$2,228$59,587,4645Sony / Screen Gems
10Project Almanac$2,764,066-47%1,732-1168$1,596$19,593,6423Paramount
11Black or White$2,688,314-41%1,591-232$1,690$17,404,6163Relativity Media
12The Boy Next Door$1,776,660-57%1,192-1001$1,490$33,811,4804Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Taken 3$1,116,999-52%691-816$1,616$86,791,7266Fox
3Old Fashioned$997,8232461%224221$4,455$1,040,7142Freestyle Releasing
4Birdman$857,145-34%481-185$1,782$36,457,83018Fox Searchlight
5The Theory of Everything$740,821-25%466-136$1,590$33,175,52415Focus
6Big Hero 6$676,82595%31761$2,135$219,268,50515Disney
7The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2015$430,220-11%24486$1,763$1,706,8473ShortsHD
8The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies$411,321-46%272-231$1,512$253,573,0109Warner Bros. / New Line
9Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb$406,615-20%282-155$1,442$111,012,5879Fox
10Into the Woods$353,901-59%287-463$1,233$126,299,1088Disney
11The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1$302,965-26%232-93$1,306$336,128,04313Lionsgate
12Wild (2014)$277,192-41%185-101$1,498$36,922,95511Fox Searchlight
13A Most Violent Year$252,756-74%186-520$1,359$5,225,1057A24
16Penguins of Madagascar$218,581-25%222-35$985$82,378,00612Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17Annie (2014)$217,29036%22710$957$85,278,9299Sony / Columbia
18The Loft$166,277-89%245-1596$679$5,865,0593Open Road
19Two Days, One Night$132,366-34%12010$1,103$1,075,0028IFC Films
20Strange Magic$130,154-85%175-1147$744$11,839,1084Disney
21The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death$81,17225%10113$804$26,365,7407Relativity Media
22Boyhood$40,817-4%11050$371$25,210,79832IFC Films
23Shamitabh$24,027-90%1370$175$316,0102Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Somewhere Only We Know$304,934--46--$6,629$304,9341China Lion Film
2Timbuktu$108,42938%3319$3,286$291,1623Cohen Media Group
3Inherent Vice$63,001-49%45-26$1,400$8,018,10710Warner Bros
4Hubble 3D$55,12232%7-4$7,875$47,562,832257Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Spare Parts$51,697-62%54-81$957$3,434,2115Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Song of the Sea$50,888-20%365$1,414$396,3609GKIDS
7St. Vincent$49,21485%7740$639$44,075,05719Weinstein Company
8Journey to the South Pacific$46,75924%16-3$2,922$5,753,09064IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
9Exodus: Gods and Kings$46,530-53%66-64$705$64,965,94010Fox
10The Last Five Years$42,042--3--$14,014$42,0421RADiUS-TWC
11Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$39,76052%350$1,136$8,729,91046Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Big Eyes$34,922-44%66-45$529$14,391,4618Weinstein Company
14Ballet 422$33,78722%64$5,631$71,9712Magnolia Pictures
15Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day$31,947-50%53-43$603$66,916,64219Disney
16Black Sea$31,635-88%92-261$344$1,146,8024Focus
17Buen Día, Ramón$29,255-22%295$1,009$140,6833Fox International Productions
18Above and Beyond$28,61857%136$2,201$60,1343International Film Circuit
20Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem$24,210--2--$12,105$24,2101Music Box Films
21Cake$21,698-73%34-41$638$1,937,3744Cinelou Releasing
22She's Beautiful When She's Angry$20,873-19%80$2,609$144,73511International Film Circuit
23A Matter of Faith$20,417-84%30-22$681$433,62018Five & Two Pictures
24The Gambler$14,645-74%46-57$318$33,672,7598Paramount
25Horrible Bosses 2$12,947-59%44-49$294$54,439,10612Warner Bros. / New Line
26Mommy$10,578-61%10-11$1,058$3,471,2734Roadside Attractions
27Gone Girl$9,940-70%25-48$398$167,758,39120Fox
28The Book of Life (2014)$9,936-73%19-38$523$50,142,64618Fox
29Awake: The Life of Yogananda$9,703--7--$1,386$1,294,40519CounterPoint Films
30Running Man (2015)$9,029-81%4-17$2,257$306,4013China Lion Film
31The Tale of The Princess Kaguya$7,999219%84$1,000$670,65718GKIDS
32Human Capital$7,50180%84$938$74,4205Film Movement
33The Duke of Burgundy$5,773-1%8-1$722$42,3034IFC Films
34Born to Be Wild 3D$5,69274%73$813$23,913,011202Warner Bros. / IMAX
35The Babadook$5,503-14%111$500$933,11712IFC Midnight
36Under the Sea 3D$4,949199%72$707$34,431,152314Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Boy Meets Girl$4,804-9%43$1,201$11,4532Bramacharia LLC
38Hiroshima Mon Amour (2014 re-issue)$4,594--2--$2,297$96,43918Rialto Pictures
39Amira & Sam$2,745-27%3-3$915$27,8233Drafthouse Films
40The Homesman$1,811-72%5-4$362$2,426,28114Roadside Attractions
41Beloved Sisters$1,357--1--$1,357$43,4536Music Box Films
42Force Majeure$1,175-73%5-4$235$1,344,93217Magnolia Pictures
43R100$587-75%2-2$294$24,0684Drafthouse Films
44Girlhood (2015)$518-95%2-3$259$30,2733Strand Releasing
45To the Arctic 3D$450-89%20$225$14,311,254148Warner Bros. / IMAX
46A Tale of Winter (2014 re-issue)$282-67%10$282$23,2169Big World Pictures
47Match$166-96%1-8$166$30,4695IFC Films