'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. 12 - Sun, Jun. 14

Wide (1000+)

1Jurassic World$208,806,270--4,274--$48,855$208,806,2701Universal
2Spy (2015)$15,613,686-46%3,7154$4,203$56,550,9302Fox
3San Andreas$10,812,387-58%3,535-277$3,059$119,123,3013Warner Bros. / New Line
4Insidious: Chapter 3$7,311,963-68%3,01412$2,426$37,382,5442Focus / Gramercy
5Pitch Perfect 2$6,398,030-16%2,677-726$2,390$171,113,7155Universal
6Entourage$4,186,984-59%3,1080$1,347$25,717,4562Warner Bros.
7Mad Max: Fury Road$4,065,967-48%2,234-486$1,820$138,543,7945Warner Bros.
8Avengers: Age of Ultron$3,675,057-42%2,156-315$1,705$444,777,2757Disney
10Aloha$994,396-69%1,423-1392$699$18,994,5193Sony / Columbia
11Poltergeist (2015)$689,247-75%1,069-1160$645$46,118,1924Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1Love & Mercy$1,672,325-21%57392$2,919$4,680,9362Roadside Attractions
2I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$809,39146%24681$3,290$2,959,5615Bleecker Street
3Home (2015)$724,112-13%584-131$1,240$173,252,39912Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Furious 7$605,11539%357-114$1,695$350,827,63511Universal
5Dil Dhadakne Do$560,027-58%2380$2,353$2,312,9742Eros International
6Far from the Madding Crowd$431,934-38%366-244$1,180$10,749,6127Fox Searchlight
7Cinderella (2015)$261,863-14%270-32$970$199,280,07514Disney
8Ex Machina$205,970-43%194-108$1,062$24,698,88510A24
9Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2$203,336-39%234-134$869$68,806,6659Sony / Columbia
10Woman In Gold$181,090-17%198-79$915$32,238,91311Weinstein Company
11The Divergent Series: Insurgent$179,407-30%217-33$827$129,575,65813Lionsgate / Summit
12Hot Pursuit (2015)$117,105-72%208-329$563$33,685,2806Warner Bros. / New Line
13Tanu Weds Manu Returns$103,877-63%1360$764$2,928,7394Eros International
14Get Hard$95,642-39%165-79$580$90,156,86212Warner Bros.
15The Age of Adaline$90,323-50%174-106$519$42,118,0278Lionsgate
16The Longest Ride$62,120-22%116-39$536$37,348,45910Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Me and Earl and the Dying Girl$196,496--15--$13,100$196,4961Fox Searchlight
2Hamari Adhuri Kahani$131,263--67--$1,959$131,2631Fox International Productions
3When Marnie Was There$85,8429%5725$1,506$317,0974GKIDS
4Beyond the Mask$68,253-71%82-29$832$1,149,26010Gathr / Freestyle
5The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$49,839-16%54-9$923$628,3876Music Box Films
6The Wolfpack$43,920--2--$21,960$43,9201Magnolia Pictures
7Iris (2015)$40,878-38%47-34$870$1,121,3177Magnolia Pictures
8Kingsman: The Secret Service$37,211-34%75-22$496$128,197,73018Fox
9McFarland, USA$36,597-35%73-30$501$44,407,54517Disney
10Hubble 3D$33,19518%11-5$3,018$49,067,689274Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Farewell Party$32,861172%1310$2,528$67,9644IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
12Paddington$30,73181%23-21$1,336$76,180,59922Weinstein / Dimension
13The Apu Trilogy (2015 re-issue)$30,72618%8-1$3,841$253,4546Janus Films
14Gemma Bovery$26,618111%2921$918$76,3903Music Box Films
15Little Boy$25,630-36%56-19$458$6,468,8808Open Road
16Monkey Kingdom$24,671-27%52-27$474$16,252,4439Disneynature
175 Flights Up$22,801-48%41-21$556$988,6486Focus World
18Madame Bovary (2015)$20,841--15--$1,389$20,8411Alchemy
19A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence$20,74019%42$5,185$56,4332Magnolia Pictures
20Results$18,915-24%213$901$79,2363Magnolia Pictures
21The Connection (2015)$18,040-38%19-8$949$155,8155Drafthouse Films
22The Water Diviner$16,202-28%37-8$438$4,154,4178Warner Bros.
23Dior and I$15,7268%14-3$1,123$980,97110The Orchard
24Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$15,270-18%350$436$9,805,90363Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Journey to the South Pacific$13,334-14%10-1$1,333$6,620,75281IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
26The Yes Men Are Revolting$12,462--10--$1,246$12,4621The Orchard
27In the Name of My Daughter$12,172-40%15-14$811$266,1205Cohen Media Group
28Heaven Knows What$11,97077%1411$855$49,3843RADiUS-TWC
29American Sniper$11,648-50%54-60$216$350,112,19225Warner Bros.
30Clouds of Sils Maria$11,585-54%20-10$579$1,787,10210IFC Films
31While We're Young$10,472-60%25-6$419$7,563,40812A24
32The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$10,107-27%23-12$439$33,059,11815Fox Searchlight
33About Elly$9,778-54%12-4$815$310,12110Cinema Guild
34Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb$8,7133%29-1$300$113,712,56226Fox
35Slow West$8,351-18%13-15$642$215,6145A24
36Where Hope Grows$6,575-40%13-3$506$1,150,8975Roadside Attractions / Godspeed
37Rediscover Sautet$6,512--1--$6,512$6,5121Rialto Pictures
38Sunshine Superman$5,008-29%12-5$417$66,3384Magnolia / CNN Films
39Love at First Fight$4,658--7--$665$14,6664Strand Releasing
40Born to Be Wild 3D$4,35453%8-4$544$24,174,894219Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Welcome to Me$4,122-76%8-14$515$625,7277Alchemy
42Do You Believe?$3,175-22%10-5$318$12,983,27213Pure Flix
43It Follows$3,121-41%15-8$208$14,669,87014RADiUS-TWC / Dimension
44Under the Sea 3D$2,7364%6-7$456$34,598,478331Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Jauja$2,566174%20$1,283$49,46613Cinema Guild
46Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World$2,344-56%60$391$43,8555Icarus Films
47Chocolate City$2,330-90%6-17$388$210,4184Freestyle Releasing
48Rebels of the Neon God (2015 re-issue)$1,9114%1-3$1,911$16,53010Big World Pictures
49White God$1,7983%50$360$278,69012Magnolia Pictures
50Tangerines$1,58485%21$792$109,5639IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
51Roar (2015 re-issue)$1,374403%54$275$99,2869Drafthouse / Olive Films
52The Hunting Ground$1,265-31%20$633$387,84116RADiUS-TWC
53One Cut, One Life$1,240--1--$1,240$8,3755First Run Features
54Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll$1,175-35%4-1$294$105,4898Argot Pictures
55Hungry Hearts$1,145-39%42$286$4,6762IFC Films
56Good Kill$1,137-43%8-2$142$314,4495IFC Films
57Set Fire to the Stars$1,132--1--$1,132$1,1321Strand Releasing
58The Wrecking Crew$922-77%3-2$307$777,71714Magnolia Pictures
59The Tales of Hoffmann (2015 re-issue)$547-63%10$547$91,93014Rialto Pictures
60From Mayerling to Sarajevo (2015 re-issue)$302-75%10$302$13,77312The Film Desk
61Marie's Story$172-86%2-2$86$10,4167Film Movement