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.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, Sep. 28 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Transylvania$10,973,012--3,349--$3,277$10,973,0121Sony / Columbia
2Looper$6,804,981--2,992--$2,274$6,804,9511Sony / TriStar
3End of Watch$2,401,952130%2,78050$864$20,570,5852Open Road
4House at the End of the Street$2,340,244319%3,0830$759$17,411,2132Relativity Media
5Trouble with the Curve$2,296,982157%3,2120$715$18,492,9442Warner Bros.
6Finding Nemo 3D$1,044,831141%2,639-265$396$33,453,8113Disney
7Won't Back Down$917,768--2,515--$365$917,7681Fox
8Resident Evil: Retribution$820,62775%2,381-635$345$36,525,5603Sony / Screen Gems
9Dredd 3D$689,91545%2,55751$270$9,274,5222Lionsgate
10The Possession$413,468137%1,618-980$256$46,462,7865Lionsgate
11Lawless$269,70524%1,503-1111$179$35,679,3455Weinstein Company
12ParaNorman$191,63284%1,209-408$159$53,345,6017Focus
13The Odd Life of Timothy Green$167,14097%1,187-565$141$49,229,9827Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pitch Perfect$1,755,935--335--$5,242$1,755,9351Universal
2The Master$789,291146%85668$922$7,677,3613Weinstein Company
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$373,1261965%10298$3,658$697,9652Lionsgate / Summit
4Arbitrage$236,071172%25511$926$4,476,8303Roadside Attractions
5The Bourne Legacy$234,84083%824-607$285$111,151,9958Universal
6The Dark Knight Rises$218,235105%655-293$333$443,806,46611Warner Bros.
7The Campaign$152,46850%630-620$242$85,563,9808Warner Bros.
8The Expendables 2$140,02926%815-1005$172$83,641,1777Lionsgate
9Hope Springs (2012)$126,07644%691-456$182$62,638,3078Sony / Columbia
10Barfi!$87,636213%127-3$690$2,228,6103UTV Communications
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$84,157204%387-33$217$158,780,60212Fox
12The Amazing Spider-Man$68,250--204-49$335$261,612,32013Sony / Columbia
13Ted (2012)$51,750107%225-68$230$217,994,81514Universal
14Total Recall (2012)$48,203--239-83$202$58,619,7159Sony / Columbia
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$44,290273%332-42$133$47,888,2799Fox
16Premium Rush$44,25153%208-359$213$19,836,7756Sony / Columbia
17The Words$42,659-33%278-969$153$11,329,5494CBS Films
18The Intouchables$34,23258%121-35$283$12,369,28519Weinstein Company
19Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$33,484206%203-37$165$215,980,65817Paramount / DreamWorks
20Sparkle (2012)$25,020--22014$114$24,325,0147Sony / TriStar
21Step Up Revolution$15,384112%110-72$140$35,009,20710Lionsgate / Summit
22Hit and Run$13,164-19%132-159$100$13,686,1256Open Road
23The Cold Light of Day$10,793132%104-51$104$3,726,0594Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thaandavam$43,033--45--$956$48,3241UTV Communications
2Heroine$24,28090%97-17$250$508,8402UTV Communications
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$19,75832%69-63$286$10,980,12514Fox Searchlight
4Moonrise Kingdom$18,60311%82-38$227$45,247,64619Focus
5To the Arctic 3D$18,4375%520$355$8,734,29524Warner Bros. / IMAX
6For A Good Time, Call...$17,1145%84-21$204$1,168,7005Focus
710 Years$13,01378%6320$207$151,3273Anchor Bay Films
8The Apparition$10,0321157%6530$154$4,873,2116Warner Bros.
9The Watch$9,23882%46-31$201$34,263,57610Fox
10Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$7,403-34%40-45$185$3,095,9964Paramount
11Born to Be Wild 3D$7,04082%330$213$20,909,78978Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Other Dream Team$5,676--2--$2,838$5,6761The Film Arcade
13The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$4,248-31%32-15$133$46,292,56322Fox Searchlight
14Safety Not Guaranteed$4,22974%34-6$124$3,972,32417FilmDistrict
15Ruby Sparks$2,422-7%17-26$142$2,491,15710Fox Searchlight
16Toys in the Attic$1,79096%60$298$53,6974Hannover House
17Tales of the Night$881181%1--$881$4,7021GKIDS
18Cosmopolis$79356%5-4$159$759,9977Entertainment One Films
19Husbands In Goa$5551010%4-3$139$6,0192UTV Communications
20Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$51636%70$74$3,373,3418ARC Entertainment
21Branded$14-55%1-1$14$353,4584Roadside Attractions