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 Sat, Sep. 29 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Transylvania$18,947,06373%3,349--$5,658$29,920,0751Sony / Columbia
2Looper$8,726,71628%2,992--$2,917$15,531,6671Sony / TriStar
3House at the End of the Street$3,381,96045%3,0830$1,097$20,793,1732Relativity Media
4Trouble with the Curve$3,375,40047%3,2120$1,051$21,868,3442Warner Bros.
5End of Watch$3,360,00240%2,78050$1,209$23,930,5872Open Road
6Finding Nemo 3D$1,871,98879%2,639-265$709$35,325,7993Disney
7Resident Evil: Retribution$1,324,91461%2,381-635$556$37,850,4743Sony / Screen Gems
8Won't Back Down$1,100,31720%2,515--$438$2,018,0851Fox
9Dredd 3D$996,76044%2,55751$390$10,271,2822Lionsgate
10The Possession$663,81161%1,618-980$410$47,126,5975Lionsgate
11Lawless$391,99045%1,503-1111$261$36,071,3355Weinstein Company
12ParaNorman$366,72791%1,209-408$303$53,712,3287Focus
13The Odd Life of Timothy Green$304,71682%1,187-565$257$49,534,6987Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pitch Perfect$2,128,21621%335--$6,353$3,884,1511Universal
2The Master$1,260,24660%85668$1,472$8,937,6073Weinstein Company
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$467,15025%10298$4,580$1,165,1152Lionsgate / Summit
4Arbitrage$426,44681%25511$1,672$4,903,2763Roadside Attractions
5The Bourne Legacy$383,16063%824-607$465$111,535,1558Universal
6The Dark Knight Rises$378,65474%655-293$578$444,185,12011Warner Bros.
7The Expendables 2$244,20074%815-1005$300$83,885,3777Lionsgate
8The Campaign$233,95553%630-620$371$85,797,9358Warner Bros.
9Hope Springs (2012)$197,23156%691-456$285$62,835,5388Sony / Columbia
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$182,349117%387-33$471$158,962,95112Fox
11Barfi!$148,30869%127-3$1,168$2,376,9183UTV Communications
12The Amazing Spider-Man$108,78959%204-49$533$261,721,10913Sony / Columbia
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$91,381106%332-42$275$47,979,6609Fox
14Ted (2012)$80,98556%225-68$360$218,075,80014Universal
15Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$70,893112%203-37$349$216,051,55117Paramount / DreamWorks
16Total Recall (2012)$70,47046%239-83$295$58,690,1859Sony / Columbia
17The Words$67,58558%278-969$243$11,397,1344CBS Films
18The Intouchables$66,84095%121-35$552$12,436,12519Weinstein Company
19Premium Rush$63,21343%208-359$304$19,899,9886Sony / Columbia
20Sparkle (2012)$47,71591%22014$217$24,372,7297Sony / TriStar
21Step Up Revolution$30,05295%110-72$273$35,039,25910Lionsgate / Summit
22Hit and Run$17,50833%132-159$133$13,703,6336Open Road
23The Cold Light of Day$15,03239%104-51$145$3,741,0914Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thaandavam$55,43929%45--$1,232$103,7631UTV Communications
2To the Arctic 3D$39,629115%520$762$8,773,92424Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Heroine$32,80535%97-17$338$541,6452UTV Communications
4Moonrise Kingdom$31,02967%82-38$378$45,278,67519Focus
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$30,85256%69-63$447$11,010,97714Fox Searchlight
6For A Good Time, Call...$21,99128%84-21$262$1,190,6915Focus
710 Years$17,37534%6320$276$168,7023Anchor Bay Films
8The Apparition$17,22672%6530$265$4,890,4376Warner Bros.
9The Watch$15,27765%46-31$332$34,278,85310Fox
10Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$13,13377%40-45$328$3,109,1294Paramount
11Born to Be Wild 3D$11,39962%330$345$20,921,18878Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Other Dream Team$10,97693%2--$5,488$16,6521The Film Arcade
13The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$10,239141%32-15$320$46,302,80222Fox Searchlight
14Safety Not Guaranteed$5,36927%34-6$158$3,977,69317FilmDistrict
15Ruby Sparks$4,853100%17-26$285$2,496,01010Fox Searchlight
16Toys in the Attic$3,675105%60$613$57,3724Hannover House
17Tales of the Night$2,553190%1--$2,553$7,2551GKIDS
18Cosmopolis$96021%5-4$192$760,9577Entertainment One Films
19Husbands In Goa$92066%4-3$230$6,9392UTV Communications
20Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$81658%70$117$3,374,1578ARC Entertainment
21Branded$10-29%1-1$10$353,4684Roadside Attractions