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 Tue, Oct. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Looper$2,368,35034%2,992--$792$24,938,5231Sony / TriStar
2Hotel Transylvania$2,193,94722%3,349--$655$46,514,8941Sony / Columbia
3End of Watch$890,32227%2,78050$320$27,572,0732Open Road
4Trouble with the Curve$768,14749%3,2120$239$24,758,7452Warner Bros.
5House at the End of the Street$510,07734%3,0830$165$23,083,1272Relativity Media
6Resident Evil: Retribution$350,47724%2,381-635$147$39,324,2723Sony / Screen Gems
7Dredd 3D$346,90637%2,55751$136$11,548,2472Lionsgate
8Won't Back Down$282,30941%2,515--$112$3,085,8041Fox
9Finding Nemo 3D$274,41621%2,639-265$104$36,945,9713Disney
10Lawless$117,26427%1,503-1111$78$36,486,9495Weinstein Company
11The Possession$96,94610%1,618-980$60$47,596,4185Lionsgate
12The Odd Life of Timothy Green$55,65414%1,187-565$47$49,815,4587Disney
13ParaNorman$52,51421%1,209-408$43$54,031,0067Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pitch Perfect$463,97523%335--$1,385$5,991,9581Universal
2The Master$283,86534%85668$332$10,064,2143Weinstein Company
3Arbitrage$102,24358%25612$399$5,281,7803Roadside Attractions
4The Perks of Being A Wallflower$93,44613%10298$916$1,604,8592Lionsgate / Summit
5The Dark Knight Rises$89,14022%655-293$136$444,539,96711Warner Bros.
6The Bourne Legacy$65,92023%824-607$80$111,819,4358Universal
7The Campaign$57,17538%630-620$91$85,998,1148Warner Bros.
8The Expendables 2$53,71635%815-1005$66$84,118,8657Lionsgate
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$26,34622%387-33$68$159,128,82712Fox
10Barfi!$23,79089%127-3$187$2,498,3583UTV Communications
11Ted (2012)$22,50033%225-68$100$218,157,92514Universal
12The Words$21,40591%278-969$77$11,467,5084CBS Films
13The Intouchables$21,18887%121-35$175$12,503,84419Weinstein Company
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$11,1078%332-42$33$48,056,0729Fox
15Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$10,97554%203-37$54$216,114,43017Paramount / DreamWorks
16Hit and Run$6,14136%132-159$47$13,724,7946Open Road
17The Cold Light of Day$4,75645%104-51$46$3,757,0944Lionsgate / Summit
18Step Up Revolution$4,6067%110-72$42$35,066,23410Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$12,1449%520$234$8,829,66224Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Moonrise Kingdom$9,62362%82-38$117$45,310,45419Focus
3Heroine$9,055125%97-17$93$573,3732UTV Communications
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$8,47322%69-63$123$11,045,34214Fox Searchlight
5For A Good Time, Call...$6,94818%84-21$83$1,217,8805Focus
6Thaandavam$6,57937%45--$146$140,4391UTV Communications
710 Years$4,96028%6320$79$186,8803Anchor Bay Films
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$4,712-10%32-15$147$46,323,92522Fox Searchlight
9The Watch$3,815-1%46-31$83$34,294,96710Fox
10Born to Be Wild 3D$3,6443%330$110$20,936,74778Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Apparition$3,4929%6530$54$4,907,9796Warner Bros.
12Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$2,61357%40-45$65$3,119,3934Paramount
13Safety Not Guaranteed$1,82036%34-6$54$3,983,92617FilmDistrict
14Ruby Sparks$1,651-18%17-26$97$2,501,75310Fox Searchlight
15Toys in the Attic$3148%60$52$60,3814Hannover House
16Cosmopolis$194-70%5-4$39$762,3927Entertainment One Films
17Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$143-50%70$20$3,374,9688ARC Entertainment
18Husbands In Goa$35-22%4-3$9$7,5352UTV Communications
19Branded$5--1-1$5$353,4734Roadside Attractions