'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.

Weekly domestic gross

WeekTop 10 GrossChg. LW%Total GrossChg. LW% Top movie of the week
37 (Sep 14 - Sep 20)$113,017,382-19%$0The Predator
36 (Sep 07 - Sep 13)$138,857,00223%$0The Nun
35 (Aug 31 - Sep 06)$112,931,144-6%$0Crazy Rich Asians
34 (Aug 24 - Aug 30)$120,290,722-27%$0Crazy Rich Asians
33 (Aug 17 - Aug 23)$164,325,498-12%$0Crazy Rich Asians
32 (Aug 10 - Aug 16)$187,279,6151%$223,619,3473%The Meg
31 (Aug 03 - Aug 09)$185,502,196-17%$216,433,443-12%Mission: Impossible - Fallout
30 (Jul 27 - Aug 02)$224,339,388-8%$244,948,298-9%Mission: Impossible - Fallout
29 (Jul 20 - Jul 26)$244,919,9384%$269,895,8216%Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
28 (Jul 13 - Jul 19)$235,108,274-9%$253,691,930-9%Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
27 (Jul 06 - Jul 12)$258,568,492-10%$278,065,101-11%Ant-Man and the Wasp
26 (Jun 29 - Jul 05)$286,706,634-27%$311,033,694-24%Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
25 (Jun 22 - Jun 28)$393,429,7032%$407,884,8842%Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
24 (Jun 15 - Jun 21)$384,190,453138%$400,873,896122%Incredibles 2
23 (Jun 08 - Jun 14)$161,608,58014%$180,190,99915%Ocean's 8
22 (Jun 01 - Jun 07)$142,124,193-46%$156,998,534-43%Solo: A Star Wars Story
21 (May 25 - May 31)$264,472,391-2%$275,956,564-2%Solo: A Star Wars Story
20 (May 18 - May 24)$269,221,65763%$282,879,55755%Deadpool 2
19 (May 11 - May 17)$165,026,530-21%$182,243,115-19%Avengers: Infinity War
18 (May 04 - May 10)$208,377,426-48%$224,056,826-46%Avengers: Infinity War
17 (Apr 27 - May 03)$399,667,945191%$415,106,690159%Avengers: Infinity War
16 (Apr 20 - Apr 26)$137,499,327-20%$160,031,689-18%A Quiet Place
15 (Apr 13 - Apr 19)$171,932,131-7%$195,518,022-9%Rampage
14 (Apr 06 - Apr 12)$184,709,6848%$214,590,9226%A Quiet Place
13 (Mar 30 - Apr 05)$171,015,1085%$203,143,2890%Ready Player One
12 (Mar 23 - Mar 29)$162,297,9900%$203,075,72311%Pacific Rim Uprising
11 (Mar 16 - Mar 22)$161,814,321-6%$182,231,441-7%Black Panther
10 (Mar 09 - Mar 15)$172,712,658-3%$195,937,235-1%Black Panther
09 (Mar 02 - Mar 08)$177,481,598-22%$197,711,361-22%Black Panther
08 (Feb 23 - Mar 01)$228,624,483-41%$253,973,716-39%Black Panther
07 (Feb 16 - Feb 22)$389,216,230141%$419,082,759109%Black Panther
06 (Feb 09 - Feb 15)$161,482,19481%$200,068,67154%Fifty Shades Freed
05 (Feb 02 - Feb 08)$89,083,543-33%$129,598,904-30%Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle
04 (Jan 26 - Feb 01)$132,285,158-4%$185,254,6271%Maze Runner: The Death Cure
03 (Jan 19 - Jan 25)$137,266,262-27%$183,723,402-21%Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle
02 (Jan 12 - Jan 18)$187,542,971-1%$233,759,8646%Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle
01 (Jan 05 - Jan 11)$188,504,654--$220,043,919--Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle