'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, Dec. 3 - Sun, Dec. 5

Wide (1000+)

2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$17,018,475-65%4,1250$4,126$244,519,1163Warner Bros.
3Burlesque$6,130,061-49%3,0370$2,018$26,986,6562Sony / Screen Gems
4Unstoppable (2010)$5,970,194-48%3,152-31$1,894$68,762,8644Fox
5Love and Other Drugs$5,652,810-42%2,4583$2,300$22,574,8872Fox
6Megamind$4,936,851-61%3,173-238$1,556$136,611,1615Paramount / DreamWorks
7Due Date$4,133,286-42%2,450-105$1,687$90,882,1385Warner Bros.
8Faster (2010)$3,934,600-54%2,47016$1,593$18,217,7302CBS Films
9The Warrior's Way$3,048,665--1,622--$1,880$3,048,6651Relativity Media
10The Next Three Days$2,570,908-45%2,236-328$1,150$18,301,9173Lionsgate
11Morning Glory (2010)$1,681,759-57%2,263-178$743$29,011,4824Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

1127 Hours$1,619,138-5%433140$3,739$6,611,7625Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$970,358-38%43640$2,226$7,306,4425Summit
3Red (2010)$750,940-45%779-135$964$87,170,9128Summit
4For Colored Girls$444,403-67%485-120$916$37,252,0235Lionsgate
5Skyline$436,355-62%578-611$755$20,955,3954Universal / Rogue
6The Social Network$404,456-43%260-31$1,556$90,970,12310Sony / Columbia
8The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$243,159-38%1768$1,382$4,408,9536Music Box
9Despicable Me$216,975-40%28014$775$250,004,04022Universal
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$214,304199%322192$666$54,811,20711Warner Bros.
11The Town$202,909-36%3180$638$91,735,51312Warner Bros.
12Inside Job$195,394-36%127-5$1,539$2,927,8999Sony Pictures Classics
13Easy A$138,473-31%229-22$605$58,128,34512Sony / Screen Gems
14Jackass 3D$110,580-39%180-3$614$116,733,0288Paramount
15Life As We Know It$102,958-33%208-41$495$52,122,4009Warner Bros.
16Paranormal Activity 2$101,029-54%200-79$505$84,257,4887Paramount
17You Again$71,656-40%170-9$422$25,602,18111Disney
18Conviction$67,695-8%10721$633$6,663,8278Fox Searchlight
19Inception$67,426-44%117-27$576$292,383,90021Warner Bros.
20The Nutcracker in 3D$60,771-8%11570$528$159,5152Freestyle Releasing
21Hereafter$49,924-37%114-88$438$32,438,0418Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Black Swan$1,443,809--18--$80,212$1,443,8091Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$324,515-9%62$54,086$807,9732Weinstein Company
3I Love You Phillip Morris$112,712--6--$18,785$112,7121Roadside Attractions
4Hubble 3D$110,927-44%53-4$2,093$18,945,31838Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$80,505--15--$5,367$179,4585Warner Bros.
7Today's Special$50,293-42%262$1,934$276,1123Alerion
8Waiting for 'Superman'$40,497-33%8516$476$6,321,43211Paramount Vantage
9Made in Dagenham$37,275-40%110$3,389$181,2323Sony Pictures Classics
10All Good Things$37,172--2--$18,586$37,1721Magnolia Pictures
11Tamara Drewe$37,06219%4723$789$422,3999Sony Pictures Classics
12White Material$35,028-42%143$2,502$165,2343IFC
13Tiny Furniture$31,216-11%1510$2,081$139,6544IFC
14You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$27,084-44%16-17$1,693$3,153,33811Sony Pictures Classics
15The Salvation Poem$26,248884%20$13,124$471,3858CanZion Films
16Under the Sea 3D$25,734-52%130$1,980$24,989,64195Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$21,902-52%59-31$371$52,437,86211Fox
18Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$17,476-23%110$1,589$246,3048Zeitgeist Films
19Mao's Last Dancer$17,421-44%231$757$4,806,75016Samuel Goldwyn
20Nowhere Boy$15,7045%23-17$683$1,445,3669Weinstein Company
22Night Catches Us$13,562--4--$3,391$13,5621Magnolia
24Four Lions$13,105-29%92$1,456$183,3905Drafthouse Films
25Kings of Pastry$12,929-33%7-1$1,847$211,66012First Run
26Stone$12,664-24%22-1$576$1,761,4379Relativity / Overture
27Space Station 3D$12,204--3--$4,068$82,426,232451IMAX
28Welcome to the Riley's$12,191-15%113$1,108$152,8576Samuel Goldwyn
29Wild Target$11,87652%137$914$91,7346Freestyle
30Waste Land$9,4212%5-1$1,884$89,3436Arthouse Films
31Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$9,281--1--$9,281$9,2811Oscilloscope
32Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$8,849-42%8-4$1,106$141,6445Magnolia
33Marwencol$8,501154%52$1,700$48,8889Cinema Guild
34Breathless (2010 re-issue)$8,470108%32$2,823$357,04428Rialto
35Enter the Void$8,4167%137$647$311,57411IFC Films
36Bhutto$8,275--2--$4,138$8,2751First Run Features
37Monsters (2010)$7,788-42%153$519$220,8796Magnolia
38Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$6,825-24%30$2,275$23,453,266166National Geographic
39What If...$6,297805%76$900$764,51816Five & Two Pictures
40Undertow (2009)$6,183-55%31$2,061$45,87512Wolfe Releasing
41The Tillman Story$5,675105%141$405$799,99516Weinstein Company
42Last Train Home$5,390-45%4-1$1,348$272,55614Zeitgeist Films
43The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$4,857-61%5-3$971$671,25518National Geographic
44Budrus$4,35094%10$4,350$53,5639Balcony Releasing
45Deep Sea 3D$3,912-49%2-1$1,956$43,907,588249Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Get Low$3,746-50%11-1$341$9,097,78719Sony Pictures Classics
47Mesrine: Killer Instinct$3,730--3--$1,243$529,42015Music Box
48Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$3,712--2--$1,856$12,0075Variance Films
50Let Me In$2,735-59%11-20$249$12,134,42010Relativity / Overture
51Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$2,7058%31$902$154,40613Lorber
53Winter's Bone$2,137231%20$1,069$6,228,91026Roadside Attractions
54Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$1,990--2--$995$45,4126Variance Films
55William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$1,932-63%20$966$25,9693Oscilloscope
56Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,88368%21$942$72,24224Kino International
57Jack Goes Boating$1,822-63%90$202$533,29012Relativity / Overture
58Cool It$1,49363%1514$100$59,9014Roadside Attractions
59The Little Traitor$1,463--1--$1,463$379,06452Westchester Films
60Inspector Bellamy$1,454-82%2-2$727$93,6516IFC Films
61Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,344--2--$672$258,91014Music Box
62My Dog Tulip$1,277-82%1-1$1,277$135,29714New Yorker Films
63To the Sea$1,202--1--$1,202$53,47621Film Movement
64The Legend of Pale Male$1,083-92%10$1,083$19,8032Balcony
65The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$1,01233%41$253$10,090,23938Music Box
66Mademoiselle Chambon$855-47%3-1$285$525,14628Lorber
67The Girl Who Played With Fire$844-46%4-2$211$7,632,66522Music Box
68Restrepo$836--2--$418$1,330,89424National Geographic
69Hideaway (2009)$694-37%30$231$34,16513Strand
70Animal Kingdom$670-81%3-2$223$1,011,09717Sony Pictures Classics
71The Trouble with Terkel$500-37%10$500$29,63537Indican
72A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$391-32%2-1$196$187,91814Sony Pictures Classics
73Lebanon$26015%10$260$366,23760Sony Pictures Classics
74The Kids Grow Up$105--1--$105$10,6176Shadow Distribution