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.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Oct. 28 - Sun, Oct. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$34,077,439--3,952--$8,623$34,077,4391Paramount / DreamWorks
2Paranormal Activity 3$18,144,516-65%3,3298$5,450$80,919,1702Paramount
3In Time$12,050,368--3,122--$3,860$12,050,3681Fox
4Footloose (2011)$5,502,026-47%3,224-331$1,707$38,544,8253Paramount
5The Rum Diary$5,135,369--2,272--$2,260$5,135,3691FilmDistrict
6Real Steel$4,783,149-56%2,914-498$1,641$73,941,4164Disney / DreamWorks
7The Three Musketeers (2011)$3,507,359-60%3,0170$1,163$14,847,2372Summit
8The Ides of March$2,804,435-42%1,572-470$1,784$33,600,6184Sony / Columbia
9Moneyball$2,387,049-40%1,631-722$1,464$67,408,0996Sony / Columbia
10Courageous$1,838,096-26%1,134-61$1,621$27,681,9755Sony / TriStar
11Johnny English Reborn$1,693,915-56%1,5542$1,090$6,465,6852Universal
12Dolphin Tale$1,633,429-61%1,838-990$889$67,035,2936Warner Bros.
1350/50$1,408,150-50%1,194-738$1,179$31,339,8635Summit
14The Thing (2011)$857,325-72%1,394-1601$615$16,075,0753Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1RA. One$1,654,023--189--$8,751$1,654,0231Eros International
2Anonymous$1,021,768--265--$3,856$1,021,7681Sony / Columbia
3Margin Call$729,09630%14084$5,208$1,482,5632Roadside Attractions
4Dream House$397,815-65%585-639$680$20,834,3955Universal
5The Help$392,658-45%450-326$873$166,904,05912Disney / DreamWorks
6The Way$358,267-29%258-25$1,389$1,610,0244Producers Distribution Agency
7Contagion$335,315-61%411-490$816$74,101,7818Warner Bros.
8Drive (2011)$267,464-56%194-173$1,379$33,720,9387FilmDistrict
9The Smurfs$250,972-35%303-24$828$140,900,45714Sony / Columbia
10The Mighty Macs$227,619-76%389-586$585$1,513,3132Quaker Media
11The Big Year$227,149-86%423-1727$537$6,820,2293Fox
12Abduction$204,668-65%351-402$583$27,162,7806Lionsgate
13The Lion King 3D$203,763-84%378-713$539$93,143,4697Disney
14Rise of the Planet of the Apes$174,885-26%231-18$757$175,888,65213Fox
15Crazy, Stupid, Love$153,975-36%250-58$616$83,904,89514Warner Bros.
16Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$111,150-39%163-77$682$380,707,70416Warner Bros.
17Killer Elite$108,443-74%257-494$422$24,909,6216Open Road
18Cars 2$89,066-38%143-50$623$191,130,18919Disney
19Colombiana$79,917-32%151-25$529$36,665,85410Sony / TriStar
20Captain America: The First Avenger$78,429-51%139-45$564$176,551,17615Paramount
21Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$62,465-42%151-27$414$38,281,68511Weinstein Company
22Apollo 18$50,813737%120107$423$17,605,1929Weinstein Company
23Fright Night (2011)$38,053-49%108-12$352$18,269,10711Disney / DreamWorks
24The Hammer (2011)$8,442--102--$83$8,4421Archstone Distribution / D&E Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$248,22580%3228$7,757$447,2192Fox Searchlight
2Take Shelter$190,8155%9136$2,097$765,1215Sony Pictures Classics
3The Skin I Live In$180,713-27%3110$5,829$833,8333Sony Pictures Classics
4Like Crazy$123,140--4--$30,785$123,1401Paramount Vantage
5October Baby$102,096--13--$7,854$102,0961IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6Born to Be Wild 3D$80,330-14%490$1,639$13,813,52530Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Guard$62,836-43%56-26$1,122$5,067,22714Sony Pictures Classics
8Midnight in Paris$61,167-44%61-35$1,003$55,378,52424Sony Pictures Classics
9Cowboys & Aliens$60,515-36%91-40$665$100,215,11614Universal
10The Afflicted$50,820-44%11-2$4,620$175,7422Nocturnal Features
11The Debt$50,187-50%87-32$577$31,146,5709Focus
12Hubble 3D$47,856-44%22-2$2,175$29,445,24785Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Shark Night 3D$46,049-31%90-12$512$18,797,2869Relativity Media
14Laugh at My Pain$44,126-60%51-52$865$7,637,2378CodeBlack Entertainment
15What's Your Number?$42,522-86%62-281$686$13,855,6745Fox
16Breakaway$41,288--14--$2,949$1,809,9235Alliance Films
17Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$41,18248%7522$549$23,974,72910FilmDistrict
18Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$36,586-34%26-3$1,407$743,75417International Film Circuit
19Mozart's Sister$28,773-30%320$899$481,08511Music Box Films
20The Women on the 6th Floor$27,011-45%16-1$1,688$206,0204Strand Releasing
21The Double (2011)$26,640--11--$2,422$26,6401Image Entertainment
22Weekend$24,317-50%18-8$1,351$383,4126IFC Films
23Le Havre$19,644-25%71$2,806$60,0182Janus Films
24Munger Road$17,369-42%10-6$1,737$243,6955Freestyle Releasing
25Blackthorn$17,005-35%16-3$1,063$124,2894Magnolia Pictures
26Love Crime$16,746-42%25-1$670$487,8009IFC Films
27All's Faire in Love$16,440--75--$219$16,4401Hannover House
28Revenge of the Electric Car$16,324-7%31$5,441$43,0742Area23a
29Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$15,057115%114$1,369$179,3569Music Box Films
30Inni$14,903--3--$4,968$31,6721Cinema Purgatorio
31Under the Sea 3D$14,783-32%120$1,232$29,987,052142Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Sarah's Key$14,070-37%29-19$485$7,057,35015Weinstein Company
33The Mill and the Cross$13,704-44%11-4$1,246$190,2027Kino Lorber
34The Man Nobody Knew$13,35426%50$2,671$102,5586First Run Features
35Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$13,3332%3910$342$203,5865Magnolia / Magnet
36Our Idiot Brother$12,880-62%51-28$253$24,763,95110Weinstein Company
37Machine Gun Preacher$12,647-60%13-12$973$505,3616Relativity Media
38Urbanized$11,948--1--$11,948$11,9481Undefined
39Senna$11,585-28%12-8$965$1,586,69212Producers Distribution Agency
40Higher Ground$11,265-50%26-10$433$802,29610Sony Pictures Classics
41The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$11,208-34%130$862$248,9388IFC Films
42Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$11,18627%100$1,119$4,328,844773D Entertainment
43Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$9,474-59%10$9,474$38,7132Submarine Deluxe
44Warrior (2011)$7,736-73%31-34$250$13,651,6628Lionsgate
45My Reincarnation$6,498--2--$3,249$6,4981Long Shot Factory
46Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$6,333--4--$1,583$26,2697International Film Circuit
47Finding Joe$6,277-14%5-2$1,255$55,5185Balcony Releasing
48Le Bonheur des Autres$6,140-76%9-15$682$225,6634Entertainment One Films
49Seven Days in Utopia$5,927-48%11-9$539$4,367,4489Visio Entertainment
50The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence$5,792-62%12-12$483$118,4714IFC Films
51Texas Killing Fields$5,708-39%73$815$33,7213Anchor Bay Films
52Circumstance$5,659-38%7-3$808$429,40510Roadside Attractions
53Space Station 3D$5,109--1--$5,109$84,409,797498IMAX
54Point Blank$4,85211%110$441$695,69114Magnolia / Magnet
55Paul Goodman Changed My Life$4,517-21%10$4,517$17,7032Zeitgeist Films
56I Don't Know How She Does It$4,240-52%14-15$303$9,603,1857Weinstein Company
57Passione: A Musical Adventure$3,008-41%31$1,003$247,09119Abramorama
58City of Life and Death$2,902--1--$2,902$119,92225Kino International
59Labios Rojos$2,719-89%11-32$247$134,9063Lionsgate / Pantelion
60Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (2011 re-issue)$2,70727%80$338$16,0504Kino Lorber
61OKA!$2,290159%21$1,145$10,0303Dada Films
62Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$2,221-82%6-15$370$483,2859Indomina Media
63The Future$1,909-63%5-9$382$564,66114Roadside Attractions
64The Names of Love$1,877-26%1-2$1,877$507,99319Music Box Films
65Happy, Happy$1,813141%2-1$907$38,1947Magnolia Pictures
66Restless (2011)$1,808-49%9-2$201$157,0227Sony Pictures Classics
67Restitution$1,779--1--$1,779$1,7791Monterey Media
68Hell and Back Again$1,574-32%20$787$19,1374Docurama Films
69Fireflies in the Garden$1,477-92%2-12$739$69,8193Independent
70Magic Trip$1,322204%31$441$153,94313Magnolia Pictures
71Sidewalls$1,304--1--$1,304$1,7341IFC Films
72Brighton Rock (2011)$1,139-74%6-5$190$223,88710IFC Films
73Where Soldiers Come From$1,012-52%2-1$506$33,7888International Film Circuit
74American Teacher$788--1--$788$26,3565First Run Features
753 (2010)$778-84%1-4$778$50,4167Strand Releasing
76Bellflower$774287%31$258$165,45813Oscilloscope
77Dirty Girl$743-82%1-4$743$51,4314Weinstein Company
78Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$630116%2-2$315$1,197,55317Sony Pictures Classics
79Limelight (2011)$612-42%1-2$612$56,4836Magnolia Pictures
80El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$593-90%2-7$297$157,81614Alive Mind Cinema
81The Tree$563-28%10$563$65,02516Zeitgeist Films
82Project Nim$510-70%3-9$170$405,89017Roadside Attractions
83Life, Above All$450-82%3-2$150$130,94316Sony Pictures Classics
84Bill Cunningham New York$420-45%10$420$1,508,15033Zeitgeist Films
85The Last Circus$277-58%20$139$39,14411Magnolia / Magnet
86Mysteries of Lisbon$235-85%1-2$235$109,88513Music Box Films
87Special Treatment$201-66%10$201$8,51210First Run Features
88Thunder Soul$165-84%40$41$143,5686Roadside Attractions
89Griff the Invisible$128--1--$128$20,90611Indomina Media