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, Nov. 25 - Sun, Nov. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$41,683,574-70%4,0665$10,252$220,832,0092Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$29,239,026--3,440--$8,500$41,516,6911Disney
3Happy Feet Two$13,397,346-37%3,6115$3,710$43,755,3572Warner Bros.
4Arthur Christmas$12,068,931--3,376--$3,575$16,301,1311Sony / Columbia
5Hugo$11,364,505--1,277--$8,899$15,402,0421Paramount
6Jack and Jill$10,000,142-15%3,029-409$3,301$57,120,1123Sony / Columbia
7Immortals$8,875,905-28%2,677-443$3,316$68,706,9813Relativity Media
8Puss in Boots (2011)$7,511,036-30%3,005-410$2,500$135,430,0925Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$7,174,6151%2,474-468$2,900$65,198,7804Universal
10J. Edgar$4,975,172-16%1,910-37$2,605$28,837,8433Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$7,345,720517%433404$16,965$10,886,9522Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$1,750,507--244--$7,174$2,062,1501Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$1,594,054-45%875-933$1,822$31,559,3894Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$775,107-55%457-910$1,696$35,050,9345Fox
5Desi Boyz$702,325--103--$6,819$702,3251Eros International
6Like Crazy$425,116-19%15041$2,834$2,478,4345Paramount Vantage
7Real Steel$330,377-40%262-440$1,261$83,181,0498Disney / DreamWorks
8The Help$311,0764%283-74$1,099$168,753,48016Disney / DreamWorks
9Margin Call$293,728-31%139-34$2,113$4,367,6856Roadside Attractions
10Footloose (2011)$288,787-66%384-834$752$50,833,8677Paramount
11Moneyball$285,687-44%187-222$1,528$73,155,24810Sony / Columbia
12Paranormal Activity 3$275,373-72%355-1047$776$103,245,7706Paramount
13The Ides of March$254,648-45%159-139$1,602$39,543,2468Sony / Columbia
14The Smurfs$239,51112%248-4$966$142,324,12018Sony / Columbia
15The Three Musketeers (2011)$229,8306%22454$1,026$19,908,9286Summit
16Courageous$209,123-51%211-306$991$32,759,7589Sony / TriStar
17The Way$205,441-25%101-36$2,034$3,374,4938Producers Distribution Agency
1850/50$197,651-15%21025$941$34,554,7819Summit
19Dolphin Tale$185,854-29%216-172$860$70,363,25510Warner Bros.
20Martha Marcy May Marlene$176,158-54%113-67$1,559$2,575,7716Fox Searchlight
21Contagion$155,298-22%218-83$712$75,450,54912Warner Bros.
22Abduction$132,2817%163-18$812$27,840,89410Lionsgate
23Rise of the Planet of the Apes$77,065-11%103-28$748$176,585,29717Fox
24Rockstar$35,787-82%1120$320$972,2543Eros International
25RA. One$2,303-93%1890$12$2,509,1505Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Melancholia$329,622-2%9538$3,470$1,200,5993Magnolia Pictures
2The Artist$204,878--4--$51,220$204,8781Weinstein Company
3The Skin I Live In$184,737-34%91-22$2,030$2,420,4027Sony Pictures Classics
4A Dangerous Method$167,953--4--$41,988$226,6851Sony Pictures Classics
5The Lion King 3D$105,747-19%68-14$1,555$94,067,82911Disney
6Drive (2011)$93,34451%9347$1,004$34,500,25411FilmDistrict
7Born to Be Wild 3D$89,02212%490$1,817$14,451,65334Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Hubble 3D$71,20158%211$3,391$29,860,88789Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Anonymous$69,211-61%72-107$961$4,301,0185Sony / Columbia
10Midnight in Paris$58,95570%415$1,438$55,684,54128Sony Pictures Classics
11The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$55,299--19--$2,910$74,4701Warner Bros.
12The Rum Diary$54,243-63%54-98$1,005$12,957,0155FilmDistrict
13Take Shelter$50,282-45%49-25$1,026$1,444,3959Sony Pictures Classics
14Cars 2$28,394-20%63-23$451$191,434,78423Disney
15Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$26,764-28%48-22$558$38,516,83215Weinstein Company
16Le Havre$26,738-10%12-1$2,228$238,2656Janus Films
17Under the Sea 3D$25,08014%8-3$3,135$30,140,387146Warner Bros. / IMAX
18The Big Year$25,014-11%53-6$472$7,160,6497Fox
19The Guard$19,930-24%231$867$5,257,69318Sony Pictures Classics
20Into the Abyss$19,002-55%19-8$1,000$148,9373IFC Films
21Eames: The Architect and the Painter$18,335-25%93$2,037$53,0062First Run Features
22Tomboy (2011)$17,947154%65$2,991$31,7982Dada Films
23Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$17,514-45%11-4$1,592$162,5146Submarine Deluxe
24The Women on the 6th Floor$17,242-27%161$1,078$336,4958Strand Releasing
25Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$12,60964%90$1,401$4,399,140813D Entertainment
26The Mighty Macs$11,897-39%11-17$1,082$1,889,5226Quaker Media
27Mozart's Sister$10,974-34%13-9$844$619,14215Music Box Films
28Crazy Wisdom$10,304--1--$10,304$10,3041Alive Mind Cinema
29Sarah's Key$10,061-68%27-25$373$7,685,37419Weinstein Company
30Weekend$9,212-1%8-3$1,152$469,94710IFC Films
31Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$9,118-19%52$1,824$37,2513Variance Films
32Inni$7,00213%5-1$1,400$99,4235Cinema Purgatorio
33El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$6,667293%31$2,222$178,91818Alive Mind Cinema
34The Whale$6,604-9%2-3$3,302$53,99112Paladin
35Love Crime$6,4392%8-3$805$538,35613IFC Films
36Another Happy Day$5,537-35%64$923$17,3102Phase 4 Films
37Young Goethe In Love$5,173-41%30$1,724$57,9534Music Box Films
38Garbo: The Spy$5,000-11%21$2,500$12,6772First Run Features
39House of Tolerance$4,766--1--$4,766$4,7661IFC Films
40Revenge of the Electric Car$4,727-14%30$1,576$119,2616Area23a
41Machine Gun Preacher$4,24721%9-10$472$537,58010Relativity Media
42The Other F Word$3,887-43%4-2$972$43,3014Oscilloscope
43The Mill and the Cross$3,762-19%4-5$941$247,17411Kino Lorber
44Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$2,986-69%7-6$427$825,16421International Film Circuit
45Passione: A Musical Adventure$2,867--1--$2,867$258,22223Abramorama
46Urbanized$2,566-26%10$2,566$36,2085Undefined
47Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$2,498--1--$2,498$15,86419The Film Desk
48London Boulevard$2,2056%21$1,103$10,4843IFC Films
49Blackthorn$2,201-49%3-3$734$162,7488Magnolia Pictures
50My Reincarnation$2,17110%20$1,086$28,0665Long Shot Factory
51Laugh at My Pain$2,167-66%4-7$542$7,701,97412CodeBlack Entertainment
52Senna$1,959-16%20$980$1,612,43016Producers Distribution Agency
53Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$1,5241781%32$508$34,86011International Film Circuit
54The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch$1,360-52%3-1$453$29,5892Music Box Films
55Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$1,269-38%5-2$254$223,6159Magnolia / Magnet
56The Conquest$1,246-87%3-5$415$159,4663Music Box Films
57Amigo$1,193-51%2-2$597$172,09915Variance Films
58Bill Cunningham New York$1,172--1--$1,172$1,510,02637Zeitgeist Films
59Higher Ground$99251%60$165$829,98214Sony Pictures Classics
60Restless (2011)$835252%31$278$161,29911Sony Pictures Classics
61Tyrannosaur$804-89%3-2$268$11,5682Strand Releasing
62Rid of Me$715-65%21$358$3,3492Submarine Entertainment
63The Names of Love$654-45%10$654$513,83623Music Box Films
643 (2010)$599-76%2-3$300$58,91111Strand Releasing
65The Man Nobody Knew$529-90%1-2$529$140,09710First Run Features
66Rapt$495--1--$495$44,45621Lorber Films
67The Interrupters$404--3--$135$254,63118Cinema Guild
68Back Door Channels$346--2--$173$11,99711Fisher Klingenstein Films
69Project Nim$231--1--$231$407,21121Roadside Attractions
70OKA!$168-40%10$168$12,9377Dada Films
71I'm Glad My Mother is Alive$147--1--$147$8,70513Strand Releasing
72Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$143-90%2-6$72$489,95513Indomina Media