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, Jul. 27 - Sun, Jul. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$62,101,451-61%4,4040$14,101$287,112,8102Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$13,352,646-35%3,869-17$3,451$114,899,8603Fox
3The Watch$12,750,297--3,168--$4,025$12,750,2971Fox
4Step Up Revolution$11,731,708--2,567--$4,570$11,731,7081Lionsgate / Summit
5Ted (2012)$7,353,150-27%3,129-85$2,350$193,618,7505Universal
6The Amazing Spider-Man$6,701,111-38%3,160-593$2,121$241,953,7214Sony / Columbia
7Brave$4,305,153-29%2,551-348$1,688$217,329,6726Disney
8Magic Mike$2,619,128-39%2,075-531$1,262$107,625,9835Warner Bros.
9Savages$1,838,215-46%1,414-922$1,300$43,983,7854Universal
10Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$1,308,870-42%1,111-429$1,178$62,736,1675Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,434,904-22%853-42$1,682$38,641,40310Focus
2To Rome with Love$1,000,279-30%492-60$2,033$12,910,1216Sony Pictures Classics
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$926,04621%20879$4,452$4,206,9365Fox Searchlight
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$900,570-33%808-453$1,115$209,570,9708Paramount / DreamWorks
5Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$550,177-52%606-517$908$24,136,0744Paramount
6The Hunger Games$518,940185%310120$1,674$405,882,32319Lionsgate
7The Intouchables$517,51965%194103$2,668$7,774,08710Weinstein Company
8Marvel's The Avengers$512,958-17%373-122$1,375$615,996,80913Disney
9Snow White and the Huntsman$394,050-8%355-54$1,110$153,261,2859Universal
10The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$335,342-20%276-12$1,215$44,471,60613Fox Searchlight
11Dark Shadows$287,229-76%222-190$1,294$79,350,52912Warner Bros.
12Prometheus$203,937-34%229-83$891$125,521,8568Fox
13Men in Black 3$183,968-29%187-79$984$175,842,48810Sony / Columbia
14Safety Not Guaranteed$168,8597%14925$1,133$3,202,1268FilmDistrict
15Rock of Ages$160,723-43%302-20$532$38,289,2097Warner Bros. / New Line
16Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$158,049-14%197-69$802$36,778,6146Fox
17People Like Us$112,945-31%165-62$685$12,042,0355Disney / DreamWorks
18Battleship$94,510-25%140-32$675$65,173,16011Universal
19The Pirates! Band of Misfits$81,778-28%151-38$542$30,906,70114Sony / Columbia
20What to Expect When You're Expecting$69,299-39%139-53$499$41,102,17111Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$190,5862%520$3,665$6,410,89115Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ruby Sparks$140,822--13--$10,832$180,6581Fox Searchlight
3The Queen of Versailles$136,297166%2320$5,926$221,3942Magnolia Pictures
4Bernie$135,157-16%99-5$1,365$8,593,77114Millennium Entertainment
5Farewell, My Queen$132,322--33--$4,010$367,8463Cohen Media Group
6Take This Waltz$84,033-36%64-5$1,313$981,3135Magnolia Pictures
7Cocktail (2012)$59,918-65%960$624$1,170,2253Eros International
8Born to Be Wild 3D$56,639-8%330$1,716$20,212,75969Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Trishna$53,01226%3822$1,395$158,0723IFC Films
10Hubble 3D$52,0685%11-2$4,733$33,844,318124Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Your Sister's Sister$50,027-25%62-3$807$1,443,8677IFC Films
12The Three Stooges$44,253-17%39-14$1,135$44,239,90916Fox
13Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$41,104--5--$8,221$41,1041IFC Films
142016: Obama's America$39,45919%62$6,577$135,2283Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Killer Joe$36,980--3--$12,327$36,9801LD Entertainment
16For Greater Glory$36,78664%8956$413$5,608,8239ARC Entertainment
17The Well-Digger's Daughter$31,298205%118$2,845$48,9282Kino Lorber
18Searching For Sugar Man$27,459--3--$9,153$27,4591Sony Pictures Classics
19Under the Sea 3D$25,5258%7-1$3,646$31,991,680181Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Bol Bachchan$24,984-64%24-22$1,041$1,216,2584Fox International Pictures
21Shut Up and Play the Hits$23,417--15--$1,561$453,6092Oscilloscope
22Easy Money (2012)$21,91049%53$4,382$83,5143Weinstein Company
23Klown$19,683--3--$6,561$19,6831Drafthouse Films
24Neil Young Journeys$18,2826%165$1,143$111,9665Sony Pictures Classics
25Deep Sea 3D$17,8109%20$8,905$44,831,157335Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Dark Horse$15,97325%100$1,597$124,6058Vitagraph
27Sacrifice$15,243--11--$1,386$15,2431IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
28Mirror Mirror$14,913-48%56-3$266$64,868,69218Relativity Media
29Damsels in Distress$14,368-32%17-42$845$996,09317Sony Pictures Classics
30Chimpanzee$14,022-66%40-40$351$28,944,12315Disneynature
31Runaway Slave$13,8001752%43$3,450$25,9014Rocky Mountain Pictures
32Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$13,123-18%100$1,312$5,846,6241163D Entertainment
33The Imposter$12,14819%21$6,074$59,5393Indomina Releasing
34Headhunters$10,510-39%11-6$955$1,172,53914Magnolia Pictures
35The Magic of Belle Isle$10,111-35%103$1,011$65,6364Magnolia Pictures
36Where Do We Go Now?$9,4003%8-4$1,175$509,67512Sony Pictures Classics
37A Cat In Paris$9,180-32%12-6$765$255,8819GKIDS
38Home Run Showdown$8,824--1--$8,824$8,8241Image Entertainment
39Hysteria$8,622-62%19-16$454$1,725,11811Sony Pictures Classics
40Monsieur Lazhar$7,598-11%7-1$1,085$1,949,15540Music Box Films
41Hara-Kiri: Death of A Samurai 3D$6,909-37%32$2,303$23,9072Tribeca Film
42I Wish$6,748195%4-1$1,687$132,41412Magnolia Pictures
43The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$5,049-8%21$2,525$1,117,94819Music Box Films
44Elena (2012)$4,590-62%5-2$918$186,22811Zeitgeist Films
45Union Square (2012)$3,36633%31$1,122$31,9093Dada Films
46Marley$3,05455%31$1,018$1,401,99315Magnolia Pictures
47Jiro Dreams of Sushi$2,905-42%4-1$726$2,533,62121Magnolia Pictures
48Kumare$2,79325%20$1,397$64,0496Kino Lorber
49Darling Companion$2,382-3%71$340$780,58115Sony Pictures Classics
50Crazy Wisdom$2,350-36%20$1,175$83,10236Alive Mind Cinema
51Pink Ribbons, Inc.$2,134162%31$711$22,5689First Run Features
52Unforgivable$2,101-77%30$700$96,1955Strand Releasing
53Planet of Snail$2,011--1--$2,011$2,6471Cinema Guild
54Ballplayer: Pelotero$1,986-66%4-1$497$40,6343Strand Releasing
55Bel Ami$1,887-9%21$944$119,9198Magnolia Pictures
56Beyond the Black Rainbow$1,86067%3-1$620$56,12911Magnolia / Magnet
57Oslo, August 31st$1,679-28%32$560$68,69910Strand Releasing
58Paul Williams Still Alive$1,67641%21$838$37,6498Abramorama
59The Obama Effect$1,653-77%2-19$827$110,2513ARC Entertainment
60Red Lights (2012)$1,372-48%1-1$1,372$20,1613Millennium Entertainment
61Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$1,368--3--$456$65,9437Music Box Films
62FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$1,361489%20$681$111,12313International Film Circuit
63Turn Me On, Dammit!$766-57%20$383$117,89618New Yorker Films
645 Broken Cameras$728--1--$728$61,1869Kino Lorber
65Bonsai$487--1--$487$17,88012Strand Releasing
66OC87$472--1--$472$37,21510Fisher Klingenstein Films
67Alps$393-50%10$393$5,9813Kino Lorber
68Nobody Else But You$348-1%10$348$24,97312First Run Features
69Payback (2012)$325-55%10$325$17,76914Zeitgeist Films
70The Color Wheel$324-38%1-1$324$16,42211Cinema Conservancy
71Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$319--2--$160$17,3469First Run Features
72The Invisible War$200-96%1-3$200$49,6996Cinedigm
73The Fairy$166--1--$166$38,39923Kino Lorber
7430 Beats$106-99%2-13$53$14,6862Roadside Attractions