'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. 12 - Sun, Oct. 14

Wide (1000+)

1Taken 2$21,873,127-56%3,70645$5,902$86,131,9792Fox
2Argo$19,458,109--3,232--$6,020$19,458,1091Warner Bros.
3Sinister$18,007,634--2,527--$7,126$18,007,6341Lionsgate / Summit
4Hotel Transylvania$17,241,317-36%3,37523$5,109$102,133,9343Sony / Columbia
5Here Comes the Boom$11,816,596--3,014--$3,921$11,816,5961Sony / Columbia
6Pitch Perfect$9,266,940-38%2,78717$3,325$36,015,4033Universal
8Looper$6,201,665-49%2,605-388$2,381$51,344,0903Sony / TriStar
9Seven Psychopaths$4,174,915--1,480--$2,821$4,174,9151CBS Films
10Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,751,572--1,012--$1,731$1,751,5721Atlas Distribution
11End of Watch$1,702,048-57%1,551-819$1,097$36,374,2234Open Road
12Trouble with the Curve$1,555,388-59%1,812-1191$858$32,773,4974Warner Bros.
13House at the End of the Street$1,310,343-65%1,866-854$702$29,996,3474Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$2,150,06437%726505$2,962$6,135,5094Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$813,379-56%682-182$1,193$13,910,2875Weinstein Company
3The Dark Knight Rises$511,399-24%465-110$1,100$446,199,99613Warner Bros.
5Finding Nemo 3D$387,942-76%480-1266$808$40,115,1725Disney
6Arbitrage$342,144-47%194-50$1,764$6,653,1495Roadside Attractions
7Resident Evil: Retribution$240,285-79%349-1012$688$41,752,4115Sony / Screen Gems
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$229,297-24%237-63$967$159,818,50714Fox
9Searching For Sugar Man$190,822120%157119$1,215$1,685,69412Sony Pictures Classics
10The Possession$161,024-74%369-452$436$48,732,0487Lionsgate
11The Bourne Legacy$160,460-53%245-237$655$112,582,74010Universal
12The Odd Life of Timothy Green$141,692-48%279-255$508$50,466,7479Disney
13Won't Back Down$138,709-86%513-2004$270$5,098,6923Fox
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$122,193-31%176-81$694$48,440,75811Fox
16Dredd 3D$107,349-83%155-676$693$13,157,0454Lionsgate
17Ted (2012)$95,655-35%145-42$660$218,511,80016Universal
18Premium Rush$90,95777%16386$558$20,122,3058Sony / Columbia
19Hope Springs (2012)$87,170-59%215-224$405$63,434,84210Sony / Columbia
20Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$86,625-15%122-33$710$216,366,73319Paramount / DreamWorks
21The Expendables 2$65,968-61%146-167$452$84,501,9589Lionsgate
22Lawless$59,746-82%287-324$208$37,156,1997Weinstein Company
23The Campaign$44,265-75%101-202$438$86,382,82810Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1English Vinglish$437,949-41%880$4,977$1,405,7582Eros International
2The Thieves$136,993--11--$12,454$136,9931Well Go USA
4The Paperboy$96,111-6%4938$1,961$236,9012Millennium Entertainment
5To the Arctic 3D$87,589-15%520$1,684$9,122,05426Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Middle of Nowhere (2012)$67,909--6--$11,318$67,9091AFFRM
7Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$55,809-34%17-1$3,283$438,8374IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
8The Intouchables$54,346-49%59-25$921$12,749,65721Weinstein Company
9The Amazing Spider-Man$50,848-59%73-72$697$262,030,66315Sony / Columbia
10Sleepwalk With Me$48,564-48%58-37$837$2,120,4498IFC Films
11The Oranges$44,207-78%56-54$789$319,4272IDP/ATO Pictures
12Barfi!$37,233-77%34-76$1,095$2,779,1725UTV Communications
13Moonrise Kingdom$35,673-35%56-36$637$45,451,32121Focus
14Hubble 3D$33,748-27%162$2,109$34,697,705135Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Born to Be Wild 3D$28,853-17%30-3$962$21,031,13480Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Other Dream Team$27,836114%125$2,320$70,3803The Film Arcade
17Smashed$26,943--4--$6,736$26,9431Sony Pictures Classics
18Beasts of the Southern Wild$25,255-39%36-15$702$11,152,26616Fox Searchlight
19The House I Live In$21,48731%86$2,686$45,7302Abramorama
20Liberal Arts$18,291-42%25-4$732$241,7645IFC Films
21Robot & Frank$16,659-74%34-36$490$3,217,2149IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
22Least Among Saints$15,774--3--$5,258$15,7741Brainstorm Media
23To Rome with Love$15,320-30%249$638$16,654,22717Sony Pictures Classics
24The Big Picture (2012)$13,760--2--$6,880$13,7601MPI Media
25V/H/S$12,333-66%182$685$65,1302Magnolia / Magnet
26Ruby Sparks$11,689147%155$779$2,523,82812Fox Searchlight
27Deep Sea 3D$11,48424%2-2$5,742$45,035,648346Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Keep the Lights On$11,08667%63$1,848$199,1776Music Box Films
29The Watch$10,844-63%14-18$775$34,350,55312Fox
30How To Survive A Plague$10,779-10%92$1,198$94,0034IFC Films
31Special Forces$10,759--5--$2,152$10,7591Entertainment One Films
32Simon and the Oaks$9,964--1--$9,964$9,9641The Film Arcade
33Somewhere Between$9,374287%20$4,687$64,3758Long Shot Factory
34The Queen of Versailles$9,205-61%17-14$541$2,358,10213Magnolia Pictures
35Wuthering Heights (2012)$8,803-2%43$2,201$21,9202Oscilloscope
36The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$8,774-18%9-9$975$46,363,98024Fox Searchlight
37Thaandavam$8,223-78%3-18$2,741$206,0253UTV Communications
38Trade of Innocents$7,7401216%32$2,580$8,7552Monterey Media
39Celeste and Jesse Forever$6,25216%150$417$3,077,62211Sony Pictures Classics
40Safety Not Guaranteed$6,208-18%18-6$345$4,007,79219FilmDistrict
41Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$6,093--4--$1,523$23,7292Rainbow Releasing
42Under the Sea 3D$5,562-15%50$1,112$32,395,013192Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Farewell, My Queen$5,46134%80$683$1,341,60114Cohen Media Group
44Wild Horse, Wild Ride$5,080-11%5-2$1,016$111,2058Screen Media Films
45Gayby$4,792--1--$4,792$4,7921The Film Collaborative
46Tristana (2012 re-issue)$4,754--1--$4,754$4,7541Cohen Media Group
47War of the Buttons (2012)$4,737--5--$947$4,7371Weinstein Company
48Chicken With Plums$4,452-68%11-13$405$213,0029Sony Pictures Classics
49The Well-Digger's Daughter$4,252-31%3-3$1,417$325,03913Kino Lorber
50Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$3,830-88%6-6$638$47,7582Roadside Attractions
51Killer Joe$3,805--13--$293$1,987,76212LD Entertainment
52Step Up to the Plate$3,692--5--$738$33,1965Cinema Guild
53Photographic Memory$3,006--2--$1,503$3,0061First Run Features
54The Revisionaries$2,6873%21$1,344$6,8472Kino Lorber
552 Days In New York$2,581-58%5-9$516$615,54310Magnolia Pictures
56Bel Borba Aqui$2,45531%10$2,455$6,0882Abramorama
57Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$2,079-69%32$693$15,5182Drafthouse Films
58Unforgivable$2,04761%21$1,024$150,44716Strand Releasing
59Compliance$1,555-28%5-2$311$311,9359Magnolia Pictures
60Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,070-45%1-1$1,070$164,51323Rialto Pictures
61Husbands In Goa$1,010--2--$505$8,5854UTV Communications
62Toys in the Attic$823-55%2-2$412$64,9186Hannover House
635 Broken Cameras$741-55%21$371$73,19620Kino Lorber
64Girl Model$645--1--$645$19,9146First Run Features
65Vulgaria$638-94%1-8$638$58,7163China Lion Film
66Nobody Else But You$611--1--$611$42,58023First Run Features
67Now, Forager$453-71%21$227$4,5092Argot Pictures
68Neil Young Journeys$453-88%2-3$227$214,58816Sony Pictures Classics
69Bringing Up Bobby$355--2--$178$1,6283Monterey Media
70Kumare$352--1--$352$125,06517Kino Lorber
71Breathing$316--1--$316$3,3427Kino Lorber
73Radio Unnameable$68-29%10$68$18,4244Kino Lorber