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. 30 - Sun, Dec. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$17,416,362-60%4,008-62$4,345$254,598,8663Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$16,555,894-53%3,463-63$4,781$245,585,0834Sony / Columbia
3Rise of The Guardians$13,388,852-44%3,67219$3,646$48,836,1052Paramount / DreamWorks
4Lincoln$13,376,696-48%2,0180$6,629$83,566,1694Disney / DreamWorks
5Life of Pi$12,151,853-46%2,9281$4,150$48,512,9942Fox
6Wreck-It Ralph$6,948,550-58%3,087-172$2,251$158,184,8135Disney
7Killing Them Softly$6,812,900--2,424--$2,811$6,812,9001Weinstein Company
8Red Dawn (2012)$6,500,245-54%2,78156$2,337$31,272,9532FilmDistrict
9Flight$4,479,067-47%2,603-35$1,721$81,465,9035Paramount
10The Collection$3,104,269--1,403--$2,213$3,104,2691LD Entertainment
11Argo$2,010,349-48%1,043-212$1,927$100,990,7668Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$3,090,131-30%3714$8,329$10,740,1123Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$2,245,570151%384318$5,848$4,106,9213Focus
3Talaash$1,637,833--174--$9,413$1,637,8331Reliance Entertainment
4Taken 2$467,975-51%496-267$943$137,163,5549Fox
5Pitch Perfect$387,070-46%403-89$960$63,099,24310Universal
6The Sessions$333,315-54%226-289$1,475$4,582,1817Fox Searchlight
7Cloud Atlas$243,338-42%194-64$1,254$26,181,4556Warner Bros.
8Here Comes the Boom$224,797-56%334-156$673$42,352,2508Sony / Columbia
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$212,501-46%189-53$1,124$16,641,06011Lionsgate / Summit
10Looper$200,410-37%280-13$716$65,915,58510Sony / TriStar
11Hotel Transylvania$134,598-64%248-216$543$143,690,12310Sony / Columbia
12The Man With the Iron Fists$102,575-51%174-31$590$15,386,5205Universal
13Seven Psychopaths$101,54812%16280$627$14,778,0578CBS Films
14Brave$96,382-49%181-9$532$237,070,60224Disney
15The Odd Life of Timothy Green$76,385-43%147-25$520$51,598,37116Disney
16ParaNorman$59,660-38%104-30$574$55,872,82516Focus
17Frankenweenie$57,056-49%100-22$571$34,317,6499Disney
18Alex Cross$52,149-53%114-30$457$25,485,2257Lionsgate / Summit
19Ice Age: Continental Drift$51,840-34%102-7$508$160,884,06921Fox
20Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$51,618-49%124-66$416$17,466,1496Open Road
21Fun Size$48,466-42%116-28$418$9,362,6416Paramount
22House at the End of the Street$44,189-44%108-30$409$31,551,78811Relativity Media
23Trouble with the Curve$34,423-53%100-40$344$35,721,05911Warner Bros.
24Son of Sardaar$18,544-84%1090$170$760,3903Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitchcock$408,69242%5033$8,174$787,5742Fox Searchlight
2Back to 1942$105,702--20--$5,285$105,7021China Lion Film
3A Late Quartet$93,371-30%74-14$1,262$877,5255Entertainment One / RKO
4Finding Nemo 3D$76,315-26%79-5$966$40,749,90912Disney
5Hecho en Mexico$76,123--12--$6,344$76,1231Lionsgate / Pantelion
6The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$62,645-15%161$3,915$176,8492Warner Bros.
7The Other Son$57,864-27%405$1,447$877,9336Cohen Media Group
8A Royal Affair$57,591-37%41-3$1,405$373,0004Magnolia Pictures
9To the Arctic 3D$51,268-34%520$986$10,051,32133Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Searching For Sugar Man$46,570-23%5310$879$2,836,18719Sony Pictures Classics
11Chasing Mavericks$42,953-38%7919$544$5,832,0896Fox
12The Dark Knight Rises$40,865-42%80-28$511$448,093,79620Warner Bros.
13Sinister$40,556-56%88-39$461$47,769,8838Lionsgate / Summit
14Born to Be Wild 3D$40,30224%300$1,343$21,432,24487Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Holy Motors$35,242-23%254$1,410$332,5107Indomina Releasing
16Hubble 3D$34,339-38%193$1,807$35,305,155142Warner Bros. / IMAX
17The Central Park Five$33,1488%74$4,735$77,0402IFC Films
18Paranormal Activity 4$26,137-51%70-38$373$53,717,9097Paramount
19Samsara$25,12617%253$1,005$2,525,34615Oscilloscope
20Rust and Bone$24,738-9%20$12,369$65,0592Sony Pictures Classics
21The Flat$24,487-16%19-2$1,289$386,4147IFC Films
22End of Watch$22,715-29%24-10$946$39,226,46311Open Road
23Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$22,478-43%52-7$432$48,963,55918Fox
24Arbitrage$20,097-40%35-13$574$7,851,04412Roadside Attractions
25The Master$17,403-41%23-2$757$15,873,23312Weinstein Company
26Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$13,553-26%12-3$1,129$912,84011IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
27Beware of Mr. Baker$12,195--1--$12,195$16,7481SnagFilms
28The Waiting Room$11,477--5--$2,295$159,52410International Film Circuit
29Dragon$11,137--14--$796$11,1371RADiUS-TWC
30Starlet$10,402126%93$1,156$55,9564Music Box Films
31Silent Night$9,679--11--$880$9,6791Anchor Bay Films
32Wuthering Heights (2012)$8,936325%104$894$96,8899Oscilloscope
33The Intouchables$8,57711%19-7$451$13,043,10528Weinstein Company
34The Thieves$7,772792%21$3,886$673,0758Well Go USA
35This Must Be the Place$6,584-57%7-1$941$128,3985Weinstein Company
36Brooklyn Castle$6,131-62%4-4$1,533$175,9717Producers Distribution Agency
37The Big Picture (2012)$6,11637%42$1,529$142,3878MPI Media
38The Loneliest Planet$5,406-29%103$541$116,6176IFC Films
39Deep Sea 3D$5,026-67%40$1,257$45,161,384353Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Young & Wild$3,798--2--$1,899$3,7981IFC Films
41Smashed$3,710-72%15-15$247$338,2478Sony Pictures Classics
42Under the Sea 3D$3,602-42%8-1$450$32,461,251199Warner Bros. / IMAX
43California Solo$3,412--1--$3,412$3,4121Strand Releasing
44Masquerade (2012)$3,395-81%3-2$1,132$895,12311CJ Entertainment
45Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$3,322--2--$1,661$80,1489Rainbow Releasing
46Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning$3,181--3--$1,060$3,1811Magnolia / Magnet
47Somewhere Between$2,83234%20$1,416$164,32715Long Shot Factory
48The Imposter$2,115-57%2-3$1,058$898,31721Indomina Releasing
49The House I Live In$1,84089%10$1,840$168,8899Abramorama
50Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,75189%10$1,751$172,88530Rialto Pictures
51Kumare$1,567-29%10$1,567$129,55224Kino Lorber
52Now, Forager$1,558918%43$390$6,7029Argot Pictures
53Citadel$1,378778%76$197$10,9034Cinedigm
5428 Hotel Rooms$1,002-30%30$334$16,0174Oscilloscope
55Chicken With Plums$765-77%7-3$109$252,51916Sony Pictures Classics
56Keep the Lights On$70161%31$234$239,28213Music Box Films
57Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$490-69%2-1$245$25,8715Zeitgeist Films
58Dangerous Liaisons (2012)$480-89%1-3$480$53,7554Well Go USA
59All Together$458--1--$458$35,6137Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
60Celeste and Jesse Forever$360414%21$180$3,093,80218Sony Pictures Classics
61Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$358-58%2-1$179$44,1869Drafthouse Films
62The Well-Digger's Daughter$268-89%1-1$268$370,25420Kino Lorber
63Radio Unnameable$243-33%10$243$19,49811Kino Lorber
64Alps$114--1--$114$15,75921Kino Lorber
65Girl Model$62--1--$62$21,15413First Run Features