'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, Mar. 29 - Sun, Mar. 31

Wide (1000+)

1G.I. Joe: Retaliation$40,501,814--3,719--$10,891$51,008,6891Paramount
2The Croods$26,705,868-39%4,06519$6,570$88,887,9452Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$21,641,679--2,047--$10,572$21,641,6791Lionsgate
4Olympus Has Fallen$14,147,416-53%3,1068$4,555$54,890,0852FilmDistrict
5Oz: The Great and Powerful$11,702,316-46%3,324-481$3,521$198,374,7164Disney
6The Host (2013)$10,600,112--3,202--$3,310$10,600,1121Open Road
7The Call$4,925,675-45%2,439-68$2,020$39,605,8913Sony / TriStar
9Spring Breakers$2,774,146-43%1,379275$2,012$10,074,4353A24
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$1,343,025-69%1,575-1585$853$20,629,6463Warner Bros. / New Line
11Identity Thief$1,098,215-58%1,082-1084$1,015$129,916,1058Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$1,019,062-65%1,080-1480$944$61,399,3845Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

1Silver Linings Playbook$900,927-43%752-292$1,198$128,712,56320Weinstein Company
2Snitch (2013)$444,457-76%746-1061$596$41,353,8596Lionsgate / Summit
3Life of Pi$427,260-41%340-149$1,257$123,321,12519Fox
4Safe Haven$387,754-66%550-729$705$69,811,4367Relativity Media
5Quartet$382,271-34%302-123$1,266$16,599,66412Weinstein Company
621 And Over$302,777-71%344-790$880$24,952,0895Relativity Media
7Escape From Planet Earth$235,117-51%977-517$241$53,927,0967Weinstein Company
8The Gatekeepers$201,99018%10511$1,924$1,870,0029Sony Pictures Classics
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$183,244-12%202-7$907$55,220,48810Paramount
10Stoker$174,821-51%194-81$901$1,473,8225Fox Searchlight
11Django Unchained$171,870-39%233-63$738$162,314,68314Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$158,960-51%209-239$761$66,551,0697Fox
13Emperor$148,476-48%138-99$1,076$2,890,3054Roadside Attractions
14Argo$141,426-1%26075$544$135,730,13525Warner Bros.
15Side Effects (2013)$127,071-53%102-123$1,246$31,234,5758Open Road
16Warm Bodies$123,323-48%162-137$761$65,246,5979Lionsgate / Summit
17Wreck-It Ralph$118,696-40%207-31$573$188,981,90622Disney
18Parental Guidance$88,669-35%140-45$633$76,898,48814Fox
19Lincoln$85,677-61%189-103$453$182,027,67721Disney / DreamWorks
21The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$69,568-61%145-90$480$302,849,49316Warner Bros. / New Line
22Rise of The Guardians$65,443-36%134-28$488$103,295,83719Paramount / DreamWorks
23The Last Exorcism Part II$60,695-81%102-353$595$15,152,8795CBS Films
24Dark Skies$56,634-70%101-104$561$17,130,7486Weinstein / Dimension
25Les Miserables (2012)$54,535-42%109-20$500$148,775,46014Universal
26Beautiful Creatures (2013)$40,727-59%115-73$354$19,398,3457Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Place Beyond the Pines$279,457--4--$69,864$279,4571Focus
2No (2013)$226,94615%7010$3,242$1,305,6967Sony Pictures Classics
3Himmatwala$197,770--99--$1,998$197,7701UTV Motion Pictures
4Ginger & Rosa$171,10673%7844$2,194$380,1643A24
5From Up on Poppy Hill$118,75499%2519$4,750$283,4493GKIDS
6On the Road$118,38916%7735$1,538$428,15515IFC Films
7Hubble 3D$96,78927%18-7$5,377$37,264,565159Warner Bros. / IMAX
8New World$88,920-32%21-3$4,234$300,6132Well Go USA
9Lore$77,69010%44-5$1,766$605,8838Music Box Films
10The Sapphires$71,62987%128$5,969$126,2182Weinstein Company
11Renoir$65,194--6--$10,866$65,1941IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
12To the Arctic 3D$63,50037%520$1,221$11,917,07550Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Starbuck$49,481219%1714$2,911$3,527,3392eOne Films US
14The Impossible$45,511-41%86-37$529$18,818,96215Lionsgate / Summit
15Zero Dark Thirty$45,165-67%91-124$496$95,720,71615Sony / Columbia
16Born to Be Wild 3D$43,62431%300$1,454$22,361,546104Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Space Station 3D$30,60221%2-3$15,301$87,542,807572IMAX
18Monsters, Inc. 3D$30,530-35%40-9$763$33,823,73515Disney
19Room 237$29,693--2--$14,847$29,6931IFC Midnight
20Amour$29,087-47%49-41$594$6,649,59115Sony Pictures Classics
21Dead Man Down$28,623-91%75-537$382$10,764,6134FilmDistrict
22Blancanieves$25,264--4--$6,316$25,2641Cohen Media Group
23Wrong$20,424--19--$1,075$20,4241Drafthouse Films
24Under the Sea 3D$19,52362%165$1,220$32,713,203216Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Gangster Squad$19,058-36%500$381$45,996,71812Warner Bros.
26Hava Nagila (The Movie)$18,856-18%16-5$1,179$222,5165International Film Circuit
27The Silence$18,535268%95$2,059$45,9914Music Box Films
28Gimme the Loot$16,949-20%43$4,237$45,4382IFC Films
2956 Up$15,60735%15-1$1,040$649,67713First Run Features
30Searching For Sugar Man$15,440-35%16-9$965$3,588,61836Sony Pictures Classics
32Reality (2013)$11,673--4--$2,918$33,0993Oscilloscope
33Bless Me, Ultima$11,271-50%11-10$1,025$1,536,5196Arenas Entertainment
34A Royal Affair$10,785-15%7-5$1,541$1,494,59321Magnolia Pictures
35Mental$9,804--12--$817$9,8041Dada Films
36Koch$9,189-32%9-7$1,021$307,8469Zeitgeist Films
37Beyond the Hills$9,0826%103$908$81,8464IFC Films
38West of Memphis$8,665-58%20-20$433$291,28714Sony Pictures Classics
39Like Someone in Love$8,314-59%13-10$640$198,0817IFC Films
40Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$7,917-31%10-6$792$295,15210Music Box Films
41Upside Down$7,866-70%19-20$414$90,9163Millennium Entertainment
42Broken City$7,811122%165$488$19,692,60811Fox
43Deep Sea 3D$7,73511%2-1$3,868$45,483,402370Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Kai Po Che$6,566-61%5-13$1,313$1,116,2946UTV Motion Pictures
45Love and Honor (2013)$6,200120%86$775$9,5942IFC Films
46Sound City$6,146241%64$1,024$384,1489Variance Films
47Violeta Went to Heaven$5,588--2--$2,794$5,5881Kino Lorber
48White Elephant$5,098--1--$5,098$5,0981Strand Releasing
49Le Pont du Nord (2013 re-issue)$4,397-18%10$4,397$10,5422The Film Desk
50Leonie$4,387-4%63$731$10,7543Monterey Media
51Camp (2013)$3,752-77%6-11$625$104,3116Freestyle Releasing
52Girl Rising$3,550-50%3-1$1,183$518,5304Gathr Films
53The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$3,377-85%7-21$482$363,8375Methinx Entertainment
54Dorfman in Love$2,901-55%5-2$580$11,9552Brainstorm Media
55Welcome to the Punch$2,736--2--$1,368$3,4101IFC Films
56Hunky Dory$2,695-64%6-5$449$12,8362Variance Films
57The Girl (2013)$2,604-5%4-3$651$30,8714Brainstorm Media / Vitagraph
58Yossi$2,597-33%21$1,299$114,16610Strand Releasing
59Any Day Now$2,169-63%4-3$542$200,00216Music Box Films
60Leviathan (2013)$2,088-60%20$1,044$42,0685Cinema Guild
61A Place at the Table$2,036-47%8-9$255$198,6755Magnolia Pictures
62Orchestra of Exiles$1,995574%10$1,995$29,66823First Run Features
63A Fierce Green Fire$1,65395%41$413$16,9465First Run Features
64Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey$1,502-26%4-2$376$57,8114Cinedigm
6511 Flowers$1,156--1--$1,156$7,3776First Run Features
66John Dies at the End$1,031-75%2-8$516$138,43810Magnolia / Magnet
67Rust and Bone$884-91%3-14$295$2,061,44919Sony Pictures Classics
68Little Fugitive (2013 re-issue)$821--2--$411$21,5489APD/Cinema Conservancy
69The ABC's of Death$708-72%1-6$708$21,6604Magnet / Drafthouse
70The Waiting Room$702-92%2-6$351$239,54427International Film Circuit
71M (2013 re-issue)$628-76%10$628$16,7733Kino Lorber
72Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$523-46%1-1$523$22,31211Kino Lorber
73Rangrezz$271-94%2-9$136$6,1082UTV Motion Pictures
74If I Were You$241-80%3-2$80$7,9903Kino Lorber
75The End of Love$171-55%10$171$8,3265Variance Films