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, Sep. 20 - Sun, Sep. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$20,817,053--3,260--$6,386$20,817,0531Warner Bros.
2Insidious: Chapter 2$13,801,818-66%3,155106$4,375$60,157,0782FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$7,000,722-50%3,0910$2,265$25,641,2442Relativity Media
4Battle of the Year$4,603,177--2,008--$2,292$4,603,1771Sony / Screen Gems
5We're the Millers$4,558,271-16%3,003-235$1,518$138,064,5687Warner Bros. / New Line
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$4,193,123-24%2,931-308$1,431$106,341,2376Weinstein Company
7Riddick$3,656,620-47%3,022-95$1,210$37,164,9103Universal
8Planes$2,709,736-13%2,446-293$1,108$86,392,0297Disney
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,776,271-6%1,473-165$1,206$64,248,0827Fox
10Elysium$1,466,321-30%1,392-328$1,053$90,790,0307Sony / TriStar
11Despicable Me 2$1,360,4206%1,004-2$1,355$360,730,82012Universal
12One Direction: This Is Us$1,130,536-54%1,706-594$663$28,450,5264Sony / TriStar
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$650,370-42%1,047-529$621$30,654,9015Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$5,396,68811%97845$5,518$33,958,4134Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Wizard of Oz 3D$3,093,998--318--$9,730$3,093,9981Warner Bros.
3Blue Jasmine$1,212,206-25%847-146$1,431$29,605,7019Sony Pictures Classics
4The World's End$716,329-45%833-410$860$25,223,6425Focus
52 Guns$650,480-25%752-156$865$74,468,1458Universal
6Thanks for Sharing$536,591--269--$1,995$536,5911Roadside Attractions
7The Smurfs 2$533,021-16%596-97$894$69,583,6928Sony / Columbia
8The Wolverine$458,114-19%462-78$992$130,884,9169Fox
9The Conjuring$417,477-30%561-115$744$136,625,07510Warner Bros. / New Line
10Turbo$408,594-5%333-20$1,227$81,637,92910Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Spectacular Now$383,070-46%571-199$671$6,402,1368A24
12This Is The End$323,754-59%527-806$614$101,099,11415Sony / Columbia
13Monsters University$303,958-16%314-68$968$265,840,98814Disney
14The Heat$274,048-3%310-26$884$158,674,18013Fox
15Grown Ups 2$250,661-15%258-36$972$131,331,96011Sony / Columbia
16The Grandmaster$240,136-50%473-232$508$6,296,5535Weinstein Company
17In a World...$236,044-18%1440$1,639$2,406,2417Roadside Attractions
18Austenland$231,352-30%234-40$989$1,526,0066Sony Pictures Classics
19The Way, Way Back$215,951-26%324-97$667$21,168,56912Fox Searchlight
20Getaway$199,145-71%515-863$387$10,405,9734Warner Bros.
21You're Next$198,226-65%532-578$373$18,317,1355Lionsgate
22World War Z$187,174-41%203-77$922$202,136,14514Paramount
23Salinger$182,218315%138134$1,320$358,1073Weinstein Company
24Pacific Rim$176,108-23%202-52$872$101,453,41411Warner Bros.
25Kick-Ass 2$100,505-60%201-142$500$28,751,7156Universal
26R.I.P.D.$100,415-22%151-13$665$33,592,41510Universal
27Red 2$97,823-24%178-31$550$52,770,87710Lionsgate / Summit
28The Ultimate Life$96,442-60%184-228$524$1,261,3543High Top Releasing
29The Lone Ranger$94,751-28%138-58$687$89,146,11012Disney
30Jobs$90,353-53%152-87$594$16,052,6286Open Road
31Now You See Me$81,145-36%133-38$610$117,698,89417Lionsgate / Summit
32Fruitvale Station$43,557-42%103-34$423$15,962,23711Weinstein Company
33Closed Circuit$36,349-83%105-308$346$5,733,3104Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Phata Poster Nikla Hero$260,188--94--$2,768$260,1881Eros International
2Generation Iron$245,000--55--$4,455$245,0001The Vladar Company
3Enough Said$232,800--4--$58,200$286,5341Fox Searchlight
4Rush (2013)$187,289--5--$37,458$187,2891Universal
5Short Term 12$129,071-17%7512$1,721$702,3675Cinedigm
6Grand Masti$73,307-67%640$1,145$362,5602Eros International
7Wadjda$66,56661%96$7,396$204,3942Sony Pictures Classics
8Paranoia$61,15165%8817$695$7,329,4316Relativity Media
9My Lucky Star$47,006--23--$2,044$47,0061China Lion Film
10Hubble 3D$39,74733%141$2,839$40,740,695184Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Drinking Buddies$36,052-33%334$1,092$288,5155Magnolia Pictures
12C.O.G.$32,677--20--$1,634$32,6771Screen Media / Focus World
13Museum Hours$31,62054%191$1,664$460,98413Cinema Guild
14You Will Be My Son$29,14498%2115$1,388$152,5106Cohen Media Group
15The Short Game$28,434--20--$1,422$28,4341Phase 4 Films / Samuel Goldwyn
16Populaire$27,882-27%205$1,394$106,2473Weinstein Company
17Jewtopia$26,371--16--$1,648$26,3711Le Petit Canyon Productions
18Chennai Express$21,853-28%20-10$1,093$5,294,8537UTV Motion Pictures
19Snake and Mongoose$20,93664%126$1,745$129,2697Rocky Mountain Pictures
20Adore$19,646-69%32-20$614$302,0203Exclusive Media
21Good Ol' Freda$18,51427%114$1,683$51,4423Magnolia Pictures
22Ain't Them Bodies Saints$17,040-43%434$396$371,1776IFC Films
23The Attack$16,451-42%151$1,097$1,700,40914Cohen Media Group
24Still Mine$15,654-36%19-4$824$1,105,79311IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
25Ip Man: The Final Fight$15,514--14--$1,108$15,5141Well Go USA
26Haute Cuisine$15,387--3--$5,129$15,3871Weinstein Company
27Space Station 3D$13,7984%30$4,599$89,017,893597IMAX
28Blackfish$12,965-60%28-16$463$2,019,25410Magnolia Pictures
29Blue Caprice$12,525-7%98$1,392$30,6432IFC Films
30Unfinished Song$12,50459%236$544$1,681,32414Weinstein Company
31The Patience Stone$12,32043%158$821$106,4106Sony Pictures Classics
32Hannah Arendt$11,34566%61$1,891$676,23617Zeitgeist Films
33Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$10,84869%184$603$4,305,58916Roadside Attractions
34Mademoiselle C$10,280-28%71$1,469$33,8532Cohen Media Group
35A Single Shot$10,020--10--$1,002$10,0201Tribeca Film
36To the Arctic 3D$9,96237%11-1$906$13,537,31075Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Born to Be Wild 3D$8,65858%90$962$22,970,546129Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Jerusalem 3D$7,668--1--$7,668$8,6301National Geographic
39Under the Sea 3D$6,27416%80$784$33,608,513241Warner Bros. / IMAX
40When Comedy Went to School$5,919145%84$740$160,8218International Film Circuit
41Before Midnight$5,644-47%10-11$564$8,095,92818Sony Pictures Classics
42Satyagraha$5,359-78%9-26$595$736,8264UTV Motion Pictures
43Afternoon Delight$5,052-85%12-27$421$174,4964The Film Arcade
44Deep Sea 3D$4,696-37%2-6$2,348$45,878,619395Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Renoir$4,434-45%2-1$2,217$2,291,04726IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
46Touchy Feely$4,382-51%50$876$26,9713Magnolia Pictures
47Zaytoun$4,100--2--$2,050$4,1001Strand Releasing
48The Hunt$3,056-51%8-2$382$602,58511Magnolia Pictures
49Prince Avalanche$2,403-62%7-5$343$182,6147Magnolia Pictures
50Fill the Void$2,4011665%97$267$1,770,76718Sony Pictures Classics
51The Act of Killing$2,185-90%11-8$199$431,83510Drafthouse Films
52Drug War$2,147--4--$537$120,8569Variance Films / Well Go USA
53I'm So Excited$2,116-67%90$235$1,355,29213Sony Pictures Classics
54Le Joli Mai (2013 re-issue)$2,101-80%2-1$1,051$20,1782Icarus Films
55Rising From Ashes$2,051-56%3-2$684$31,5378First Run Features
56Passion$1,878-69%4-8$470$91,1864eOne Films US
57Jayne Mansfield's Car$1,858-80%6-5$310$14,2762Anchor Bay Films
58Terms and Conditions May Apply$1,810--4--$453$46,17311Variance Films
59Men at Lunch$1,530--1--$1,530$1,5301First Run Features
60The Wall$1,445-48%1-1$1,445$38,67417Music Box Films
61Savannah$1,195-62%4-2$299$36,7465Ketchup Entertainment
62Spark: A Burning Man Story$1,047--2--$524$120,0596Paladin / Film Buff
63Stories We Tell$984232%51$197$1,597,01020Roadside Attractions
64Love Is All You Need$862-65%3-2$287$1,629,87621Sony Pictures Classics
65Viola$739-56%10$739$17,90011Cinema Guild
66The Trials of Muhammad Ali$718-33%10$718$11,9115Kino Lorber
67M (2013 re-issue)$717--1--$717$35,27428Kino Lorber
68Informant$704-76%20$352$5,1662Music Box Films
69Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$498-48%30$166$105,03012Magnolia Pictures
70Our Nixon$485-81%2-2$243$17,8424Cinedigm
71Free the Mind$482--1--$482$125,44121International Film Circuit
72I Spit on Your Grave 2$441--1--$441$4411Anchor Bay Films
73Computer Chess$367-55%20$184$94,69410Kino Lorber
74Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$366-66%10$366$150,40723Kino Lorber
75Il Futuro$323-87%1-2$323$8,6453Strand Releasing
76Leviathan (2013)$262-37%10$262$74,79430Cinema Guild
77Approaching Midnight$249-1%21$125$2,4854Monterey Media
78Europa Report$232-77%1-3$232$121,3478Magnolia / Magnet
79I Declare War$178-21%32$59$14,5664Drafthouse Films
80√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$170-3%31$57$21,47616Magnolia Pictures
81A Hijacking$163-91%2-1$82$409,43314Magnolia Pictures