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, May. 23 - Sun, May. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: Days of Future Past$90,823,660--3,996--$22,729$90,823,6601Fox
2Godzilla (2014)$30,946,416-67%3,9520$7,831$148,294,7832Warner Bros.
3Blended$14,284,031--3,555--$4,018$14,284,0311Warner Bros.
4Neighbors (2014)$14,022,660-44%3,266-45$4,294$113,702,5253Universal
5The Amazing Spider-Man 2$7,823,388-53%3,160-831$2,476$184,924,5804Sony / Columbia
6Million Dollar Arm$6,968,980-34%3,0190$2,308$20,503,7852Disney
7The Other Woman (2014)$3,710,407-41%2,154-900$1,723$77,808,8295Fox
8Rio 2$2,467,206-34%1,701-670$1,450$121,565,2467Fox
9Heaven is for Real$2,033,488-54%1,720-1173$1,182$85,833,5666Sony / TriStar
10Captain America: The Winter Soldier$1,744,727-52%1,373-898$1,271$253,585,7258Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$2,266,586220%498426$4,551$3,554,8853Open Road
2Belle$1,654,79976%453280$3,653$3,854,5594Fox Searchlight
3Moms' Night Out$777,515-56%861-185$903$8,743,3613Sony / TriStar
4Divergent$691,352-41%644-347$1,074$147,901,27310Lionsgate / Summit
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$657,051-37%360-270$1,825$56,589,49712Fox Searchlight
6Kochadaiiyaan - The Legend$583,172--161--$3,622$583,1721Eros International
7The Railway Man$551,94381%600417$920$3,443,3367Weinstein Company
8Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$449,827-77%674-1904$667$7,683,1053Clarius Entertainment
9The Immigrant$442,774905%147144$3,012$513,1142Weinstein Company
10The LEGO Movie$407,255-22%323-32$1,261$254,921,74316Warner Bros.
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$283,633-7%286-33$992$109,676,48512Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Fading Gigolo$278,617-30%186-170$1,498$3,118,3106Millennium Entertainment
13Fed Up$243,55632%10247$2,388$704,5923RADiUS-TWC
14God's Not Dead$235,402-68%245-535$961$59,505,63610Freestyle / Pure Flix
15Noah$220,0934%219-67$1,005$100,575,3999Paramount
16Muppets Most Wanted$195,39288%26974$726$50,382,52810Disney
17Brick Mansions$157,343-69%168-556$937$19,961,0515Relativity Media
18Non-Stop (2014)$148,410-45%153-67$970$91,667,11513Universal
19Bears$136,174-64%214-366$636$17,183,8256Disneynature
20Locke$120,034-41%111-10$1,081$1,037,3805A24
21Transcendence$94,906-66%202-113$470$22,828,8206Warner Bros.
22Draft Day$77,625-79%145-350$535$28,570,1857Lionsgate / Summit
23Oculus$58,805-28%105-35$560$27,523,8417Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ida (2014)$204,20161%3413$6,006$611,8454Music Box Films
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$150,6475%392$3,863$2,119,6998Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Lunchbox$96,501-41%68-62$1,419$3,859,73213Sony Pictures Classics
4Palo Alto$96,149-9%426$2,289$358,8723Tribeca Film
5Words and Pictures$87,879--10--$8,788$87,8791Roadside Attractions
6The Hornet's Nest$83,224261%5740$1,460$148,6993Freestyle Releasing
7Only Lovers Left Alive$81,025-34%70-25$1,158$1,449,2517Sony Pictures Classics
8A Haunted House 2$75,053-19%88-36$853$17,171,9256Open Road
9Journey to the South Pacific$71,756-1%183$3,986$2,849,16526IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
10Hubble 3D$66,55517%204$3,328$44,267,729219Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Under the Skin (2014)$51,507-34%32-24$1,610$2,325,2898A24
12Jerusalem 3D$46,91436%217$2,234$4,234,32436National Geographic
13Chinese Puzzle$42,37080%108$4,237$78,9072Cohen Media Group
14Need For Speed$40,849-67%89-71$459$43,442,48811Disney / DreamWorks
15Cold in July$40,317--6--$6,720$40,3171IFC Films
16The Quiet Ones$38,757-76%92-249$421$8,447,6585Lionsgate
17Frozen (2013)$34,955-19%73-39$479$400,577,50127Disney
18The German Doctor$33,898-46%23-16$1,474$340,2195IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
19300: Rise of an Empire$33,114-80%71-84$466$106,563,98812Warner Bros.
20Heropanti$32,831--16--$2,052$32,8311UTV Motion Pictures
21Finding Vivian Maier$28,378-55%40-24$709$1,313,4249IFC Films
22The Dance of Reality$24,768--2--$12,384$24,7681ABKCO Films
23The Double (2014)$23,669-20%164$1,479$94,9553Magnolia Pictures
24Redwood Highway$14,950231%85$1,869$35,1507Monterey Media
2550 to 1$14,657479%104$1,466$701,56010Ten Furlongs
26Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$13,744--2--$6,872$13,7441IFC Films
27Le Week-End$13,316-61%21-19$634$2,186,81711Music Box Films
28Walking with the Enemy$12,451-59%21-26$593$826,0955Liberty Studios
29God's Pocket$12,002-84%28-52$429$154,7303IFC Films
30Jodorowsky's Dune$11,69910%173$688$577,80310Sony Pictures Classics
31Half of a Yellow Sun$9,668100%65$1,611$17,1022Monterey Media
32The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$8,066-46%11-4$733$219,0098Zeitgeist Films
33Particle Fever$7,002-63%3-8$2,334$842,46112Abramorama / Bond 360
34Godzilla: The Japanese Original$6,822-8%4-4$1,706$128,0026Rialto Pictures
35Young and Beautiful$6,27134%85$784$41,6645IFC Films
36Accident (2014 re-issue)$5,798--1--$5,798$5,7981Rialto Pictures
37Nymphomaniac: Volume I$4,870-28%5-2$974$772,73810Magnolia Pictures
38To the Arctic 3D$4,851-35%50$970$14,061,655110Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$4,704-7%54$941$16,9592International Film Circuit
40Under the Sea 3D$4,574-42%92$508$33,970,153276Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Tim's Vermeer$3,831-6%5-2$766$1,670,80617Sony Pictures Classics
42Son of God$3,762-52%21-25$179$59,688,97013Fox
43Bad Words$2,921-86%21-62$139$7,777,56011Focus
442 States$2,519-93%4-28$630$2,236,6296UTV Motion Pictures
45Nymphomaniac: Volume II$2,21012%60$368$318,5178Magnolia Pictures
46The Raid 2$2,189-68%6-5$365$2,609,5819Sony Pictures Classics
47Born to Be Wild 3D$2,156-33%122$180$23,326,145164Warner Bros. / IMAX
48For No Good Reason$2,110-51%4-3$528$34,4095Sony Pictures Classics
49Bicycling with Molière$1,8351%2-2$918$35,5575Strand Releasing
50Ilo Ilo$1,16710%2-1$584$39,6288Film Movement
51The Unknown Known$1,15375%52$231$268,6708RADiUS-TWC
52Blue Ruin$1,118-88%5-19$224$246,9035RADiUS-TWC
53The Jewish Cardinal$9227%2-1$461$127,76120Film Movement
54Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$845--1--$845$57,36915Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
55Next Year Jerusalem$836-68%10$836$4,3602First Run Features
56Deep Sea 3D$695--30$232$46,047,731430Warner Bros. / IMAX
57That Demon Within$629-46%10$629$170,7256China Lion Film
58For a Woman$617-56%1-3$617$15,2134Film Movement
59Tasting Menu$505-80%1-3$505$14,8716Magnolia Pictures
60Alan Partridge$444-83%2-2$222$153,1468Magnolia Pictures
61Grand Départ$339--1--$339$3391Rialto Premieres
6220 Feet from Stardom$33251%21$166$4,945,60450RADiUS-TWC
63The Missing Picture$324-2%20$162$51,33710Strand Releasing
64Sweet Dreams (2013)$320--3--$107$53,25730International Film Circuit
65Stage Fright (2014)$305-79%1-9$305$6,6933Magnolia / Magnet
66In Bloom$280119%10$280$51,55420Big World Pictures
67More Than the Rainbow$96--1--$96$1,6774First Run Features
68No God, No Master$58-27%10$58$6,7969Monterey Media