'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, Jul. 3 - Sun, Jul. 5

Wide (1000+)

1Inside Out (2015)$29,771,224-43%4,15826$7,160$245,891,3953Disney
2Jurassic World$29,242,025-46%3,737-461$7,825$556,542,9804Universal
3Terminator Genisys$27,018,486--3,758--$7,190$42,474,1831Paramount
4Magic Mike XXL$12,857,184--3,355--$3,832$27,890,0031Warner Bros.
5Ted 2$11,171,520-67%3,4486$3,240$58,500,6302Universal
6Max (2015)$6,617,389-46%2,87015$2,306$25,378,1662Warner Bros.
7Spy (2015)$5,137,677-35%2,387-807$2,152$97,536,3005Fox
8San Andreas$2,824,063-48%1,672-948$1,689$147,190,4436Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

1Me and Earl and the Dying Girl$1,246,80326%870516$1,433$3,931,8424Fox Searchlight
2Dope$1,118,117-60%863-988$1,296$14,124,3893Open Road
3Mad Max: Fury Road$1,016,016-42%561-400$1,811$149,006,8958Warner Bros.
4Avengers: Age of Ultron$886,151-48%589-508$1,505$454,231,42910Disney
5Love & Mercy$743,583-42%440-288$1,690$10,529,8635Roadside Attractions
6Pitch Perfect 2$567,500-61%454-607$1,250$182,346,0608Universal
7Insidious: Chapter 3$558,121-72%651-961$857$51,232,7165Focus / Gramercy
8I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$468,250-23%240-50$1,951$5,836,5048Bleecker Street
9Faith of Our Fathers$438,186--344--$1,274$626,9771Pure Flix / Samuel Goldwyn
11The Overnight$325,575116%307262$1,061$628,9133The Orchard
12Home (2015)$290,760-27%257-18$1,131$175,366,85315Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Entourage$229,789-72%222-322$1,035$31,912,2565Warner Bros.
14Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2$220,852-31%24812$891$70,281,43012Sony / Columbia
15Aloha$136,723-31%199-41$687$20,727,7086Sony / Columbia
16Far from the Madding Crowd$119,658-26%105-48$1,140$11,840,39010Fox Searchlight
17Cinderella (2015)$115,169-56%175-60$658$200,587,75817Disney
18Woman In Gold$102,786-22%131-10$785$33,005,82114Weinstein Company
19Hot Pursuit (2015)$71,905-46%137-65$525$34,324,6519Warner Bros. / New Line
20The Divergent Series: Insurgent$66,811-33%124-21$539$130,127,85816Lionsgate / Summit
21Poltergeist (2015)$65,790-57%121-66$544$47,136,5567Fox
22Dil Dhadakne Do$50,838-52%2380$214$3,029,1465Eros International
23Tanu Weds Manu Returns$2,780-80%1360$20$3,041,9957Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Amy (2015)$222,500--6--$37,083$222,5001A24
2Infinitely Polar Bear$187,143--63--$2,971$348,6703Sony Pictures Classics
3Testament of Youth$163,550--68--$2,405$918,3385Sony Pictures Classics
4The Wolfpack$136,255-30%946$1,450$790,0584Magnolia Pictures
5A Little Chaos$116,653-36%874$1,341$386,4062Focus World
6Ex Machina$68,856-30%61-20$1,129$25,233,15513A24
7The Third Man (2015 re-issue)$68,455176%96$7,606$110,4742Rialto Pictures
8The Age of Adaline$47,278-47%93-61$508$42,588,72211Lionsgate
9Hubble 3D$40,913-18%8-3$5,114$49,333,931277Warner Bros. / IMAX
10ABCD 2$27,739-82%22-83$1,261$869,8483UTV Motion Pictures
11Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$24,45311%350$699$9,969,33966Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Escobar: Paradise Lost$24,041-78%44-61$546$177,0972RADiUS-TWC
13A Borrowed Identity$23,295126%54$4,659$40,5392Strand Releasing
14When Marnie Was There$22,968-4%33-1$696$496,1457GKIDS
15Get Hard$20,785-41%48-29$433$90,396,11115Warner Bros.
16Jimmy's Hall$19,881--3--$6,627$19,8811Sony Pictures Classics
17About Elly$18,68434%102$1,868$390,39213Cinema Guild
18The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$17,369-40%23-6$755$783,0249Music Box Films
19Cartel Land$15,581--2--$7,791$15,5811The Orchard
20Journey to the South Pacific$15,428-11%10-3$1,543$6,732,11184IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
21The Farewell Party$13,508-30%11-3$1,228$155,8487IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
22Iris (2015)$12,808-25%16-6$801$1,232,47210Magnolia Pictures
23Monkey Kingdom$11,330-68%41-54$276$16,387,49112Disneynature
24A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence$10,118-15%113$920$126,0895Magnolia Pictures
25Gemma Bovery$9,981-23%170$587$138,1006Music Box Films
26The Apu Trilogy (2015 re-issue)$7,153-72%3-2$2,384$346,7009Janus Films
27Eden (2015)$6,237-54%151$416$55,0083Broad Green Pictures
283 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets$6,04078%31$2,013$14,9083Participant Media
29Kingsman: The Secret Service$5,955-23%14-1$425$128,258,66021Fox
30A Poem Is a Naked Person (2015 re-issue)$5,526--1--$5,526$9,5181Janus Films
31The Tribe$5,302-70%53$1,060$49,2423Drafthouse Films
32The Salt of the Earth$4,616-84%5-9$923$1,321,58715Sony Pictures Classics
33Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb$4,255-7%19-3$224$113,741,74629Fox
34McFarland, USA$4,194-64%12-12$350$44,480,27520Disney
35The New Rijksmuseum$4,056453%42$1,014$9,0503First Run Features
36The Longest Ride$3,874-63%9-15$430$37,443,11913Fox
37Batkid Begins$3,872-80%40$968$29,1242Warner Bros. / New Line
38The Little Death$3,53914%42$885$8,5752Magnolia Pictures
39Beyond the Mask$3,476-41%4-7$869$1,227,05113Gathr / Freestyle
40She's Beautiful When She's Angry$3,408152%31$1,136$384,19031International Film Circuit
41The Wrecking Crew$3,320-2%2-1$1,660$795,72417Magnolia Pictures
42Under the Sea 3D$3,065-29%2-5$1,533$34,619,759334Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Mala Mala$2,569--1--$2,569$6,8891Strand Releasing
44Born to Be Wild 3D$2,272-30%4-11$568$24,211,714222Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Dior and I$2,230-49%5-2$446$1,017,13513The Orchard
46Saint Laurent$2,158-42%10-9$216$417,3169Sony Pictures Classics
47Roar (2015 re-issue)$1,830314%1-1$1,830$104,27512Drafthouse / Olive Films
48The Ark of Mr. Chow$1,770-79%1-5$1,770$53,2523China Lion Film
49To the Arctic 3D$1,5957495%10$1,595$14,347,745168Warner Bros. / IMAX
50The Pardon$1,4935%10$1,493$3,9852Monterey Media
51The Yes Men Are Revolting$1,102-53%3-9$367$42,3074The Orchard
52From Mayerling to Sarajevo (2015 re-issue)$895--1--$895$15,62415The Film Desk
53Jauja$823--1--$823$53,48116Cinema Guild
54Rebels of the Neon God (2015 re-issue)$819-60%1-1$819$23,18413Big World Pictures
55Sunshine Superman$610-70%7-1$87$79,2407Magnolia / CNN Films
56Set Fire to the Stars$39773%31$132$3,8954Strand Releasing
57Runoff$376-96%10$376$11,5942Monterey Media
58One Cut, One Life$374494%10$374$9,0578First Run Features
59Full Moon in Paris (2015 re-issue)$301--1--$301$15,20812Film Movement
60Heaven Knows What$234-90%2-5$117$72,2356RADiUS-TWC
61Love at First Fight$59-94%1-3$59$23,9027Strand Releasing