'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. 10 - Sun, Jul. 12

Wide (1000+)

2Jurassic World$18,151,275-38%3,441-296$5,275$590,689,5955Universal
3Inside Out (2015)$17,665,796-41%3,644-514$4,848$284,196,1004Disney
4Terminator Genisys$13,830,369-49%3,78325$3,656$68,848,1102Paramount
5The Gallows$9,808,463--2,720--$3,606$9,808,4631Warner Bros. / New Line
6Magic Mike XXL$9,582,350-25%3,37621$2,838$48,301,1792Warner Bros.
7Ted 2$5,666,310-49%2,171-1277$2,610$71,684,8953Universal
8Self/Less$5,403,460--2,353--$2,296$5,403,4601Focus / Gramercy
9Max (2015)$3,542,406-46%2,088-782$1,697$33,826,6013Warner Bros.
10Spy (2015)$3,052,681-41%1,457-930$2,095$103,516,2036Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1Baahubali: The Beginning$3,070,000--236--$13,008$4,400,0001BlueSky Cinemas
2Amy (2015)$1,799,780709%341335$5,278$2,140,5762A24
3San Andreas$1,231,228-56%756-916$1,629$150,022,1037Warner Bros. / New Line
4Me and Earl and the Dying Girl$661,177-47%570-300$1,160$5,541,9675Fox Searchlight
5Dope$624,894-44%380-483$1,644$15,480,1184Open Road
6Mad Max: Fury Road$617,148-39%338-223$1,826$150,253,1959Warner Bros.
7Avengers: Age of Ultron$455,764-49%338-251$1,348$455,238,84611Disney
8Love & Mercy$434,650-42%294-146$1,478$11,330,4146Roadside Attractions
9I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$353,054-25%212-28$1,665$6,451,1799Bleecker Street
10Pitch Perfect 2$274,060-52%284-170$965$183,058,2309Universal
11Home (2015)$219,697-24%233-24$943$175,871,00716Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2$147,537-33%166-82$889$70,607,32813Sony / Columbia
14Insidious: Chapter 3$133,628-76%158-493$846$51,767,0536Focus / Gramercy
15The Overnight$117,848-64%147-160$802$930,4384The Orchard
16Faith of Our Fathers$82,188-81%154-190$534$882,0932Pure Flix / Samuel Goldwyn
17Aloha$78,223-43%135-64$579$20,898,5647Sony / Columbia
18Woman In Gold$65,849-36%101-30$652$33,139,57415Weinstein Company
19Cinderella (2015)$59,506-48%127-48$469$200,743,97318Disney
20Dil Dhadakne Do$18,578-63%2380$78$3,066,1006Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Testament of Youth$176,9508%9123$1,945$1,117,8986Sony Pictures Classics
2Infinitely Polar Bear$166,565-11%7613$2,192$602,5904Sony Pictures Classics
3Cartel Land$99,494539%2018$4,975$129,0492The Orchard
4The Wolfpack$96,886-29%80-14$1,211$986,5975Magnolia Pictures
5Far from the Madding Crowd$86,882-27%98-7$887$12,003,09711Fox Searchlight
6Forever Young (2015)$70,047--14--$5,003$70,0471China Lion Film
7Entourage$69,869-70%88-134$794$32,122,0026Warner Bros.
8Poltergeist (2015)$62,355-5%98-23$636$47,256,8748Fox
9Tangerine$60,683--4--$15,171$60,6831Magnolia Pictures
10A Little Chaos$55,471-52%56-31$991$505,9883Focus World
11Hot Pursuit (2015)$53,208-26%92-45$578$34,429,91210Warner Bros. / New Line
12Ex Machina$43,758-36%39-22$1,122$25,310,17114A24
13Jimmy's Hall$39,14097%118$3,558$69,4232Sony Pictures Classics
14Hubble 3D$38,939-5%7-1$5,563$49,421,991278Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Third Man (2015 re-issue)$37,896-45%112$3,445$204,1923Rialto Pictures
16A Borrowed Identity$24,3815%105$2,438$76,7233Strand Releasing
17Manglehorn$23,251--26--$894$113,7834IFC Films
18Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot$20,049--4--$5,012$20,0491Magnolia Pictures
19Batkid Begins$19,302399%117$1,755$51,4413Warner Bros. / New Line
20Journey to the South Pacific$18,12818%100$1,813$6,768,74385IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
21Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$17,821-27%350$509$10,008,18467Warner Bros. / IMAX
23The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$16,764-3%16-7$1,048$815,76910Music Box Films
24A Poem Is a Naked Person (2015 re-issue)$15,070173%43$3,768$31,6162Janus Films
25The Tribe$14,739178%61$2,457$72,2574Drafthouse Films
26About Elly$13,955-25%8-2$1,744$415,83814Cinema Guild
27Monkey Kingdom$11,9556%27-14$443$16,413,05413Disneynature
28Do I Sound Gay?$10,461--1--$10,461$10,4611IFC Films
29Iris (2015)$9,701-24%14-2$693$1,252,08611Magnolia Pictures
30Gemma Bovery$9,457-5%14-3$676$154,1777Music Box Films
31Tap World$8,714--3--$2,905$8,7141Vitagraph
32When Marnie Was There$8,454-63%18-15$470$521,6608GKIDS
33A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence$8,119-20%110$738$143,5156Magnolia Pictures
34Seymour: An Introduction$7,930--8--$991$723,70118IFC Films
35ABCD 2$7,348-74%8-14$919$889,6964UTV Motion Pictures
36The Apu Trilogy (2015 re-issue)$6,283-12%41$1,571$360,75710Janus Films
37The Farewell Party$6,089-55%7-4$870$167,3248IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
38The Suicide Theory$5,229--10--$523$5,2291Freestyle Releasing
39Meet Me in Montenegro$5,010--10--$501$5,0101The Orchard
40Born to Be Wild 3D$4,765110%73$681$24,226,333223Warner Bros. / IMAX
41The Salt of the Earth$4,467-3%83$558$1,332,42516Sony Pictures Classics
42Clouds of Sils Maria$4,351--8--$544$1,838,57514IFC Films
43Under the Sea 3D$3,011-2%75$430$34,629,767335Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Saint Laurent$2,94436%6-4$491$422,69610Sony Pictures Classics
45Eden (2015)$2,577-59%8-7$322$63,3454Broad Green Pictures
46Jauja$2,393191%21$1,197$56,13817Cinema Guild
47A Murder in the Park$2,199--3--$733$6,3323IFC Films
48Rebels of the Neon God (2015 re-issue)$2,092155%21$1,046$26,18414Big World Pictures
49Dior and I$1,978-11%50$396$1,019,56114The Orchard
50Heaven Knows What$1,790665%31$597$74,4007RADiUS-TWC
51The Yes Men Are Revolting$1,73858%30$579$44,0665The Orchard
52Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor$1,554--2--$777$9,4664Distrib Films
533 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets$1,476-76%30$492$20,1124Participant Media
54The Wrecking Crew$1,447-56%31$482$798,29518Magnolia Pictures
55The Connection (2015)$1,416--2--$708$190,5349Drafthouse Films
56To the Arctic 3D$1,344-16%10$1,344$14,351,498169Warner Bros. / IMAX
57Roar (2015 re-issue)$1,166-36%43$292$105,52113Drafthouse / Olive Films
58The Little Death$1,107-69%1-3$1,107$11,6373Magnolia Pictures
59Aloft$1,090--6--$182$43,7308Sony Pictures Classics
60Sunshine Superman$90348%4-3$226$80,8988Magnolia / CNN Films
61Beyond the Mask$895-74%3-1$298$1,229,58214Gathr / Freestyle
62Stations of the Cross$688--1--$688$6881Film Movement
63Love at First Fight$579881%10$579$24,5548Strand Releasing
64Mala Mala$486-81%10$486$9,7582Strand Releasing
65She's Beautiful When She's Angry$306-91%1-2$306$387,47232International Film Circuit
66The New Rijksmuseum$295-93%1-3$295$11,6524First Run Features
67Runoff$241-36%10$241$12,4333Monterey Media
68Set Fire to the Stars$40-90%1-2$40$4,2805Strand Releasing