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.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Jan. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$2,165,547-17%3,08336$702$91,457,8422Paramount
2Little Fockers$2,008,010-18%3,55418$565$107,018,6902Universal
3TRON: Legacy$1,755,989-25%3,365-86$522$135,400,8643Disney
4Black Swan$1,330,323-11%1,55387$857$50,627,8585Fox Searchlight
5The Fighter$1,164,444-10%2,53423$460$48,849,8534Paramount
6Yogi Bear$794,475-35%3,5150$226$67,772,0133Warner Bros.
7The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$791,476-27%2,948-402$268$88,808,6724Fox
8The Tourist$741,457-8%2,7560$269$56,184,1554Sony / Columbia
9Tangled$714,344-37%2,5820$277$169,668,2696Disney
10Gulliver's Travels (2010)$625,176-33%3,089543$202$29,012,3712Fox
11How Do You Know$526,274-3%2,4830$212$26,108,6773Sony / Columbia
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$448,002-28%1,7320$259$284,606,7137Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$862,201-12%7000$1,232$24,778,2566Weinstein Company
2Burlesque$65,513-8%3300$199$37,870,2746Sony / Screen Gems
3Unstoppable (2010)$53,439-14%45057$119$79,583,8868Fox
4Megamind$49,036-44%7640$64$144,328,1019Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Social Network$48,303-20%2490$194$93,330,46214Sony / Columbia
6127 Hours$43,216-15%103-12$420$10,528,3689Fox Searchlight
7Due Date$42,1816%4040$104$99,313,7609Warner Bros.
8Red (2010)$36,394-7%303-27$120$89,580,62212Summit
9Love and Other Drugs$33,654-6%17531$192$31,336,4926Fox
10Life As We Know It$24,815-7%2480$100$52,937,93213Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me$16,745-26%1974$85$251,242,62526Universal
12Fair Game (2010)$13,077-7%109-52$120$9,145,8789Summit
13Jackass 3D$9,912-23%1370$72$117,132,18912Paramount
14Faster (2010)$9,2326%119-4$78$22,874,7936CBS Films
15Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$8,310-37%1580$53$55,571,32315Warner Bros.
16Morning Glory (2010)$7,29321%1260$58$30,773,2968Paramount
17Paranormal Activity 2$6,770-22%1450$47$84,676,14911Paramount
18Hereafter$3,595-12%1280$28$32,720,27312Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$37,095-4%4--$9,274$367,5291Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$27,969-22%470$595$20,213,72042Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Love You Phillip Morris$23,677-5%68-1$348$1,174,9845Roadside Attractions
4Rabbit Hole$21,918-4%340$645$480,0063Lionsgate
5Somewhere (2010)$15,613-18%81$1,952$467,4452Focus
6Biutiful$7,310-17%2--$3,655$80,7691Roadside Attractions
7Under the Sea 3D$7,124-25%120$594$25,290,05599Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Next Three Days$4,766-15%81-30$59$21,139,7177Lionsgate
9Country Strong$4,313-20%20$2,157$129,4322Sony / Screen Gems
10The Town$3,6307%620$59$92,180,27016Warner Bros.
11Summer Wars$1,5572%2--$779$18,7012GKIDS
12The Tempest$1,41046%6-8$235$234,0094Disney
13The Warrior's Way$1,395-33%384$37$5,572,7865Relativity Media
14Inception$1,305-49%280$47$292,572,69725Warner Bros.
15For Colored Girls$1,106-20%28-11$40$37,679,2659Lionsgate
16Winter's Bone$369-85%2-3$185$6,248,35830Roadside Attractions