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 Wed, Mar. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hall Pass$1,048,297-17%2,950--$355$16,941,6611Warner Bros. / New Line
2Unknown (2011)$809,446-23%3,0430$266$45,675,9832Warner Bros.
3The King's Speech$730,569-16%2,385299$306$116,565,05414Weinstein Company
4I Am Number Four$686,382-21%3,1562$217$40,036,1872Disney / DreamWorks
5Just Go With It$676,840-21%3,544-4$191$80,987,5653Sony / Columbia
6Gnomeo and Juliet$558,012-20%3,03723$184$76,180,5873Disney
7Drive Angry$378,121-27%2,290--$165$6,514,2961Summit
8Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$356,095-30%2,810-308$127$64,162,0363Paramount
9Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$299,339-22%2,8210$106$29,668,7422Fox
10True Grit (2010)$138,290-9%1,222-243$113$167,562,85110Paramount
11No Strings Attached$127,536-13%1,366-600$93$69,153,5266Paramount
12The Eagle$126,490-10%1,568-728$81$18,740,6993Focus
13The Roommate$101,604-16%1,726-434$59$36,151,3244Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$130,431--668-91$195$90,789,90212Paramount
2Black Swan$127,157-13%617-39$206$103,979,37313Fox Searchlight
3Cedar Rapids$55,4230%13634$408$2,512,7153Fox Searchlight
4Biutiful$43,966-15%18124$243$3,916,6109Roadside Attractions
5The Green Hornet$43,554-6%667-598$65$96,773,1857Sony / Columbia
6The Rite$38,507-4%545-503$71$32,427,1945Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Mechanic$32,695-8%404-548$81$28,780,1255CBS Films
8Sanctum$31,360-27%392-985$80$23,177,8454Universal
9127 Hours$22,867-14%220-20$104$17,991,21017Fox Searchlight
10Blue Valentine (2010)$20,590-16%167-68$123$9,288,6679Weinstein Company
11The Company Men$19,584-22%185-57$106$3,942,0246Weinstein Company
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$19,0570%303-18$63$294,381,91415Warner Bros.
13Yogi Bear$16,627-14%366-359$45$97,909,55511Warner Bros.
14Little Fockers$15,665-8%261-24$60$148,024,66510Universal
15The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$15,452-15%248-16$62$103,826,60812Fox
16The Social Network$11,5474%269156$43$96,952,02522Sony / Columbia
17The Dilemma$10,890-10%243-50$45$48,464,3307Universal
18Season of the Witch$9,259-13%17139$54$24,677,2898Relativity Media
19Gulliver's Travels (2010)$8,022-8%204-31$39$42,463,99110Fox
20Winter's Bone$2,15016%135115$16$6,508,65638Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$23,077-9%500$462$22,125,97050Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Rabbit Hole$7,4294%835$90$2,083,19111Lionsgate
3Somewhere (2010)$4,82516%27-2$179$1,780,88310Focus
4From Prada to Nada$4,276-6%81-47$53$2,919,0405Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Unstoppable (2010)$2,405-13%66-39$36$81,535,83416Fox
67 Khoon Maaf$2,291-33%683$34$260,8702UTV Communications
7Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$1,40751%32$469$52,8203Phase 4 Films
8I Love You Phillip Morris$1,39570%156$93$1,956,23913Roadside Attractions
9Brotherhood (2010)$304-32%21$152$18,9122Phase 4 Films
10Immigration Tango$17047%2-28$85$24,3172Roadside Attractions