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 Thu, Mar. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$1,610,2221%2,756--$584$26,055,9821Relativity Media
2The Lincoln Lawyer$1,077,390-2%2,707--$398$17,967,1831Lionsgate
3Rango$1,045,7957%3,843-80$272$96,563,1653Paramount
4Battle: Los Angeles$1,000,6770%3,4170$293$64,979,5442Sony / Columbia
5Paul$937,4503%2,802--$335$17,104,1701Universal
6Red Riding Hood$544,1087%3,0300$180$28,113,4572Warner Bros.
7The Adjustment Bureau$477,4953%2,660-187$180$50,626,0703Universal
8Mars Needs Moms$408,2349%3,1170$131$16,966,2132Disney
9Hall Pass$251,046-1%1,905-650$132$40,618,1104Warner Bros. / New Line
10Beastly$236,34114%1,810-149$131$23,128,5733CBS Films
11The King's Speech$209,1417%1,249-519$167$133,293,61117Weinstein Company
12Gnomeo and Juliet$208,74713%1,748-837$119$94,362,5346Disney
13Just Go With It$201,78610%1,708-690$118$98,740,8216Sony / Columbia
14Unknown (2011)$122,4444%1,401-902$87$61,593,2255Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I Am Number Four$98,18411%955-1050$103$52,990,6255Disney / DreamWorks
2Cedar Rapids$58,322-2%46268$126$5,714,7506Fox Searchlight
3Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$34,4269%480-767$72$72,342,8566Paramount
4Yogi Bear$34,42416%43834$79$99,549,37514Warner Bros.
5Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$32,2879%550-381$59$36,549,2265Fox
6True Grit (2010)$24,7018%268-133$92$169,876,61013Paramount
7The Fighter$23,4691%316-147$74$93,461,48515Paramount
8Black Swan$22,4956%191-146$118$106,394,06916Fox Searchlight
9No Strings Attached$21,0033%232-22$91$70,341,5289Paramount
10Take Me Home Tonight$16,552-7%281-1722$59$6,773,4293Relativity Media
11The Rite$12,1856%202117$60$32,907,1718Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$51,3424%2622$1,975$915,5332Focus
2Hubble 3D$43,04621%490$878$22,973,93653Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Win Win$14,894-3%5--$2,979$207,9161Fox Searchlight
4I Love You Phillip Morris$14,32131%11-1$1,302$2,003,70116Roadside Attractions
5Biutiful$14,32131%88-26$163$4,751,26712Roadside Attractions
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$8,12910%94-28$86$294,856,40918Warner Bros.
7Kill the Irishman$7,376-41%2116$351$379,6182Anchor Bay Films
8The Mechanic$6,8829%9957$70$29,026,2928CBS Films
9The Music Never Stopped$6,294-5%32--$197$101,8481Roadside Attractions
10The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$6,27326%82-41$77$104,247,47415Fox
11The Eagle$5,7454%92-7$62$19,388,7486Focus
12Drive Angry$5,6729%95-456$60$10,530,6764Summit
13The Company Men$4,92026%58-5$85$4,228,2469Weinstein Company
14Blue Valentine (2010)$4,7991%43-17$112$9,597,51312Weinstein Company
15127 Hours$3,21349%32-47$100$18,292,81420Fox Searchlight
16Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,65724%43-56$62$42,714,64513Fox
17happythankyoumoreplease$2,397-14%12-7$200$147,6983Anchor Bay Films
18Rabbit Hole$1,285-48%29-9$44$2,193,64214Lionsgate
19Nostalgia for the Light$1,23626%1--$1,236$15,8241Icarus Films
20Season of the Witch$9704%31-23$31$24,827,22811Relativity Media
21From Prada to Nada$776-2%27-6$29$2,974,6938Lionsgate / Pantelion
22Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$564-16%50$113$83,8396Phase 4 Films