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, Jun. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$37,725,329586%4,011--$9,405$43,225,3290Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$5,540,193-22%4,115--$1,346$85,723,6031Disney
3Bad Teacher$2,979,609-24%3,049--$977$42,507,7901Sony / Columbia
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,340,791-22%3,3423$401$43,723,9432Fox
5Green Lantern (2011)$1,212,252-42%3,514-302$345$94,422,2532Warner Bros.
6Super 8$1,192,725-21%3,42416$348$99,326,4223Paramount
7Bridesmaids$628,050-23%1,590-431$395$148,698,6157Universal
8X-Men: First Class$525,562-40%2,023-1352$260$135,153,6264Fox
9Kung Fu Panda 2$448,904-31%2,527-942$178$154,721,3635Paramount / DreamWorks
10Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$447,446-31%1,742-1000$257$231,011,9686Disney
11The Hangover Part II$429,042-34%2,025-1435$212$245,377,6885Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$153,720-16%215100$715$6,340,7135Fox Searchlight
2Rio (2011)$98,869-13%344-64$287$139,933,30911Fox
3Thor$63,035-22%404-471$156$177,441,8778Paramount
4Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$55,326-58%891-1633$62$13,749,2513Relativity Media
5Fast Five$44,590-31%343-113$130$207,925,1409Universal
6Water for Elephants$40,041-13%292-59$137$57,812,12910Fox
7Something Borrowed$28,236-28%231184$122$38,539,6238Warner Bros.
8Rango$21,135-10%156-32$135$123,072,94317Paramount
9The Lincoln Lawyer$17,484-9%189-31$93$57,679,11215Lionsgate
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$11,086-26%1140$97$10,016,8009Weinstein Company
11Source Code$10,091-15%106-55$95$54,565,66513Summit
12The Art of Getting By$8,831-67%129-481$68$1,415,0552Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$58,539-16%47-165$1,246$7,910,81612Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Beginners$54,292-11%7329$744$1,715,7504Focus
3Hubble 3D$26,586-12%330$806$26,155,78967Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Insidious$10,158-5%74-24$137$53,558,40813FilmDistrict
5Submarine$6,126-16%260$236$308,4204Weinstein Company
6Jane Eyre (2011)$6,040-7%51-17$118$11,190,46216Focus
7Limitless$5,918-23%85-32$70$79,195,25915Relativity Media
8Hanna$5,192-18%59-32$88$40,218,88912Focus
9A Better Life$5,010-10%4--$1,253$78,5451Summit
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$4,652-26%58-32$80$52,654,73214Fox
11The Beaver$3,054-11%6643$46$967,5948Summit
12Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$2,448-2%46-25$53$52,896,50710Lionsgate
13Everything Must Go$2,367-4%33-22$72$2,638,2927Roadside Attractions
14Win Win$2,077-32%32-35$65$10,130,07615Fox Searchlight
15The Conspirator$1,510-6%0-44--$11,492,14911Roadside Attractions
16Scream 4$985-4%180$55$38,179,92511Weinstein Company
17The Last Mountain$786-10%6-1$131$85,5914Dada Films
18Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$61821%4--$155$214,53841Collective Eye
19Beautiful Boy$605-12%42$151$65,8694Anchor Bay Films
20Kill the Irishman$121-3%2-6$61$1,188,06416Anchor Bay Films
21The Music Never Stopped$8244%2-1$41$250,22315Roadside Attractions
2235 and Ticking$60-8%10$60$75,7346Image Entertainment