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, Sep. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$1,784,699-1%2,77888$642$104,390,5533Disney / DreamWorks
2The Debt$930,882-4%1,786--$521$1,901,4140Focus
3Colombiana$826,160-5%2,614--$316$14,562,1221Sony / TriStar
4Rise of the Planet of the Apes$765,209-4%3,346-125$229$152,224,6934Fox
5Our Idiot Brother$640,350-11%2,555--$251$10,235,3441Weinstein Company
6Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$597,107-4%2,760--$216$11,440,1891FilmDistrict
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$494,563-9%3,30510$150$24,399,3052Weinstein Company
8The Smurfs$429,046-8%2,861-196$150$127,952,6125Sony / Columbia
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$341,185-2%1,577-363$216$71,203,7045Warner Bros.
10Fright Night (2011)$338,7561%3,1140$109$15,762,1352Disney / DreamWorks
11Conan the Barbarian (2011)$331,116-3%3,0150$110$18,217,5902Lionsgate
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$306,094-1%1,328-410$230$372,150,9837Warner Bros.
1330 Minutes or Less$300,227-5%2,071-817$145$33,197,7073Sony / Columbia
14One Day$248,885-5%1,7254$144$10,977,5352Focus
15Final Destination 5$248,1131%2,085-1070$119$39,045,3983Warner Bros. / New Line
16Captain America: The First Avenger$219,0452%1,424-564$154$169,699,1746Paramount
17Cowboys & Aliens$202,4250%1,559-654$130$94,381,1555Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Change-Up$117,520-7%904-729$130$35,015,4004Universal
2Sarah's Key$77,782-5%27271$286$4,422,1646Weinstein Company
3Horrible Bosses$76,001-3%465-290$163$114,154,6488Warner Bros. / New Line
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$74,8896%51834$145$349,759,7449Paramount / DreamWorks
5Bridesmaids$30,0050%222-22$135$168,175,33516Universal
6Super 8$29,078-5%242156$120$126,176,30612Paramount
7Green Lantern (2011)$21,0664%222-20$95$116,063,62011Warner Bros.
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$20,923-11%239-35$88$67,121,51911Fox
9Kung Fu Panda 2$18,350-13%194-43$95$164,360,66914Paramount / DreamWorks
10Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$14,225-12%223-1759$64$11,757,6533Fox
11X-Men: First Class$12,51229%110-36$114$146,169,98813Fox
12The Hangover Part II$7,5070%128-65$59$254,333,10214Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$30,054-10%0-49--$12,260,71721Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Tree of Life$15,57111%971$161$12,909,10114Fox Searchlight
3Another Earth$11,44427%947$122$1,150,4426Fox Searchlight
4The Devil's Double$11,1168%78-5$143$1,225,9735Lionsgate
5Attack the Block$8,66018%30-14$289$746,0295Sony / Screen Gems
6Bad Teacher$8,230-8%75--$110$98,300,38810Sony / Columbia
7Circumstance$5,8311%7--$833$67,3121Roadside Attractions
8Beginners$5,0938%50-19$102$5,729,03113Focus
9Monte Carlo$3,8672%91-16$42$22,916,9689Fox
10The Future$3,396-4%21-10$162$415,5415Roadside Attractions
11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$1,453-6%15-22$97$1,325,5437Fox Searchlight
12A Better Life$1,38314%31-34$45$1,759,25210Summit
13Rio (2011)$1,37931%39-29$35$143,602,60220Fox
14Project Nim$1,2291%164$77$351,5698Roadside Attractions
15Redemption Road$859-31%26--$33$23,7841Freestyle Releasing
16Insidious$52648%7-2$75$53,992,67522FilmDistrict
17Everything Must Go$15822%3-1$53$2,709,55616Roadside Attractions
185 Days of War$81-15%1-1$81$11,7582Anchor Bay Films
19The Conspirator$5665%3-1$19$11,538,14820Roadside Attractions