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, Nov. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$2,434,29715%3,952--$616$38,623,9581Paramount / DreamWorks
2In Time$1,361,02127%3,122--$436$14,481,8491Fox
3Paranormal Activity 3$1,328,012-48%3,3298$399$84,778,7672Paramount
4The Rum Diary$680,35125%2,272--$299$6,359,9641FilmDistrict
5Footloose (2011)$480,36026%3,224-331$149$39,405,2343Paramount
6The Three Musketeers (2011)$428,10511%3,0170$142$15,661,2132Summit
7Real Steel$381,8660%2,914-498$131$74,704,4684Disney / DreamWorks
8The Ides of March$305,839-12%1,572-470$195$34,255,7774Sony / Columbia
9Moneyball$247,280-19%1,631-722$152$67,960,9636Sony / Columbia
1050/50$183,84026%1,194-738$154$31,669,8235Summit
11Johnny English Reborn$179,71010%1,5542$116$6,808,5652Universal
12Courageous$178,262-8%1,134-61$157$28,054,8255Sony / TriStar
13Dolphin Tale$140,417-21%1,838-990$76$67,352,8536Warner Bros.
14The Thing (2011)$97,580-26%1,394-1601$70$16,305,0853Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$117,2896%265--$443$1,249,5031Sony / Columbia
2Margin Call$81,0294%14084$579$1,649,0612Roadside Attractions
3The Way$43,739-4%258-25$170$1,699,1364Producers Distribution Agency
4The Help$43,301-8%450-326$96$166,994,37712Disney / DreamWorks
5The Mighty Macs$41,23329%389-586$106$1,586,4322Quaker Media
6Drive (2011)$39,56133%194-173$204$33,790,2377FilmDistrict
7Contagion$38,737-5%411-490$94$74,181,2938Warner Bros.
8Dream House$26,325-31%585-639$45$20,898,7455Universal
9The Big Year$23,284-14%423-1727$55$6,870,6073Fox
10The Lion King 3D$21,00412%378-713$56$93,183,3077Disney
11Abduction$19,79514%351-402$56$27,200,0016Lionsgate
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$19,18028%250-58$77$83,939,09914Warner Bros.
13Rise of the Planet of the Apes$18,7156%231-18$81$175,925,01213Fox
14Killer Elite$14,1604%257-494$55$24,937,4116Open Road
15Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$10,8287%163-77$66$380,728,65016Warner Bros.
16Captain America: The First Avenger$7,830-2%139-45$56$176,566,97015Paramount
17Apollo 18$5,6662%120107$47$17,616,4099Weinstein Company
18Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$3,578-25%151-27$24$38,290,02111Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$32,04019%3228$1,001$506,2482Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$13,67410%490$279$13,839,62630Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Like Crazy$13,40226%4--$3,351$147,2051Paramount Vantage
4The Debt$8,5211%87-32$98$31,163,5509Focus
5What's Your Number?$8,23078%62-281$133$13,868,5335Fox
6Cowboys & Aliens$6,370-13%91-40$70$100,228,76614Universal
7Shark Night 3D$4,01127%90-12$45$18,804,4439Relativity Media
8Laugh at My Pain$3,5794%51-52$70$7,644,2508CodeBlack Entertainment
9Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$3,140-30%7522$42$23,982,35910FilmDistrict
10The Double (2011)$2,645-17%11--$240$32,4741Image Entertainment
11Our Idiot Brother$2,16344%51-28$42$24,767,61610Weinstein Company
12Machine Gun Preacher$2,05637%13-12$158$508,9216Relativity Media
13Sarah's Key$1,799-3%29-19$62$7,061,01015Weinstein Company
14Inni$1,607191%2--$804$33,8321Cinema Purgatorio
15Warrior (2011)$1,40544%31-34$45$13,654,0438Lionsgate
16Circumstance$1,13078%7-3$161$431,17010Roadside Attractions
17I Don't Know How She Does It$856128%14-15$61$9,604,4177Weinstein Company
18Texas Killing Fields$816-39%73$117$35,8843Anchor Bay Films
19Munger Road$584-64%10-6$58$245,8885Freestyle Releasing
20The Future$557-5%5-9$111$565,80614Roadside Attractions
21Labios Rojos$37786%11-32$34$135,4863Lionsgate / Pantelion
22Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$2314%6-15$39$483,7399Indomina Media
23Project Nim$5557%3-9$18$405,98017Roadside Attractions
24Thunder Soul$25-55%40$6$143,6496Roadside Attractions
25Dirty Girl$14-76%1-4$14$51,5034Weinstein Company