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. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$2,436,88749%3,96311$615$79,601,1892Paramount / DreamWorks
2Tower Heist$1,969,69530%3,367--$585$27,510,0351Universal
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$1,294,16025%2,875--$450$15,279,6181Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$710,72026%3,1275$227$25,263,9882Fox
5Paranormal Activity 3$537,3816%3,286-43$164$96,160,0003Paramount
6The Rum Diary$346,49027%2,29220$151$10,975,6462FilmDistrict
7Footloose (2011)$345,45629%2,811-413$123$45,332,3624Paramount
8Real Steel$268,90130%2,438-476$110$79,255,2915Disney / DreamWorks
9The Ides of March$187,49534%1,391-181$135$37,065,5585Sony / Columbia
10The Three Musketeers (2011)$175,01731%1,863-1154$94$18,356,1503Summit
11Courageous$152,14413%1,1384$134$30,237,6186Sony / TriStar
12Moneyball$149,90520%1,278-353$117$70,488,6217Sony / Columbia
13Dolphin Tale$96,48753%1,105-733$87$68,776,9307Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$133,56424%514249$260$2,924,2762Sony / Columbia
250/50$95,78626%747-447$128$33,146,9656Summit
3Margin Call$74,01340%17838$416$2,643,0903Roadside Attractions
4Johnny English Reborn$64,39567%644-910$100$7,828,1903Universal
5The Way$39,99631%224-34$179$2,220,2555Producers Distribution Agency
6Sarah's Key$39,26331%318289$123$7,407,66116Weinstein Company
7Drive (2011)$25,79327%136-58$190$34,110,7258FilmDistrict
8The Thing (2011)$24,9608%384-1010$65$16,792,6354Universal
9Contagion$22,06222%260-151$85$74,507,7359Warner Bros.
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$15,61520%199-32$78$176,169,47914Fox
11Dream House$14,775-1%330-255$45$21,176,4806Universal
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$13,16218%172-78$77$84,133,87915Warner Bros.
13Abduction$12,39721%207-144$60$27,389,1547Lionsgate
14The Mighty Macs$10,481285%101-288$104$1,750,4743Quaker Media
15The Big Year$9,65432%213-210$45$7,030,8804Fox
16What's Your Number?$8,03937%10240$79$13,951,1966Fox
17Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$6,68611%22562$30$380,885,72817Warner Bros.
18Killer Elite$5,2596%119-138$44$25,016,7947Open Road
19Captain America: The First Avenger$4,53929%102-37$45$176,644,88616Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$51,38029%9866$524$1,112,3423Fox Searchlight
2Like Crazy$26,87515%1612$1,680$494,6712Paramount Vantage
3Born to Be Wild 3D$16,88269%490$345$13,990,89431Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Double (2011)$7,53015%4534$167$112,6322Image Entertainment
5Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$3,98646%98-53$41$38,361,92712Weinstein Company
6Apollo 18$3,2099%93-27$35$17,669,84610Weinstein Company
7Our Idiot Brother$2,91927%35-16$83$24,796,97311Weinstein Company
8Inni$2,233-21%42$558$49,7712Cinema Purgatorio
9Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,1993%52-23$42$24,024,42311FilmDistrict
10Laugh at My Pain$2,18410%38-13$57$7,678,0909CodeBlack Entertainment
11The Son of No One$2,08110%10--$208$21,9831Anchor Bay Films
12Shark Night 3D$1,888-9%44-46$43$18,841,39710Relativity Media
13Machine Gun Preacher$1,26053%12-1$105$522,5897Relativity Media
14Texas Killing Fields$64910%103$65$43,4794Anchor Bay Films
15Circumstance$60033%5-2$120$437,39511Roadside Attractions
16Dirty Girl$55880%65$93$54,4985Weinstein Company
17Munger Road$47043%9-1$52$259,7856Freestyle Releasing
18I Don't Know How She Does It$42970%8-6$54$9,609,4768Weinstein Company
19The Future$290150%50$58$567,44915Roadside Attractions
20Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$96-29%5-1$19$486,19210Indomina Media
21Project Nim$60-3%30$20$406,56418Roadside Attractions