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, Nov. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$7,732,709-38%4,066--$1,902$179,148,4351Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$5,766,753-11%3,440--$1,676$12,277,6650Disney
3Hugo$2,356,28740%1,277--$1,845$4,037,5370Paramount
4Happy Feet Two$2,047,160-30%3,606--$568$30,358,0111Warner Bros.
5Immortals$1,915,6536%2,677-435$716$59,831,0762Relativity Media
6Jack and Jill$1,890,015-2%3,029-409$624$47,119,9702Sony / Columbia
7Arthur Christmas$1,842,931-23%3,376--$546$4,232,2000Sony / Columbia
8Tower Heist$1,555,62521%2,489-881$625$58,024,1653Universal
9Puss in Boots (2011)$1,288,140-22%3,005-898$429$127,919,0564Paramount / DreamWorks
10J. Edgar$973,43117%1,94737$500$23,862,6712Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,055,1618%390385$2,706$3,541,2321Fox Searchlight
2A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$368,333-2%960-1915$384$29,965,3353Warner Bros. / New Line
3In Time$179,64021%470-2121$382$34,275,8274Fox
4My Week with Marilyn$155,6090%123--$1,265$311,6430Weinstein Company
5Like Crazy$64,930-32%15080$433$2,053,3184Paramount Vantage
6Footloose (2011)$64,1674%384-1831$167$50,545,0806Paramount
7Moneyball$52,7973%187-626$282$72,869,5619Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity 3$50,730-8%355-2421$143$102,970,3975Paramount
9The Ides of March$45,28411%159-537$285$39,288,5987Sony / Columbia
10Courageous$44,5867%211-694$211$32,550,6358Sony / TriStar
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$35,669-20%224-445$159$19,679,0985Summit
12Margin Call$32,524-24%170--$191$4,074,0075Roadside Attractions
1350/50$30,329-13%210-214$144$34,357,1308Summit
14The Way$29,018-8%137-34$212$3,169,0527Producers Distribution Agency
15Contagion$28,849-13%301-54$96$75,295,25111Warner Bros.
16Martha Marcy May Marlene$28,179-5%127-56$222$2,399,6135Fox Searchlight
17Dolphin Tale$21,810-51%388-317$56$70,177,4019Warner Bros.
18Abduction$20,212-21%16336$124$27,708,6139Lionsgate
19Rise of the Planet of the Apes$11,922-28%120-44$99$176,508,23216Fox
20Johnny English Reborn$8,295-9%108-102$77$8,305,9705Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Drive (2011)$14,068-1%9318$151$34,406,91010FilmDistrict
2Anonymous$12,74516%72-410$177$4,231,8074Sony / Columbia
3The Rum Diary$10,5509%54-893$195$12,902,7724FilmDistrict
4Born to Be Wild 3D$8,788-57%490$179$14,362,63133Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$6,430-18%91-39$71$84,351,19717Warner Bros.
6The Big Year$3,558-11%52-31$68$7,135,6356Fox
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$2,217-68%48-24$46$38,490,06814Weinstein Company
8Sarah's Key$2,104-21%27-135$78$7,675,31318Weinstein Company
9The Mighty Macs$2,104-56%28-33$75$1,877,6255Quaker Media
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,694-15%78-7$22$381,011,21919Warner Bros.
11Laugh at My Pain$95362%11-2$87$7,699,80611CodeBlack Entertainment
12Machine Gun Preacher$521-4%9-3$58$533,3339Relativity Media
13Shark Night 3D$511-29%270$19$18,877,15312Relativity Media
14Our Idiot Brother$223-16%6-6$37$24,816,11813Weinstein Company
15I Don't Know How She Does It$162-41%38-45$4$9,662,28410Weinstein Company
16Circumstance$105-5%1-4$105$441,82913Roadside Attractions
17Apollo 18$899%5-13$18$17,687,70912Weinstein Company
18Inni$61-98%1-3$61$92,4214Cinema Purgatorio
19The Future$11175%1-2$11$568,29017Roadside Attractions