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, Dec. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$6,421,102-28%3,4483023$1,862$32,436,4611Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$4,745,04911%3,703--$1,281$58,753,6221Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,967,61913%3,726--$1,065$36,940,1871Fox
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$3,310,977-35%2,914--$1,136$8,376,4730Sony / Columbia
5The Adventures of Tintin$2,431,0036%3,087--$787$8,008,0230Paramount
6New Year's Eve$1,165,18510%3,051-454$382$29,337,1952Warner Bros. / New Line
7Arthur Christmas$855,86328%2,105-1167$407$41,468,0024Sony / Columbia
8The Muppets$708,37921%1,859-1469$381$73,556,5254Disney
9Hugo$611,85621%1,487-1121$411$41,627,2694Paramount
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$609,35918%1,822-1782$334$268,801,9015Lionsgate / Summit
11The Sitter$582,6565%2,473-277$236$20,488,2022Fox
12Immortals$48,0008%1,216-1083$39$82,244,3426Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$416,7218%835-41$499$30,291,5525Fox Searchlight
2Young Adult$375,2947%986978$381$5,409,4482Paramount
3Puss in Boots (2011)$153,51720%757-1086$203$143,251,1978Paramount / DreamWorks
4Happy Feet Two$131,119-2%760-2080$173$59,632,6425Warner Bros.
5Jack and Jill$108,27915%677-2110$160$71,059,7086Sony / Columbia
6My Week with Marilyn$79,2317%2440$325$6,419,1964Weinstein Company
7Tower Heist$50,16014%418-1651$120$76,112,9157Universal
8Dolphin Tale$44,95215%250-92$180$71,511,15613Warner Bros.
9J. Edgar$41,39814%455-1100$91$35,912,2706Warner Bros.
10A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$28,7698%245-225$117$34,534,1867Warner Bros. / New Line
11Moneyball$28,12021%24234$116$74,391,43713Sony / Columbia
12Footloose (2011)$28,04116%25352$111$51,394,62210Paramount
13Courageous$26,14925%187-4$140$33,593,76812Sony / TriStar
14In Time$18,1029%273-81$66$36,823,0088Fox
15Paranormal Activity 3$16,31711%206-96$79$103,847,9999Paramount
16Margin Call$11,2142%121-28$93$5,165,4399Roadside Attractions
17The Ides of March$10,84318%141-46$77$40,603,13311Sony / Columbia
18Like Crazy$9,4187%100-62$94$3,334,1368Paramount Vantage
1950/50$8,520-3%111-35$77$35,000,11812Summit
20The Three Musketeers (2011)$7,33720%123-45$60$20,349,9139Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$57,53711%1612$3,596$1,101,5822Focus
2The Artist$43,3399%171$2,549$1,498,4304Weinstein Company
3Shame$40,1625%5029$803$1,407,4173Fox Searchlight
4The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$31,0550%22-3$1,412$564,4424Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$14,555-8%490$297$14,844,13837Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Drive (2011)$5,671-36%56-14$101$34,755,32514FilmDistrict
7Martha Marcy May Marlene$3,14024%39-33$81$2,883,2959Fox Searchlight
8The Rum Diary$2,51129%30-33$84$13,109,8158FilmDistrict
9Pastorela$93132%19-25$49$161,1943Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Cook County$61136%5--$122$9,7271Hanover House