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 Wed, Mar. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$2,611,125-29%3,729--$700$79,988,8551Universal
2Project X (2012)$1,565,997-30%3,055--$513$26,971,7311Warner Bros.
3Act of Valor$891,491-22%3,05314$292$48,175,2582Relativity Media
4Safe House$561,660-20%2,553-499$220$110,216,6254Universal
5The Vow$456,832-24%2,826-212$162$113,117,0234Sony / Screen Gems
6This Means War$404,675-20%2,342-847$173$42,696,4233Fox
7Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$378,813-25%2,1320$178$27,153,9412Lionsgate
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$378,395-32%3,060-290$124$86,543,6674Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Artist$321,855-19%1,756790$183$37,833,51915Weinstein Company
10Wanderlust$320,320-24%2,0020$160$13,533,7902Universal
11Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$281,378-24%2,487-687$113$45,791,5523Sony / Columbia
12Gone$191,098-33%2,1860$87$9,620,3692Summit
13Chronicle$117,195-17%1,054-743$111$61,236,6075Fox
14The Secret World of Arrietty$90,558-17%1,431-91$63$17,048,9073Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$93,910-14%694-195$135$80,683,18416Fox Searchlight
2The Iron Lady$89,998-16%511-11$176$27,279,14510Weinstein Company
3Hugo$76,400-29%406-95$188$71,570,55915Paramount
4The Woman in Black$69,433-16%812-915$86$52,647,2305CBS Films
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$63,224-13%731-887$86$42,425,0324Fox
6The Grey$23,383-18%308-609$76$50,809,6456Open Road
7Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$22,600-11%266-67$85$186,340,57512Warner Bros.
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$22,599-15%3143$72$130,874,59612Fox
9Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$20,514-13%126-38$163$23,727,95913Focus
10Red Tails$19,28715%249-240$77$49,074,0087Fox
11Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$18,701-18%30323$62$31,575,53011Warner Bros.
12Big Miracle$17,950-23%359-269$50$19,421,3605Universal
13My Week with Marilyn$17,694-4%120-282$147$14,390,21415Weinstein Company
14We Bought a Zoo$16,964-20%266-14$64$74,461,89511Fox
15The Adventures of Tintin$16,529-25%215-57$77$77,222,50411Paramount
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$12,806-33%107-71$120$208,065,31912Paramount
17Contraband$11,150-20%148-49$75$66,398,3058Universal
18Joyful Noise$9,350-22%202-75$46$30,798,9788Warner Bros.
19One For the Money$5,873-8%117-112$50$26,077,9616Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$27,62645%400$691$16,858,16848Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Albert Nobbs$7,068-13%68-32$104$2,744,5446Roadside Attractions
3Undefeated$7,064-47%138$543$190,7253Weinstein Company
4Shame$5,68737%22-3$259$3,869,18614Fox Searchlight
5W.E.$5,239-7%194$276$343,6525Weinstein Company
6Being Flynn$4,0606%4--$1,015$55,3311Focus
7Coriolanus$3,603-16%146$257$421,3067Weinstein Company
8Happy Feet Two$3,028-28%850$36$64,003,13416Warner Bros.
9Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$2,402-44%26-22$92$163,6812UTV Communications
10Paan Singh Tomar$2,04655%10--$205$24,8271UTV Communications
11Pariah (2011)$1,47119%130$113$734,20110Focus
12Haywire$934-18%32-5$29$18,856,0047Relativity Media
13In the Land of Blood and Honey$72112%84$90$303,22211FilmDistrict
14The Devil Inside$417105%17-8$25$53,202,6779Paramount
15Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$382-49%25-10$15$1,151,6864UTV Communications