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 Fri, Mar. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$67,263,650--4,137--$16,259$67,263,6501Lionsgate
221 Jump Street$6,214,886122%3,1210$1,991$55,966,2142Sony / Columbia
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$3,235,760129%3,677-92$880$167,465,7704Universal
4John Carter$1,367,11059%3,212-537$426$58,700,4903Disney
5Project X (2012)$632,13687%2,065-857$306$50,434,2844Warner Bros.
6Act of Valor$569,17971%2,219-546$257$64,448,9035Relativity Media
7A Thousand Words$528,232129%1,787-108$296$13,528,4003Paramount
8Safe House$385,70075%1,330-590$290$121,565,0157Universal
9Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$324,64968%1,340-595$242$96,106,7387Warner Bros. / New Line
10This Means War$323,93582%1,188-472$273$51,608,6726Fox
11The Vow$286,43654%1,258-917$228$122,221,2107Sony / Screen Gems
12Silent House (2012)$205,12832%1,202-922$171$11,527,9013Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$312,393263%621-395$503$33,411,9365Lionsgate
2Casa de mi Padre$300,749151%47593$633$3,149,0012Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Friends With Kids$225,96193%558-82$405$4,922,6423Roadside Attractions
4Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$170,447359%12462$1,375$1,096,6473CBS Films
5Jeff Who Lives at Home$154,829123%2540$610$1,342,1872Paramount Vantage
6The Artist$117,1126%576-579$203$42,680,45018Weinstein Company
7Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$86,90624%511-513$170$50,118,1856Sony / Columbia
8The Woman in Black$76,464338%180-125$425$53,627,4238CBS Films
9The Iron Lady$64,59916%327-129$198$28,910,31013Weinstein Company
10Chronicle$63,79364%292-140$218$63,390,8288Fox
11Hugo$59,77835%283-100$211$73,247,18018Paramount
12Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$58,60881%248-38$236$131,832,59615Fox
13Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$53,520118%200-29$268$208,935,15715Paramount
14Wanderlust$43,475-17%235-463$185$17,018,0955Universal
15The Descendants$38,67617%199-148$194$82,171,54419Fox Searchlight
16Big Miracle$35,840177%224-12$160$19,877,7558Universal
17We Bought a Zoo$34,76684%155-33$224$75,015,72014Fox
18The Grey$32,29689%204-15$158$51,272,4219Open Road
19Gone$27,73037%183-293$152$11,478,0295Summit
20One For the Money$23,438190%15139$155$26,250,4309Lionsgate
21Red Tails$21,06962%131-21$161$49,547,51910Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$35,41224%400$885$17,389,42651Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Being Flynn$18,20740%73-15$249$345,4654Focus
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$16,29091%86-39$189$186,727,72415Warner Bros.
4Seeking Justice$9,840-58%74-157$133$368,3472Anchor Bay Films
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$9,280-40%74-82$125$43,132,0217Fox
6Undefeated$7,45955%17-4$439$359,0196Weinstein Company
7Albert Nobbs$6,99435%44-4$159$2,871,7559Roadside Attractions
8Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$6,03223%50-55$121$31,822,69814Warner Bros.
9Coriolanus$5,05039%19-2$266$552,06110Weinstein Company
10W.E.$4,89743%18-2$272$448,2428Weinstein Company
11My Week with Marilyn$3,165-16%44-6$72$14,571,57318Weinstein Company