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, May. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$6,339,757-25%4,3490$1,458$395,813,0472Disney
2The Dictator$4,175,274--3,003--$1,390$4,175,2740Paramount
3Dark Shadows$1,841,116-29%3,755--$490$36,449,0531Warner Bros.
4Think Like a Man$380,482-26%2,0177$189$82,810,0614Sony / Screen Gems
5The Hunger Games$376,509-19%2,531-263$149$388,246,7958Lionsgate
6The Lucky One (2012)$311,464-28%2,839-166$110$54,847,0074Warner Bros.
7The Five-Year Engagement$285,480-38%2,569-372$111$25,718,1353Universal
8The Pirates! Band of Misfits$205,009-19%2,848-510$72$23,702,9523Sony / Columbia
9Chimpanzee$136,187-25%1,400-131$97$26,179,1604Disneynature
10The Raven$125,848-27%1,888-321$67$15,181,7223Relativity Media
11Safe (2012)$107,369-49%1,690-581$64$16,197,1833Lionsgate
12The Cabin in the Woods$84,206-35%1,029-640$82$40,086,4685Lionsgate
13The Three Stooges$53,417-24%1,027-1147$52$41,339,1775Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$321,998-7%178151$1,809$4,693,0682Fox Searchlight
2Girl in Progress$62,300-27%322--$193$1,623,8551Lionsgate / Pantelion
321 Jump Street$46,637-41%510-530$91$135,307,7329Sony / Columbia
4Bully (2012)$39,428-12%2630$150$2,981,8547Weinstein Company
5Mirror Mirror$37,738-13%607-315$62$61,110,4267Relativity Media
6American Reunion$36,210-42%521-335$70$56,190,5806Universal
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$34,920-4%455-66$77$209,699,75011Universal
8Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$19,836-17%200-47$99$8,607,80110CBS Films
9The Artist$19,651-10%751710$26$44,501,65725Weinstein Company
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$17,517-11%260-43$67$102,634,39014Warner Bros. / New Line
11Titanic 3D$15,463-26%157-176$98$57,668,3606Paramount
12Lockout$15,129-19%255-56$59$14,187,2525Open Road
13Wrath of the Titans$10,932-40%265-450$41$82,033,6407Warner Bros.
14Safe House$7,495-15%136-39$55$126,173,47014Universal
15This Means War$6,468-1%132-39$49$54,605,48713Fox
16Jeff Who Lives at Home$6,186-9%11770$53$4,263,3379Paramount Vantage
17A Thousand Words$6,067-10%127-13$48$18,311,70610Paramount
18Act of Valor$4,938-18%118-75$42$69,920,21612Relativity Media
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$3,384-27%110-33$31$35,022,06812Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$51,94022%49-1$1,060$1,548,8334Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$25,80053%340$759$18,840,99558Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sound of My Voice$6,356-29%4618$138$212,0083Fox Searchlight
4The Road (2012)$5,375-32%50--$108$77,4321Freestyle Releasing
5Casa de mi Padre$3,436-5%56-12$61$5,906,0279Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Chronicle$2,845-5%51-27$56$64,520,24115Fox
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,3170%67-8$35$133,068,78522Fox
8Friends With Kids$2,063-17%362$57$7,213,05010Roadside Attractions
9Project X (2012)$1,823-7%40-32$46$54,730,09611Warner Bros.
10Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$1,689-20%23-7$73$1,187,4715Code Black Entertainment
11Coriolanus$1,1713%11-7$106$743,33817Weinstein Company
12Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$1,049-39%10--$105$20,7661UTV Communications
13Blue Like Jazz$58732%11-9$53$590,1165Roadside Attractions
14Undefeated$540-57%130$42$543,77513Weinstein Company
15Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$473-15%12-5$39$43,455,09314Fox
16Tonight You're Mine$249-11%2--$125$2,9261Roadside Attractions
17Red Tails$24190%9-3$27$49,867,41417Fox
18Touchback$184-3%4-8$46$203,4935Anchor Bay Films
19Albert Nobbs$881157%2-3$44$3,014,67616Roadside Attractions