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, May. 25 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Men in Black 3$17,664,409--4,248--$4,158$17,664,4091Sony / Columbia
2Marvel's The Avengers$9,664,323117%3,918-331$2,467$486,349,1114Disney
3Chernobyl Diaries$3,530,924--2,433--$1,451$3,530,9241Warner Bros.
4Battleship$3,054,15082%3,70212$825$36,559,4952Universal
5The Dictator$2,777,54580%3,0146$922$34,625,6492Paramount
6What to Expect When You're Expecting$2,240,577113%3,0210$742$17,261,8252Lionsgate
7Dark Shadows$2,075,42680%3,404-351$610$57,558,3223Warner Bros.
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,671,811255%1,233879$1,356$11,875,3074Fox Searchlight
9The Hunger Games$600,24150%1,421-643$422$393,609,02610Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$405,65658%786-936$516$87,277,5976Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$267,82259%884-956$303$26,472,1265Sony / Columbia
321 Jump Street$178,473--364103$490$136,021,20011Sony / Columbia
4The Lucky One (2012)$171,694-17%615-1390$279$57,884,5276Warner Bros.
5Mirror Mirror$133,441187%42215$316$61,851,6989Relativity Media
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$122,850170%39011$315$210,486,62013Universal
7The Five-Year Engagement$83,575-38%274-901$305$27,738,8605Universal
8The Three Stooges$78,32998%325-269$241$42,059,6837Fox
9Wrath of the Titans$61,75251%255-105$242$82,757,1289Warner Bros.
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$47,952137%175-70$274$102,981,44516Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Cabin in the Woods$47,331-9%203-245$233$40,806,0527Lionsgate
12American Reunion$30,52524%165-125$185$56,622,6308Universal
13Girl in Progress$29,161-16%143-179$204$2,307,4343Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Bully (2012)$19,618-47%104-100$189$3,274,0919Weinstein Company
15Safe (2012)$15,806-54%112-391$141$16,752,7595Lionsgate
16The Raven$15,787-54%111-321$142$15,691,2775Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$172,329--4--$43,082$172,3291Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$66,107-10%501$1,322$2,150,8786Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Crooked Arrows$47,159147%6712$704$366,6122Branded/Peck Films
4The Intouchables$28,704--4--$7,176$28,7041Weinstein Company
5Born to Be Wild 3D$24,39112%340$717$19,028,42760Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$21,43731%87-47$246$8,802,27212CBS Films
7Sound of My Voice$9,27749%425$221$282,2175Fox Searchlight
8This Means War$8,79451%44-46$200$54,701,56415Fox
9Titanic 3D$8,307-5%42-28$198$57,775,8988Paramount
10A Thousand Words$7,97729%59-51$135$18,406,09512Paramount
11The Artist$2,813-34%20-83$141$44,566,56327Weinstein Company
12Act of Valor$2,061-59%39-57$53$69,996,33814Relativity Media
13Friends With Kids$1,592-2%9-16$177$7,234,35112Roadside Attractions
14Undefeated$1,06744%6-3$178$552,28115Weinstein Company
15Tonight You're Mine$745--3--$248$3,8973Roadside Attractions
16Coriolanus$540-52%4-4$135$754,84219Weinstein Company
17Red Tails$37488%74$53$49,870,25519Fox
18Lovely Molly$320-68%2-3$160$16,8742Image Entertainment
19Blue Like Jazz$107-73%3-4$36$594,0817Roadside Attractions