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 Sat, Jun. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brave$23,682,115-4%4,164--$5,687$48,317,4511Disney
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$7,763,29626%3,920-343$1,980$151,318,3943Paramount / DreamWorks
3Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$5,664,324-9%3,108--$1,822$11,915,6661Fox
4Prometheus$3,961,41137%2,862-580$1,384$105,408,3983Fox
5Snow White and the Huntsman$3,269,28031%2,919-782$1,120$134,807,7454Universal
6Rock of Ages$3,121,92924%3,4700$900$26,404,2732Warner Bros. / New Line
7Marvel's The Avengers$3,041,78937%2,230-352$1,364$596,501,9768Disney
8That's My Boy$2,850,16816%3,0300$941$25,590,0612Sony / Columbia
9Men in Black 3$2,341,33634%2,462-673$951$161,826,5395Sony / Columbia
10Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$1,498,41717%1,625--$922$2,775,9441Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,391,15738%395217$3,522$10,617,1015Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$697,80854%741-443$942$37,907,3298Fox Searchlight
3The Hunger Games$255,61439%414-179$617$402,779,78514Lionsgate
4Battleship$214,93541%483-459$445$63,037,9606Universal
5Safety Not Guaranteed$198,28347%12982$1,537$934,7353FilmDistrict
6The Dictator$151,60426%316-803$480$58,596,0636Paramount
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$150,30224%411-805$366$39,704,8036Lionsgate
8Dark Shadows$108,62432%302-378$360$75,683,3397Warner Bros.
9Think Like a Man$107,10140%23830$450$90,967,54110Sony / Screen Gems
10For Greater Glory$84,44645%160-220$528$4,978,8784ARC Entertainment
11Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$80,73521%234-43$345$212,842,77517Universal
12Mirror Mirror$62,76722%222-56$283$64,206,87413Relativity Media
1321 Jump Street$55,18620%160-60$345$138,216,99515Sony / Columbia
14The Cabin in the Woods$52,83425%196-28$270$41,733,72311Lionsgate
15Chernobyl Diaries$51,01119%240-15$213$17,841,5755Warner Bros.
16The Lucky One (2012)$47,62116%202-148$236$60,121,48610Warner Bros.
17The Three Stooges$44,46229%154-47$289$43,621,80611Fox
18The Pirates! Band of Misfits$26,58535%115-34$231$29,244,5189Sony / Columbia
19The Raven$25,91827%133104$195$15,894,9329Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$152,82372%74-3$2,065$1,988,5465Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$72,4682%521$1,394$4,004,94910Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$23,49521%85-23$276$103,794,88520Warner Bros. / New Line
4Born to Be Wild 3D$19,47711%330$590$19,580,49364Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Wrath of the Titans$18,55148%70-35$265$83,626,00113Warner Bros.
6Lola Versus$18,43037%50-2$369$188,6343Fox Searchlight
7Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$13,53825%16-141$846$253,5272Indomina Media
8Rowdy Rathore$4,06664%9-23$452$765,0604UTV Communications
9Crooked Arrows$3,0300%25-72$121$1,784,7626Branded/Peck Films