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, Sep. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1House at the End of the Street$4,621,259--3,083--$1,499$4,621,2591Relativity Media
2End of Watch$4,603,191--2,730--$1,686$4,603,1911Open Road
3Trouble with the Curve$4,171,545--3,212--$1,299$4,171,5451Warner Bros.
4Finding Nemo 3D$2,407,552251%2,9040$829$22,941,5272Disney
5Dredd 3D$2,219,943--2,506--$886$2,219,9431Lionsgate
6Resident Evil: Retribution$1,959,21889%3,0164$650$28,726,9452Sony / Screen Gems
7The Possession$808,801154%2,598-262$311$43,458,4284Lionsgate
8Lawless$711,93474%2,614-449$272$32,902,8534Weinstein Company
9The Bourne Legacy$479,385121%1,431-739$335$109,272,0857Universal
10ParaNorman$465,726204%1,617-709$288$50,702,8246Focus
11The Expendables 2$399,14655%1,820-1076$219$81,961,0986Lionsgate
12The Odd Life of Timothy Green$381,342164%1,752-663$218$47,494,0806Disney
13The Campaign$376,34885%1,250-752$301$84,157,4137Warner Bros.
142016: Obama's America$287,950--1,216--$237$31,373,02711Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Hope Springs (2012)$257,27137%1,147-799$224$61,555,4267Sony / Columbia
16The Words$228,880-5%1,247-1554$184$10,473,4513CBS Films
17Last Ounce of Courage$177,836--1,064--$167$2,380,8362Rocky Mountain Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$1,397,3782153%788783$1,773$2,453,2612Weinstein Company
2The Dark Knight Rises$347,83292%948-633$367$442,205,70210Warner Bros.
3Arbitrage$326,812144%24447$1,339$2,995,3192Roadside Attractions
4Barfi!$166,702213%130-2$1,282$1,500,9702UTV Communications
5Heroine$142,463--114--$1,250$142,4631UTV Communications
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$121,002385%420-121$288$158,142,18011Fox
7Premium Rush$108,97212%567-772$192$19,411,7365Sony / Columbia
8Total Recall (2012)$83,762--32219$260$58,264,9278Sony / Columbia
9Ted (2012)$71,78584%293-118$245$217,666,03013Universal
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$69,183359%374-217$185$47,517,5828Fox
11The Amazing Spider-Man$68,191--253-75$270$261,292,41612Sony / Columbia
12Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$50,489224%240-66$210$215,723,28116Paramount / DreamWorks
13For A Good Time, Call...$48,97278%105-2$466$986,0464Focus
14The Intouchables$46,81547%156-24$300$12,118,37318Weinstein Company
15Hit and Run$41,23328%291-360$142$13,512,0745Open Road
16Moonrise Kingdom$39,35465%120-37$328$45,073,09818Focus
17Step Up Revolution$36,195149%182-86$199$34,855,7869Lionsgate / Summit
18Beasts of the Southern Wild$33,02219%132-80$250$10,812,24813Fox Searchlight
19Sparkle (2012)$32,505--206-288$158$24,165,9576Sony / TriStar
20The Cold Light of Day$19,817-73%155-1356$128$3,651,6683Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$84,916--4--$21,229$84,9161Lionsgate / Summit
2My Uncle Rafael$35,361--14--$2,526$35,3611Rocky Mountain Pictures
310 Years$25,9481371%4340$603$57,0052Anchor Bay Films
4To the Arctic 3D$20,00588%520$385$8,593,60823Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$19,740-48%85-237$232$2,999,9293Paramount
6The Watch$14,87661%77-61$193$34,194,5149Fox
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$11,65329%47-33$248$46,233,32921Fox Searchlight
8Magic Mike$7,77123%55-60$141$113,697,20613Warner Bros.
9Safety Not Guaranteed$6,46747%40-6$162$3,944,38216FilmDistrict
10Born to Be Wild 3D$6,128174%330$186$20,870,56277Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Ruby Sparks$6,1006%43-27$142$2,464,5439Fox Searchlight
12The Apparition$3,4254%35-33$98$4,852,5325Warner Bros.
13Toys in the Attic$1,820--6--$303$44,0113Hannover House
14Husbands In Goa$1,106--7--$158$1,1061UTV Communications
15Cosmopolis$842-64%9-22$94$755,7566Entertainment One Films
16Mugamoodi$576365%1-2$576$100,1404UTV Communications
17Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$478145%70$68$3,369,7207ARC Entertainment
18Branded$123-94%2-78$62$352,9923Roadside Attractions