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, Jan. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$6,018,171--3,372--$1,785$6,018,1711Paramount
2Mama$3,888,885254%2,68235$1,450$39,676,3252Universal
3Silver Linings Playbook$2,356,526157%2,641118$892$61,821,15311Weinstein Company
4Zero Dark Thirty$2,332,741133%2,929-17$796$62,436,5886Sony / Columbia
5Parker$2,148,238--2,224--$966$2,148,2381FilmDistrict
6Movie 43$1,810,561--2,023--$895$1,810,5611Relativity Media
7Django Unchained$1,218,474100%2,007-509$607$142,508,3005Weinstein Company
8Gangster Squad$1,148,32477%2,590-513$443$36,595,1913Warner Bros.
9Broken City$1,049,83099%2,6222$400$12,319,8192Fox
10Les Miserables (2012)$1,049,75085%2,210-369$475$134,374,9005Universal
11Lincoln$865,14996%1,909-265$453$164,052,98312Disney / DreamWorks
12A Haunted House$825,013155%2,002-158$412$33,020,9943Open Road
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$716,79576%1,675-648$428$290,655,2657Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Last Stand$540,74849%2,9130$186$9,074,6932Lionsgate
15Parental Guidance$538,061158%1,736-601$310$68,880,8745Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$560,374127%941-315$596$101,400,73410Fox
2The Impossible$493,262143%782-104$631$11,855,0176Lionsgate / Summit
3Argo$393,525130%635-121$620$116,149,95216Warner Bros.
4Quartet$261,973584%163131$1,607$802,8023Weinstein Company
5Race 2$233,254--153--$1,525$233,2541UTV Motion Pictures
6Jack Reacher$220,89843%888-819$249$77,573,9916Paramount
7This is 40$202,80050%507-725$400$65,806,5906Universal
8Skyfall$197,058170%456-51$432$301,449,94512Sony / Columbia
9Wreck-It Ralph$121,561131%588-724$207$181,874,32213Disney
10The Guilt Trip$70,02839%352-290$199$36,041,4826Paramount
11Hotel Transylvania$66,044--228-9$290$147,330,27818Sony / Columbia
12Rise of The Guardians$64,225190%305-169$211$99,905,75410Paramount / DreamWorks
13Hyde Park on Hudson$55,28128%144-50$384$5,109,6508Focus
14Flight$53,55070%263-37$204$93,291,29113Paramount
15The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$51,897113%216-90$240$290,906,85211Lionsgate / Summit
16Red Dawn (2012)$39,007121%205-44$190$44,426,29310FilmDistrict
17Here Comes the Boom$38,427--191-18$201$44,784,30116Sony / Columbia
18Texas Chainsaw 3D$37,999-43%285-1189$133$33,895,7064Lionsgate
19Taken 2$15,553113%124-32$125$139,710,88417Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$26,63822%98-19$272$12,349,82711Focus
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$17,952-12%96-169$187$12,300,8686Paramount
3The Master$16,977475%3723$459$16,074,72220Weinstein Company
4To the Arctic 3D$13,26729%520$255$10,929,27341Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Pitch Perfect$10,915191%91-34$120$64,935,00818Universal
6The Sessions$10,50977%620$170$5,829,05315Fox Searchlight
7Hitchcock$10,23235%90-32$114$5,824,09210Fox Searchlight
8The Perks of Being A Wallflower$8,98380%56-17$160$17,693,03919Lionsgate / Summit
9Born to Be Wild 3D$7,885116%300$263$21,805,84095Warner Bros. / IMAX
10LUV$4,266-21%21-24$203$123,4082Indomina Media
11Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,5159%35-23$72$12,946,5978FilmDistrict
12A Late Quartet$2,352-35%10-4$235$1,459,73213Entertainment One / RKO