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 Tue, Feb. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$2,826,90013%3,141--$900$39,875,0201Universal
2Side Effects (2013)$903,11223%2,605--$347$10,943,2681Open Road
3Warm Bodies$777,7360%3,0090$258$38,036,2882Lionsgate / Summit
4Silver Linings Playbook$604,36519%2,8090$215$90,630,41613Weinstein Company
5Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$572,31114%3,285-90$174$44,912,1833Paramount
6Zero Dark Thirty$348,4406%2,562-309$136$84,243,5428Sony / Columbia
7Mama$294,4705%2,677-104$110$64,527,3654Universal
8Argo$267,47717%1,405470$190$124,104,80518Warner Bros.
9Bullet to the Head$254,37822%2,4040$106$8,732,7832Warner Bros.
10Lincoln$247,57520%1,517-239$163$174,075,37914Disney / DreamWorks
11Parker$237,97028%2,004-234$119$16,272,5773FilmDistrict
12Django Unchained$232,6663%1,502-275$155$154,974,4767Weinstein Company
13Les Miserables (2012)$166,4055%1,447-401$115$144,309,2807Universal
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$128,138-14%1,001-299$128$298,609,9309Warner Bros. / New Line
15Parental Guidance$87,407-5%1,219-261$72$74,523,7467Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$288,22513%300--$961$2,509,0201Paramount
2Life of Pi$180,040-5%92422$195$108,900,38612Fox
3Quartet$124,96315%24442$512$5,233,7845Weinstein Company
4The Impossible$105,45621%739-26$143$16,861,2788Lionsgate / Summit
5Gangster Squad$103,21610%942-683$110$45,005,2505Warner Bros.
6Stand Up Guys$86,09718%67011$129$2,925,4592Lionsgate / Roadside
7Wreck-It Ralph$66,123-26%75797$87$184,570,49915Disney
8A Haunted House$60,1083%913-588$66$39,119,0825Open Road
9Broken City$57,15618%755-1031$76$19,338,7424Fox
10Movie 43$31,2396%777-1246$40$8,721,8153Relativity Media
11Jack Reacher$21,6685%307-143$71$79,159,1578Paramount
12This is 40$18,0708%278-95$65$67,290,3708Universal
13Hyde Park on Hudson$17,85819%130-14$137$5,865,22110Focus
14Rise of The Guardians$12,134-56%275-32$44$100,905,92512Paramount / DreamWorks
15The Guilt Trip$11,54515%225-66$51$36,717,1048Paramount
16The Last Stand$8,93220%239-450$37$11,921,2054Lionsgate
17Texas Chainsaw 3D$8,823-12%18564$48$34,204,6846Lionsgate
18The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$7,586-12%160-29$47$291,445,45013Lionsgate / Summit
19Flight$5,6296%115-85$49$93,760,15515Paramount
20Red Dawn (2012)$3,334-20%105-48$32$44,758,13712FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$11,89285%25--$476$113,5521UTV Motion Pictures
2Anna Karenina (2012)$9,46220%911$104$12,696,55613Focus
3Race 2$8,78745%63-76$139$1,539,7073UTV Motion Pictures
4To the Arctic 3D$6,255-23%520$120$11,183,65243Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$4,283-12%47-3$91$12,505,0188Paramount
6Lost in Thailand$3,740-12%35--$107$40,2161WAMCR
7Hitchcock$2,895-24%36-8$80$5,930,92412Fox Searchlight
8The Master$2,645-7%291$91$16,252,63922Weinstein Company
9Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,6412%81-67$33$13,086,90710FilmDistrict
10Born to Be Wild 3D$2,366-27%300$79$21,929,96597Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Sessions$1,503-29%18-11$84$5,937,43517Fox Searchlight
12Taken 2$1,2788%35-48$37$139,843,31519Fox
13Pitch Perfect$900140%15-26$60$64,999,64320Universal
14A Late Quartet$8596%120$72$1,515,69715Entertainment One / RKO
15Brief Reunion$30199%1--$301$6,3434Striped Entertainment
16LUV$184-13%3-5$61$156,6474Indomina Media