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 Wed, Feb. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$1,471,725-21%3,16524$465$78,083,3302Universal
2A Good Day to Die Hard$1,468,682-30%3,553--$413$40,453,8881Fox
3Safe Haven$1,260,265-23%3,223--$391$36,205,6811Relativity Media
4Escape From Planet Earth$860,024-34%3,288--$262$23,263,0981Weinstein Company
5Silver Linings Playbook$513,573-10%2,202-607$233$100,870,10214Weinstein Company
6Side Effects (2013)$493,057-22%2,6050$189$21,241,5032Open Road
7Warm Bodies$487,570-26%2,897-112$168$52,915,3553Lionsgate / Summit
8Beautiful Creatures (2013)$443,356-27%2,950--$150$12,535,1451Warner Bros.
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$260,353-22%2,103-1182$124$51,000,0904Paramount
10Zero Dark Thirty$254,711-3%1,527-1035$167$89,047,4009Sony / Columbia
11Mama$156,425-14%1,648-1029$95$68,899,6455Universal
12Lincoln$150,921-6%1,007-510$150$176,962,54615Disney / DreamWorks
13Django Unchained$146,363-9%1,017-485$144$157,656,7128Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$176,023-4%33389$529$7,560,4826Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$171,510-13%647-277$265$111,745,02313Fox
3Argo$171,309-12%903-502$190$127,654,18819Warner Bros.
4Les Miserables (2012)$94,640-10%676-771$140$145,963,8458Universal
5The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$73,468-17%605-396$121$300,322,89110Warner Bros. / New Line
6Wreck-It Ralph$61,689-9%506-251$122$185,965,66216Disney
7Parker$48,728-23%705-1299$69$17,197,3334FilmDistrict
8The Impossible$46,339-20%422-317$110$17,716,1949Lionsgate / Summit
9Parental Guidance$43,032-11%603-616$71$75,435,3438Fox
10Rise of The Guardians$32,726-17%33863$97$101,612,56113Paramount / DreamWorks
11Bullet to the Head$25,700-12%470-1934$55$9,333,7803Warner Bros.
12A Haunted House$23,658-6%340-573$70$39,640,1766Open Road
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$22,709-11%25494$89$291,887,11514Lionsgate / Summit
14Gangster Squad$19,444-23%210-732$93$45,436,2026Warner Bros.
15Stand Up Guys$12,630-15%119-551$106$3,214,9873Lionsgate / Roadside
16Jack Reacher$11,600-1%175-132$66$79,383,8519Paramount
17Broken City$9,293-19%133-622$70$19,525,4185Fox
18This is 40$8,350-9%167-111$50$67,467,0409Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$10,9599%86-44$127$6,051,75011Focus
2Top Gun 3D$10,026-4%40-260$251$3,006,5932Paramount
3To the Arctic 3D$7,965-25%520$153$11,320,97344Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Guilt Trip$6,4927%88-137$74$36,817,8849Paramount
5Born to Be Wild 3D$5,38125%300$179$22,011,85798Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Texas Chainsaw 3D$4,802-7%96-89$50$34,308,1737Lionsgate
7Anna Karenina (2012)$3,742-34%51-40$73$12,781,01814Focus
8ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$3,305-27%22-3$150$199,8492UTV Motion Pictures
9Hitchcock$2,448136%14-22$175$5,948,06313Fox Searchlight
10The Last Stand$2,035-22%54-185$38$11,968,8965Lionsgate
11Red Dawn (2012)$1,850-7%56-49$33$44,804,55213FilmDistrict
12The Sessions$1,80719%16-2$113$5,960,80118Fox Searchlight
13Movie 43$1,7654%35-742$50$8,785,4284Relativity Media
14A Late Quartet$1,5507%131$119$1,538,15416Entertainment One / RKO
15Race 2$1,001-59%11-52$91$1,575,0354UTV Motion Pictures
16Playing For Keeps (2012)$644-7%23-58$28$13,102,47811FilmDistrict
17Taken 2$361-20%16-19$23$139,853,78420Fox
18The Package (2013)$40-2%1--$40$1,3591Anchor Bay Films