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, Mar. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$12,004,73656%3,525--$3,406$19,698,2991Warner Bros. / New Line
2Identity Thief$4,651,20070%3,2308$1,440$105,107,6554Universal
3Snitch (2013)$3,571,21968%2,5110$1,422$22,401,6032Lionsgate / Summit
421 And Over$3,386,6331%2,771--$1,222$6,736,0661Relativity Media
5Escape From Planet Earth$3,281,647153%3,110-243$1,055$41,065,3333Weinstein Company
6The Last Exorcism Part II$3,189,584-2%2,700--$1,181$6,439,1261CBS Films
7Safe Haven$2,853,30341%2,951-272$967$55,674,0283Relativity Media
8Silver Linings Playbook$2,748,57075%1,836-176$1,497$113,896,23716Weinstein Company
9A Good Day to Die Hard$2,121,94178%2,589-966$820$58,439,1503Fox
10Dark Skies$1,601,24546%2,3130$692$12,592,0602Weinstein / Dimension
11Warm Bodies$1,214,51762%1,930-714$629$61,321,9445Lionsgate / Summit
12Side Effects (2013)$819,12375%1,112-958$737$27,610,4434Open Road
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$431,20665%1,075-1875$401$18,298,6053Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$1,124,867101%62654$1,797$116,327,90115Fox
2Argo$1,031,13392%985183$1,047$132,123,60121Warner Bros.
3Quartet$800,82673%725369$1,105$10,662,8758Weinstein Company
4Zero Dark Thirty$639,23993%722-475$885$93,244,40511Sony / Columbia
5Lincoln$487,284106%652-223$747$179,810,15717Disney / DreamWorks
6Django Unchained$470,33071%983324$478$160,037,44710Weinstein Company
7Les Miserables (2012)$262,24077%352-110$745$147,469,69010Universal
8Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$248,44577%601-824$413$53,926,6856Paramount
9Mama$163,15559%447-716$365$70,798,9157Universal
10Rise of The Guardians$138,985135%295-10$471$102,294,73915Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$126,617100%210-178$603$301,324,86612Warner Bros. / New Line
12Kai Po Che$121,66869%104-6$1,170$812,0192UTV Motion Pictures
13Parental Guidance$98,65185%258-123$382$76,004,50410Fox
14Jack Reacher$86,79255%225125$386$79,635,36211Paramount
15The Impossible$74,37771%151-122$493$18,280,77711Lionsgate / Summit
16Bless Me, Ultima$72,65167%183-80$397$1,195,1622Arenas Entertainment
17The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$50,70047%180-43$282$292,270,00616Lionsgate / Summit
18A Haunted House$46,04683%169-133$272$40,011,7538Open Road
19Gangster Squad$39,68155%138-64$288$45,726,4698Warner Bros.
20The Guilt Trip$37,72565%133-53$284$37,078,24511Paramount
21Skyfall$36,20472%101-83$358$304,279,01117Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$68,21254%68--$1,003$112,4501Methinx Entertainment
2Stoker$66,12239%7--$9,446$113,8221Fox Searchlight
3To the Arctic 3D$22,98260%520$442$11,453,16646Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hyde Park on Hudson$21,91360%38-27$577$6,200,59713Focus
5Bullet to the Head$17,99673%86-19$209$9,441,8775Warner Bros.
6Broken City$15,41474%69-29$223$19,631,6987Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$11,21398%300$374$22,078,314100Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Parker$10,86154%51-161$213$17,435,8186FilmDistrict
9Stand Up Guys$7,27562%17-24$428$3,295,4405Lionsgate / Roadside
10The Sweeney$6,7409%11--$613$12,9381eOne Films US
11A Late Quartet$2,337170%6-1$390$1,550,90118Entertainment One / RKO
12Movie 43$2,0722%17-4$122$8,808,0736Relativity Media
13Camp (2013)$1,828-26%21$914$13,6022Freestyle Releasing
14ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$362151%2-7$181$221,5474UTV Motion Pictures
15Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$19883%1--$198$95,92022Roadside Attractions