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, Mar. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$7,108,00012%3,912--$1,817$92,540,4691Disney
2Jack the Giant Slayer$1,256,15335%3,5250$356$45,813,8262Warner Bros. / New Line
3Identity Thief$780,52033%3,002-228$260$117,911,0155Universal
421 And Over$724,75926%2,7710$262$18,175,7522Relativity Media
5Dead Man Down$601,95822%2,188--$275$6,439,0831FilmDistrict
6Escape From Planet Earth$592,29040%2,549-561$232$48,859,0254Weinstein Company
7Snitch (2013)$566,05028%2,340-171$242$32,861,1663Lionsgate / Summit
8Safe Haven$493,28945%2,541-410$194$63,669,8334Relativity Media
9Silver Linings Playbook$426,64539%1,727-109$247$121,355,04317Weinstein Company
10A Good Day to Die Hard$286,25232%1,725-864$166$63,871,3314Fox
11The Last Exorcism Part II$283,29916%2,7000$105$12,657,4942CBS Films
12Dark Skies$150,20015%1,505-808$100$15,845,3543Weinstein / Dimension
13Warm Bodies$116,3198%1,052-878$111$63,799,7856Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$239,40749%67145$357$119,767,32116Fox
2Quartet$209,27555%715-10$293$13,589,8519Weinstein Company
3Emperor$118,99423%261--$456$1,229,6241Roadside Attractions
4Argo$118,27336%741-244$160$134,488,46722Warner Bros.
5Side Effects (2013)$114,36950%602-510$190$29,761,4915Open Road
6Zero Dark Thirty$73,66921%522-200$141$94,763,13312Sony / Columbia
7Django Unchained$60,49931%336-647$180$161,207,34411Weinstein Company
8The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$54,93619%337127$163$301,976,03413Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lincoln$53,01839%432-220$123$180,925,43618Disney / DreamWorks
10Les Miserables (2012)$41,47032%286-66$145$148,209,15011Universal
11Rise of The Guardians$40,12319%275-20$146$102,755,16916Paramount / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$30,31435%219-39$138$76,337,96611Fox
13Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$25,96832%225-376$115$54,539,1987Paramount
14Beautiful Creatures (2013)$21,58413%281-794$77$19,059,0274Warner Bros.
15Mama$17,0950%214-233$80$71,151,3908Universal
16Jack Reacher$16,0425%194-31$83$79,923,52512Paramount
17The Impossible$12,64335%114-37$111$18,508,48912Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$26,510-46%24--$1,105$301,1771Gathr Films
2To the Arctic 3D$19,255115%520$370$11,596,89747Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stoker$15,55545%1710$915$355,1212Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$11,32548%300$378$22,142,456101Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Gangster Squad$8,16620%90-48$91$45,872,0729Warner Bros.
6Bless Me, Ultima$8,12117%52-131$156$1,402,1443Arenas Entertainment
7Kai Po Che$7,91885%71-33$112$1,025,9353UTV Motion Pictures
8Hyde Park on Hudson$7,49487%391$192$6,299,71414Focus
9The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$6,42845%56-12$115$246,5212Methinx Entertainment
10Movie 43$2,9252%6346$46$8,834,5637Relativity Media
11Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$2,56661%1--$2,566$11,0051Rialto Pictures
12Parker$2,47856%34-17$73$17,474,3657FilmDistrict
13Camp (2013)$1,839-3%42$460$36,0743Freestyle Releasing
14Bullet to the Head$1,68722%34-52$50$9,486,8916Warner Bros.
15Broken City$1,57632%24-45$66$19,668,9778Fox
16A Late Quartet$20953%71$30$1,561,92319Entertainment One / RKO
17The Sweeney$112167%1-10$112$26,4992eOne Films US
18Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1850%1--$18$97,34623Roadside Attractions