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 Thu, Sep. 5 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,129,9677%3,330220$339$83,001,3773Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$797,189-4%3,4450$231$115,918,9044Warner Bros. / New Line
3One Direction: This Is Us$428,63411%2,735--$157$19,890,5101Sony / TriStar
4Elysium$397,912-12%2,539-374$157$81,977,2674Sony / TriStar
5Planes$358,76033%3,259-119$110$75,004,1844Disney
6The World's End$328,204-9%1,5532$211$19,469,6172Focus
7The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$318,645-4%3,1180$102$25,644,2042Sony / Screen Gems
8You're Next$255,189-12%2,4370$105$15,322,4912Lionsgate
9Getaway$238,229-12%2,130--$112$6,488,6791Warner Bros.
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$191,34415%2,393-337$80$57,347,7664Fox
112 Guns$162,265-12%1,411-358$115$70,667,7855Universal
12Despicable Me 2$115,56020%1,284-27$90$356,098,8109Universal
13Kick-Ass 2$115,220-18%1,646-1299$70$27,459,0353Universal
14The Smurfs 2$101,81549%1,366-486$75$67,275,1995Sony / Columbia
15Jobs$93,400-10%1,302-1079$72$15,115,1123Open Road
16Monsters University$87,04235%1,889--$46$264,537,01711Disney
17World War Z$79,2125%1,2471008$64$200,920,53711Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$559,148-5%348--$1,607$12,211,6041Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$151,106-12%749742$202$3,928,4302Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$131,231-6%8708$151$4,085,5141Focus
4The Wolverine$96,557-9%988-461$98$128,662,5396Fox
5The Spectacular Now$90,8861%38540$236$4,093,5155A24
6The Conjuring$82,042-12%903-452$91$134,463,6587Warner Bros. / New Line
7Star Trek Into Darkness$67,54411%958814$71$228,696,48116Paramount
8The Way, Way Back$46,8684%654352$72$19,949,9289Fox Searchlight
9Pacific Rim$44,178-5%401141$110$100,514,5948Warner Bros.
10The Heat$32,8465%393-16$84$157,531,98610Fox
11Turbo$31,00613%438-32$71$80,184,7217Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Now You See Me$30,5061%239-7$128$117,192,25814Lionsgate / Summit
13Grown Ups 2$27,0491%471-149$57$130,274,0228Sony / Columbia
14Fruitvale Station$23,13716%294-98$79$15,653,0438Weinstein Company
15Red 2$20,305-7%261-128$78$52,279,7307Lionsgate / Summit
16Man of Steel$16,974-5%284-19$60$290,804,65712Warner Bros.
17R.I.P.D.$12,7501%1812$70$33,124,4457Universal
18Paranoia$12,241-10%392-2067$31$7,135,3573Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$28,70510%9116$315$1,388,2574Roadside Attractions
2Satyagraha$15,084-28%83--$182$570,1511UTV Motion Pictures
3Chennai Express$7,244-26%93-51$78$5,154,8314UTV Motion Pictures
4This Is The End$6,098-1%34--$179$96,946,08712Sony / Columbia
5Passion$4,814-8%14--$344$55,6201eOne Films US
6The Croods$2,10127%45-24$47$187,136,27524Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Fast & Furious 6$2,0550%59-39$35$238,679,85015Universal
8Epic$1,94817%80-35$24$107,458,14015Fox
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$78871%13-14$61$4,272,09413Roadside Attractions
10Unfinished Song$671-7%17-10$39$1,636,51911Weinstein Company
11The Servant (2013 re-issue)$526-36%2--$263$35,3466Rialto Pictures
12Inch'Allah$32471%20$162$461,6303eOne Films US
13Savannah$287-38%5-9$57$26,7272Ketchup Entertainment
14Underdogs (2013)$108-36%1-1$108$34,3073Freestyle Releasing
15Mud$9626%6-10$16$21,588,37619Roadside Attractions
16The Last Flight of the Champion$71-33%15--$5$2,5971High Top Releasing
17Girl Most Likely$49--10$49$1,377,6307Roadside Attractions