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, Oct. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,532,08514%4,001--$383$36,896,8131Sony / Columbia
2Prisoners$1,122,03232%3,29030$341$40,523,3372Warner Bros.
3Rush (2013)$1,045,13530%2,2972292$455$12,124,9142Universal
4Don Jon$970,45223%2,422--$401$10,436,1321Relativity Media
5Baggage Claim$617,46013%2,027--$305$10,193,0891Fox Searchlight
6Insidious: Chapter 2$444,92421%3,120-35$143$70,161,1893FilmDistrict
7The Family (2013)$410,46836%2,894-197$142$32,466,8183Relativity Media
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$264,11128%2,062-869$128$110,736,5077Weinstein Company
9We're the Millers$261,19620%2,405-598$109$142,840,3338Warner Bros. / New Line
10Riddick$173,47019%1,826-1196$95$40,376,2604Universal
11Battle of the Year$148,92437%2,0080$74$7,749,6002Sony / Screen Gems
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$51,64916%1,007-466$51$65,476,4528Fox
13Planes$47,638-8%1,426-1020$33$87,781,0138Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$232,35016%948-30$245$39,085,4695Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Enough Said$205,51621%227223$905$2,841,9062Fox Searchlight
3Metallica Through The Never$115,6097%305--$379$1,800,0781Picturehouse
4Elysium$57,81323%562-830$103$91,955,8068Sony / TriStar
5Despicable Me 2$48,6208%748-256$65$361,868,21513Universal
6The Wizard of Oz 3D$38,126-4%305-13$125$5,158,9422Warner Bros.
72 Guns$36,18038%403-349$90$75,064,9309Universal
8The Wolverine$28,70717%329-133$87$131,357,83310Fox
9The World's End$23,34322%281-552$83$25,737,0836Focus
10Thanks for Sharing$19,60413%251-18$78$935,4022Roadside Attractions
11The Heat$19,08435%251-59$76$158,981,85014Fox
12The Conjuring$18,80710%338-223$56$137,007,89611Warner Bros. / New Line
13In a World...$13,66632%121-23$113$2,621,3828Roadside Attractions
14Turbo$13,0915%282-51$46$81,989,02311Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15Pacific Rim$11,30827%140-62$81$101,644,81412Warner Bros.
16The Spectacular Now$10,90820%142-429$77$6,676,9899A24
17Salinger$8,851-2%134-4$66$522,4174Weinstein Company
18The Grandmaster$8,5049%143-330$59$6,521,9246Weinstein Company
19World War Z$7,87023%160-43$49$202,293,13415Paramount
20Red 2$7,45648%110-68$68$52,881,78411Lionsgate / Summit
21The Way, Way Back$7,0746%158-166$45$21,338,43213Fox Searchlight
22You're Next$2,69117%112-420$24$18,414,9506Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Haute Cuisine$4,65844%1411$333$63,2052Weinstein Company
2The Ultimate Life$4,635155%47-137$99$1,317,6884High Top Releasing
3Fruitvale Station$4,02427%42-61$96$16,018,79312Weinstein Company
4Jobs$3,78229%84-68$45$16,124,1577Open Road
5Paranoia$3,37443%66-22$51$7,381,7687Relativity Media
6Getaway$1,985-5%74-441$27$10,498,5715Warner Bros.
7Populaire$1,6122%244$67$133,2864Weinstein Company
8Unfinished Song$1,254-24%19-4$66$1,700,20615Weinstein Company
9The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,10760%1--$1,107$7,2921Rialto Pictures
10Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,09880%8-10$137$4,320,95117Roadside Attractions
11Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$85789%1--$857$6,9841Rialto Pictures
12We Are What We Are (2013)$815-18%2--$408$15,5361eOne Films US
13Chennai Express$597131%9-11$66$5,307,5858UTV Motion Pictures
14C.O.G.$41824%9-11$46$50,4472Screen Media / Focus World
15Morning$356106%4--$89$3,4051Anchor Bay Films
16Hotel Normandy$28722%1--$287$3,0751Rialto Premieres