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, Oct. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$13,609,19351%3,820160$3,563$162,161,3963Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$7,378,39945%3,0200$2,443$48,491,5362Sony / Columbia
3Carrie (2013)$6,264,952-4%3,157--$1,984$12,780,4381Sony / Screen Gems
4Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$4,553,81479%3,602-272$1,264$90,131,5884Sony / Columbia
5Escape Plan$3,949,02516%2,883--$1,370$7,347,3551Lionsgate / Summit
6Prisoners$940,14151%2,160-695$435$56,757,2605Warner Bros.
7Insidious: Chapter 2$738,25259%1,665-491$443$80,593,8596FilmDistrict
8Runner Runner$726,64540%2,011-1015$361$17,157,8883Fox
9The Fifth Estate$685,04016%1,769--$387$1,274,3411Disney / DreamWorks
10Rush (2013)$567,99049%1,197-933$475$24,312,6445Universal
11Machete Kills$508,12345%2,5380$200$6,057,3732Open Road
12Don Jon$506,76732%1,114-882$455$22,189,2854Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$817,52860%757151$1,080$10,315,5355Fox Searchlight
2Baggage Claim$551,20178%865-455$637$19,760,7784Fox Searchlight
3I'm in Love with a Church Girl$397,01313%457--$869$746,8621High Top Releasing
4We're the Millers$363,90165%881-269$413$147,551,13811Warner Bros. / New Line
5Pulling Strings$236,46862%43810$540$4,938,4383Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Despicable Me 2$231,07583%395-39$585$363,612,70516Universal
7Instructions Not Included$219,60774%475-236$462$43,349,3578Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$178,34660%602-378$296$114,185,00310Weinstein Company
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$141,22269%350-54$403$66,846,91711Fox
10The Family (2013)$99,17055%483-567$205$36,243,1986Relativity Media
11Grown Ups 2$99,13069%223-38$445$133,072,69415Sony / Columbia
12Grace Unplugged$98,80229%313-189$316$2,118,5373Roadside Attractions
13Romeo and Juliet (2013)$98,54545%4610$214$883,6552Relativity Media
14The Smurfs 2$91,96774%242-26$380$70,576,13412Sony / Columbia
15The Wolverine$70,10559%207-20$339$132,040,29213Fox
16Turbo$54,37171%149-38$365$82,594,92214Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17Riddick$51,74551%253-177$205$41,854,1407Universal
182 Guns$40,56554%135-31$300$75,549,06012Universal
19The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$36,51055%1470$248$416,9262Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
20The Heat$35,74642%103-36$347$159,386,90217Fox
21The Conjuring$20,34557%113-32$180$137,334,69714Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$381,71239%19--$20,090$655,5941Fox Searchlight
2All Is Lost$40,22961%6--$6,705$65,1751Roadside Attractions
3Elysium$24,59643%93-47$264$92,454,23911Sony / TriStar
4Battle of the Year$20,80494%86-124$242$8,876,4755Sony / Screen Gems
5A.C.O.D.$20,25145%4224$482$109,5963The Film Arcade
6In a World...$15,83644%47-7$337$2,827,71311Roadside Attractions
7The Spectacular Now$9,29031%5421$172$6,805,39812A24
8Haute Cuisine$9,09673%21-9$433$184,9455Weinstein Company
9Linsanity$7,601105%9-7$845$222,5173Ketchup Entertainment
10The World's End$6,40233%40-33$160$25,931,3229Focus
11Shahid$4,95230%16--$310$8,7691UTV Motion Pictures
12Fruitvale Station$4,799238%20-21$240$16,085,27315Weinstein Company
13Thanks for Sharing$3,92265%14-2$280$1,041,9685Roadside Attractions
14We Are What We Are (2013)$3,76892%12-1$314$61,8624eOne Films US
15Populaire$1,77332%14-7$127$174,0237Weinstein Company
16The Grandmaster$1,605104%9-7$178$6,592,9449Weinstein Company
17Torn$1,563-31%1--$1,563$3,8151The Film Collective
18The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,087-15%31$362$22,1834Rialto Pictures
19Cassadaga$16632%30$55$2,1362Archstone Distribution