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, Nov. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$32,078,0101%3,841--$8,351$63,977,2201Disney
2Free Birds$5,027,32296%3,7360$1,346$26,606,4572Relativity Media
3Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$4,812,94142%3,187-158$1,510$75,643,0593Paramount
4Last Vegas$4,791,15649%3,08217$1,555$30,433,5782CBS Films
5Ender's Game$4,435,83253%3,4070$1,302$41,093,3122Lionsgate / Summit
6Gravity$3,854,62568%2,720-304$1,417$228,863,8286Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$2,871,25155%1,144734$2,510$15,474,7224Fox Searchlight
8Captain Phillips$2,541,93460%2,646-375$961$89,310,7185Sony / Columbia
9About Time$1,925,98525%1,2001025$1,605$4,985,6932Universal
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,282,742119%1,836-594$699$109,045,1347Sony / Columbia
11Carrie (2013)$568,68848%1,512-740$376$33,718,3244Sony / Screen Gems
12Escape Plan$357,73162%1,049-917$341$22,940,8254Lionsgate / Summit
13The Counselor$342,87346%1,022-2022$335$15,622,6693Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$488,20849%399269$1,224$2,482,6804Roadside Attractions
2Enough Said$296,78173%429-233$692$15,674,4698Fox Searchlight
3Despicable Me 2$220,10095%3101$710$365,212,55519Universal
4We're the Millers$122,91563%358-197$343$149,607,79714Warner Bros. / New Line
5Prisoners$81,22165%225-240$361$60,220,4038Warner Bros.
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$77,03392%216-35$357$67,657,29714Fox
7Elysium$68,71450%192154$358$92,696,93714Sony / TriStar
8Insidious: Chapter 2$64,96452%229-324$284$83,016,7809FilmDistrict
9Machete Kills$63,04735%212-51$297$7,908,6175Open Road
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$62,76266%214-98$293$115,260,44613Weinstein Company
11Rush (2013)$55,76070%164-139$340$26,716,8548Universal
12Baggage Claim$49,20587%135-159$364$21,360,9397Fox Searchlight
13Grown Ups 2$39,91891%111-37$360$133,561,68718Sony / Columbia
14Diana$35,47340%10062$355$163,8602eOne Films US
15Runner Runner$17,05946%119-118$143$19,230,8676Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$275,42161%3526$7,869$801,0002Focus
2The Book Thief$46,10380%4--$11,526$71,7681Fox
3Don Jon$43,79357%92-89$476$24,046,5657Relativity Media
4I'm in Love with a Church Girl$26,524103%74-169$358$2,149,4394High Top Releasing
5The Smurfs 2$24,826136%94-41$264$70,930,78915Sony / Columbia
6Turbo$24,220114%62-7$391$82,854,43717Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The Wolverine$20,09172%77-42$261$132,411,30416Fox
8Pulling Strings$19,66292%76-33$259$5,762,5196Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Instructions Not Included$15,206104%52-84$292$44,180,96311Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Family (2013)$10,18468%57-30$179$36,616,8909Relativity Media
11Grace Unplugged$7,73020%37-44$209$2,475,7676Roadside Attractions
12Reaching for the Moon$7,01883%2--$3,509$10,8611Wolfe Releasing
13Spinning Plates$5,76468%60$961$54,0893The Film Arcade
14In a World...$5,51276%18-4$306$2,923,37914Roadside Attractions
15The Heat$4,54830%28-14$162$159,529,68220Fox
16The World's End$2,80621%9-7$312$25,981,21812Focus
17The Spectacular Now$2,39151%12-6$199$6,844,80315A24
18Big Sur$1,66285%5-8$332$28,5792Ketchup Entertainment
19Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,084-23%32$361$21,8303Cinepix
20The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$97019%3-2$323$52,1727Rialto Pictures
21Romeo and Juliet (2013)$948-79%21-1$45$1,123,9115Relativity Media
22Approved for Adoption$680-73%1--$680$3,1641GKIDS
23Linsanity$494-47%3-1$165$268,3196Ketchup Entertainment