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. 11 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1300: Rise of an Empire$4,208,2308%3,470--$1,213$53,129,0211Warner Bros.
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$2,802,82826%3,934--$712$37,241,5641Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Non-Stop (2014)$1,682,35530%3,11323$540$55,542,7802Universal
4The LEGO Movie$1,278,35232%3,290-480$389$227,123,3775Warner Bros.
5Son of God$1,096,45027%3,27111$335$43,830,6942Fox
63 Days to Kill$349,83128%2,348-524$149$26,127,2883Relativity Media
7Frozen (2013)$342,20723%1,660-86$206$393,614,50816Disney
8The Monuments Men$338,83224%2,001-1001$169$71,189,0415Sony / Columbia
9RoboCop (2014)$270,87229%1,714-1171$158$55,245,8824Sony / Columbia
10Pompeii$251,78248%1,658-1000$152$21,483,8913Sony / TriStar
1112 Years a Slave$245,82334%1,065654$231$53,472,53221Fox Searchlight
12Ride Along$198,45011%1,323-546$150$130,364,7058Universal
13About Last Night$192,51316%1,074-730$179$46,860,2654Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$100,35815%605-340$166$148,571,82913Sony / Columbia
2The Wind Rises$98,46917%4960$199$3,671,1263Disney
3Philomena$88,29329%670-427$132$36,064,13516Weinstein Company
4Gravity$88,20924%38444$230$271,974,16823Warner Bros.
5The Wolf of Wall Street$66,73214%359-146$186$115,816,81311Paramount
6Dallas Buyers Club$57,94518%31296$186$26,295,67319Focus
7The Nut Job$57,23625%490-262$117$61,502,0308Open Road
8Lone Survivor$44,74512%472-545$95$124,212,19611Universal
9That Awkward Moment$44,27552%188-420$236$25,661,1876Focus
10The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$44,06916%333118$132$257,479,61513Warner Bros. / New Line
11Endless Love (2014)$42,65533%536-1338$80$23,176,8904Universal
12Repentance$26,6132%1575$170$970,5282Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
13Her (2013)$25,14814%155-95$162$25,045,61912Warner Bros.
14August: Osage County$18,64539%196-150$95$37,336,89411Weinstein Company
15Nebraska$18,57521%180-109$103$17,501,60417Paramount Vantage
16Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$15,766-4%304-1013$52$127,288,91512Paramount
17Stalingrad (2014)$15,2849%143-165$107$898,4142Sony / Columbia
18Walking With Dinosaurs$14,96345%164-31$91$35,918,21812Fox
19Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$14,96147%107-260$140$50,123,8558Paramount
20The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$13,28426%133-65$100$424,112,12716Lionsgate
21The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$8,114-9%133-30$61$58,040,62511Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$79,461-10%4--$19,865$978,7931Fox Searchlight
2I, Frankenstein$10,5879%92-77$115$18,990,6187Lionsgate
3Gloria (2014)$9,9524%76-26$131$1,797,9957Roadside Attractions
4Labor Day (2013)$7,35024%84-23$88$13,333,3066Paramount
5The Legend Of Hercules$6,8415%61-28$112$18,834,6409Lionsgate / Summit
6The Book Thief$5,78934%49-24$118$21,355,62418Fox
7Inside Llewyn Davis$4,583-25%52-13$88$13,224,94114CBS Films
8Winter's Tale$4,11535%82-623$50$12,478,1394Warner Bros.
9Free Birds$3,83233%7426$52$55,732,65019Relativity Media
10Vampire Academy$1,81024%32-79$57$7,753,4785Weinstein Company
11Grudge Match$1,36528%45-30$30$29,805,19211Warner Bros.
12Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,23024%42-49$29$8,296,54115Weinstein Company
13Ernest & Celestine$1,12211%65$187$28,0922GKIDS
14Highway$764107%9-71$85$526,1593UTV Motion Pictures