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, Apr. 26 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Woman (2014)$9,664,3244%3,205--$3,015$18,952,1281Fox
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$7,318,40866%3,620-205$2,022$220,574,1454Disney
3Rio 2$6,264,52290%3,703-272$1,692$92,067,8053Fox
4Heaven is for Real$5,841,59844%2,705288$2,160$48,008,6212Sony / TriStar
5Brick Mansions$3,616,6452%2,647--$1,366$7,170,4141Relativity Media
6Transcendence$1,844,99146%3,4550$534$17,476,8362Warner Bros.
7Divergent$1,651,78653%2,066-420$800$138,595,1536Lionsgate / Summit
8The Quiet Ones$1,584,9944%2,027--$782$3,113,3391Lionsgate
9Bears$1,461,18922%1,7200$850$10,203,3862Disneynature
10A Haunted House 2$1,391,28743%2,3100$602$13,342,1292Open Road
11Draft Day$1,244,97052%2,080-701$599$23,441,4723Lionsgate / Summit
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,149,33773%1,021-259$1,126$48,156,0958Fox Searchlight
13God's Not Dead$1,097,90733%1,600-196$686$51,826,2456Freestyle / Pure Flix
14Noah$1,005,68471%1,604-933$627$96,625,8335Paramount
15Oculus$940,54032%1,881-767$500$24,691,0183Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Railway Man$265,55271%156130$1,702$737,5323Weinstein Company
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$261,71993%468-312$559$107,893,1258Fox / DreamWorks Animation
32 States$185,87837%1372$1,357$1,629,4022UTV Motion Pictures
4The LEGO Movie$168,742102%303-37$557$252,694,69812Warner Bros.
5300: Rise of an Empire$95,99245%32560$295$105,745,1438Warner Bros.
6Non-Stop (2014)$94,59063%252-108$375$90,440,1909Universal
7Frozen (2013)$85,630100%227-63$377$400,113,81123Disney
8The Monuments Men$51,86749%166-55$312$77,656,70012Sony / Columbia
9The Nut Job$46,860109%160-41$293$64,133,11115Open Road
10RoboCop (2014)$41,03372%147-28$279$57,853,66711Sony / Columbia
11Dom Hemingway$27,65847%119-10$232$417,0224Fox Searchlight
12Son of God$27,43345%211-292$130$59,546,2299Fox
13Bad Words$21,77745%114-109$191$7,667,3427Focus
14Gravity$18,10767%105-40$172$274,041,70630Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$49,716-9%370$1,344$1,063,3844Warner Bros. / IMAX
23 Days to Kill$17,66141%85-25$208$30,599,34210Relativity Media
3Joe (2014)$16,77659%41-7$409$287,3403Roadside Attractions
4About Last Night$15,68151%67-42$234$48,630,21111Sony / Screen Gems
5Sabotage (2014)$15,31950%75-55$204$10,421,0585Open Road
6Cesar Chavez$11,312-44%45-72$251$5,471,3135Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$7,08975%87-27$81$15,963,4787Lionsgate
8Philomena$7,06895%33-68$214$37,671,73823Weinstein Company
9Watermark$4,98253%168$311$61,1334eOne Films US
10Ernest & Celestine$4,19798%20-11$210$255,2829GKIDS
11The Unknown Known$3,47847%22-27$158$251,4994RADiUS-TWC
12Gloria (2014)$3,183178%9-4$354$2,091,13114Roadside Attractions
13August: Osage County$2,39036%7-9$341$37,733,17418Weinstein Company
14Frankie & Alice$2,24654%24-19$94$691,8224Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
15Make Your Move$2,19375%40-102$55$121,0802High Top Releasing
16Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,99772%2--$999$32,94812Rialto Pictures
17Dallas Buyers Club$1,96877%12-2$164$27,295,61926Focus
18Godzilla: The Japanese Original$36816%10$368$21,6222Rialto Pictures
19Gabrielle (2014)$35039%10$350$4,5142eOne Films US