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 Wed, May. 20 2015

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 20 2015LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mad Max: Fury Road$3,933,036-22%3,702--$1,062$59,721,8791Warner Bros.
2Pitch Perfect 2$3,872,395-27%3,473--$1,115$83,577,7451Universal
3Avengers: Age of Ultron$2,329,898-23%4,2760$545$380,816,7333Disney
4Hot Pursuit (2015)$451,323-25%3,03734$149$24,980,3782Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Age of Adaline$328,958-19%2,623-447$125$38,066,7804Lionsgate
6Furious 7$246,450-16%2,238-766$110$344,632,9057Universal
7Ex Machina$244,000-12%1,718-286$142$20,357,1316A24
8Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2$211,373-19%2,632-569$80$63,593,7555Sony / Columbia
9Home (2015)$165,353-15%2,006-489$82$166,117,2518Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 20 2015LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Far from the Madding Crowd$140,048-10%289190$485$3,025,8993Fox Searchlight
2Woman In Gold$128,019-12%876-204$146$29,370,1987Weinstein Company
3Monkey Kingdom$72,352-4%675-756$107$15,546,4435Disneynature
4The Longest Ride$59,037-3%803-661$74$36,457,3246Fox
5Unfriended$52,560-11%657-1044$80$32,220,5805Universal
6Cinderella (2015)$46,826-13%641-393$73$197,387,49810Disney
7Get Hard$45,915-12%505-450$91$88,977,2788Warner Bros.
8Where Hope Grows$41,285-16%276--$150$587,8361Roadside Attractions / Godspeed
9The Divergent Series: Insurgent$36,204-6%503-340$72$128,384,1959Lionsgate / Summit
10Little Boy$32,265-18%490-285$66$6,014,8034Open Road
11The Water Diviner$28,331-10%288-97$98$3,799,0644Warner Bros.
12Kingsman: The Secret Service$21,114-6%237-52$89$127,605,60114Fox
13American Sniper$16,151-5%378-24$43$349,689,95221Warner Bros.
14The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water$11,5836%195-19$59$162,736,42215Paramount
15Paddington$8,567-5%214-12$40$75,976,44818Weinstein / Dimension
16The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$7,939-13%112-36$71$32,884,72411Fox Searchlight
17Do You Believe?$5,8766%128-26$46$12,897,5069Pure Flix

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 20 2015LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
15 Flights Up$20,066-2%947$213$561,3382Focus World
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$10,56625%350$302$9,620,47659Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Danny Collins$9,4392%93-73$101$5,517,1139Bleecker Street
4It Follows$6,54527%64-48$102$14,531,66310RADiUS-TWC / Dimension
5I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$5,5633%3--$1,854$68,7761Bleecker Street
6True Story$3,944-20%51-76$77$4,678,1755Fox Searchlight
7The Lazarus Effect$2,50312%55-18$46$25,759,68212Relativity Media
8The Hunting Ground$1,267152%5-1$253$369,19512RADiUS-TWC
9Brotherly Love$1,137-38%19-27$60$472,3874Freestyle Releasing
10Maggie$858-29%17-62$50$186,0182Roadside Attractions
11Freetown$408-11%90$45$377,1596Purdie Distribution
12Adult Beginners$30233%10-10$30$101,1054RADiUS-TWC
13Desert Dancer$88-40%92$10$146,4166Relativity Media
14Just Before I Go$84-29%10$84$10,8844Anchor Bay Films
15Song of the Sea$81-29%5-1$16$854,27422GKIDS