'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 Mon, May. 25 2015

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 25 2015LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Pitch Perfect 2$7,440,400-26%3,56087$2,090$125,738,7952Universal
3Mad Max: Fury Road$6,648,179-26%3,72220$1,786$94,717,7202Warner Bros.
4Avengers: Age of Ultron$6,507,209-19%3,727-549$1,746$411,369,3854Disney
5Poltergeist (2015)$3,721,046-37%3,240--$1,148$26,341,4321Fox
6Hot Pursuit (2015)$945,702-28%2,577-460$367$30,030,2783Warner Bros. / New Line
7Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2$762,0832%1,878-754$406$66,456,7676Sony / Columbia
8Home (2015)$724,7806%1,444-562$502$168,792,4979Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Furious 7$562,050-32%1,653-585$340$347,723,3208Universal
10The Age of Adaline$478,190-10%1,643-980$291$40,355,9125Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 25 2015LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Far from the Madding Crowd$705,576-11%865576$816$6,155,4154Fox Searchlight
2Ex Machina$401,848-23%896-822$448$22,379,6377A24
3Woman In Gold$315,053-4%662-214$476$30,700,8808Weinstein Company
4Tanu Weds Manu Returns$265,275--136--$1,951$1,271,7511Eros International
5Cinderella (2015)$142,404--356-285$400$197,998,80211Disney
6Where Hope Grows$104,47917%221-55$473$971,3952Roadside Attractions / Godspeed
7Monkey Kingdom$74,799--290-385$258$15,867,1566Disneynature
8The Divergent Series: Insurgent$68,117-28%266-237$256$128,734,48010Lionsgate / Summit
9The Longest Ride$63,175-39%329-474$192$36,856,7477Fox
10Little Boy$61,83621%181-309$342$6,234,6465Open Road
11Get Hard$59,075-41%255-250$232$89,362,0509Warner Bros.
12McFarland, USA$57,389--171--$336$44,076,26314Disney
13The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water$50,466-17%187-8$270$162,950,64716Paramount
14American Sniper$42,529-41%251-127$169$349,936,61822Warner Bros.
15Kingsman: The Secret Service$42,472-35%186-51$228$127,859,74715Fox
16The Water Diviner$36,460-16%125-163$292$3,984,6195Warner Bros.
18While We're Young$29,876--114--$262$7,375,2159A24
19Paddington$19,8037%145-69$137$76,054,99019Weinstein / Dimension
20It Follows$14,332-25%10642$135$14,601,64511RADiUS-TWC / Dimension
21Good Kill$10,048--143--$70$240,9162IFC Films
22Bombay Velvet$8,647-36%128--$68$437,6052Fox International Productions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 25 2015LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$88,375-13%2623$3,399$453,6272Bleecker Street
2Iris (2015)$49,302--73--$675$682,9414Magnolia Pictures
35 Flights Up$41,070-8%80-14$513$752,3913Focus World
4The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$36,174--56--$646$278,1433Music Box Films
5Slow West$19,348--50--$387$105,2752A24
6Chocolate City$15,411-28%15--$1,027$114,2401Freestyle Releasing
7Danny Collins$13,446-18%79-14$170$5,585,97110Bleecker Street
8The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$12,288-22%72-40$171$32,945,27212Fox Searchlight
9Hubble 3D$12,121--17--$713$48,846,825271Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Clouds of Sils Maria$12,004--63--$191$1,601,9027IFC Films
11Do You Believe?$11,179-3%58-70$193$12,944,17710Pure Flix
12Welcome to Me$10,091-39%29--$348$522,7354Alchemy
13The Apu Trilogy (2015 re-issue)$9,834--3--$3,278$82,7003Janus Films
14About Elly$9,680--10--$968$206,2847Cinema Guild
15When Marnie Was There$9,674-8%2--$4,837$37,0631GKIDS
16Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$6,933-23%350$198$9,666,91260Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Journey to the South Pacific$6,853--11--$623$6,513,91378IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
18Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb$5,540--43--$129$113,663,51423Fox
19The Connection (2015)$4,391--5--$878$38,6532Drafthouse Films
20The Lazarus Effect$4,005-37%32-23$125$25,781,19813Relativity Media
21True Story$3,597-24%28-23$128$4,701,5966Fox Searchlight
22Big Hero 6$3,013--33--$91$222,520,42629Disney
23Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World$2,758--10--$276$22,6302Icarus Films
24Freetown$2,2197825%7-2$317$382,7377Purdie Distribution
25The Wrecking Crew$1,939--7--$277$752,64211Magnolia Pictures
26Black Souls$1,890--9--$210$96,3097Alchemy
27Sunshine Superman$1,856--3--$619$10,8471Magnolia / CNN Films
28Noble$1,821--7--$260$341,5773Aspiration Media
29Desert Dancer$1,459-23%7-2$208$153,4927Relativity Media
30Brotherly Love$1,24938%6-13$208$477,5395Freestyle Releasing
31Love at First Fight$1,091--2--$546$4,2781Strand Releasing
32The Seven Five$970--4--$243$39,5683IFC Films
33Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter$955--9--$106$617,77810Amplify
34The Film Critic$842--2--$421$4,6792Music Box Films
35Roar (2015 re-issue)$828--9--$92$90,3376Drafthouse / Olive Films
36Aloft$658--2--$329$2,7741Sony Pictures Classics
37Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem$602--4--$151$975,70215Music Box Films
38Kung Fu Killer$512--3--$171$127,5065Well Go USA
39White God$506--7--$72$264,8909Magnolia Pictures
40Jauja$431--1--$431$43,65910Cinema Guild
41Born to Be Wild 3D$428--14--$31$24,090,721216Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Under the Sea 3D$375--10--$38$34,549,167328Warner Bros. / IMAX
43An Honest Liar$370--3--$123$177,84612Abramorama
44She's Beautiful When She's Angry$359--5--$72$368,23325International Film Circuit
45Adult Beginners$321--100$32$103,2675RADiUS-TWC
46To the Arctic 3D$236--2--$118$14,344,001162Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Song of the Sea$177-92%4-1$44$857,48523GKIDS
48The Tales of Hoffmann (2015 re-issue)$176-7%1--$176$86,50711Rialto Pictures
49Our Man In Tehran$45--1--$45$2,3782First Run Features
50Gerontophilia$13--1--$13$4,7934Strand Releasing