'Black Mass' Moves Into First Place on Monday with $2.13M; 'Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials' Second with $1.68M; 'Everest' Continues to Impress with $0.62M in IMAX/PLF Release

on September 22, 2015 by Daniel Garris
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Warner's Black Mass moved into first place at the daily box office on Monday with a daily take of $2.13 million. The Johnny Depp led crime drama was down 58 percent from Sunday, which represented the day's strongest daily percentage hold among wide releases. In part from skewing especially heavily towards older moviegoers, Black Mass appears as though it will perform relatively stronger on weekdays going forward. Black Mass has grossed a solid $24.77 million through four days of release. The film is currently running 5 percent behind the $26.10 million four-day start of 2010's The Town (which fell 62 percent on its first Monday to gross $2.28 million).

After leading the daily box office for each of the past three days, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials fell to second on Monday with $1.68 million. The young adult sequel from Fox was down 76 percent from Sunday's performance, which is quite understandable given the film's strong appeal with younger moviegoers. In comparison, last year's The Maze Runner also fell 76 percent on its first Monday to gross $1.87 million. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials has grossed $31.99 million in four days. That is below pre-release expectations and places the film 7 percent behind the $34.38 million four-day take of last year's The Maze Runner.

It was a close four-way race for third place on Monday, with Sony's The Perfect Guy leading the pack with $0.654 million. The low-budget thriller from Screen Gems starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut was down 70 percent from Sunday and down a sharp 61 percent from last Monday. While it has been front-loaded thus far, in the bigger picture The Perfect Guy continues to impress with an eleven-day gross of $42.12 million. That places the film 4.5 percent ahead of the $40.29 million eleven-day take of last year's No Good Deed.

Universal's The Visit followed closely behind in fourth with $0.645 million. The low-budget M. Night Shyamalan directed horror thriller from Blumhouse Productions fell 75 percent from Sunday and a sharp 60 percent from last Monday. The Visit continues to exceed expectations with a healthy eleven-day take of $43.21 million. The film is running 30 percent ahead of the $33.18 million eleven-day gross of 2006's Lady in the Water. Given its low price tag, The Visit is arguably Shyamalan's strongest performer since 2004's The Village.

Fellow Universal release Everest rounded out the day's top five with $0.617 million. The 3D adventure drama continues to play exclusively in 545 IMAX and PLF locations, which gave the film an impressive per-location average of $1,133 for the day. Everest was down 68 percent from Sunday. Everest has grossed $7.84 million through four days of limited release. That represents a very promising start for the film as it prepares to go into traditional wide release this coming Friday.

Sony's War Room placed in sixth with $0.611 million. The break-out Kendrick Brothers produced faith based film declined 67 percent from Sunday and a slim 22 percent from last Monday. Thanks in part to continued strong word of mouth, War Room has grossed $49.67 million in 25 days. The film is set to surpass the $50 million domestic mark today and isn't showing any signs of slowing down any time soon.

Tags: War Room, Everest, The Visit, The Perfect Guy, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Black Mass
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