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.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jun. 4 - Sun, Jun. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$25,486,465-41%4,38619$5,811$183,229,4533Paramount / DreamWorks
2Get Him to the Greek$17,571,000--2,697--$6,515$17,571,0001Universal
3Killers (2010)$15,837,266--2,859--$5,539$15,837,2661Lionsgate
4Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$14,019,131-53%3,6460$3,845$59,621,7212Disney
5Sex and the City 2$12,344,000-60%3,4450$3,583$73,128,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
6Marmaduke$11,599,661--3,213--$3,610$11,599,6611Fox
7Iron Man 2$7,918,708-52%3,007-797$2,633$291,429,8705Paramount
8Splice$7,385,000--2,450--$3,014$7,385,0001Warner Bros
9Robin Hood$5,366,000-48%2,599-774$2,065$94,496,0004Universal
10Letters to Juliet$3,036,367-48%1,962-863$1,548$43,337,8364Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Raajneeti$850,000--111--$7,658$850,0001UTV Communications
2Date Night$775,810-57%658-468$1,179$95,334,4529Fox
3Just Wright$767,818-64%518-677$1,482$20,193,7784Fox Searchlight
4How to Train Your Dragon$488,283-58%343-482$1,424$213,883,14311Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$397,705-13%1605$2,486$3,992,3198Sony Pictures Classics
6The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$313,774-17%152-12$2,064$7,382,56112Music Box
7City Island$308,840-25%177-24$1,745$5,272,44412Anchor Bay
8Alice in Wonderland (2010)$300,515-49%277-64$1,085$333,627,87814Disney
9Babies$252,958-47%181-120$1,398$6,529,1795Focus
10A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$212,000-77%294-597$721$62,412,0006Warner Bros. / New Line
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid$208,515-17%244-39$855$63,067,07912Fox
12The Bounty Hunter$201,928-27%249-38$811$65,958,84612Sony / Columbia
13The Losers$131,00027%206123$636$23,398,0007Warner Bros.
14Clash of the Titans (2010)$122,000-45%134-91$910$161,562,00010Warner Bros.
15Hot Tub Time Machine$121,000-46%203-161$596$50,214,00011MGM
16The Last Song$99,096-53%119-95$833$62,139,15210Disney
17MacGruber$99,000-94%177-2369$559$8,461,0003Universal / Rogue
18The Back-up Plan$95,610-67%153-238$625$36,793,6587CBS Films
19The Ghost Writer$90,28424%14789$614$15,441,07616Summit
20Furry Vengeance$81,989-54%125-122$656$16,612,7926Summit
21Shutter Island$77,735-54%152-49$511$127,968,40516Paramount
22Death at a Funeral (2010)$75,708-65%102-145$742$42,092,5148Sony / Screen Gems
23Kick-Ass$73,155-52%117-46$625$47,641,5618Lionsgate
24Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$49,076-56%105-72$467$60,072,59610Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Please Give$264,56732%8737$3,041$1,707,1506Sony Pictures Classics
2Hubble 3D$229,000-30%47-1$4,872$7,561,00012Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Solitary Man$174,453107%2216$7,930$439,8893Anchor Bay
4Micmacs$142,622234%3531$4,075$210,8622Sony Classics
5Exit Through the Gift Shop$135,575-23%43-3$3,153$2,155,1538Producers Distribution Agency
6Mother and Child$123,804124%5118$2,428$477,3615Sony Pictures Classics
7Harry Brown$88,258-33%50-4$1,765$1,195,9076Samuel Goldwyn
8Avatar$76,692-36%46-38$1,667$749,202,09025Fox
9Oceans$54,885-57%95-83$578$19,015,6637Disneynature
10Kites$47,722-82%58-118$823$1,602,4663Reliance Big Cinema
11Princess Kaiulani$43,717-51%25-13$1,749$708,2324Roadside Attractions
12Agora$41,32624%42$10,332$95,3902Newmarket
13Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$41,019-33%81-27$506$88,665,12017Fox
14Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$35,024--6--$5,837$177,3495Kino International
15Under the Sea 3D$33,000-30%17-1$1,941$22,301,00069Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Holy Rollers$30,075-46%16-4$1,880$177,20119First Independent Pictures
17The Father of My Children$27,574-12%61$4,596$94,4313IFC Films
18Ondine$27,497--5--$5,499$27,49714Magnolia
19Mademoiselle Chambon$26,33757%42$6,584$59,8762Lorber
20Breathless (2010 re-issue)$22,000-32%3-1$7,333$77,0002Rialto
21The City of Your Final Destination$22,000-4%151$1,467$321,0008Screen Media Films
22The Secret of Kells$20,968-18%24-1$874$570,48714GKIDS
23The Tooth Fairy$17,070-44%46-30$371$59,995,00520Fox
24The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$16,11536%173$948$157,6256IFC
25Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$14,710-31%8-4$1,839$477,07012Zeitgeist
26Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$14,000--2--$7,000$14,0001Indican Pictures
27The Square (2010)$13,130-22%172$772$306,9789Apparition
28Our Family Wedding$11,000-54%18-34$611$20,236,00013Fox Searchlight
29John Rabe$9,314117%40$2,329$23,8213Strand
30Deep Sea 3D$9,312-44%20$4,656$43,337,651223Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Madeo (Mother)$7,840-25%11-1$713$537,72954Magnolia
32BoyBand$7,600--1--$7,600$7,6001Artigo Ajemian Films
33Survival of the Dead$7,387-83%13-7$568$77,7292Magnolia / Magnet
34The Good, the Bad, the Weird$7,189-24%9-4$799$111,7889IFC
35Vincere$7,109-5%11-1$646$604,03312IFC
36Casino Jack and the United States of Money$6,668-68%14-7$476$151,0505Magnolia
37Cropsey$6,305--1--$6,305$6,3051Cinema Purgatorio
38Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$5,943-17%5-1$1,189$23,209,063140National Geographic
39Ajami$5,900--10--$590$594,08538Kino International
40Sweetgrass$5,830103%41$1,458$172,13237Cinema Guild
41The Little Traitor$5,299-37%40$1,325$333,57426Westchester Films
42Double Take (2010)$4,650--1--$4,650$6,6481Kino International
43The Last Station$4,5301248%41$1,133$6,612,06821Sony Pictures Classics
44The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$4,371-63%10$4,371$62,1929International Film Circuit
45Best Worst Movie$4,350-16%20$2,175$47,0257Area23a
46No One Knows About Persian Cats$3,96329%6-1$661$74,6838IFC
47Chloe$3,684-53%10-8$368$3,025,36711Sony Pictures Classics
48Everyone Else$3,112--3--$1,037$58,65151Cinema Guild
49A Prophet (Un prophète)$3,009-60%4-10$752$2,070,92615Sony Classics
50The Eclipse$2,876-32%72$411$123,58211Magnolia
51Deadfall Trail$2,480-61%50$496$35,8554Nocturnal Features
52U2 3D$2,325496%10$2,325$10,331,984124National Geographic
53When You're Strange$2,166--2--$1,083$234,1799Abramorama
54Looking for Eric$2,091-70%7-1$299$38,1414IFC
55180° South$2,007-64%40$502$29,0843Magnolia
56October Country$1,986267%43$497$24,85417International Film Circuit
57Letters to God$1,903-49%9-5$211$2,842,8909Vivendi
58The Joneses$1,766-44%7-1$252$1,438,5938Roadside Attractions
59Two in the Wave$1,680--1--$1,680$24,3123Lorber Films
60After the Cup: Sons of Sakhin United$1,387-8%20$694$7,1443Variance Films
61Terribly Happy$1,154-28%2-1$577$170,05918Oscilloscope
62OSS 117: Lost in Rio$1,148-71%1-2$1,148$52,16960Music Box
63Spring Fever$854--1--$854$8541Strand
6435 Shots of Rum$801--1--$801$177,51138Cinema Guild
65The Living Wake$495--1--$495$10,8294Mangusta Productions
66Dream Boy$220--1--$220$6,04111Regent
67Just Say Love$93--1--$93$3,89811Regent
68Manuela and Manuel$83--1--$83$1,55711Regent