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, Jul. 16 - Sun, Jul. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$62,785,337--3,792--$16,557$62,785,3371Warner Bros.
2Despicable Me$32,803,660-42%3,50125$9,370$118,434,5552Universal
3The Sorcerer's Apprentice$17,619,622--3,504--$5,028$24,708,0591Disney
4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$13,420,480-58%4,001-467$3,354$264,791,8973Summit
5Toy Story 3$11,998,276-43%3,177-576$3,777$362,965,3785Disney
6Grown Ups$9,911,016-37%3,074-389$3,224$129,165,3574Sony / Columbia
7The Last Airbender$7,755,153-53%2,805-398$2,765$115,138,6073Paramount
8Predators$7,016,502-72%2,6690$2,629$40,300,5432Fox
9Knight and Day$3,608,021-53%1,925-703$1,874$69,117,4004Fox
10The Karate Kid (2010)$2,288,707-57%1,532-926$1,494$169,290,6756Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$1,093,313-15%446246$2,451$5,084,1865Fox Searchlight
2The Girl Who Played With Fire$679,533-25%13931$4,889$2,018,2912Music Box
3Iron Man 2$561,74043%36229$1,552$310,018,59011Paramount
4The A-Team$461,023-74%428-808$1,077$75,207,2066Fox
5I Am Love$415,112-17%14029$2,965$2,662,0515Magnolia
6Winter's Bone$347,380-24%12115$2,871$3,064,0526Roadside Attractions
7Standing Ovation$343,125--625--$549$343,1251Rocky Mountain
8Shrek Forever After$280,374-44%240-221$1,168$234,393,5839Paramount / DreamWorks
9Marmaduke$273,980-23%274-109$1,000$32,090,4057Fox
10Letters to Juliet$240,193-29%27231$883$52,129,85810Summit
11How to Train Your Dragon$237,392-25%228-26$1,041$217,387,99717Paramount / DreamWorks
12Solitary Man$181,861-57%146-26$1,246$3,850,7969Anchor Bay
13Get Him to the Greek$174,015-76%287-155$606$60,009,7707Universal
14Robin Hood$174,015-40%226-74$770$104,839,03010Universal
15Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$170,670-33%112-3$1,524$2,305,9076IFC
16Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$139,396-60%141-134$989$89,317,8528Disney
17Date Night$133,391-29%166-39$804$98,258,66415Fox
18Killers (2010)$120,635-55%166-103$727$46,090,7807Lionsgate
19Splice$65,749-50%117-87$562$16,920,1927Warner Bros

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$1,064,359116%3831$28,009$1,813,8662Focus
2Hubble 3D$284,26111%530$5,363$10,855,30818Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$113,507-2%558$2,064$942,9636Sony Pictures Classics
4Sex and the City 2$100,469-52%97-59$1,036$94,936,6568Warner Bros. / New Line
5Restrepo$96,5113%316$3,113$412,7464National Geographic
6Jonah Hex$92,983130%46-19$2,021$10,192,0145Warner Bros.
7Grease Sing-a-Long$87,83645%219$4,183$225,7632Paramount
8The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$84,294-44%70-21$1,204$9,512,44218Music Box
9The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$79,827-39%81-29$986$6,023,87714Sony Pictures Classics
10Under the Sea 3D$72,92029%130$5,609$22,969,60675Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Please Give$50,642-60%64-36$791$3,800,86312Sony Pictures Classics
12Exit Through the Gift Shop$38,367-17%254$1,535$2,958,98214Producers Distribution Agency
13City Island$36,730-56%49-16$750$6,573,59218Anchor Bay
14Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$35,440-13%236$1,541$230,4894Sony Pictures Classics
15Clash of the Titans (2010)$34,992-58%67-63$522$163,192,11416Warner Bros.
16Micmacs$34,849-38%505$697$1,013,6858Sony Classics
17I Hate Luv Storys$32,463-74%35-44$928$826,5613UTV
18Just Wright$30,414-43%56-24$543$21,476,68610Fox Searchlight
19Deep Sea 3D$21,9118%30$7,304$43,520,756229Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Ondine$17,708-48%25-7$708$457,15520Magnolia
21Winnebago Man$17,7068%53$3,541$39,9512Kino International
22Mother and Child$17,106-56%27-17$634$1,036,65611Sony Pictures Classics
23South of the Border$15,749-33%70$2,250$138,9924Cinema Libre
24Avatar$15,615-58%4-5$3,904$749,701,42031Fox
25Kisses$15,485--2--$7,743$15,4851Oscilloscope
26Diary of a Wimpy Kid$15,059-53%28-23$538$63,916,63218Fox
27The Back-up Plan$12,288-66%25-36$492$37,481,24213CBS Films
28Harry Brown$12,214-57%24-9$509$1,783,70212Samuel Goldwyn
29The Killer Inside Me$11,894-14%9-5$1,322$168,2045IFC Films
30God of Vampires$8,960-33%80$1,120$46,6253Nocturnal Features
31Valhalla Rising$7,905--1--$7,905$7,9051IFC
32To the Sea$7,668--1--$7,668$9,6401Film Movement
33Breathless (2010 re-issue)$7,192-64%3-1$2,397$213,8848Rialto
34Stonewall Uprising$7,092-50%6-4$1,182$100,6985First Run Features
35Let It Rain$6,785--2--$3,393$79,7735IFC
36Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$6,463-26%3-1$2,154$301,17211Kino International
37Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$5,508--3--$1,836$45,6317Indican Pictures
38Love Ranch$5,378-70%7-1$768$124,2223E1 Entertainment
39[REC] 2$4,815-41%72$688$16,8612Magnolia
40Agora$4,48414%10$4,484$219,6798Newmarket
41Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$3,981--1--$3,981$3,9811Flicker Alley
42The City of Your Final Destination$3,162-63%6-4$527$463,80214Screen Media Films
43Everyone Else$3,093450%21$1,547$78,61957Cinema Guild
44Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$2,875-75%3-6$958$617,62118Zeitgeist
45Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,734-6%30$911$23,252,663146National Geographic
46Udaan$2,715--2--$1,358$2,7151UTV Communications
47The Square (2010)$2,695-13%4-1$674$404,89815Apparition
48Holy Rollers$2,686-57%3-2$895$299,78425First Independent Pictures
49La Mission$2,617-88%3-22$872$1,048,03115Screen Media
50Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$2,528-57%1-1$2,528$36,1014Kino International
51Princess Kaiulani$2,492-55%3-3$831$855,35510Roadside Attractions
52Around a Small Mountain$2,280-57%21$1,140$11,4982Cinema Guild
53Mademoiselle Chambon$2,274-56%2-2$1,137$184,4898Lorber
54The Secret of Kells$2,185-33%6-4$364$686,46020GKIDS
55Best Worst Movie$2,118-68%10$2,118$77,58513Area23a
56The Little Traitor$1,963-14%10$1,963$369,04532Westchester Films
57Sweetgrass$1,823181%1-1$1,823$199,85043Cinema Guild
58Cropsey$1,233-62%41$308$35,4567Cinema Purgatorio
59U2 3D$1,056--1--$1,056$10,336,350130National Geographic
60Le combat dans l'ile (2009 re-issue)$981--1--$981$47,46258The Film Desk
61The Nature of Existence$972-55%2-1$486$17,1765Walking Shadows
62The Living Wake$930--1--$930$12,05510Mangusta Productions
63Small Change (2009 re-issue)$664--1--$664$30,27634The Film Desk
648: The Mormon Proposition$632--1--$632$99,8515Red Flag Releasing
65Great Directors$533-78%20$267$12,5093Paladin
66OSS 117: Lost in Rio$486-62%20$243$87,06866Music Box
67John Rabe$481-85%1-2$481$52,4149Strand
68Videocracy$478--1--$478$23,02723Lorber Films
69A Town Called Panic$4296%10$429$165,34931Zeitgeist Films
70Behind the Burly Q$362-69%1-1$362$18,65913First Run Features
71Spring Fever$223--1--$223$1,8477Strand