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, Apr. 1 - Sun, Apr. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1HOP$37,543,710--3,579--$10,490$37,543,7101Universal
2Source Code$14,812,094--2,961--$5,002$14,812,0941Summit
3Insidious$13,271,464--2,408--$5,511$13,271,4641FilmDistrict
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$10,040,822-58%3,1692$3,168$38,196,1682Fox
5Limitless$9,307,896-38%2,83833$3,280$55,509,6403Relativity Media
6The Lincoln Lawyer$6,829,050-36%2,7070$2,523$39,416,0663Lionsgate
7Sucker Punch$6,020,403-68%3,0330$1,985$29,811,1182Warner Bros.
8Rango$4,505,572-54%3,134-511$1,438$113,728,8745Paramount
9Paul$4,245,560-46%2,550-256$1,665$31,844,4453Universal
10Battle: Los Angeles$3,536,435-53%2,263-855$1,563$78,502,5664Sony / Columbia
11The Adjustment Bureau$2,142,630-50%1,525-757$1,405$58,530,5955Universal
12Red Riding Hood$1,776,234-59%1,788-927$993$35,592,3414Warner Bros.
13The King's Speech$1,133,162-27%1,007-55$1,125$136,586,30519Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$1,215,13225%18090$6,751$3,479,5134Focus
2Win Win$1,138,864145%149126$7,643$1,947,9443Fox Searchlight
3Beastly$821,881-62%821-764$1,001$26,786,4095CBS Films
4Hall Pass$755,155-56%703-501$1,074$43,754,9716Warner Bros. / New Line
5Just Go With It$632,813-58%597-519$1,060$101,425,3208Sony / Columbia
6Gnomeo and Juliet$429,732-72%735-629$585$96,866,0768Disney
7Mars Needs Moms$346,864-85%701-1469$495$20,370,6104Disney
8Tangled$336,339-39%276-25$1,219$199,084,02819Disney
9True Grit (2010)$294,28562%324119$908$170,422,23915Paramount
10Unknown (2011)$228,488-65%325-363$703$62,723,8037Warner Bros.
11Cedar Rapids$208,923-49%210-132$995$6,488,1968Fox Searchlight
12Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$200,244-51%250-156$801$37,271,5477Fox
13I Am Number Four$200,232-60%270-242$742$53,868,0347Disney / DreamWorks
14Yogi Bear$174,857-46%265-61$660$100,169,06816Warner Bros.
15The Green Hornet$152,527-31%211-35$723$98,524,94712Sony / Columbia
16Black Swan$105,270-43%162-45$650$106,774,59718Fox Searchlight
17Barney's Version$92,540-49%112-43$826$7,236,71212Sony Pictures Classics
18No Strings Attached$81,406-40%145-68$561$70,625,98611Paramount
19Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$55,367-74%113-176$490$72,686,5798Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Of Gods and Men$219,018-34%98-22$2,235$2,466,6746Sony Pictures Classics
2Certified Copy$146,208-24%557$2,658$704,0114IFC Films
3Hubble 3D$133,008-14%45-2$2,956$23,720,25055Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Kill the Irishman$112,386-27%5615$2,007$709,5024Anchor Bay Films
5Potiche$112,22130%2417$4,676$235,1162Music Box Films
6The Last Godfather$101,779--58--$1,755$101,7991Roadside Attractions
7Game$83,783--63--$1,330$83,7831Eros International
8Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$83,1163%140$5,937$1,996,446473D Entertainment
9Miral$73,04410%1511$4,870$163,1612Weinstein Company
10Bill Cunningham New York$68,7125%1512$4,581$267,3503Zeitgeist Films
11Trust (2011)$58,214--28--$2,079$58,2141Millennium Entertainment
12Under the Sea 3D$56,173-33%220$2,553$27,936,203112Warner Bros. / IMAX
13TRON: Legacy$55,972-21%63-16$888$171,989,90916Disney
14The Salvation Poem$46,7499%3019$1,558$699,41325CanZion Films
15Super$46,549--11--$4,232$46,5491IFC Films
16The Grace Card$45,209-55%61-53$741$2,377,5706IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
17Biutiful$43,264-41%58-8$746$4,904,31314Roadside Attractions
18Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$36,781-37%66-19$557$294,980,43420Warner Bros.
19I Am (2011)$34,295-29%13-2$2,638$306,4627Paladin
20In a Better World$33,058--4--$8,265$33,0581Sony Pictures Classics
21The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$31,353-40%60-12$523$104,350,36317Fox
22The Company Men$30,220-30%45-3$672$4,323,23911Weinstein Company
23The Music Never Stopped$29,534-39%28-5$1,055$197,1013Roadside Attractions
24Queen to Play$28,092--6--$4,682$28,0921Zeitgeist Films
25The Rite$25,741-66%72-83$358$33,037,75410Warner Bros. / New Line
26Space Station 3D$23,218-2%20$11,609$83,221,141468IMAX
27The Eagle$22,508-51%57-40$395$19,478,3848Focus
28The Last Lions$22,138-57%36-8$615$573,2837National Geographic
29The Illusionist (2010)$21,885-40%32-17$684$2,166,98015Sony Pictures Classics
30Blue Valentine (2010)$18,871-41%39-5$484$9,667,78114Weinstein Company
31Winter in Wartime$18,751-28%102$1,875$78,8753Sony Pictures Classics
32Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$17,120-47%17-7$1,007$477,2137Vitagraph
33Another Year$16,766-43%24-12$699$3,162,06514Sony Pictures Classics
34Rubber$16,346--5--$3,269$16,3461Magnolia / Magnet
35The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$16,192--1--$16,192$20,9141Lorber Films
36The Mechanic$15,791-67%43-57$367$29,113,58810CBS Films
37Drive Angry$15,254-45%22-50$693$10,590,7486Summit
38happythankyoumoreplease$14,482-31%12-4$1,207$193,1845Anchor Bay Films
39Take Me Home Tonight$14,139-68%52-37$272$6,851,9375Relativity Media
40My Perestroika$13,498-24%10$13,498$49,9712International Film Circuit
41Gulliver's Travels (2010)$13,243-24%26-8$509$42,756,58815Fox
42Rabbit Hole$12,13217%6132$199$2,221,80916Lionsgate
43Poetry$10,555-50%12-1$880$233,4418Kino International
44Deep Sea 3D$10,050-13%20$5,025$44,142,623266Warner Bros. / IMAX
45The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$9,550--4--$2,388$826,58035National Geographic
46Inside Job$8,491-52%18-4$472$4,283,26526Sony Pictures Classics
47Desert Flower$8,295-22%82$1,037$35,5543National Geographic
48I Saw the Devil$8,006-49%153$534$112,1735Magnolia / Magnet
49I Love You Phillip Morris$7,932-24%123$661$2,027,40118Roadside Attractions
50127 Hours$7,837-3%180$435$18,317,29922Fox Searchlight
51Nostalgia for the Light$6,368-31%31$2,123$58,2293Icarus Films
52Cold Weather$6,235-11%100$624$128,3599IFC Films
53Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$6,162-42%11-1$560$208,47313First Run Features
54Casino Jack$5,650-27%102$565$1,039,86916IDP/ATO Pictures
55Circo$5,403--1--$5,403$5,4031First Run Features
56Orgasm Inc.$4,866-11%31$1,622$40,8548First Run Features
57Carancho$4,805-29%41$1,201$59,4448Strand Releasing
58Made in Dagenham$4,083-57%5-7$817$1,091,90120Sony Pictures Classics
59Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$3,563666%10$3,563$45,15421Film Desk
60Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$3,260-76%51$652$125,9365Strand Releasing
61Heartbeats$3,0583%96$340$52,7926IFC Films
62Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$3,032-75%3-3$1,011$84,09129Collective Eye
63All Good Things$2,871-30%3-3$957$578,38218Magnolia Pictures
64Galapagos$2,794-41%20$1,397$17,938,111597IMAX
65Kaboom$2,428-63%10-2$243$114,54610IFC Films
66Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$2,421527%42$605$194,58610Variance Films
67Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$2,101-58%4-8$525$1,348,2078Shorts International
68Wrecked$2,054--1--$2,054$2,0541IFC Films
69Black Death$1,688-22%2-1$844$19,8934Magnolia / Magnet
70Into Eternity$1,529-18%2-1$765$25,7369International Film Circuit
71My Dog Tulip$1,427-7%2-1$714$232,97531New Yorker Films
72Putty Hill$1,416-22%10$1,416$39,7627Cinema Guild
73The Human Resources Manager$1,151-81%2-3$576$49,3475Film Movement
74Cracks$1,085213%32$362$17,5953IFC Films
75Public Speaking$1,008--1--$1,008$42,3716Rialto
76Monogamy$846-78%3-1$282$20,2024Oscilloscope
77The Woodmans$772841%21$386$34,87511Lorber Films
78The Butcher, The Chef, and The Swordsman$725-87%2-8$363$47,3833China Lion Film
79Enemies of the People$59622%10$596$73,17136International Film Circuit
80Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula$580-80%1-1$580$18,9094Indican Pictures
81Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$573--1--$573$68,09423Variance Films
82The Trouble with Terkel$500100%10$500$34,18854Indican
83Korkoro$352-71%10$352$2,3982Lorber Films
84Winter's Bone$31355%32$104$6,531,02143Roadside Attractions
85The Strange Case of Angelica$245-75%10$245$42,53914Cinema Guild