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, Aug. 12 - Sun, Aug. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$27,832,307-49%3,69143$7,541$105,208,2262Fox
2The Help$26,044,590--2,534--$10,278$35,918,4161Disney / DreamWorks
3Final Destination 5$18,031,396--3,155--$5,715$18,031,3961Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Smurfs$13,733,081-34%3,42732$4,007$101,778,7413Sony / Columbia
530 Minutes or Less$13,330,118--2,888--$4,616$13,330,1181Sony / Columbia
6Cowboys & Aliens$7,811,305-50%3,310-444$2,360$81,674,0153Universal
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$7,251,414-42%2,414-761$3,004$357,337,3555Warner Bros.
8Captain America: The First Avenger$7,210,902-45%2,835-785$2,544$156,971,1084Paramount
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$7,054,228-41%2,635-385$2,677$55,526,5243Warner Bros.
10The Change-Up$6,306,645-53%2,9130$2,165$25,838,8502Universal
11Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$5,961,231--2,040--$2,922$5,961,2311Fox
12Horrible Bosses$2,438,498-47%1,338-687$1,822$110,003,1446Warner Bros. / New Line
13Friends With Benefits$1,846,455-61%1,294-1104$1,427$53,079,3374Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$1,384,632-55%886-968$1,563$347,268,8007Paramount / DreamWorks
2Zookeeper$1,003,255-54%748-976$1,341$75,800,6906Sony / Columbia
3Midnight in Paris$703,277-28%328-71$2,144$49,664,59813Sony Pictures Classics
4Cars 2$659,901-46%494-432$1,336$186,196,5578Disney
5Sarah's Key$486,096-11%10134$4,813$2,024,0254Weinstein Company
6Green Lantern (2011)$405,943268%242134$1,677$115,037,1449Warner Bros.
7Winnie the Pooh$387,446-52%409-307$947$25,295,5105Disney
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$386,856-5%294-33$1,316$66,094,2919Fox
9Bridesmaids$360,520-35%285-89$1,265$167,169,89514Universal
10Kung Fu Panda 2$351,096-30%252-38$1,393$163,433,62712Paramount / DreamWorks
11Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$329,678-27%254-20$1,298$239,679,52013Disney
12Bad Teacher$203,827-40%149-201$1,368$97,901,4218Sony / Columbia
13X-Men: First Class$187,809-49%183-53$1,026$145,688,54611Fox
14The Hangover Part II$181,664-38%232-71$783$253,941,29212Warner Bros.
15The Tree of Life$158,988-38%118-52$1,347$12,472,58512Fox Searchlight
16Super 8$108,276-36%108-66$1,003$125,520,06110Paramount
17Buck$108,232-43%101-25$1,072$3,537,7419IFC Films
18Beginners$101,331-45%103-23$984$5,526,44611Focus
19Larry Crowne$92,960-42%166-63$560$35,565,9757Universal
20Monte Carlo$87,412-32%124-17$705$22,689,4887Fox
21Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$82,058-54%104-12$789$1,195,8675Fox Searchlight
22Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$71,398-61%1000$714$2,987,5775Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Aarakshan$342,801--91--$3,767$342,8011Reliance Big Pictures
2The Guard$282,67847%4728$6,014$670,0823Sony Pictures Classics
3The Devil's Double$260,26331%8956$2,924$698,7943Lionsgate
4Born to Be Wild 3D$225,317-1%490$4,598$11,310,34519Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Sur le Rythme$180,524--73--$2,473$335,0331Entertainment One Films
6Another Earth$164,418-4%8227$2,005$699,0594Fox Searchlight
7Hubble 3D$117,7987%29-3$4,062$28,149,71774Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Whistleblower$115,39589%2215$5,245$202,7762IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
9Attack the Block$107,95139%4032$2,699$454,0873Sony / Screen Gems
10The Trip (2011)$79,421-35%55-5$1,444$1,732,78610IFC Films
11Senna$73,497--2--$36,749$73,4971Producers Distribution Agency
12Rio (2011)$69,607-50%99-40$703$143,478,28018Fox
13Le Sens de l'humour$66,538-41%41-20$1,623$3,062,1166Alliance Films
14Point Blank$66,20039%2112$3,152$196,4143Magnolia / Magnet
15The Future$63,695-26%202$3,185$234,5523Roadside Attractions
16Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$55,356-29%35-3$1,582$1,039,4426Sony Pictures Classics
17Thor$55,036-50%81-60$679$180,952,82815Paramount
18Jihne Mera Dil Luteya$47,197-47%14-2$3,371$405,9793Viva Entertainment
19Under the Sea 3D$42,272-7%11-3$3,843$29,577,515131Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$40,776-20%179$2,399$334,4436International Film Circuit
21Tabloid$36,963-19%314$1,192$539,2355IFC Films
22Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$33,940-23%10-1$3,394$3,915,580663D Entertainment
23Bellflower$23,9437%75$3,420$55,8932Oscilloscope
24Gun Hill Road$23,382-38%107$2,338$75,4092Motion Film Group
25Project Nim$23,033-2%18-3$1,280$307,6216Roadside Attractions
26Page One: Inside the New York Times$22,718-43%23-20$988$1,000,2379Magnolia Pictures
27Terri$20,053-41%214$955$540,4117IDP/ATO Pictures
28Space Station 3D$19,832--2--$9,916$84,155,490487IMAX
29Cave of Forgotten Dreams$18,418-48%15-13$1,228$5,205,66516IFC Films
30Turtle: The Incredible Journey$17,713-20%12-3$1,476$336,6458Hannover House
31A Better Life$17,428-57%51-23$342$1,697,9738Summit
32Magic Trip$17,18420%73$2,455$40,7982Magnolia Pictures
33The Names of Love$16,711--9--$1,857$274,4218Music Box Films
34Life in a Day$16,265-55%17-2$957$191,7173National Geographic
35The Interrupters$14,355304%20$7,178$33,1203Cinema Guild
36Mysteries of Lisbon$12,9045%20$6,452$35,5492Music Box Films
37Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$12,858-54%55-33$234$15,000,99410Relativity Media
38CornerStore$12,743--1--$12,743$12,7431Undefined
39In a Better World$12,46126%153$831$999,04620Sony Pictures Classics
40Passione: A Musical Adventure$11,576-28%50$2,315$180,2588Abramorama
41Incendies$10,315-47%11-4$938$6,798,89017Sony Pictures Classics
42Bride Flight$8,919-52%12-7$743$446,44810Music Box Films
43Trollhunter$8,55916%14-2$611$234,15810Magnolia / Magnet
44Deep Sea 3D$7,6094%20$3,805$44,451,515285Warner Bros. / IMAX
45The Double Hour$7,355-45%12-4$613$1,497,07118IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
46Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$7,272--1--$7,272$11,3051Lorber Films
47El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$6,346-48%10$6,346$59,1533Alive Mind Cinema
48Insidious$5,253-56%13-13$404$53,977,93820FilmDistrict
49Queen to Play$4,050-17%4-1$1,013$474,48820Zeitgeist Films
5035 and Ticking$3,782-66%50$756$113,88813Image Entertainment
51The Last Mountain$3,5167%52$703$120,10711Dada Films
52The Tree$3,433589%64$572$24,1305Zeitgeist Films
53Submarine$3,19613%7-3$457$466,70211Weinstein Company
54The Perfect Host$3,181-40%61$530$38,0417Magnolia Pictures
55Gerry (2011)$2,944-61%3-2$981$1,962,8889Entertainment One Films
56If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$2,85275%2-2$1,426$58,9578Oscilloscope
5713 Assassins$2,80480%2-2$1,402$799,05116Magnolia / Magnet
58Life, Above All$2,712-69%4-8$678$74,7355Sony Pictures Classics
59The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$2,631-45%2-1$1,316$59,9048Rialto Pictures
60Bill Cunningham New York$2,347-31%40$587$1,468,29522Zeitgeist Films
61Meek's Cutoff$2,197-48%40$549$975,77019Oscilloscope
62The Myth of the American Sleepover$1,974-77%1-2$1,974$37,2664IFC Films
63Rapt$1,901367%21$951$32,7196Lorber Films
64Salvation Boulevard$1,617-66%41$404$25,1065IFC Films
65City of Life and Death$1,56529%31$522$101,56914Kino International
66Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$1,525-17%30$508$260,5278Abramorama
67Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,27776%31$426$236,60748Collective Eye
68Rejoice and Shout$1,255-53%4-1$314$95,05811Magnolia Pictures
69Everything Must Go$1,191-62%3-5$397$2,702,54214Roadside Attractions
70Trigun: Badlands Rumble$1,1155%10$1,115$56,7436Eleven Arts
71Good Neighbors$1,088137%31$363$6,8053Magnolia Pictures
72Octubre$1,058--1--$1,058$21,54315New Yorker Films
73Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$1,050--1--$1,050$31,13514First Run Features
743D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$903--1--$903$9031China Lion Film
75My Dog Tulip$835--1--$835$246,57450New Yorker Films
76The Conspirator$812247%20$406$11,533,40918Roadside Attractions
77Tuesday, After Christmas$751--2--$376$25,41612Lorber Films
78Pianomania$720-63%1-1$720$19,42612First Run Features
79Small Town Murder Songs$708180%21$354$31,13312Monterey Media
80My Perestroika$689--2--$345$240,69321International Film Circuit
81The Robber$679-60%10$679$79,87116Kino International
82Summer (2011 re-issue)$667--1--$667$28,49710The Film Desk
83The Sleeping Beauty$518--1--$518$24,5086Strand Releasing
84Road to Nowhere$424-67%10$424$38,56310Monterey Media
85Leap Year (2011)$357--1--$357$9,8448Strand Releasing
86Poetry$177-91%10$177$355,04427Kino International
87Into Eternity$130-57%10$130$55,16728International Film Circuit
88The Salvation Poem$125-89%1-1$125$915,50244CanZion Films
89Daylight (2011)$100--1--$100$2,8045Cinema Purgatorio