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, Dec. 9 - Sun, Dec. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1New Year's Eve$13,019,180--3,505--$3,714$13,019,1801Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Sitter$9,851,435--2,750--$3,582$9,851,4351Fox
3The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$7,819,402-53%3,604-442$2,170$259,402,6694Lionsgate / Summit
4The Muppets$6,978,870-37%3,328-112$2,097$65,742,1283Disney
5Arthur Christmas$6,510,486-12%3,272-104$1,990$33,400,5983Sony / Columbia
6Hugo$6,050,309-20%2,608768$2,320$33,414,7193Paramount
7Happy Feet Two$3,690,304-38%2,840-696$1,299$56,790,4054Warner Bros.
8Jack and Jill$3,085,098-42%2,787-262$1,107$68,527,3855Sony / Columbia
9Immortals$2,461,227-45%2,299-328$1,071$79,868,7325Relativity Media
10Tower Heist$2,358,655-40%2,069-335$1,140$74,122,1856Universal
11Puss in Boots (2011)$1,628,199-46%1,843-907$883$141,873,4747Paramount / DreamWorks
12J. Edgar$1,188,413-49%1,555-430$764$34,761,1115Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$4,380,138-9%876302$5,000$23,630,5614Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$780,822-34%2440$3,200$5,118,6613Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$474,749-52%470-240$1,010$33,986,2086Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$347,020-37%354-67$980$36,405,8927Fox
5Dolphin Tale$269,737-14%342-68$789$71,068,65212Warner Bros.
6Melancholia$230,558-15%14516$1,590$1,971,4435Magnolia Pictures
7Courageous$193,760-9%191-74$1,014$33,333,63911Sony / TriStar
8Margin Call$178,130-17%148-2$1,204$4,947,0808Roadside Attractions
9Like Crazy$165,779-36%16210$1,023$3,147,0927Paramount Vantage
10Moneyball$150,309-74%208-796$723$74,176,91212Sony / Columbia
11Paranormal Activity 3$142,6529%30247$472$103,629,0048Paramount
12Real Steel$131,872-28%206-47$640$83,611,20010Disney / DreamWorks
13The Way$123,396-31%120-40$1,028$3,836,96710Producers Distribution Agency
14The Ides of March$118,673-77%187-829$635$40,467,88110Sony / Columbia
15Midnight in Paris$115,370-52%195-110$592$56,177,98730Sony Pictures Classics
16The Skin I Live In$110,230-30%109-7$1,011$2,882,0869Sony Pictures Classics
17The Help$106,325-39%212-50$502$169,224,62518Disney / DreamWorks
18The Three Musketeers (2011)$86,234-27%168-40$513$20,227,5178Summit
19The Smurfs$81,564-38%181-146$451$142,614,15820Sony / Columbia
20Footloose (2011)$70,026-51%201-108$348$51,142,4549Paramount
21Abduction$68,213-28%131-20$521$28,064,22612Lionsgate
2250/50$65,038-51%146-50$445$34,887,97811Summit
23Contagion$44,759-37%111-44$403$75,638,74314Warner Bros.
24Desi Boyz$42,917-75%1030$417$1,066,1673Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$310,562--4--$77,641$310,5621Focus
2Young Adult$310,263--8--$38,783$310,2631Paramount
3The Artist$295,36140%1610$18,460$888,7413Weinstein Company
4Shame$283,415-19%2111$13,496$781,5012Fox Searchlight
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$115,29760%251$4,612$297,1573Warner Bros.
6A Dangerous Method$76,936-36%40$19,234$535,9853Sony Pictures Classics
7Born to Be Wild 3D$62,090-3%490$1,267$14,675,83536Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Martha Marcy May Marlene$51,057-44%72-12$709$2,821,0848Fox Searchlight
9Drive (2011)$48,452-20%70-16$692$34,677,49713FilmDistrict
10Take Shelter$47,72113%639$757$1,573,21511Sony Pictures Classics
11Le Havre$38,21177%237$1,661$317,6388Janus Films
12Rise of the Planet of the Apes$35,670-18%61-23$585$176,698,08619Fox
13Hubble 3D$33,9070%203$1,695$30,009,44591Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Anonymous$31,852-56%82-23$388$4,463,2927Sony / Columbia
15Pastorela$30,870-62%44-11$702$136,5702Lionsgate / Pantelion
16The Rum Diary$29,471-23%630$468$13,070,4627FilmDistrict
17The Lion King 3D$26,683-27%38-15$702$94,163,65413Disney
18We Need to Talk About Kevin$24,587--1--$24,587$24,5871Oscilloscope
19The Women on the 6th Floor$23,38520%132$1,799$397,03610Strand Releasing
20Mozart's Sister$16,738169%166$1,046$646,26817Music Box Films
21Eames: The Architect and the Painter$15,942-23%11-1$1,449$112,3684First Run Features
22Into the Abyss$15,8319%309$528$199,7655IFC Films
23Under the Sea 3D$13,187-7%103$1,319$30,184,803148Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Young Goethe In Love$12,524119%83$1,566$81,4006Music Box Films
25Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$11,52518%71$1,646$68,7165Variance Films
26Tomboy (2011)$11,517-16%94$1,280$72,8804Dada Films
27Space Station 3D$10,595--2--$5,298$84,596,560504IMAX
28The Guard$10,301-21%15-2$687$5,313,32720Sony Pictures Classics
29The Big Year$8,715-24%250$349$7,192,2389Fox
30Outrage$8,13125%75$1,162$18,2542Magnolia / Magnet
31The Man Nobody Knew$6,170-25%62$1,028$158,72212First Run Features
32Sleeping Beauty (2011)$5,944-35%42$1,486$21,0372IFC Films
33Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$5,888-34%23-8$256$38,536,37617Weinstein Company
34Khodorkovsky$5,887-4%10$5,887$20,1022Kino Lorber
35Magic to Win$5,125--1--$5,125$5,1251China Lion Film
36Blackthorn$4,245-23%5-1$849$174,92610Magnolia Pictures
37Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$4,233-33%90$470$4,420,291833D Entertainment
38My Piece of the Pie$4,213--2--$2,107$4,2131IFC Films
39Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$3,132-70%5-10$626$192,4158Submarine Deluxe
40Crazy Wisdom$3,109-65%20$1,555$33,0103Alive Mind Cinema
41Circumstance$2,843-28%1-1$2,843$452,60216Roadside Attractions
42Revenge of the Electric Car$2,79110%31$930$149,1368Area23a
43I Melt With You$2,729--2--$1,365$2,7291Magnolia Pictures
44Project Nim$2,657--2--$1,329$410,07723Roadside Attractions
45Knuckle$2,647--3--$882$2,6471Vitagraph
46Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$2,351131%63$392$230,31115Music Box Films
47Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$2,250-55%2-3$1,125$836,79623International Film Circuit
48House of Tolerance$2,120-23%32$707$14,9043IFC Films
49Cars 2$2,108-73%15-25$141$191,450,87525Disney
50The Other F Word$2,051-43%20$1,026$53,2146Oscilloscope
51The Mill and the Cross$1,937-66%4-2$484$257,20813Kino Lorber
52My Reincarnation$1,851-3%21$926$33,4917Long Shot Factory
53Inni$1,705-70%4-3$426$113,9727Cinema Purgatorio
54Garbo: The Spy$1,580--2--$790$16,0104First Run Features
55The Interrupters$1,316--1--$1,316$260,79920Cinema Guild
56Amigo$1,201--1--$1,201$174,36517Variance Films
57London River$1,044--1--$1,044$1,3141Cinema Libre
58The Whale$99841%10$998$56,22214Paladin
59The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch$95614%42$239$32,0604Music Box Films
60Charlotte Rampling: The Look$943--1--$943$11,6736Kino Lorber
61Laugh at My Pain$935-54%3-2$312$7,705,97414CodeBlack Entertainment
62Answers to Nothing$866-94%7-14$124$21,3042Roadside Attractions
63Summer (2011 re-issue)$796--1--$796$37,45527The Film Desk
64Higher Ground$720-43%5-1$144$835,31516Sony Pictures Classics
65El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$690-64%10$690$190,53020Alive Mind Cinema
66Restless (2011)$6853706%32$228$162,75313Sony Pictures Classics
67Paul Goodman Changed My Life$617-44%21$309$24,2668Zeitgeist Films
68Tyrannosaur$526-62%1-2$526$15,0854Strand Releasing
69Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$48876%10$488$18,08921The Film Desk
70The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$471--1--$471$25,26014The Film Desk
71Hell and Back Again$401-69%10$401$34,29210Docurama Films
72The Future$219--1--$219$568,50920Roadside Attractions
73Rapt$85-59%10$85$45,66923Lorber Films