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, Jan. 11 - Sun, Jan. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$24,438,936806%2,9372877$8,321$29,919,7434Sony / Columbia
2A Haunted House$18,101,682--2,160--$8,380$18,101,6821Open Road
3Gangster Squad$17,070,347--3,103--$5,501$17,070,3471Warner Bros.
4Django Unchained$11,040,485-45%3,0122$3,665$125,374,6073Weinstein Company
5Les Miserables (2012)$9,644,465-40%2,92723$3,295$118,723,1853Universal
6The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$9,168,431-48%3,012-743$3,044$278,212,6185Warner Bros. / New Line
7Lincoln$6,335,19317%2,027126$3,125$152,600,25310Disney / DreamWorks
8Parental Guidance$6,088,838-37%2,957-411$2,059$60,639,1423Fox
9Texas Chainsaw 3D$5,279,245-76%2,6595$1,985$30,880,9852Lionsgate
10Jack Reacher$4,820,255-48%2,707-581$1,781$72,628,5854Paramount
11This is 40$4,373,225-48%2,320-611$1,885$61,442,1804Universal
12The Guilt Trip$1,901,160-57%1,606-706$1,184$34,464,0574Paramount
13Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,717,305-57%1,127-976$1,524$30,586,7914Disney
14Promised Land (2012)$1,274,909-69%1,647-29$774$6,879,6103Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$5,018,52739%81065$6,196$41,324,2329Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$2,704,574-4%757-208$3,573$94,800,7268Fox
3The Impossible$2,531,117-8%808236$3,133$6,845,2064Lionsgate / Summit
4Skyfall$1,555,802-49%823-484$1,890$299,349,01510Sony / Columbia
5Argo$1,255,25959%621319$2,021$111,660,24314Warner Bros.
6Rise of The Guardians$1,065,307-60%905-602$1,177$98,750,4008Paramount / DreamWorks
7Wreck-It Ralph$657,842-44%476-233$1,382$179,379,61511Disney
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$648,131-53%542-283$1,196$290,177,7099Lionsgate / Summit
9Hyde Park on Hudson$602,532-42%24624$2,449$4,192,3366Focus
10Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$461,069-64%430-387$1,072$11,771,9874Paramount
11Hotel Transylvania$355,041-24%252-15$1,409$146,638,11516Sony / Columbia
12Anna Karenina (2012)$230,537-37%144-19$1,601$11,948,6999Focus
13Here Comes the Boom$212,226-25%228-15$931$44,391,37314Sony / Columbia
14Flight$148,057-42%150-100$987$92,741,71811Paramount
15Taken 2$146,398-30%190-23$771$139,499,96315Fox
16Red Dawn (2012)$108,033-40%225-27$480$44,035,8398FilmDistrict
17Pitch Perfect$101,665-21%154-11$660$64,799,60816Universal
18Hitchcock$94,331-38%1279$743$5,653,8278Fox Searchlight
19Frankenweenie$85,534-25%127-17$673$35,053,12415Disney
20Cloud Atlas$73,416-28%1627$453$27,027,46112Warner Bros.
21The Perks of Being A Wallflower$66,712-17%1002$667$17,581,48117Lionsgate / Summit
22End of Watch$61,545-8%111-29$554$40,983,00117Open Road
23Not Fade Away$40,721-85%177-388$230$574,5084Paramount Vantage
24Playing For Keeps (2012)$32,467-39%107-32$303$12,904,1126FilmDistrict
25Dabangg 2$3,916-95%1660$24$2,503,1744Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Amour$257,072330%1512$17,138$638,3484Sony Pictures Classics
2Rust and Bone$187,13814%7940$2,369$1,144,3068Sony Pictures Classics
3To the Arctic 3D$69,280-8%520$1,332$10,758,55639Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Sessions$57,5561%5413$1,066$5,721,19413Fox Searchlight
5Quartet$47,122--2--$23,561$47,1221Weinstein Company
6Hubble 3D$37,8671%163$2,367$35,899,432148Warner Bros. / IMAX
7A Late Quartet$30,517-23%17-6$1,795$1,408,64211Entertainment One / RKO
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$28,572-19%48-5$595$161,239,97127Fox
9Searching For Sugar Man$26,121-2%22-4$1,187$3,095,07525Sony Pictures Classics
10Born to Be Wild 3D$24,015-24%300$801$21,728,88493Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Master$22,141113%164$1,384$16,008,86718Weinstein Company
12Finding Nemo 3D$19,209-32%22-8$873$41,123,89218Disney
13Killing Them Softly$18,529-55%31-20$598$14,938,5707Weinstein Company
1456 Up$17,659-20%21$8,830$52,0752First Run Features
15Space Station 3D$13,230-45%20$6,615$86,967,315561IMAX
16Chasing Mavericks$13,150-34%23-9$572$6,002,75612Fox
17Robot & Frank$13,048--26--$502$3,317,46822IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
18Struck By Lightning$12,940--6--$2,157$22,9301Tribeca Film
19A Royal Affair$12,606-9%297$435$684,87710Magnolia Pictures
20The Other Son$11,111-36%8-5$1,389$1,222,77812Cohen Media Group
21Deep Sea 3D$11,039-28%3-1$3,680$45,288,072359Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Any Day Now$8,906-26%156$594$146,7155Music Box Films
23The Intouchables$8,045-49%121$670$13,179,83734Weinstein Company
24Beasts of the Southern Wild$6,338--4--$1,585$11,301,53829Fox Searchlight
25Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$6,1915%70$884$972,29117IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
26Somewhere Between$6,162246%10$6,162$193,08221Long Shot Factory
27The Odd Life of Timothy Green$5,992-46%26-11$230$51,853,45022Disney
28Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$4,44640%20$2,223$39,50811Zeitgeist Films
29Under the Sea 3D$3,788-30%3-1$1,263$32,507,196205Warner Bros. / IMAX
30In Another Country$3,524123%5-1$705$15,04210Kino Lorber
31Brave$3,050-61%14-12$218$237,282,18230Disney
32West of Memphis$2,828-63%2-2$1,414$46,3073Sony Pictures Classics
33The House I Live In$2,346--2--$1,173$186,05915Abramorama
34Let My People Go!$2,236--1--$2,236$2,2361Zeitgeist Films
35Brooklyn Castle$2,18376%20$1,092$203,02313Producers Distribution Agency
36A Dark Truth$1,897201%32$632$2,5272Magnolia Pictures
37Table No. 21$1,854-94%230$81$45,9592Eros International
38High Tech, Low Life$1,718--1--$1,718$3,0321Argot Pictures
39Wagner & Me$1,640--2--$820$30,8276First Run Features
40California Solo$1,566--1--$1,566$14,5187Strand Releasing
41A Werewolf Boy$1,526-38%1-1$1,526$342,9227CJ Entertainment
42Arbitrage$1,389-42%40$347$7,918,28318Roadside Attractions
43Starlet$889-65%3-1$296$84,42610Music Box Films
44My Worst Nightmare$828-77%1-3$828$18,24913Strand Releasing
45Nothing But a Man (2012 re-issue)$579--1--$579$7,17410APD/Cinema Conservancy
46The Waiting Room$52882%10$528$176,94316International Film Circuit
47Django (2012 re-issue)$367-87%2-3$184$19,1354Rialto Pictures
48The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$255--1--$255$6,2496Indican Pictures
49Deadfall (2012)$145-88%1-4$145$64,3866Magnolia Pictures
50Citadel$110-47%10$110$13,31110Cinedigm