'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, May. 24 - Sun, May. 26

Wide (1000+)

1Fast & Furious 6$97,375,245--3,658--$26,620$97,375,2451Universal
2The Hangover Part III$41,671,198--3,555--$11,722$53,460,6611Warner Bros.
3Star Trek Into Darkness$37,291,016-47%3,90739$9,545$146,117,5822Paramount
5Iron Man 3$19,324,592-46%3,424-813$5,644$367,407,1164Disney
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$13,543,283-43%3,090-460$4,383$114,270,1743Warner Bros.
7The Croods$1,219,930-60%1,008-1365$1,210$179,243,21810Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pain and Gain$642,829-80%1,003-1426$641$48,556,7015Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

1Mud$1,947,683-13%712-248$2,736$14,555,3195Roadside Attractions
242 (2013)$1,258,667-55%915-1465$1,376$91,063,1177Warner Bros.
3Oblivion (2013)$869,990-63%572-1505$1,521$87,335,1556Universal
4Oz: The Great and Powerful$651,513-25%401-134$1,625$232,214,56412Disney
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$440,068-24%346-63$1,272$121,088,0939Paramount
6The Iceman$367,555-21%25893$1,425$1,352,3384Millennium Entertainment
7Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$312,263-86%485-1556$644$8,788,6283Lionsgate
8Escape From Planet Earth$254,4234%346-347$735$55,957,76415Weinstein Company
9The Big Wedding$228,154-81%265-1178$861$21,084,6305Lionsgate
10Identity Thief$207,570-3%187-54$1,110$134,257,03516Universal
11Olympus Has Fallen$161,264-62%209-257$772$97,679,51010FilmDistrict
12The Place Beyond the Pines$160,957-48%128-189$1,257$20,955,7849Focus
13The Call$155,008-28%166-63$934$51,556,92911Sony / TriStar
14Jack the Giant Slayer$107,293-54%185-65$580$64,968,99413Warner Bros. / New Line
15Scary Movie 5$66,987-84%171-337$392$31,369,8987Weinstein / Dimension
16Tyler Perry's Temptation$59,624-32%131-19$455$51,935,9169Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

1Frances Ha$549,775300%6056$9,163$754,4762IFC Films
2Before Midnight$246,914--5--$49,383$246,9141Sony Pictures Classics
3Love Is All You Need$217,334215%6341$3,450$422,3054Sony Pictures Classics
4Kon-Tiki$163,6394%643$2,557$664,1365Weinstein Company
5Renoir$147,42828%75-5$1,966$1,695,6829IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6What Maisie Knew$141,778343%2723$5,251$259,6574Millenium Entertainment
7The Company You Keep$134,645-40%96-127$1,403$4,750,1488Sony Pictures Classics
8Stories We Tell$128,458-2%263$4,941$722,8543Roadside Attractions
9Hubble 3D$76,40925%18-1$4,245$38,378,884167Warner Bros. / IMAX
10At Any Price$71,981152%8143$889$262,3325Sony Pictures Classics
11The Sapphires$69,083-30%61-41$1,133$2,108,78710Weinstein Company
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$68,01060%3713$1,838$291,8424eOne Films US
13The Reluctant Fundamentalist$61,160-9%51-7$1,199$440,8635IFC Films
14Fill the Void$59,164--3--$19,721$59,1641Sony Pictures Classics
15To the Arctic 3D$50,8941%520$979$12,621,59658Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Ginger & Rosa$46,02414%4517$1,023$967,58411A24
17Filly Brown$43,57980%29-10$1,503$2,818,0206Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Snitch (2013)$35,402-68%93-60$381$42,908,31514Lionsgate / Summit
19We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$27,689--4--$6,922$27,6891Focus World
20Quartet$25,04116%30-12$835$18,234,98320Weinstein Company
21Spring Breakers$24,784150%7059$354$14,081,27111A24
22In the House$23,860-56%21-15$1,136$354,2446Cohen Media Group
23The Angels' Share$23,83744%23-2$1,036$282,0097IFC Films
24Born to Be Wild 3D$23,11845%300$771$22,690,779112Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Rangeelay$22,882-69%200$1,144$139,0742Eros International
26The Host (2013)$22,092-80%59-172$374$26,609,4489Open Road
27Evil Dead$21,268-87%58-150$367$54,111,6328Sony / TriStar
28Space Station 3D$18,825-4%132$1,448$87,912,172580IMAX
29From Up on Poppy Hill$18,150-6%24-7$756$959,47711GKIDS
30Silver Linings Playbook$17,734-62%35-96$507$132,071,15028Weinstein Company
31The English Teacher$14,208137%75$2,030$22,5992Cinedigm
32No (2013)$13,867-19%23-15$603$2,306,13415Sony Pictures Classics
33Under the Sea 3D$12,140-3%13-2$934$32,975,070224Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Dead Man's Burden$11,1473881%32$3,716$22,0694Cinedigm
36Augustine$10,394-24%4-1$2,599$31,3382Music Box Films
37Life of Pi$10,156-66%26-25$391$124,885,43527Fox
38A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$9,997--1--$9,997$9,9971Rialto Pictures
39Not Today$9,802-32%5-1$1,960$194,8827Freestyle Releasing
40The Painting (2013)$8,179363%65$1,363$15,1433GKIDS
41Go Goa Gone$8,173-85%920$89$295,4143Eros International
42Venus and Serena$7,883-9%81$985$35,6143Magnolia Pictures
43Deep Sea 3D$7,87811%51$1,576$45,564,301378Warner Bros. / IMAX
44To the Wonder$7,045-39%16-10$440$547,4037Magnolia Pictures
45Lore$6,819-53%6-7$1,137$919,04316Music Box Films
46Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$6,724-31%32$2,241$75,2586Kino Lorber
47Emperor$6,55644%81$820$3,333,70212Roadside Attractions
48Free the Mind$6,480-7%6-3$1,080$46,2044International Film Circuit
49Leviathan (2013)$6,349--3--$2,116$65,04013Cinema Guild
50Safe Haven$6,034-78%36-54$168$71,345,16115Relativity Media
51Something in the Air$5,923-29%101$592$64,9804IFC Films
52Home Run$5,442-88%10-76$544$2,843,2246IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
53A Green Story$5,416--4--$1,354$6,8111Indican Pictures
54Trance$5,310-59%11-12$483$2,309,4298Fox Searchlight
55An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$5,097--4--$1,274$33,9315Variance Films
56Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$4,505134%84$563$39,4516Kino Lorber
57One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$4,334362%31$1,445$24,3423Zeitgeist Films
58The Gatekeepers$3,712-49%10-28$371$2,400,83017Sony Pictures Classics
59Searching For Sugar Man$3,6212%60$604$3,672,70744Sony Pictures Classics
60A Wedding Invitation$3,183--2--$1,592$3,1831CJ Entertainment
61The Silence$2,46327%42$616$89,17612Music Box Films
62Pieta$2,352-62%5-7$470$12,9942Drafthouse Films
63Sightseers$2,321-71%2-3$1,161$25,8193IFC Films
64Girl Rising$2,130526%6326$34$1,287,66512Gathr Films
65No Place on Earth$1,880-18%3-4$627$149,6988Magnolia Pictures
66Hava Nagila (The Movie)$1,722-75%3-6$574$321,13913International Film Circuit
67King's Faith$1,436-68%2-7$718$74,1675Waking Giants Entertainment
68Arthur Newman$1,428-14%3-1$476$207,1465Cinedigm
69The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$1,405--1--$1,405$8,26425Indican Pictures
70Sound City$1,393--2--$697$414,93317Variance Films
71Shootout at Wadala$1,192-87%890$13$369,3104Eros International
72Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$1,163244%1-1$1,163$31,2668First Run Features
73Post Tenebras Lux$1,022--1--$1,022$21,4324Strand Releasing
74Paradise: Love$549--3--$183$20,7005Strand Releasing
75Kiss of the Damned$458-51%2-3$229$12,9834Magnolia / Magnet
76Tai Chi Hero$276-77%1-1$276$30,8305Well Go USA
77The Ghastly Love of Johnny X$250-72%1-1$250$2,43631Strand Releasing
7856 Up$200-58%10$200$695,57121First Run Features