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, Jun. 21 - Sun, Jun. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$82,429,469--4,004--$20,587$82,429,4691Disney
2World War Z$66,411,834--3,607--$18,412$66,411,8341Paramount
3Man of Steel$41,287,206-65%4,2070$9,814$210,078,1532Warner Bros.
4This Is The End$13,290,642-36%3,0550$4,350$58,082,1662Sony / Columbia
5Now You See Me$7,876,002-29%2,823-259$2,790$94,456,9784Lionsgate / Summit
6Fast & Furious 6$4,930,685-49%2,417-958$2,040$228,618,1555Universal
7The Purge$3,587,630-57%2,201-390$1,630$59,604,0753Universal
8The Internship$3,400,361-52%1,916-1483$1,775$38,339,8663Fox
9Star Trek Into Darkness$3,166,709-49%1,565-766$2,023$216,777,6256Paramount
10Epic$1,793,375-71%1,994-1157$899$101,048,5005Fox
11After Earth$940,031-77%1,166-1266$806$57,382,2404Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$2,212,582-25%924-725$2,395$403,157,8048Disney
2The Bling Ring$2,001,903834%650645$3,080$2,343,1442A24
3Before Midnight$901,292-35%441-456$2,044$4,618,9355Sony Pictures Classics
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$752,844366%206183$3,655$1,225,4393Roadside Attractions
5The Hangover Part III$717,304-74%530-1371$1,353$110,013,7725Warner Bros.
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$602,410-64%362-813$1,664$141,600,5137Warner Bros.
7The Croods$503,900-12%324-44$1,555$183,566,52514Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Raanjhanaa$414,211--102--$4,061$414,2111Eros International
9The East$365,10127%19580$1,872$1,208,0424Fox Searchlight
10Mud$311,053-43%213-192$1,460$20,206,3689Roadside Attractions
1142 (2013)$259,133-57%325-119$797$94,205,43911Warner Bros.
12Oz: The Great and Powerful$186,161-24%233-26$799$234,548,59216Disney
13Frances Ha$175,455-40%138-74$1,271$3,214,9416IFC Films
14Oblivion (2013)$136,680-25%201-57$680$89,021,73510Universal
15Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$132,293-57%1610$822$3,637,8064Eros International
16Olympus Has Fallen$126,262-26%177-24$713$98,592,65714FilmDistrict
17G.I. Joe: Retaliation$90,555-18%139-31$651$122,263,05613Paramount
18Scary Movie 5$82,983-4%134-7$619$31,673,66711Weinstein / Dimension
19The Big Wedding$72,704-10%141-24$516$21,613,8719Lionsgate
20Escape From Planet Earth$43,382-29%138-13$314$56,784,24619Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fill the Void$186,725107%4628$4,059$629,8645Sony Pictures Classics
2The Kings of Summer$130,512-16%652$2,008$761,1204CBS Films
3Hubble 3D$64,9045%15-3$4,327$38,933,710171Warner Bros. / IMAX
420 Feet from Stardom$64,46418%63$10,744$149,1912RADiUS-TWC
5Love Is All You Need$63,015-37%44-28$1,432$1,286,8428Sony Pictures Classics
6Kon-Tiki$46,298-40%53-17$874$1,302,2139Weinstein Company
7Dirty Wars$45,409-6%206$2,270$203,7253IFC Films
8Stories We Tell$42,308-49%33-30$1,282$1,331,4537Roadside Attractions
9A Hijacking$39,392--7--$5,627$39,3921Magnolia Pictures
10The Company You Keep$33,3928%65-1$514$5,041,48012Sony Pictures Classics
11What Maisie Knew$32,095-39%33-18$973$958,0618Millenium Entertainment
12The Place Beyond the Pines$29,577-11%53-23$558$21,383,29813Focus
13SOMM$28,050--5--$5,610$107,8341IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
14The Attack$27,379--3--$9,126$27,3791Cohen Media Group
15Unfinished Song$25,728--2--$12,864$25,7281Weinstein Company
16To the Arctic 3D$24,711-17%520$475$12,858,44962Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Pain and Gain$24,323-35%50-20$486$49,333,7449Paramount
18Renoir$19,776-37%23-10$860$2,114,41313IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
19The Sapphires$19,348-14%29-10$667$2,360,23714Weinstein Company
20Hannah Arendt$19,265-28%71$2,752$195,3654Zeitgeist Films
21Born to Be Wild 3D$18,86113%300$629$22,848,311116Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Space Station 3D$17,110-5%73$2,444$88,110,208584IMAX
23Under the Sea 3D$16,40741%100$1,641$33,095,826228Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Quartet$13,02328%294$449$18,381,78724Weinstein Company
25Fukrey$11,585-84%570$203$116,4152Eros International
26Shadow Dancer$8,719-66%10-4$872$78,0944Magnolia Pictures
27Augustine$7,723548%97$858$55,7036Music Box Films
28Lost and Found in Armenia$7,604-8%1-1$7,604$102,9343High Top Releasing
29The Iceman$6,863-60%12-18$572$1,921,1098Millennium Entertainment
30Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$6,366-47%8-6$796$490,3108eOne Films US
31Berberian Sound Studio$6,004-9%116$546$17,5622IFC Midnight
32Deep Sea 3D$5,927-26%63$988$45,621,858382Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Maniac$5,571--1--$5,571$5,5711IFC Midnight
34Hava Nagila (The Movie)$4,97916%7-1$711$346,97917International Film Circuit
35Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$4,570--17--$269$6,1941High Top Releasing
36The English Teacher$4,53816%1-1$4,538$55,5726Cinedigm
37An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$4,26133%31$1,420$51,7219Variance Films
38More Than Honey$4,206-20%10$4,206$14,8522Kino Lorber
39Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$3,673-1%43$918$9,7112First Run Features
40Pandora's Promise$3,594-84%5-11$719$38,1812Abramorama
41Girl Rising$3,500--16--$219$1,420,92716Gathr Films
42Made in Cleveland$3,411--5--$682$7,0111Striped Entertainment
43Life of Pi$3,385-73%16-9$212$124,969,15031Fox
44Not Today$3,229-57%3-4$1,076$296,89911Freestyle Releasing
45No Place on Earth$3,13111%30$1,044$187,56712Magnolia Pictures
46√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$2,655266%41$664$9,5943Magnolia Pictures
47Downloaded$2,504--2--$1,252$2,5041Abramorama
48One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$2,406-45%2-1$1,203$57,5307Zeitgeist Films
49At Any Price$2,1984%50$440$356,5309Sony Pictures Classics
50To the Wonder$2,176-55%50$435$579,37511Magnolia Pictures
51Wish You Were Here (2013)$2,008-61%3-3$669$45,2673eOne Films US
52So Young$2,003-62%2-1$1,002$9,9902China Lion Film
53Lore$1,910-61%1-1$1,910$966,35820Music Box Films
54In the Fog$1,807-22%21$904$5,4432Strand Releasing
55Call Me Kuchu$1,692-51%10$1,692$7,3312Cinedigm
56Venus and Serena$1,6381%2-1$819$51,0007Magnolia Pictures
57Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$1,422-63%4-4$356$75,06510Kino Lorber
58Storm Surfers 3D$1,102-86%1-1$1,102$37,4629XLrator Media
59Post Tenebras Lux$1,01052%31$337$36,9968Strand Releasing
60Tiger Eyes$942-80%0-6--$25,1633Freestyle Releasing
61The Wall$932-76%2-2$466$15,0444Music Box Films
62Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$852-12%2-2$426$112,81910Kino Lorber
63The Silence$749-2%1-1$749$92,49216Music Box Films
64Searching For Sugar Man$684-52%2-2$342$3,687,51148Sony Pictures Classics
65Paradise: Love$643-29%10$643$23,8089Strand Releasing
66Free the Mind$480-27%2-1$240$70,7338International Film Circuit
67Camp (2013)$292-93%1-1$292$324,97618Freestyle Releasing
68The History of Future Folk$259-83%1-1$259$12,3234Variance / FilmBuff
69Pieta$170-23%10$170$21,9326Drafthouse Films