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, Jul. 5 - Sun, Jul. 7

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$83,517,315--3,997--$20,895$143,074,9601Universal
2The Lone Ranger$29,210,849--3,904--$7,482$48,715,0101Disney
3The Heat$24,763,907-37%3,1843$7,778$86,259,1952Fox
4Monsters University$19,716,347-57%3,739-265$5,273$216,253,9793Disney
5World War Z$18,408,963-38%3,316-291$5,552$158,989,6383Paramount
6White House Down$13,478,486-46%3,2220$4,183$50,485,2492Sony / Columbia
7Man of Steel$11,414,297-45%2,905-1226$3,929$271,188,4504Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$5,870,167-33%2,104-606$2,790$85,674,3204Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$2,853,191-49%1,606-958$1,777$110,498,6036Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$10,030,463--876--$11,450$17,391,1671Lionsgate / Summit
2Star Trek Into Darkness$1,310,448-38%565-470$2,319$223,065,0118Paramount
3Fast & Furious 6$1,073,565-56%617-933$1,740$235,488,6757Universal
4Epic$511,334-38%428-346$1,195$104,042,6677Fox
5Iron Man 3$481,668-65%294-246$1,638$406,410,98710Disney
6Before Midnight$478,870-25%214-76$2,238$6,576,8947Sony Pictures Classics
7The Internship$459,735-68%379-629$1,213$42,762,5385Fox
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$446,487-22%170-52$2,626$3,054,1465Roadside Attractions
9After Earth$382,27818%270-61$1,416$58,886,9826Sony / Columbia
10The Hangover Part III$350,6981%33861$1,038$111,254,2437Warner Bros.
11The Croods$342,343-27%269-38$1,273$185,125,18916Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Purge$322,555-74%256-866$1,260$63,552,9655Universal
13The Bling Ring$322,406-61%159-471$2,028$5,119,5834A24
14Lootera$314,958--100--$3,150$375,4421Eros International
15The Great Gatsby (2013)$284,286-27%185-70$1,537$142,907,9049Warner Bros.
16The East$164,483-36%102-83$1,613$1,965,3056Fox Searchlight
17Mud$162,653-21%111-57$1,465$20,861,65311Roadside Attractions
1842 (2013)$119,474-36%182-70$656$94,811,13313Warner Bros.
19Pain and Gain$117,078986%170144$689$49,519,36711Paramount
20Olympus Has Fallen$61,105-40%110-55$556$98,895,41716FilmDistrict
21Raanjhanaa$46,327-76%1020$454$875,0513Eros International
22Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$19,674-64%1610$122$3,807,4886Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$552,788--19--$29,094$552,7881Fox Searchlight
220 Feet from Stardom$483,959108%8945$5,438$1,075,5294RADiUS-TWC
3Unfinished Song$243,728164%7051$3,482$438,9483Weinstein Company
4The Attack$195,37243%5317$3,686$473,1273Cohen Media Group
5Fill the Void$161,556-12%59-2$2,738$1,205,0427Sony Pictures Classics
6I'm So Excited$141,65246%1611$8,853$304,1272Sony Pictures Classics
7Frances Ha$111,673-3%70-20$1,595$3,644,9338IFC Films
8The Kings of Summer$96,24314%513$1,887$1,084,1796CBS Films
9Hubble 3D$88,52020%9-6$9,836$39,265,749173Warner Bros. / IMAX
10A Hijacking$61,50336%205$3,075$200,8363Magnolia Pictures
11Love Is All You Need$44,467-13%31-11$1,434$1,451,19110Sony Pictures Classics
12Hannah Arendt$40,91287%145$2,922$290,3046Zeitgeist Films
13Oz: The Great and Powerful$35,769-65%96-91$373$234,868,54818Disney
14Stuck in Love$34,967--21--$1,665$34,9671Millennium Entertainment
15Stories We Tell$34,83224%274$1,290$1,440,3039Roadside Attractions
16G.I. Joe: Retaliation$34,192-52%63-55$543$122,476,27815Paramount
17Space Station 3D$33,38498%2-1$16,692$88,237,419586IMAX
18Museum Hours$31,282--3--$10,427$83,7252Cinema Guild
19Under the Sea 3D$28,69333%6-2$4,782$33,190,799230Warner Bros. / IMAX
20To the Arctic 3D$25,353-35%16-36$1,585$13,143,07264Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Kon-Tiki$24,636-12%24-10$1,027$1,406,29211Weinstein Company
22A Band Called Death$19,453-44%14-1$1,390$71,8962Drafthouse Films
23Born to Be Wild 3D$18,868-8%13-17$1,451$22,673,573118Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Scary Movie 5$17,732-80%43-79$412$31,868,31413Weinstein / Dimension
25What Maisie Knew$15,166-16%12-6$1,264$1,023,57310Millenium Entertainment
26Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$15,096--2--$7,548$20,8511Magnolia Pictures
27Copperhead$14,640-74%15-44$976$109,4742Brainstorm Media
28Ghanchakkar$14,627-90%30-59$488$203,0442UTV Motion Pictures
29The Sapphires$13,943-7%15-3$930$2,422,57516Weinstein Company
30Byzantium$12,601-24%60$2,100$43,5102IFC Films
31Dirty Wars$12,004-73%13-18$923$313,1265IFC Films
32Deep Sea 3D$11,105167%42$2,776$45,657,055384Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Renoir$10,355-64%11-9$941$2,176,90715IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
34Escape From Planet Earth$9,221-70%62-39$149$56,885,48521Weinstein Company
35The Company You Keep$8,968-50%13-28$690$5,097,38914Sony Pictures Classics
36Storm Surfers 3D$8,262--2--$4,131$46,73411XLrator Media
37Augustine$7,836231%95$871$73,0188Music Box Films
38SOMM$6,982-60%6-3$1,164$170,5613IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
39Maniac$5,8191%100$582$20,5513IFC Midnight
40The Iceman$5,80550%61$968$1,939,44110Millennium Entertainment
41The Look of Love$5,105--3--$1,702$5,1051IFC Films
42At Any Price$4,1908%72$599$366,24511Sony Pictures Classics
43Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$4,136-9%1-1$4,136$124,51912Kino Lorber
44Redemption (2013)$3,809-81%4-15$952$34,9562Roadside Attractions
45More Than Honey$2,745--2--$1,373$20,8644Kino Lorber
4656 Up$2,363--1--$2,363$699,06327First Run Features
47Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$2,108-52%2-4$1,054$501,62510eOne Films US
48Berberian Sound Studio$2,053-12%5-5$411$28,6024IFC Midnight
49Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$1,982-82%5-4$396$94,75212Kino Lorber
50A Girl and a Gun$1,731--9--$192$2,2621First Run Features
51You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$1,669--2--$835$13,2805Kino Lorber
52Hava Nagila (The Movie)$1,594-66%3-4$531$356,21319International Film Circuit
53The Wall$1,43270%10$1,432$19,1436Music Box Films
54Shadow Dancer$1,069-75%2-2$535$91,0436Magnolia Pictures
55Searching For Sugar Man$84189%10$841$3,689,69550Sony Pictures Classics
56To the Wonder$579-38%1-3$579$586,29313Magnolia Pictures
57Free the Mind$518-84%2-1$259$77,08810International Film Circuit
58100 Bloody Acres$499-85%3-10$166$5,5032Doppelgänger Releasing
59Lost and Found in Armenia$492-93%20$246$120,4805High Top Releasing
60√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$490-57%1-2$490$12,7935Magnolia Pictures
61Not Today$478-96%2-3$239$312,94113Freestyle Releasing
62Made in Cleveland$405-62%1-2$405$10,6813Striped Entertainment
63No Place on Earth$302-61%20$151$191,06314Magnolia Pictures
64Hammer of the Gods$164--2--$82$1641Magnolia / Magnet
65Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$83--1--$83$14,4904First Run Features