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, Sep. 13 - Sun, Sep. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Insidious: Chapter 2$40,272,103--3,049--$13,208$40,272,1031FilmDistrict
2The Family (2013)$14,034,764--3,091--$4,541$14,034,7641Relativity Media
3Riddick$6,841,800-64%3,11710$2,195$31,108,1752Universal
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,544,621-34%3,239-91$1,712$100,003,7395Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$5,404,385-30%3,238-207$1,669$131,591,4816Warner Bros. / New Line
6Planes$3,111,194-25%2,739-294$1,136$83,028,8506Disney
7One Direction: This Is Us$2,470,182-39%2,300-435$1,074$26,957,3843Sony / TriStar
8Elysium$2,106,459-33%1,720-521$1,225$88,444,0746Sony / TriStar
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,883,148-22%1,638-407$1,150$62,093,5876Fox
10The World's End$1,308,241-43%1,243-277$1,052$23,972,8574Focus
11Despicable Me 2$1,282,655-12%1,006-44$1,275$359,113,97511Universal
12The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$1,128,079-49%1,576-943$716$29,642,6854Sony / Screen Gems
13This Is The End$792,857-58%1,333-828$595$100,434,25914Sony / Columbia
14Getaway$688,132-69%1,378-757$499$9,984,9453Warner Bros.
15You're Next$561,848-65%1,110-792$506$17,938,7684Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$4,862,712-40%933216$5,212$27,193,4103Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Blue Jasmine$1,614,970-31%993-76$1,626$27,701,5248Sony Pictures Classics
32 Guns$871,680-38%908-257$960$73,450,0807Universal
4The Spectacular Now$704,9503%770355$916$5,737,7207A24
5The Smurfs 2$631,049-30%693-256$911$68,949,8427Sony / Columbia
6The Conjuring$599,296-17%676-40$887$136,002,8409Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Wolverine$565,194-24%540-158$1,047$130,226,0588Fox
8The Grandmaster$482,613-53%705-99$685$5,840,1134Weinstein Company
9Turbo$430,5970%353-5$1,220$81,131,1239Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Monsters University$363,260-20%382-214$951$265,455,31413Disney
11Austenland$328,18595%274216$1,198$1,135,6215Sony Pictures Classics
12World War Z$316,843-28%280-94$1,132$201,835,67613Paramount
13Grown Ups 2$293,268-22%294-61$998$131,017,50310Sony / Columbia
14The Way, Way Back$290,246-37%421-129$689$20,850,38311Fox Searchlight
15In a World...$288,6863%14442$2,005$2,059,6366Roadside Attractions
16The Heat$283,131-22%336-14$843$158,298,26312Fox
17Kick-Ass 2$250,480-61%343-319$730$28,556,8805Universal
18The Ultimate Life$241,597-63%4120$586$1,071,0602High Top Releasing
19Pacific Rim$227,525-34%254-53$896$101,197,79410Warner Bros.
20Closed Circuit$216,546-77%413-457$524$5,595,2463Focus
21Jobs$193,026-53%239-263$808$15,883,0525Open Road
22The Lone Ranger$130,944-32%196-35$668$89,008,02711Disney
23Red 2$128,906-21%209-41$617$52,627,0709Lionsgate / Summit
24R.I.P.D.$128,735-20%164-17$785$33,455,8559Universal
25Now You See Me$126,719-35%171-34$741$117,575,14316Lionsgate / Summit
26Fruitvale Station$75,709-30%137-51$553$15,881,01710Weinstein Company
27White House Down$68,425-41%117-51$585$73,103,78412Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Grand Masti$223,222--64--$3,488$223,2221Eros International
2Short Term 12$155,21066%6337$2,464$511,6344Cinedigm
3The Investigator$93,690--11--$8,517$93,6901Gabriel's Messenger Films
4Adore$63,872-47%52-5$1,228$247,7392Exclusive Media
5Man of Steel$61,017-49%91-110$671$291,021,56514Warner Bros.
6Drinking Buddies$54,13629%2911$1,867$218,3994Magnolia Pictures
7Salinger$43,956-49%40$10,989$157,6732Weinstein Company
8Wadjda$41,253--3--$13,751$116,9201Sony Pictures Classics
9Populaire$38,126143%1512$2,542$61,3532Weinstein Company
10Paranoia$37,106-36%71-107$523$7,254,8815Relativity Media
11Afternoon Delight$33,810-40%3914$867$152,4633The Film Arcade
12Blackfish$32,802-23%44-16$746$1,989,5449Magnolia Pictures
13Chennai Express$30,148-54%30-23$1,005$5,266,3226UTV Motion Pictures
14Ain't Them Bodies Saints$30,019-23%39-5$770$338,7135IFC Films
15Hubble 3D$29,8272%130$2,294$40,676,166183Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Attack$28,388-20%14-2$2,028$1,668,07213Cohen Media Group
17Still Mine$24,59318%233$1,069$1,078,46610IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
18Satyagraha$23,851-77%35-44$681$724,0883UTV Motion Pictures
19The Act of Killing$22,468359%196$1,183$419,9399Drafthouse Films
20Museum Hours$20,51972%185$1,140$421,22512Cinema Guild
21Epic$15,483-55%31-25$499$107,515,29717Fox
22You Will Be My Son$14,68398%62$2,447$117,4565Cohen Media Group
23Good Ol' Freda$14,627115%76$2,090$22,9572Magnolia Pictures
24Mademoiselle C$14,284--6--$2,381$17,1471Cohen Media Group
25Blue Caprice$13,400--1--$13,400$13,4001IFC Films
26Space Station 3D$13,3212%30$4,440$88,986,219596IMAX
27Snake and Mongoose$12,785--6--$2,131$108,3336Rocky Mountain Pictures
28The Croods$11,900-17%20-6$595$187,165,54626Fox / DreamWorks Animation
29Le Joli Mai (2013 re-issue)$10,662--3--$3,554$10,6621Icarus Films
30Before Midnight$10,6162%215$506$8,084,23217Sony Pictures Classics
31Jayne Mansfield's Car$9,320--11--$847$9,3201Anchor Bay Films
32Touchy Feely$8,866157%53$1,773$19,6912Magnolia Pictures
33The Patience Stone$8,632-2%7-4$1,233$90,2945Sony Pictures Classics
34Renoir$8,036--3--$2,679$2,282,61825IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
35Unfinished Song$7,868-30%17-4$463$1,661,70713Weinstein Company
36And While We Were Here$7,750--19--$408$7,7501Well Go USA
37Deep Sea 3D$7,4072%80$926$45,872,164394Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Contempt (2013 re-issue)$7,397-11%10$7,397$20,6812Rialto Pictures
39To the Arctic 3D$7,266-7%121$606$13,523,15974Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Hannah Arendt$6,853-31%5-3$1,371$662,37716Zeitgeist Films
41I'm So Excited$6,458-23%91$718$1,351,39912Sony Pictures Classics
42Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$6,409-12%14-5$458$4,291,09415Roadside Attractions
43Prince Avalanche$6,377-22%12-2$531$175,0866Magnolia Pictures
44The Hunt$6,248-44%10-1$625$596,84910Magnolia Pictures
45Herb & Dorothy 50x50$6,157--1--$6,157$6,1571Fine Line Media
46Passion$6,092-62%12-1$508$85,7263eOne Films US
47Born to Be Wild 3D$5,483-25%9-1$609$22,960,384128Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Under the Sea 3D$5,406-25%8-2$676$33,599,080240Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Una Noche$5,303-50%5-1$1,061$77,1114IFC Films
50Rising From Ashes$4,654351%53$931$26,6007First Run Features
51I Give It a Year$3,5096%51$702$32,5146Magnolia Pictures
52Savannah$3,1096%61$518$34,2314Ketchup Entertainment
53Informant$2,947--2--$1,474$2,9471Music Box Films
54Plush$2,843--10--$284$2,8431IM Global / Blumhouse
55The Last Time I Saw Macao$2,838--1--$2,838$2,8381Cinema Guild
56The Wall$2,786--2--$1,393$37,22916Music Box Films
57Red Obsession$2,593-49%31$864$9,9392Area23a / FilmBuff
58Our Nixon$2,548-1%42$637$15,7313Cinedigm
59Il Futuro$2,510-3%32$837$7,0562Strand Releasing
60Love Is All You Need$2,430-62%5-1$486$1,627,87420Sony Pictures Classics
61When Comedy Went to School$2,411-76%4-5$603$153,2417International Film Circuit
62Out of the Clear Blue Sky$2,231-5%10$2,231$16,0502Area23a
63More Than Honey$2,100242%20$1,050$71,49714Kino Lorber
64A Hijacking$1,869-6%30$623$409,24813Magnolia Pictures
65Viola$1,690--1--$1,690$17,16110Cinema Guild
66A Band Called Death$1,5692314%21$785$125,85612Drafthouse Films
67Fire in the Blood$1,538-68%32$513$7,9432International Film Circuit
68La Maison de la Radio$1,291-8%10$1,291$4,6592Kino Lorber
69The Trials of Muhammad Ali$1,078693%10$1,078$10,1944Kino Lorber
70Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$1,063--1--$1,063$149,94022Kino Lorber
71Europa Report$1,002-71%4-2$251$120,7837Magnolia / Magnet
72Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$954109%30$318$103,43811Magnolia Pictures
73Computer Chess$812175%21$406$94,1169Kino Lorber
74Augustine$742--3--$247$107,11418Music Box Films
75Leviathan (2013)$413-58%1-1$413$74,53229Cinema Guild
76Stories We Tell$296-94%4-5$74$1,595,84119Roadside Attractions
77Approaching Midnight$252177%10$252$2,1203Monterey Media
78I Declare War$226-65%1-2$226$14,3883Drafthouse Films
79Underdogs (2013)$190-62%10$190$35,2075Freestyle Releasing
80√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$175-74%2-3$88$20,97615Magnolia Pictures
81Fill the Void$136-95%2-4$68$1,768,31517Sony Pictures Classics
82You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$94-74%21$47$17,68515Kino Lorber