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, Apr. 25 - Sun, Apr. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Woman (2014)$24,763,752--3,205--$7,727$24,763,7521Fox
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$16,219,025-37%3,620-205$4,480$225,059,2414Disney
3Heaven is for Real$14,351,252-36%2,705288$5,305$52,462,1682Sony / TriStar
4Rio 2$13,881,457-37%3,703-272$3,749$96,389,9003Fox
5Brick Mansions$9,516,855--2,647--$3,595$9,516,8551Relativity Media
6Transcendence$4,265,176-61%3,4550$1,234$18,632,1422Warner Bros.
7The Quiet Ones$3,880,053--2,027--$1,914$3,880,0531Lionsgate
8Bears$3,734,588-22%1,7200$2,171$11,281,5252Disneynature
9Divergent$3,658,966-35%2,066-420$1,771$139,521,8576Lionsgate / Summit
10A Haunted House 2$3,202,679-64%2,3100$1,386$14,183,3352Open Road
11God's Not Dead$2,805,833-40%1,600-196$1,754$52,705,6606Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Draft Day$2,783,208-51%2,080-701$1,338$24,161,0593Lionsgate / Summit
13The Grand Budapest Hotel$2,459,171-28%1,021-259$2,409$48,803,1528Fox Searchlight
14Noah$2,283,681-54%1,604-933$1,424$97,314,5525Paramount
15Oculus$2,184,015-58%1,881-767$1,161$25,223,3013Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Railway Man$578,452252%156130$3,708$895,2913Weinstein Company
2Muppets Most Wanted$566,362-46%565-364$1,002$49,411,3896Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$552,283-30%468-312$1,180$108,047,8788Fox / DreamWorks Animation
42 States$434,587-60%1372$3,172$1,742,4492UTV Motion Pictures
5The LEGO Movie$355,963-11%303-37$1,175$252,798,44112Warner Bros.
6Walking with the Enemy$331,855--258--$1,286$331,8551Liberty Studios
7The Lunchbox$322,434-8%1657$1,954$2,696,3299Sony Pictures Classics
8Under the Skin (2014)$273,167-35%158-18$1,729$1,531,5874A24
9300: Rise of an Empire$231,5630%32560$713$105,814,5328Warner Bros.
10Non-Stop (2014)$203,175-46%252-108$806$90,490,7059Universal
11Frozen (2013)$189,962-27%227-63$837$400,175,40123Disney
12Need For Speed$171,085-42%187-71$915$42,904,6367Disney / DreamWorks
13Le Week-End$149,496-44%129-20$1,159$1,844,0187Music Box Films
14The Monuments Men$115,638-20%166-55$697$77,685,63112Sony / Columbia
15The Nut Job$101,646-8%160-41$635$64,165,44415Open Road
16RoboCop (2014)$94,185-18%147-28$641$57,883,00311Sony / Columbia
17Son of God$70,088-74%211-292$332$59,569,9289Fox
18Dom Hemingway$64,619-55%119-10$543$435,1874Fox Searchlight
19Bad Words$48,339-71%114-109$424$7,678,8687Focus
20Gravity$39,367-45%105-40$375$274,052,11030Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fading Gigolo$300,56666%3732$8,123$545,0592Millennium Entertainment
2Only Lovers Left Alive$200,94372%5336$3,791$500,9643Sony Pictures Classics
3Finding Vivian Maier$147,20211%6021$2,453$702,0385IFC Films
4Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$141,474-23%370$3,824$1,100,7754Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Journey to the South Pacific$84,7755%161$5,298$2,304,28722IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
6Locke$81,006--4--$20,252$81,0061A24
7The Raid 2$80,706-78%71-468$1,137$2,480,8015Sony Pictures Classics
8Hubble 3D$53,869-32%180$2,993$43,789,282215Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Jodorowsky's Dune$48,75925%4110$1,189$381,1466Sony Pictures Classics
10Particle Fever$43,72032%22-1$1,987$718,0948Abramorama / Bond 360
11Cesar Chavez$42,920-48%45-72$954$5,482,5465Lionsgate / Pantelion
123 Days to Kill$41,717-38%85-25$491$30,610,84410Relativity Media
13Joe (2014)$38,315-49%41-7$935$298,3523Roadside Attractions
14Sabotage (2014)$36,215-55%75-55$483$10,431,7685Open Road
15The German Doctor$34,259--5--$6,852$34,2591IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
16About Last Night$33,563-47%67-42$501$48,637,68411Sony / Screen Gems
17Blue Ruin$32,608--7--$4,658$32,6081RADiUS-TWC
18The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$28,94127%146$2,067$109,5834Zeitgeist Films
19Alan Partridge$28,688127%2211$1,304$117,3044Magnolia Pictures
20That Demon Within$28,441-63%12-5$2,370$140,6332China Lion Film
21Dancing in Jaffa$23,31432%134$1,793$66,7013IFC Films
2250 to 1$21,063-64%23-33$916$642,9646Ten Furlongs
23Nymphomaniac: Volume II$17,158-30%311$553$278,9484Magnolia Pictures
2412 Years a Slave$17,141-34%32-21$536$56,651,94328Fox Searchlight
25Beneath the Harvest Sky$16,768--8--$2,096$16,7681Tribeca Film
26The Wind Rises$15,855-10%268$610$5,153,72610Disney
27Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$15,781-66%87-27$181$15,968,1247Lionsgate
28Philomena$14,654-52%33-68$444$37,675,70023Weinstein Company
29Nymphomaniac: Volume I$14,205-30%16-10$888$726,0746Magnolia Pictures
30Ernest & Celestine$13,102-6%20-11$655$258,9609GKIDS
31Tim's Vermeer$12,986-30%23-5$565$1,623,54113Sony Pictures Classics
32Watermark$11,364-40%168$710$64,2664eOne Films US
33On My Way$10,929--5--$2,186$280,1267Cohen Media Group
34Hateship Loveship$10,13657%1613$634$27,8433IFC Films
35Last Passenger$9,326--10--$933$9,3261Cohen Media Group
36The Unknown Known$8,419-75%22-27$383$254,0684RADiUS-TWC
37Under the Sea 3D$7,194-36%81$899$33,893,053272Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Enemy$7,081-32%150$472$992,7207A24
39To the Arctic 3D$6,451-5%61$1,075$14,004,225106Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Gloria (2014)$6,105-12%9-4$678$2,092,90914Roadside Attractions
41Who Is Dayani Cristal?$5,712--2--$2,856$5,7121Kino Lorber
42August: Osage County$5,44067%7-9$777$37,734,47318Weinstein Company
43Frankie & Alice$5,067-83%24-19$211$693,1814Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
44Bright Days Ahead$4,919--4--$1,230$4,9191Tribeca Film
45The Final Member$4,759131%103$476$7,9492Drafthouse Films
46Make Your Move$4,660-94%40-102$117$122,2932High Top Releasing
47Young and Beautiful$4,607--1--$4,607$4,6071IFC Films
48The Missing Picture$4,526486%53$905$46,2236Strand Releasing
49For No Good Reason$4,516--2--$2,258$4,5161Sony Pictures Classics
50Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$4,240--2--$2,120$34,03312Rialto Pictures
51Born to Be Wild 3D$4,18865%112$381$23,293,356160Warner Bros. / IMAX
52Child's Pose$4,063-19%51$813$94,85310Zeitgeist Films
53Dallas Buyers Club$3,978-54%12-2$332$27,296,51426Focus
54The Retrieval$3,9531%54$791$27,9497Variance Films
55Bicycling with Molière$3,896--1--$3,896$5,2661Strand Releasing
56Anita (2014)$3,742--6--$624$173,6346IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
57Rob the Mob$3,363-72%4-9$841$182,5986Millennium Entertainment
58Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$3,225-23%3-3$1,075$155,04612Kino Lorber
59Just a Sigh$2,013--2--$1,007$55,3676Distrib Films
60It Felt Like Love$1,814536%32$605$31,1736Variance Films
61Manakamana$1,562-57%10$1,562$7,6112Cinema Guild
62American Mustang$1,513-68%10$1,513$47,67915Vitagraph / Just Media
63The Invisible Woman$1,32222%21$661$1,228,29518Sony Pictures Classics
64Godzilla: The Japanese Original$936-91%10$936$21,8742Rialto Pictures
65Gabrielle (2014)$892-71%10$892$4,8042eOne Films US
6620 Feet from Stardom$887491%10$887$4,943,11446RADiUS-TWC
67Stranger By the Lake$688--4--$172$324,02614Strand Releasing
68Mistaken for Strangers$646--2--$323$135,2755Abramorama
69No God, No Master$623-62%20$312$3,5375Monterey Media
70In Bloom$426--1--$426$49,06816Big World Pictures
71Tasting Menu$236-96%1-4$236$9,0852Magnolia Pictures
72Redwood Highway$130-44%1-1$130$4273Monterey Media