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, May. 9 - Sun, May. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Neighbors (2014)$49,033,915--3,279--$14,954$49,033,9151Universal
2The Amazing Spider-Man 2$35,501,212-61%4,3240$8,210$146,201,9342Sony / Columbia
3The Other Woman (2014)$9,605,781-33%3,30668$2,906$62,085,8243Fox
4Heaven is for Real$7,482,618-13%3,048118$2,455$75,702,6574Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$5,750,593-26%2,701-478$2,129$245,128,3386Disney
6Rio 2$5,028,838-35%2,973-341$1,692$113,069,0825Fox
7Moms' Night Out$4,311,083--1,044--$4,129$4,311,0831Sony / TriStar
8Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$3,747,780--2,658--$1,410$3,747,7801Clarius Entertainment
9Divergent$1,743,676-20%1,233-406$1,414$145,067,5958Lionsgate / Summit
10Brick Mansions$1,643,574-55%1,954-693$841$18,491,3923Relativity Media
11God's Not Dead$1,422,119-19%1,000-330$1,422$57,684,9358Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Bears$1,041,724-39%1,243-547$838$16,052,7684Disneynature
13The Quiet Ones$719,214-64%1,133-894$635$7,995,6033Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,545,746-13%770-114$2,007$53,826,87410Fox Searchlight
2Draft Day$849,939-39%820-534$1,037$27,764,7305Lionsgate / Summit
3Fading Gigolo$734,67952%340230$2,161$2,029,1224Millennium Entertainment
4Noah$502,108-44%477-452$1,053$99,877,6507Paramount
5The LEGO Movie$488,384113%401181$1,218$253,666,49014Warner Bros.
6The Railway Man$437,644-13%18117$2,418$2,260,4405Weinstein Company
7Transcendence$353,264-70%515-1260$686$22,209,3374Warner Bros.
8A Haunted House 2$346,430-68%526-802$659$16,846,2164Open Road
9Non-Stop (2014)$328,145115%23618$1,390$91,104,08011Universal
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$303,223-25%357-53$849$108,923,91410Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11Oculus$252,683-67%410-474$616$27,238,6405Relativity Media
12The Lunchbox$244,104-7%1534$1,595$3,428,46911Sony Pictures Classics
13Muppets Most Wanted$176,982-32%285-91$621$50,012,3288Disney
14RoboCop (2014)$129,736-68%146-85$889$58,486,40913Sony / Columbia
15Need For Speed$116,02320%19663$592$43,189,6549Disney / DreamWorks
16300: Rise of an Empire$78,967-35%191-44$413$106,170,46910Warner Bros.
17The Monuments Men$77,395-30%122-23$634$77,951,84314Sony / Columbia
18Frozen (2013)$61,662-47%142-37$434$400,447,14825Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Belle$487,109357%4541$10,825$634,2102Fox Searchlight
2Locke$223,01467%7348$3,055$523,2633A24
3Chef$204,961--6--$34,160$204,9611Open Road
4Only Lovers Left Alive$177,160-8%9225$1,926$1,061,5215Sony Pictures Classics
5Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$131,508-2%36-1$3,653$1,556,3286Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Under the Skin (2014)$127,685-25%93-32$1,373$2,067,1086A24
7Fed Up$126,028--18--$7,002$126,0281RADiUS-TWC
8Finding Vivian Maier$114,805-24%977$1,184$1,116,0947IFC Films
92 States$93,168-48%59-37$1,579$2,161,7684UTV Motion Pictures
10Ida (2014)$85,55854%74$12,223$175,4822Music Box Films
11Journey to the South Pacific$71,4469%151$4,763$2,552,55724IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
12Walking with the Enemy$68,754-46%72-55$955$736,8303Liberty Studios
13Palo Alto$63,461--4--$15,865$63,4611Tribeca Film
14The German Doctor$63,30244%3521$1,809$177,7393IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
15Le Week-End$57,050-41%65-25$878$2,096,9289Music Box Films
16Jerusalem 3D$49,29819%202$2,465$4,070,99934National Geographic
17Hubble 3D$47,532-5%190$2,502$43,994,772217Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Blue Ruin$46,170-37%611$757$202,9283RADiUS-TWC
19Jodorowsky's Dune$33,585-26%4-57$8,396$523,7308Sony Pictures Classics
20Godzilla: The Japanese Original$29,97669%1910$1,578$78,5974Rialto Pictures
21The Hornet's Nest$26,550--4--$6,638$26,5501Freestyle Releasing
223 Days to Kill$22,702-17%42-22$541$30,688,36412Relativity Media
23God's Pocket$21,482--3--$7,161$21,4821IFC Films
24Son of God$20,353-36%68-58$299$59,666,58911Fox
25The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$19,715-25%12-1$1,643$179,6336Zeitgeist Films
26Sabotage (2014)$15,805-34%51-9$310$10,499,9687Open Road
27The Double (2014)$14,646--2--$7,323$14,6461Magnolia Pictures
28The Raid 2$13,961-52%22-16$635$2,586,1447Sony Pictures Classics
29Joe (2014)$10,382-61%23-16$451$364,5735Roadside Attractions
30On My Way$10,063-6%134$774$311,3729Cohen Media Group
3150 to 1$9,425-12%11-5$857$679,8328Ten Furlongs
32Dom Hemingway$8,604-65%19-28$453$518,1346Fox Searchlight
33Bad Words$8,525-53%29-11$294$7,738,1369Focus
34Dancing in Jaffa$8,061-68%13-10$620$122,6435IFC Films
35Young and Beautiful$7,594136%76$1,085$21,2863IFC Films
36Redwood Highway$6,730453%41$1,683$9,9505Monterey Media
37Nymphomaniac: Volume I$6,255-33%13-2$481$753,7298Magnolia Pictures
38Nymphomaniac: Volume II$6,033-11%13-2$464$309,0616Magnolia Pictures
39Under the Sea 3D$5,650-24%131$435$33,935,383274Warner Bros. / IMAX
40The Wind Rises$5,539-61%11-15$504$5,194,64812Disney
41Queen Margot (2014 re-issue)$4,985--1--$4,985$4,9851Cohen Media Group
42Philomena$4,971-53%13-9$382$37,701,98925Weinstein Company
43Rob the Mob$4,774-41%6-2$796$200,3718Millennium Entertainment
44Bicycling with Molière$4,581-55%51$916$28,1933Strand Releasing
45Tim's Vermeer$4,388-52%8-3$549$1,655,65415Sony Pictures Classics
46The M Word$4,289-59%3-7$1,430$21,1302Rainbow Releasing
47For No Good Reason$3,707-38%82$463$21,2513Sony Pictures Classics
48Hateship Loveship$3,671-50%8-7$459$47,1915IFC Films
49Stage Fright (2014)$3,562--11--$324$3,5621Magnolia / Magnet
50Gloria (2014)$3,013-35%7-2$430$2,106,55616Roadside Attractions
51Watermark$2,889-47%5-6$578$82,8376eOne Films US
52Born to Be Wild 3D$2,82922%6-2$472$23,309,255162Warner Bros. / IMAX
53To the Arctic 3D$2,742-61%5-4$548$14,032,100108Warner Bros. / IMAX
54Enemy$2,547-47%124$212$1,004,5419A24
55Ilo Ilo$2,43616%21$1,218$37,4996Film Movement
56The Jewish Cardinal$2,151-19%30$717$125,34518Film Movement
57Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,835-30%10$1,835$43,72914Rialto Pictures
58That Demon Within$1,680-75%2-3$840$167,0064China Lion Film
59Deep Sea 3D$1,652--4--$413$46,041,297428Warner Bros. / IMAX
60Decoding Annie Parker$1,586-91%2-11$793$39,8502eOne Films US
61Alan Partridge$1,558-86%7-11$223$147,8316Magnolia Pictures
62The Invisible Woman$1,4380%40$360$1,233,34720Sony Pictures Classics
63For a Woman$1,410-78%20$705$11,1162Film Movement
64Manakamana$994-30%10$994$12,7064Cinema Guild
65No God, No Master$664-49%41$166$6,2427Monterey Media
66The Unknown Known$634-70%6-9$106$265,4576RADiUS-TWC
67The Protector 2$605124%10$605$1,0372Magnolia / Magnet
68Sweet Dreams (2013)$460-39%21$230$52,05928International Film Circuit
69In Bloom$409--2--$205$50,74618Big World Pictures
70Tasting Menu$31251%10$312$9,9044Magnolia Pictures
71The Missing Picture$312100%10$312$49,4368Strand Releasing
72Mistaken for Strangers$286-64%21$143$138,2787Abramorama
7320 Feet from Stardom$250-86%1-1$250$4,945,13948RADiUS-TWC
74Cheap Thrills$155-47%21$78$59,3798Drafthouse Films
75Big Men$126-79%10$126$43,6569Abramorama