'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. 12 - Sun, Sep. 14

Wide (1000+)

1No Good Deed (2014)$24,250,283--2,175--$11,150$24,250,2831Sony / Screen Gems
2Dolphin Tale 2$15,873,397--3,656--$4,342$15,873,3971Warner Bros.
3Guardians of the Galaxy$8,102,358-22%3,104-117$2,610$305,987,1907Disney
4Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$4,855,136-25%2,957-316$1,642$181,096,6276Paramount
5Let's Be Cops$4,378,297-21%2,755-177$1,589$73,050,7455Fox
6If I Stay$3,937,176-29%3,040-117$1,295$44,824,4664Warner Bros. / New Line
7The November Man$2,800,262-35%2,702-74$1,036$22,545,6393Relativity Media
8The Giver$2,572,763-25%2,253-323$1,142$41,276,1635Weinstein Company
9The Hundred-Foot Journey$2,423,269-23%1,943-224$1,247$49,371,1376Disney / DreamWorks
10When the Game Stands Tall$2,381,830-30%2,435-331$978$26,557,4364Sony / TriStar
11As Above/So Below$2,136,755-45%2,283-367$936$19,142,4303Universal
13The Expendables 3$968,734-47%1,302-676$744$38,298,6705Lionsgate
14Into the Storm$903,371-38%1,040-305$869$45,852,1176Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Identical$401,983-75%1,274-682$316$2,576,4952Freestyle Releasing

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Drop$4,104,552--809--$5,074$4,104,5521Fox Searchlight
2Boyhood$865,047-26%659-116$1,313$21,808,49810IFC Films
3Cantinflas$575,738-46%424-5$1,358$5,648,0843Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Finding Fanny$515,393--121--$4,259$515,3931Fox International Productions
5Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?$461,179--242--$1,906$461,1791Atlas Distribution
6A Most Wanted Man$443,830-23%397-24$1,118$16,610,6828Roadside Attractions
7The Trip to Italy$432,30534%15571$2,789$1,709,1125IFC Films
8Magic in the Moonlight$417,920-34%399-131$1,047$9,870,6408Sony Pictures Classics
9Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$392,039-24%361-58$1,086$206,827,51810Fox
10How to Train Your Dragon 2$372,012-32%460-206$809$175,236,28414Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11Love Is Strange$341,76934%10258$3,351$1,237,5084Sony Pictures Classics
13Transformers: Age of Extinction$260,76110%437190$597$245,064,44812Paramount
14Hercules (2014)$207,257-27%224-41$925$71,736,1018Paramount
15Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For$189,030-73%272-932$695$13,488,7184Weinstein / Dimension
16Step Up All In$187,80514%25786$731$14,752,1606Lionsgate / Summit
17Calvary$183,880-46%206-79$893$3,342,9207Fox Searchlight
18Earth to Echo$137,894213%17780$779$38,497,50311Relativity Media
19Planes: Fire and Rescue$137,504-47%286-138$481$58,439,3049Disney
20Get On Up$132,600-60%253-101$524$30,513,9407Universal
21Sex Tape$125,066119%186108$672$38,407,9319Sony / Columbia
22Tammy$122,306-36%201-45$608$84,203,48011Warner Bros. / New Line
23Mary Kom$119,460-68%1390$859$590,1652Eros International
24The Purge: Anarchy$118,605-30%167-21$710$71,519,2309Universal
25Ghostbusters (1984) (2014 re-issue)$112,356-81%178-530$631$3,544,6683Sony / Columbia
2622 Jump Street$93,660-25%105-17$892$190,962,96314Sony / Columbia
27X-Men: Days of Future Past$70,681-54%148-164$478$233,783,83617Fox
28Jersey Boys$61,594-28%155-47$397$46,980,27313Warner Bros.
29Begin Again$57,714-66%111-171$520$16,084,60712Weinstein Company
30Singham Returns$1,612-83%1270$13$1,231,5505Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Skeleton Twins$380,691--15--$25,379$380,6911Roadside Attractions
2The Remaining$242,09552%8518$2,848$450,0012Sony / Triumph
3My Old Lady$124,680--11--$11,335$147,3331Cohen Media Group
4The Pirates$119,187358%2524$4,767$160,1332Well Go USA
5But Always$95,859-34%200$4,793$312,4232China Lion Film
6What If$93,957-44%79-57$1,189$3,452,1176CBS Films
7The One I Love$83,441-18%8210$1,018$428,2524RADiUS-TWC
8The Admiral: Roaring Currents$68,753-55%31-14$2,218$2,485,1176CJ Entertainment
9Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$67,262-13%50-21$1,345$7,281,29124Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby$66,941--4--$16,735$66,9411Weinstein Company
11Frank$55,508-46%62-13$895$517,2725Magnolia Pictures
12And So It Goes$48,523-28%88-22$551$15,085,3908Clarius Entertainment
13The Fault in Our Stars$43,960-42%85-34$517$124,793,13115Fox
14Land Ho!$43,450-19%66-7$658$636,98610Sony Pictures Classics
15The Last of Robin Hood$42,902-66%61-17$703$269,6423IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
16The Green Prince$32,698--4--$8,175$32,6981Music Box Films
17Journey to the South Pacific$26,03517%13-3$2,003$4,677,57342IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
18Hubble 3D$25,80424%8-1$3,226$45,990,076235Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Take Me to the River$25,588--12--$2,132$25,5881Abramorama
2050 to 1$23,597-60%45-35$524$1,035,55226Ten Furlongs
21Yves Saint Laurent$23,293-30%18-6$1,294$695,08312Weinstein Company
22Life of Crime$21,166-54%24-8$882$243,7693Roadside Attractions
23Frontera$18,73871%129$1,562$32,6862Magnolia Pictures
24The Congress$16,725-49%31-4$540$112,3923Drafthouse Films
25Wetlands$14,987131%109$1,499$25,1372Strand Releasing
27A Five Star Life$12,783-41%13-7$983$295,0249Music Box Films
28Third Person$10,454-27%10-5$1,045$1,006,81813Sony Pictures Classics
29Jerusalem 3D$10,083-6%80$1,260$5,112,55052National Geographic
30Fort McCoy$9,636-52%144$688$57,4055Monterey Media
31Kundo: Age of the Rampant$8,555-78%8-16$1,069$276,7703Well Go USA
32Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity$8,406--1--$8,406$15,0311The Film Collaborative
33Bird People$7,443--1--$7,443$7,4431IFC Films
34Mood Indigo$6,47940%9-1$720$279,5289Drafthouse Films
35Night Moves$6,413--5--$1,283$271,01416Cinedigm
36Expedition to the End of the World$5,99882%40$1,500$29,6344Argot Pictures
37I Am Eleven$5,800--2--$2,900$5,8001International Film Circuit
38The Quitter$5,588--1--$5,588$5,5881PMK•BNC
39Born to Be Wild 3D$5,2308%61$872$23,571,299180Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Life Itself$5,03326%146$360$795,31111Magnolia Pictures
41A Master Builder$4,539139%43$1,135$42,6598Abramorama
42Honeymoon$4,131--2--$2,066$4,1311Magnolia / Magnet
43Rocks in My Pockets$3,799-19%21$1,900$16,8302Zeitgeist Films
44Through a Lens Darkly$3,534-64%10$3,534$41,4413First Run Features
45The Lunchbox$3,45051%41$863$4,231,50029Sony Pictures Classics
46Ida (2014)$3,382-59%6-2$564$3,696,15920Music Box Films
47Innocence (2014)$3,211-99%27-463$119$292,8242JSC Entertainment
48Stray Dogs$2,998--1--$2,998$2,9981Cinema Guild
49Smiling Through the Apocalypse - Esquire in the Sixties$2,590--1--$2,590$2,5901First Run Features
50The Notebook (2014)$2,475-52%4-3$619$16,6353Sony Pictures Classics
51Under the Sea 3D$2,40629%31$802$34,327,881292Warner Bros. / IMAX
52A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$2,147-73%3-3$716$192,59713Big World Pictures
53Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation$2,009--1--$2,009$2,0091First Run Features
54Only Lovers Left Alive$1,306-75%31$435$1,879,53423Sony Pictures Classics
55Jealousy$1,095--2--$548$55,1835Distrib Films
56Abuse of Weakness$1,033-61%1-3$1,033$28,2275Strand Releasing
57To Be Takei$682157%21$341$49,3854Starz Digital Media
58The Dog$56712%30$189$42,4176Drafthouse Films
59The Mystery of Happiness$382--2--$191$3821Strand Releasing
60To the Arctic 3D$356--1--$356$14,169,688126Warner Bros. / IMAX
61Canopy$326-78%1-4$326$6,6123Monterey Media
62Redwood Highway$287--1--$287$132,29723Monterey Media
63Levitated Mass$274-94%10$274$7,0052First Run Features