'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. 17 - Sun, Jul. 19

Wide (1000+)

4Inside Out (2015)$11,544,080-35%3,263-381$3,538$306,247,0465Disney
5Jurassic World$11,454,975-37%3,117-324$3,675$611,228,8106Universal
6Terminator Genisys$5,402,189-61%2,815-968$1,919$80,642,3143Paramount
7Magic Mike XXL$4,448,045-54%2,577-799$1,726$58,584,0093Warner Bros.
8The Gallows$4,011,094-59%2,7200$1,475$18,012,6852Warner Bros. / New Line
9Ted 2$2,602,390-54%1,582-589$1,645$77,359,2504Universal
10Self/Less$2,268,476-58%2,3530$964$10,331,6332Focus / Gramercy
11Max (2015)$1,912,435-46%1,508-580$1,268$37,888,0904Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1Bajrangi Bhaijaan$2,621,282--256--$10,239$2,621,2821Eros International
2Mr. Holmes$2,434,919--361--$6,745$2,434,9191Roadside Attractions
3Spy (2015)$1,506,082-51%939-518$1,604$106,598,9057Fox
4Amy (2015)$1,110,210-38%43594$2,552$4,177,5073A24
5Baahubali: The Beginning$1,090,000-64%210-26$5,190$6,330,0002BlueSky Cinemas
6San Andreas$589,541-52%402-354$1,467$151,244,3078Warner Bros. / New Line
7Avengers: Age of Ultron$468,0503%292-46$1,603$455,998,41712Disney
8Mad Max: Fury Road$384,349-38%268-70$1,434$150,986,66110Warner Bros.
9Dope$297,352-52%221-159$1,345$16,118,8155Open Road
10Love & Mercy$245,750-43%197-97$1,247$11,788,4387Roadside Attractions
11Me and Earl and the Dying Girl$234,409-65%235-335$997$6,199,4096Fox Searchlight
12Pitch Perfect 2$197,810-28%262-22$755$183,436,38010Universal
13I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$197,569-44%163-49$1,212$6,852,10310Bleecker Street
14Home (2015)$195,637-11%212-21$923$176,248,77217Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16Testament of Youth$123,951-30%10413$1,192$1,265,7007Sony Pictures Classics
17Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2$110,128-25%142-24$776$70,819,12914Sony / Columbia
18Entourage$88,02826%188100$468$32,244,0767Warner Bros.
19Cinderella (2015)$47,983-19%104-23$461$200,849,34219Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

1Irrational Man$175,312--5--$35,062$175,3121Sony Pictures Classics
2Infinitely Polar Bear$119,154-28%804$1,489$804,2335Sony Pictures Classics
3Northern Limit Line$108,255--13--$8,327$108,2551Well Go USA
4Tangerine$74,93423%1612$4,683$164,7072Magnolia Pictures
5Jimmy's Hall$64,25464%4332$1,494$152,3163Sony Pictures Classics
6Insidious: Chapter 3$55,394-59%87-71$637$51,903,8517Focus / Gramercy
7The Wolfpack$51,905-46%52-28$998$1,099,9196Magnolia Pictures
8Far from the Madding Crowd$49,989-42%74-24$676$12,104,27512Fox Searchlight
9Hot Pursuit (2015)$45,906-14%85-7$540$34,507,07911Warner Bros. / New Line
10Hubble 3D$45,23516%92$5,026$49,524,516279Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Aloha$44,719-43%89-46$502$20,991,4978Sony / Columbia
12Poltergeist (2015)$40,573-35%71-27$571$47,337,5409Fox
13Woman In Gold$38,937-41%66-35$590$33,221,17116Weinstein Company
14The Stanford Prison Experiment$37,514--2--$18,757$37,5141IFC Films
15Ex Machina$30,721-30%31-8$991$25,361,48415A24
16Faith of Our Fathers$27,717-66%52-102$533$953,4483Pure Flix / Samuel Goldwyn
17The Third Man (2015 re-issue)$26,055-31%110$2,369$254,8394Rialto Pictures
18Forever Young (2015)$24,092-66%140$1,721$131,0072China Lion Film
19A Borrowed Identity$23,798-2%144$1,700$112,1864Strand Releasing
20Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$23,68233%350$677$10,054,48868Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Lila & Eve$21,806--22--$991$21,8061IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
22Journey to the South Pacific$17,774-2%9-1$1,975$6,803,90086IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
23Do I Sound Gay?$14,94443%54$2,989$30,6112IFC Films
24The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$13,903-17%15-1$927$854,10811Music Box Films
25Ardor$13,726--17--$807$13,7261Participant Media
26A Little Chaos$12,476-78%25-31$499$551,6094Focus World
27A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence$12,46754%176$733$164,1747Magnolia Pictures
28About Elly$9,627-31%6-2$1,605$431,48315Cinema Guild
29The Tribe$6,989-53%93$777$88,5185Drafthouse Films
30Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot$6,912-66%40$1,728$32,5502Magnolia Pictures
31The Look of Silence$6,616--1--$6,616$6,6161Drafthouse / Participant
32Manglehorn$6,340-73%17-9$373$132,0755IFC Films
33When Marnie Was There$5,185-39%16-2$324$534,1939GKIDS
34Born to Be Wild 3D$5,1588%81$645$24,237,900224Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Court$4,806--1--$4,806$7,4651Zeitgeist Films
36Gemma Bovery$4,676-51%9-5$520$165,8878Music Box Films
37Under the Sea 3D$4,43647%5-2$887$34,639,157336Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Monkey Kingdom$4,433-63%18-9$246$16,427,83614Disneynature
39Iris (2015)$3,362-65%11-3$306$1,263,64012Magnolia Pictures
40The Apu Trilogy (2015 re-issue)$3,334-47%2-2$1,667$367,75911Janus Films
41The Farewell Party$2,836-53%5-2$567$171,9639IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
42To the Arctic 3D$2,825110%21$1,413$14,355,035170Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Alleluia$2,712--3--$904$2,7121Doppelgänger Releasing
44Aloft$2,01285%137$155$47,0729Sony Pictures Classics
45Jellyfish Eyes$1,541--1--$1,541$5,5321Janus Films
46The Wrecking Crew$1,4400%2-1$720$800,52119Magnolia Pictures
47She's Beautiful When She's Angry$1,251309%54$250$389,36733International Film Circuit
48Heaven Knows What$1,207-33%63$201$77,6618RADiUS-TWC
49Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor$1,134-27%20$567$11,5965Distrib Films
50Saint Laurent$1,080-63%4-2$270$425,24911Sony Pictures Classics
51Batkid Begins$1,013-95%2-9$507$58,2374Warner Bros. / New Line
52Sunshine Superman$894-1%62$149$83,5379Magnolia / CNN Films
53The Salt of the Earth$864-81%6-2$144$1,338,85317Sony Pictures Classics
54Roar (2015 re-issue)$833-29%1-3$833$106,35314Drafthouse / Olive Films
55Rebels of the Neon God (2015 re-issue)$754-64%20$377$28,42215Big World Pictures
56Beyond the Mask$721-19%30$240$1,231,02515Gathr / Freestyle
57Tap World$602-93%1-2$602$13,1202Vitagraph
58Jauja$492-79%1-1$492$57,76218Cinema Guild
59The New Rijksmuseum$47059%10$470$12,6255First Run Features
60Fidelio: Alice’s Odyssey$454--1--$454$4541First Run Features
613 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets$396-73%2-1$198$21,1085Participant Media
62A Poem Is a Naked Person (2015 re-issue)$362-98%1-3$362$54,5993Janus Films
63Runoff$210-13%10$210$12,7634Monterey Media
64Stations of the Cross$159-77%10$159$1,4632Film Movement
65The Little Death$123-89%10$123$12,1214Magnolia Pictures