'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. 31 - Sun, Aug. 2

Wide (1000+)

1Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation$55,520,089--3,956--$14,034$55,520,0891Paramount
2Vacation (2015)$14,681,108--3,411--$4,304$21,003,4421Warner Bros. / New Line
5Pixels$10,503,023-56%3,7230$2,821$45,714,5202Sony / Columbia
7Southpaw$7,617,683-54%2,7720$2,748$31,675,1682Weinstein Company
8Paper Towns$4,637,894-63%3,0310$1,530$23,854,3332Fox
9Inside Out (2015)$4,511,004-39%1,904-813$2,369$329,587,8967Disney
10Jurassic World$3,901,400-46%1,912-733$2,040$631,601,0308Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Mr. Holmes$2,358,503-18%898212$2,626$10,329,8823Roadside Attractions
2Terminator Genisys$943,192-61%736-966$1,282$87,693,4135Paramount
3Bajrangi Bhaijaan$697,456-57%2570$2,714$6,961,8503Eros International
4Magic Mike XXL$645,617-66%565-875$1,143$64,761,4075Warner Bros.
5Irrational Man$496,96695%135107$3,681$1,134,2973Sony Pictures Classics
6Ted 2$494,900-49%505-191$980$80,538,4706Universal
7Amy (2015)$438,032-40%245-125$1,788$6,429,5445A24
8Spy (2015)$413,402-46%375-164$1,102$108,872,8899Fox
9The Gallows$352,044-70%363-839$970$22,202,4894Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Vatican Tapes$321,464-61%4270$753$1,527,8372Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Mad Max: Fury Road$302,317-28%302-43$1,001$152,169,64512Warner Bros.
12Max (2015)$287,463-63%348-317$826$40,500,7046Warner Bros.
13San Andreas$245,620-26%206-60$1,192$152,283,50310Warner Bros. / New Line
15Avengers: Age of Ultron$168,683-49%154-60$1,095$456,942,72714Disney
16Home (2015)$125,971-15%180-16$700$176,819,97319Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17Infinitely Polar Bear$106,937-2%11014$972$1,135,3287Sony Pictures Classics
18Self/Less$96,321-69%228-380$422$12,103,5044Focus / Gramercy
19Love & Mercy$86,325-35%103-23$838$12,214,7279Roadside Attractions
20Insidious: Chapter 3$62,937-23%105-13$599$52,134,2949Focus / Gramercy
21The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet$33,658--100--$337$110,2951Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

1The End of the Tour$123,238--4--$30,810$123,2381A24
2The Stanford Prison Experiment$122,290113%7964$1,548$269,2723IFC Films
3Dope$73,329-44%68-47$1,078$16,564,0467Open Road
4I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$67,347-41%79-24$852$7,206,89012Bleecker Street
5Tangerine$64,513-29%374$1,744$418,0564Magnolia Pictures
6Best of Enemies$50,738--3--$16,913$50,7381Magnolia / Participant
7Me and Earl and the Dying Girl$49,272-54%73-48$675$6,566,4128Fox Searchlight
8Hubble 3D$49,1476%90$5,461$49,731,453281Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Phoenix (2015)$48,01558%42$12,004$98,5732IFC Films
10Testament of Youth$43,551-52%56-30$778$1,643,0619Sony Pictures Classics
11A LEGO Brickumentary$43,285--93--$465$43,2851RADiUS-TWC
12Samba$39,04159%2220$1,775$71,9092Broad Green Pictures
13Cinderella (2015)$36,62426%64-6$572$200,985,78221Disney
14Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2$36,386-46%90-27$404$71,038,19016Sony / Columbia
15Jimmy's Hall$33,449-45%33-11$1,014$318,1595Sony Pictures Classics
16Listen to Me Marlon$30,068--2--$15,034$38,0801Showtime
17Northern Limit Line$25,628-65%11-2$2,330$324,7193Well Go USA
18A Borrowed Identity$25,342-26%20-2$1,267$202,2166Strand Releasing
19Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$21,444-1%350$613$10,152,35870Warner Bros. / IMAX
20The Look of Silence$20,45385%108$2,045$46,1023Drafthouse / Participant
21The Third Man (2015 re-issue)$20,346-14%11-1$1,850$332,2266Rialto Pictures
22Poltergeist (2015)$18,665-12%30-14$622$47,415,69011Fox
23Journey to the South Pacific$17,991-1%101$1,799$6,885,85088IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
24Wild City$17,181--11--$1,562$17,1811Well Go USA
25The Wolfpack$15,558-54%22-13$707$1,213,2898Magnolia Pictures
26Far from the Madding Crowd$15,374-43%27-20$569$12,208,87414Fox Searchlight
27Woman In Gold$14,868-29%16-17$929$33,293,02018Weinstein Company
28Ex Machina$9,571-24%17-2$563$25,405,05817A24
29Entourage$7,230-76%41-62$176$32,353,1479Warner Bros.
30Dawn of the Crescent Moon$6,411--3--$2,137$6,4111Indican Pictures
31A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence$6,0245%9-3$669$192,3909Magnolia Pictures
32Only You (2015)$5,981-78%5-8$1,196$55,2392China Lion Film
33The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$5,668-50%8-6$709$896,50013Music Box Films
34Born to Be Wild 3D$5,6593%91$629$24,268,326226Warner Bros. / IMAX
35The New Rijksmuseum$5,444129%42$1,361$24,8767First Run Features
36Paulo Coelho's Best Story$5,295--5--$1,059$5,2951Music Box Films
37A Poem Is a Naked Person (2015 re-issue)$5,2851344%10$5,285$63,7175Janus Films
38Under the Sea 3D$5,22727%83$653$34,664,039338Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Counting$4,904--1--$4,904$494,9041Cinema Guild
40About Elly$4,094-34%3-2$1,365$456,16517Cinema Guild
41Iris (2015)$3,721-46%6-5$620$1,284,06214Magnolia Pictures
42The Tribe$3,180-58%6-3$530$109,8137Drafthouse Films
43Batkid Begins$3,167-20%1410$226$73,0026Warner Bros. / New Line
44Faith of Our Fathers$3,024-41%6-11$504$981,9195Pure Flix / Samuel Goldwyn
45The Apu Trilogy (2015 re-issue)$2,538-41%1-1$2,538$381,60013Janus Films
46Jenny's Wedding$2,254--2--$1,127$2,2541IFC Films
47To the Arctic 3D$2,19733%41$549$14,361,841172Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Gemma Bovery$2,053-58%5-3$411$181,00510Music Box Films
49When Marnie Was There$1,770-71%6-7$295$553,01911GKIDS
50The Little Death$1,410-30%10$1,410$16,5636Magnolia Pictures
51Runoff$1,374-85%2-4$687$26,0986Monterey Media
52Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot$1,246-59%10$1,246$40,6024Magnolia Pictures
53Aloft$955-51%12-5$80$51,91911Sony Pictures Classics
54Beyond the Mask$71433%20$357$1,233,33317Gathr / Freestyle
55Sunshine Superman$709-76%4-1$177$87,87511Magnolia / CNN Films
56Lila & Eve$669-87%1-6$669$37,9343IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
57She's Beautiful When She's Angry$505-70%2-2$253$396,64835International Film Circuit
58Our Man In Tehran$423--1--$423$3,62312First Run Features
59Heaven Knows What$422-45%2-2$211$80,01510RADiUS-TWC
60The Salt of the Earth$361-82%1-4$361$1,342,56819Sony Pictures Classics
61Alleluia$121-85%1-2$121$5,5913Doppelgänger Releasing
62The Pardon$93-48%10$93$5,5296Monterey Media