'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, Aug. 21 - Sun, Aug. 23

Wide (1000+)

1Straight Outta Compton$26,364,020-56%3,025268$8,715$111,087,4902Universal
2Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation$11,451,746-33%3,442-258$3,327$157,514,7854Paramount
3Sinister 2$10,542,116--2,766--$3,811$10,542,1161Focus / Gramercy
4Hitman: Agent 47$8,326,530--3,261--$2,553$8,326,5301Fox
5The Man from U.N.C.L.E.$7,317,374-45%3,67335$1,992$26,534,2142Warner Bros.
6American Ultra$5,454,284--2,778--$1,963$5,454,2841Lionsgate
7The Gift (2015)$4,282,360-34%2,303-200$1,859$31,035,5233STX Entertainment
10Fantastic Four (2015)$3,733,632-54%2,581-1423$1,447$49,708,9943Fox
11Vacation (2015)$3,018,405-42%2,302-786$1,311$52,191,6614Warner Bros. / New Line
12Ricki and the Flash$2,982,315-35%2,013-51$1,482$20,232,4853Sony / TriStar
14Pixels$2,144,316-36%1,349-827$1,590$68,556,5055Sony / Columbia
15Shaun the Sheep Movie$1,513,365-47%1,678-682$902$14,518,8173Lionsgate
16Southpaw$1,174,761-51%1,058-669$1,110$48,062,0355Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

1Inside Out (2015)$1,594,360-22%821-198$1,942$342,353,07510Disney
2Jurassic World$947,550-24%574-164$1,651$639,568,53011Universal
3Mr. Holmes$591,764-30%433-156$1,367$15,375,4276Roadside Attractions
4The End of the Tour$558,17338%355222$1,572$1,724,0884A24
5Paper Towns$341,179-42%373-226$915$31,105,0635Fox
6Phoenix (2015)$325,11756%10854$3,010$945,6655IFC Films
7San Andreas$272,829-23%233-33$1,171$153,893,28313Warner Bros. / New Line
8Max (2015)$258,173-6%303-1$852$41,571,4109Warner Bros.
9Terminator Genisys$224,15349%23651$950$89,103,7448Paramount
10Irrational Man$214,314-47%185-240$1,158$3,514,4556Sony Pictures Classics
11Spy (2015)$171,684-20%209-17$821$110,140,36012Fox
12Amy (2015)$145,394-31%100-31$1,454$7,643,9498A24
13Magic Mike XXL$111,84611%24583$457$65,767,0668Warner Bros.
14Brothers...Blood Against Blood$93,492-74%112-52$835$613,7752Fox International Productions
16Mad Max: Fury Road$79,371-35%128-40$620$152,874,96115Warner Bros.
17Bajrangi Bhaijaan$66,505-50%2570$259$8,083,2016Eros International
18Ted 2$64,855-45%119-57$545$81,257,5009Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

1Mistress America$234,275151%3228$7,321$375,3232Fox Searchlight
2Assassination (2015)$215,565-26%27-2$7,984$1,239,5443Well Go USA
3Meru$173,78290%3225$5,431$320,0802Music Box Films
4The Diary of a Teenage Girl$170,82160%6947$2,476$415,4923Sony Pictures Classics
5Grandma$115,540--4--$28,885$115,5401Sony Pictures Classics
6Best of Enemies$111,111-8%6720$1,658$520,8014Magnolia / Participant
7Avengers: Age of Ultron$80,867-24%91-12$889$457,494,25417Disney
8Learning to Drive$66,015--4--$16,504$66,0151Broad Green Pictures
9Home (2015)$49,410-23%92-37$537$177,288,97022Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet$49,26337%2513$1,971$145,0623GKIDS
11Go Away Mr. Tumor$47,139-6%12-3$3,928$157,9572China Lion Film
12Listen to Me Marlon$45,61518%264$1,754$242,4224Showtime
13She's Funny That Way$43,820--26--$1,685$47,2041Lionsgate Premiere
14Hubble 3D$36,177-20%81$4,522$50,027,944284Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Gallows$36,1512%46-28$786$22,581,2397Warner Bros. / New Line
16Love & Mercy$26,661-17%41-14$650$12,421,11112Roadside Attractions
17Infinitely Polar Bear$25,444-42%34-26$748$1,355,90210Sony Pictures Classics
18Me and Earl and the Dying Girl$23,9853%34-1$705$6,717,14111Fox Searchlight
19The Stanford Prison Experiment$21,426--22--$974$574,8766IFC Films
20I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$21,256-34%35-19$607$7,397,48115Bleecker Street
21Tangerine$19,477-38%30-11$649$606,9787Magnolia Pictures
22Testament of Youth$18,85017%316$608$1,746,56712Sony Pictures Classics
23Jimmy's Hall$17,01724%13-2$1,309$400,7398Sony Pictures Classics
24Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$15,546-25%350$444$10,287,42273Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Dope$15,497-25%18-10$861$16,726,17010Open Road
26The Third Man (2015 re-issue)$13,58521%8-2$1,698$407,1989Rialto Pictures
27Cop Car$12,829-75%25-35$513$128,0023Focus World
28Journey to the South Pacific$12,615-1%7-1$1,802$6,973,68691IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
29The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet$12,091607%112$1,099$166,4374Weinstein Company
30Cinderella (2015)$11,485-30%35-10$328$201,084,95124Disney
31The Quay Brothers in 35mm$8,403--1--$8,403$16,9951Zeitgeist Films
32Paulette$7,590-15%10$7,590$21,8392Cohen Media Group
33A Borrowed Identity$6,436-44%72$919$253,5839Strand Releasing
34The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$5,93853%52$1,188$923,85516Music Box Films
35The Wolfpack$5,72626%154$382$1,271,65811Magnolia Pictures
36Self/Less$5,180-80%21-20$247$12,276,8107Focus / Gramercy
37Born to Be Wild 3D$4,805-34%7-1$686$24,321,677229Warner Bros. / IMAX
38The Apu Trilogy (2015 re-issue)$4,204-24%30$1,401$399,65716Janus Films
39The Look of Silence$4,140-50%120$345$89,7156Drafthouse / Participant
40Ex Machina$3,324-20%4-1$831$25,434,33320A24
41Under the Sea 3D$2,967-51%61$495$34,707,175341Warner Bros. / IMAX
42To the Arctic 3D$2,89141%1-1$2,891$14,374,554175Warner Bros. / IMAX
43She's Beautiful When She's Angry$2,764101%1-1$2,764$404,34338International Film Circuit
44A LEGO Brickumentary$2,670-28%5-5$534$100,2404RADiUS-TWC
45A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence$2,461-26%50$492$207,51512Magnolia Pictures
46Top Spin$2,177--1--$2,177$2,1771First Run Features
47Gemma Bovery$2,1134%3-1$704$188,84313Music Box Films
48Iris (2015)$1,955-36%3-4$652$1,303,31617Magnolia Pictures
49The Tribe$1,933-43%7-1$276$139,06710Drafthouse Films
50About Elly$1,922-14%31$641$466,05620Cinema Guild
51Samba$1,875-81%4-8$469$149,8055Broad Green Pictures
52Guidance$1,554--2--$777$1,5541Strand Releasing
53A Poem Is a Naked Person (2015 re-issue)$1,377-22%10$1,377$96,0368Janus Films
54The Great Man$1,265-49%10$1,265$5,4972Distrib Films
55The Hunting Ground$1,02510%2-1$513$405,91726RADiUS-TWC
56Slow Learners$948--1--$948$1,4051IFC Films
57The New Rijksmuseum$77911%31$260$31,99810First Run Features
58When Marnie Was There$509-40%5-2$102$561,59014GKIDS
59The Dinner$245--1--$245$1,7773Film Movement
60The Pardon$73-84%1-2$73$8,8459Monterey Media
61Runoff$26-73%10$26$29,2279Monterey Media