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.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Sep. 29 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$1,586,625-20%3,565--$445$24,282,5601Fox
2The Town$1,294,331-19%2,88524$449$53,001,0532Warner Bros.
3Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$703,197-17%3,575--$197$18,490,8681Warner Bros.
4Easy A$622,664-18%2,8560$218$34,765,3102Sony / Screen Gems
5You Again$589,282-20%2,548--$231$10,314,7161Disney
6Devil$420,295-19%2,8112$150$23,291,1802Universal
7Resident Evil: Afterlife$399,714-17%2,642-567$151$53,418,9533Sony / Screen Gems
8Alpha and Omega$199,573-14%2,6250$76$15,819,9002Lionsgate
9Takers$115,102-13%1,413-726$81$55,256,7555Sony / Screen Gems
10The American$92,891-15%1,315-1142$71$34,901,0014Focus
11The Other Guys$71,192-3%1,047-780$68$117,183,1968Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$104,324-16%907-398$115$287,390,68611Warner Bros.
2Eat Pray Love$84,955-11%855-813$99$79,298,9737Sony / Columbia
3Machete$61,071-11%682-1022$90$25,931,3034Fox
4The Expendables$51,376-10%852-1002$60$102,230,0727Lionsgate
5The Virginity Hit$36,993-17%700--$53$453,4383Sony / Columbia
6Despicable Me$30,495-17%610-334$50$245,618,37012Universal
7Dinner for Schmucks$25,541-12%32310$79$72,619,8249Paramount / DreamWorks
8The Last Exorcism$23,4623%707-1306$33$40,841,8575Lionsgate
9Going the Distance (2010)$21,834-7%475-1532$46$17,605,0874Warner Bros. / New Line
10Nanny McPhee Returns$18,795-1%765-823$25$28,283,1956Universal
11Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$17,4757%233-151$75$31,406,6157Universal
12Lottery Ticket$14,849-6%370-307$40$23,988,5496Warner Bros.
13Vampires Suck$11,512-8%415-549$28$36,207,2266Fox
14The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$10,373-6%224-115$46$300,330,22713Summit
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$8,369-16%267-93$31$43,303,0439Warner Bros.
16The Kids Are All Right$8,323-9%107-62$78$20,680,55412Focus
17Flipped$4,88410%106-269$46$1,718,9428Warner Bros.
18Ramona and Beezus$4,559-20%191-69$24$25,886,29010Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Catfish$56,85612%5745$997$971,1032Universal / Rogue
2Hubble 3D$31,2380%0-63--$16,009,16128Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Never Let Me Go$23,813-5%2622$916$513,3092Fox Searchlight
4Waiting for 'Superman'$13,6604%4--$3,415$180,1971Paramount Vantage
5Jack Goes Boating$9,714-21%3733$263$161,9722Relativity / Overture
6Buried$9,527-5%11--$866$130,9251Lionsgate
7Winter's Bone$6,9210%82-21$84$6,070,03816Roadside Attractions
8The Tillman Story$6,01812%27-1$223$603,4436Weinstein Company
9Under the Sea 3D$5,316-17%182$295$24,299,48685Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Avatar$4,7802%29-100$165$760,250,85041Fox
11The Concert$4,0083%18-2$223$587,81910Weinstein Company
12Bran Nue Dae$3,9960%5538$73$100,7813Freestyle Releasing
13Piranha 3D$3,221-18%66-198$49$24,830,3446Weinstein Company
14Cyrus$1,95461%14-5$140$7,441,09515Fox Searchlight
15We Are Family$1,716-33%24-54$72$636,9864UTV Communications
16Knight and Day$1,340-17%45-19$30$76,406,77214Fox
17Solitary Man$1,257359%6-1$210$4,359,19419Anchor Bay
18The Romantics$568-46%6-8$95$105,5773Four of a Kind
19The Disappearance of Alice Creed$295157%2-1$148$158,7228Anchor Bay