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 Thu, Dec. 30 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 30 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Little Fockers$7,818,8001%3,55418$2,200$76,809,7051Universal
2True Grit (2010)$6,636,0016%3,08336$2,152$62,253,8671Paramount
3TRON: Legacy$6,380,8234%3,4510$1,849$112,547,8712Disney
4Yogi Bear$4,702,5293%3,5150$1,338$53,370,3362Warner Bros.
5Tangled$3,740,3481%2,5820$1,449$158,018,8955Disney
6The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$3,507,3254%2,954-578$1,187$76,673,6223Fox
7Gulliver's Travels (2010)$3,100,613-1%2,993--$1,036$18,154,4071Fox
8Black Swan$2,706,1035%1,50044$1,804$38,926,1964Fox Searchlight
9The Fighter$2,630,5098%2,5118$1,048$36,383,7873Paramount
10The Tourist$1,834,2065%2,7560$666$48,007,4323Sony / Columbia
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,567,2155%1,732-108$905$278,881,5166Warner Bros.
12How Do You Know$1,400,8063%2,4830$564$20,493,4742Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 30 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$1,809,8954%700613$2,586$15,156,9385Weinstein Company
2Megamind$230,998-1%764-261$302$143,561,0788Paramount / DreamWorks
3Burlesque$144,0345%330-171$436$37,289,3235Sony / Screen Gems
4Unstoppable (2010)$123,27913%393-185$314$78,943,5657Fox
5Due Date$122,7428%404-20$304$98,807,8038Warner Bros.
6The Social Network$116,2557%249-9$467$92,757,48313Sony / Columbia
7Red (2010)$89,97116%330-109$273$89,215,46711Summit
8127 Hours$75,0968%103-67$729$10,150,0628Fox Searchlight
9Despicable Me$66,5855%193-40$345$251,032,80525Universal
10Life As We Know It$59,2645%2480$239$52,681,93312Warner Bros.
11Love and Other Drugs$53,5449%144-100$372$31,061,3595Fox
12Fair Game (2010)$31,8587%161-107$198$9,022,2088Summit
13Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$30,6501%158-22$194$55,462,17814Warner Bros.
14Tees Maar Khan$29,854-19%1080$276$922,2291UTV Communications
15Jackass 3D$20,2650%1370$148$117,041,92211Paramount
16Paranormal Activity 2$17,4365%145-29$120$84,603,48810Paramount
17Faster (2010)$16,80521%123-44$137$22,789,4105CBS Films
18Morning Glory (2010)$13,2798%126-137$105$30,713,4177Paramount
19The Next Three Days$10,3750%111-250$93$21,091,9806Lionsgate
20Hereafter$8,9060%128-25$70$32,675,40111Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 30 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$88,655-16%470$1,886$20,009,71341Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Blue Valentine (2010)$49,9924%4--$12,498$97,8790Weinstein Company
3I Love You Phillip Morris$44,7945%6919$649$929,6584Roadside Attractions
4Rabbit Hole$33,6014%3429$988$293,1292Lionsgate
5Somewhere (2010)$32,5202%8--$4,065$294,2721Focus
6Under the Sea 3D$18,111-37%120$1,509$25,235,42198Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Biutiful$9,7501%2--$4,875$19,3790Roadside Attractions
8The Tempest$8,32341%12-1$694$220,9183Disney
9Country Strong$8,249-11%20$4,125$78,2361Sony / Screen Gems
10The Town$6,9396%62-25$112$92,149,40515Warner Bros.
11Inception$5,20345%28-12$186$292,553,51924Warner Bros.
12For Colored Girls$4,10512%39-40$105$37,665,9588Lionsgate
13Summer Wars$2,94726%2--$1,474$7,4801GKIDS
14The Warrior's Way$1,6119%340$47$5,555,8714Relativity Media
15Winter's Bone$536-14%51$107$6,243,44829Roadside Attractions