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, May. 19 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$2,859,640-3%2,918--$980$38,459,2401Universal
2Thor$2,200,897-4%3,9638$555$129,906,1552Paramount
3Fast Five$1,270,655-3%3,793131$335$175,588,5853Universal
4Priest (2011)$786,252-11%2,864--$275$19,083,1281Sony / Screen Gems
5Something Borrowed$546,497-6%2,9040$188$28,003,0652Warner Bros.
6Jumping the Broom$418,8189%2,0350$206$27,617,5522Sony / TriStar
7Rio (2011)$416,664-1%2,929-329$142$126,996,6515Fox
8Water for Elephants$381,878-7%2,425-189$157$50,277,5744Fox
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$122,8626%1,449-432$85$50,766,9904Lionsgate
10Soul Surfer$113,9748%1,468-313$78$39,680,6706Sony / TriStar
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$65,3245%1,276-1229$51$8,827,6863Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Source Code$73,2783%626-304$117$52,543,8347Summit
2Insidious$67,2481%762-239$88$51,958,3777FilmDistrict
3Everything Must Go$64,424-14%218--$296$1,099,6201Roadside Attractions
4Hanna$54,670-11%425-323$129$38,862,8706Focus
5Jane Eyre (2011)$49,1455%2480$198$10,155,82910Focus
6The Conspirator$40,480-8%370-87$109$10,666,2865Roadside Attractions
7Limitless$35,467-7%298-81$119$77,727,7449Relativity Media
8The Lincoln Lawyer$32,797-7%345-95$95$56,254,9669Lionsgate
9Win Win$31,429-11%248-20$127$9,074,8209Fox Searchlight
10Scream 4$27,5112%426-907$65$37,626,3985Weinstein Company
11Arthur (2011)$22,874-4%344-11$66$32,669,6206Warner Bros.
12HOP$18,325-11%459-443$40$106,935,0057Universal
13Rango$16,67728%216-61$77$120,816,86311Paramount
14The Beaver$16,571-17%10583$158$391,6432Summit
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$12,957-13%311-28$42$51,702,4348Fox
16The Adjustment Bureau$10,660-13%164-51$65$62,344,26511Universal
17Paul$9,9050%181-23$55$37,412,9459Universal
18Go For It!$9,200-11%218--$42$158,2521Lionsgate / Pantelion
19Your Highness$8,8650%148-16$60$21,596,4456Universal
20Sucker Punch$8,4695%139-71$61$36,355,3128Warner Bros.
21Red Riding Hood$4,485-4%100-56$45$37,630,91010Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$84,1751%57-2$1,477$5,104,4216Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$34,12814%342$1,004$24,946,19861Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The King's Speech$4,8785%71-19$69$138,732,85625Weinstein Company
4Beastly$2,61710%46-30$57$27,865,57111CBS Films
5No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$2,027-5%5029$41$1,339,9116Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Kill the Irishman$1,392-7%13-10$107$1,141,06710Anchor Bay Films
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$1,2120%38-14$32$37,897,60513Fox
8Cedar Rapids$1,17837%12-10$98$6,849,72214Fox Searchlight
9Biutiful$809-10%11-5$74$5,090,37920Roadside Attractions
10Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$688-24%34-430$20$1,186,5383Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
11Dum Maaro Dum$662-45%20-13$33$554,7434Fox Searchlight
12Skateland$645-10%2--$323$7,7821Freestyle Releasing
13Miral$449-17%50$90$373,4208Weinstein Company
14The Company Men$427-18%11-24$39$4,441,27217Weinstein Company
15Meet Monica Velour$24832%1--$248$29,1866Anchor Bay Films
16The Music Never Stopped$18920%0-7--$240,1889Roadside Attractions