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 Fri, Aug. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$19,534,699--3,648--$5,355$19,534,6991Fox
2The Smurfs$5,962,69146%3,3950$1,756$61,164,5222Sony / Columbia
3The Change-Up$4,777,550--2,913--$1,640$4,777,5501Universal
4Cowboys & Aliens$4,673,73048%3,7544$1,245$56,293,7952Universal
5Captain America: The First Avenger$3,794,73840%3,620-95$1,048$133,976,7833Paramount
6Crazy, Stupid, Love$3,730,76655%3,0200$1,235$33,815,8722Warner Bros.
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$3,374,11129%3,175-970$1,063$334,015,1254Warner Bros.
8Friends With Benefits$1,476,62525%2,398-528$616$45,315,0293Sony / Screen Gems
9Horrible Bosses$1,352,96044%2,025-485$668$101,895,1235Warner Bros. / New Line
10Transformers: Dark of the Moon$860,22119%1,854-750$464$342,018,5626Paramount / DreamWorks
11Zookeeper$663,7027%1,724-694$385$72,108,4665Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$304,737-13%926-837$329$183,889,2317Disney
2Winnie the Pooh$185,930-34%716-916$260$23,819,7764Disney
3Bridesmaids$164,56036%374-110$440$166,108,22513Universal
4Kung Fu Panda 2$149,05530%290-29$514$162,344,67311Paramount / DreamWorks
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$128,15326%327-85$392$65,148,0118Fox
6X-Men: First Class$127,818173%236-18$542$145,050,60110Fox
7Bad Teacher$115,55712%350-415$330$97,287,6997Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part II$91,18249%303-43$301$253,387,18611Warner Bros.
9The Tree of Life$64,56219%170-26$380$11,967,72611Fox Searchlight
10Super 8$53,21432%174-151$306$125,199,9649Paramount
11Larry Crowne$49,23546%229-106$215$35,286,2756Universal
12Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$44,89451%11623$387$882,4334Fox Searchlight
13Monte Carlo$43,34373%141-27$307$22,430,8686Fox
14Beginners$43,31238%126-21$344$5,204,23110Focus
15Rio (2011)$40,9170%139-35$294$143,225,36117Fox
16Green Lantern (2011)$37,10825%108-27$344$114,497,2008Warner Bros.
17Thor$32,242-3%141-49$229$180,748,78914Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$127,410158%6734$1,902$859,4183Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$61,817-14%490$1,262$10,631,66918Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Devil's Double$57,815418%3328$1,752$201,5302Lionsgate
4Another Earth$46,066216%5535$838$328,2873Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$22,74326%80$2,843$240,8332Sony / Screen Gems
6The Future$22,039422%1817$1,224$66,4692Roadside Attractions
7Fast Five$16,3405%86-39$190$209,763,29015Universal
8Gun Hill Road$14,390--3--$4,797$14,3901Motion Film Group
9A Better Life$10,37011%74-34$140$1,633,7297Summit
10Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$9,016-28%88-73$102$14,940,0729Relativity Media
11Project Nim$5,91028%210$281$252,5335Roadside Attractions
1235 and Ticking$4,03916729%53$808$99,13912Image Entertainment
13Insidious$3,47321%26-15$134$53,958,20219FilmDistrict
14The Last Mountain$1,9162102%31$639$114,59710Dada Films
15Delhi Belly$1,00952%6-1$168$1,528,1996UTV Communications
16Singham$941--9-30$105$342,1293Reliance Big Pictures
17Submarine$714-66%10-9$71$457,12710Weinstein Company
18Everything Must Go$67713%80$85$2,697,37513Roadside Attractions
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$303--20$152$233,41747Collective Eye
20The Conspirator$84--2-1$42$11,531,84717Roadside Attractions