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. 14 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$1,672,418-24%3,222--$519$27,923,6411Warner Bros.
2The Help$878,307-14%2,93592$299$139,978,5115Disney / DreamWorks
3Warrior (2011)$441,771-23%1,869--$236$6,706,7021Lionsgate
4The Debt$421,667-22%1,87650$225$23,188,8202Focus
5Colombiana$301,904-24%2,354-260$128$30,731,4823Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$269,737-19%2,887-306$93$168,709,4546Fox
7Our Idiot Brother$261,359-17%2,396-159$109$22,115,8773Weinstein Company
8Apollo 18$199,601-21%3,3302$60$15,583,9862Weinstein Company
9Shark Night 3D$182,552-31%2,84842$64$15,315,7102Relativity Media
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$181,403-17%1,310-140$138$78,967,6457Warner Bros.
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$156,156-15%2,251-529$69$21,494,9483FilmDistrict
12Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$118,982-26%1,500--$79$1,825,9601Sony / Columbia
13The Smurfs$83,986-10%1,977-729$42$136,261,8787Sony / Columbia
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$72,312-14%2,544-463$28$34,443,5134Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$92,239-7%810-282$114$377,382,3509Warner Bros.
2Seven Days in Utopia$68,327-7%555-6$123$2,951,1052Visio Entertainment
3Captain America: The First Avenger$68,137-8%804-246$85$173,662,9358Paramount
4Horrible Bosses$64,107-14%50381$127$115,991,81410Warner Bros. / New Line
5Cowboys & Aliens$59,800-13%920-265$65$98,235,0667Universal
6Sarah's Key$53,4240%306-13$175$5,995,7488Weinstein Company
730 Minutes or Less$50,462-13%646-709$78$36,626,2305Sony / Columbia
8One Day$41,418-27%492-695$84$13,570,9824Focus
9Final Destination 5$40,353-15%655-571$62$41,882,2815Warner Bros. / New Line
10Conan the Barbarian (2011)$32,709-17%551-1171$59$21,026,1754Lionsgate
11The Change-Up$29,920-24%374-165$80$36,582,5256Universal
12Bridesmaids$17,730-5%197-23$90$168,798,82018Universal
13Saving Private Perez$16,600-11%1654$101$1,228,6982Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Transformers: Dark of the Moon$15,671-15%177-247$89$350,847,74711Paramount / DreamWorks
15Super 8$11,756-8%203-37$58$126,764,79414Paramount
16Green Lantern (2011)$7,974-9%155-30$51$116,488,27013Warner Bros.
17Mr. Popper's Penguins$7,798-7%2520$31$67,724,58113Fox
18Kung Fu Panda 2$6,938-8%164-141$42$165,023,34216Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$110,866-16%98--$1,131$2,295,5701CodeBlack Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$14,45711%490$295$12,718,52323Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Tree of Life$7,22347%62-24$117$13,108,51716Fox Searchlight
4Attack the Block$7,158-14%51-15$140$971,8047Sony / Screen Gems
5Monte Carlo$6,7224%6928$97$23,066,16611Fox
6Circumstance$6,278-2%2312$273$200,0763Roadside Attractions
7X-Men: First Class$3,480-6%67-34$52$146,369,11015Fox
8The Devil's Double$2,660-25%33-16$81$1,329,9677Lionsgate
9Another Earth$2,385-22%41-30$58$1,282,3938Fox Searchlight
10Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$2,326-2%30$775$109,1752Indomina Media
11The Future$2,3262%0-17--$482,9967Roadside Attractions
12The Hangover Part II$2,001-12%60-30$33$254,462,20416Warner Bros.
13Project Nim$80240%11-4$73$375,96410Roadside Attractions
14Tanner Hall$54337%5--$109$4,1851Anchor Bay Films
15Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$459-3%8-4$57$1,339,4709Fox Searchlight
16Everything Must Go$11957%40$30$2,711,55118Roadside Attractions
175 Days of War$62-9%1-2$62$17,4384Anchor Bay Films