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 Sat, Sep. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$9,239,01852%2,3300$3,965$54,860,8052Disney
2Dolphin Tale$8,636,20869%3,507--$2,463$13,733,3371Warner Bros.
3Moneyball$8,374,49724%2,993--$2,798$15,102,6921Sony / Columbia
4Abduction$4,658,54421%3,118--$1,494$8,502,7661Lionsgate
5Contagion$3,856,18947%3,136-86$1,230$55,033,8013Warner Bros.
6Killer Elite$3,699,1059%2,986--$1,239$7,105,3131Open Road
7Drive (2011)$2,402,72529%2,90418$827$19,922,7462FilmDistrict
8The Help$1,908,31645%2,695-319$708$153,266,1067Disney / DreamWorks
9Straw Dogs (2011)$860,20726%2,4080$357$8,329,2852Sony / Screen Gems
10I Don't Know How She Does It$858,30426%2,49014$345$7,504,3092Weinstein Company
11The Debt$596,80067%1,067-764$559$28,661,1794Focus
12Rise of the Planet of the Apes$545,48372%1,178-1162$463$173,300,4588Fox
13Warrior (2011)$470,35734%1,411-472$333$11,910,6413Lionsgate
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$349,351202%1,207-443$289$36,773,4336Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$521,37644%28757$1,817$4,914,6573CodeBlack Entertainment
2Colombiana$432,52760%847-1086$511$34,888,8995Sony / TriStar
3Crazy, Stupid, Love$353,12940%675-470$523$81,890,0609Warner Bros.
4The Smurfs$258,687103%669-750$387$138,198,3209Sony / Columbia
5Shark Night 3D$224,40366%637-1445$352$18,115,8094Relativity Media
6Transformers: Dark of the Moon$178,37875%251-55$711$351,781,68113Paramount / DreamWorks
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$175,36781%320-281$548$378,709,04311Warner Bros.
8Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$162,90248%424-910$384$23,396,5295FilmDistrict
9Zookeeper$143,56477%294-54$488$79,544,09012Sony / Columbia
10Captain America: The First Avenger$139,51963%334-206$418$174,715,88010Paramount
11Cowboys & Aliens$124,22553%345-269$360$99,203,8169Universal
12Horrible Bosses$116,77032%313-131$373$116,882,26212Warner Bros. / New Line
13Our Idiot Brother$111,35837%411-1336$271$24,378,0505Weinstein Company
14Seven Days in Utopia$91,97814%272-165$338$3,956,6644Visio Entertainment
15Apollo 18$85,81249%339-1456$253$17,340,6154Weinstein Company
16Final Destination 5$74,90766%254-48$295$42,330,9327Warner Bros. / New Line
17Bad Teacher$69,19442%232-242$298$99,642,06414Sony / Columbia
18Sarah's Key$60,29767%151-115$399$6,556,58310Weinstein Company
19Mr. Popper's Penguins$50,78999%153-60$332$68,005,82115Fox
20The Change-Up$47,32040%169-138$280$37,011,3408Universal
21Kung Fu Panda 2$38,171104%113-29$338$165,208,56718Paramount / DreamWorks
22Super 8$35,78375%117-42$306$126,957,99716Paramount
23Bridesmaids$34,96534%111-59$315$169,059,54020Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$50,29987%490$1,027$12,967,44825Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$34,96660%4829$728$241,0924Indomina Media
330 Minutes or Less$32,94643%95-196$347$37,036,8587Sony / Columbia
4Machine Gun Preacher$21,228105%4--$5,307$31,5581Relativity Media
5Thunder Soul$19,417-2%35--$555$39,2831Roadside Attractions
6Monte Carlo$14,91828%34-12$439$23,170,85913Fox
7Circumstance$14,22254%29-2$490$300,8885Roadside Attractions
8The Tree of Life$12,84153%39-2$329$13,194,82418Fox Searchlight
9Saving Private Perez$11,52570%44-72$262$1,378,8604Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Green Lantern (2011)$11,18570%49-54$228$116,586,13415Warner Bros.
11Conan the Barbarian (2011)$8,75536%56-98$156$21,205,6946Lionsgate
12The Future$4,39181%27-2$163$518,5939Roadside Attractions
13Attack the Block$3,44938%17-18$203$1,021,6349Sony / Screen Gems
14The Devil's Double$3,21442%4823$67$1,354,9439Lionsgate
15Project Nim$1,389-23%181$77$390,25912Roadside Attractions