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, Oct. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$8,533,690--3,440--$2,481$8,533,6901Disney / DreamWorks
2The Ides of March$3,426,434--2,199--$1,558$3,426,4341Sony / Columbia
3Dolphin Tale$2,408,305255%3,478-37$692$42,317,9503Warner Bros.
4Moneyball$2,214,597150%3,01825$734$43,967,7753Sony / Columbia
550/50$1,783,164140%2,47921$719$13,613,5362Summit
6Courageous$1,413,038152%1,1610$1,217$12,705,1942Sony / TriStar
7Dream House$1,358,645229%2,6643$510$11,350,6102Universal
8The Lion King 3D$1,212,604142%2,267-73$535$82,622,5934Disney
9What's Your Number?$1,036,588150%3,0119$344$8,292,6062Fox
10Contagion$847,522131%2,250-494$377$66,931,7435Warner Bros.
11Abduction$840,971163%2,591-527$325$21,310,1133Lionsgate
12Killer Elite$643,20047%2,411-575$267$20,088,7673Open Road
13The Help$561,66561%2,064-441$272$161,268,9809Disney / DreamWorks
14Drive (2011)$545,40878%1,330-644$410$28,810,7304FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$136,833176%248-30$552$6,598,7705CodeBlack Entertainment
2The Smurfs$128,755--515104$250$138,998,49811Sony / Columbia
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$112,169316%407155$276$379,457,05513Warner Bros.
4Captain America: The First Avenger$91,790123%303-47$303$175,585,89012Paramount
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$81,671100%382-209$214$174,723,58310Fox
6The Debt$65,51716%358-245$183$30,381,3546Focus
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$65,40358%222-183$295$82,984,07611Warner Bros.
8Colombiana$63,869--245-167$261$36,042,3177Sony / TriStar
9Warrior (2011)$52,10515%319-388$163$13,309,2065Lionsgate
10Cowboys & Aliens$43,260137%206-35$210$99,664,64111Universal
11Zookeeper$37,528--198-55$190$80,002,61914Sony / Columbia
12I Don't Know How She Does It$32,172-29%240-505$134$9,418,5374Weinstein Company
13Horrible Bosses$31,672104%142-80$223$117,318,72014Warner Bros. / New Line
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$28,64787%365-345$78$37,633,2918Weinstein Company
15Straw Dogs (2011)$26,815-34%181-693$148$10,263,6624Sony / Screen Gems
16Transformers: Dark of the Moon$22,24066%143-65$156$352,298,11815Paramount / DreamWorks
17Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$19,68592%114-102$173$23,769,5407FilmDistrict
18Shark Night 3D$16,46768%145-147$114$18,546,1676Relativity Media
19Sarah's Key$15,5905%113-26$138$6,839,81312Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Machine Gun Preacher$31,823266%9360$342$210,4553Relativity Media
2Born to Be Wild 3D$27,63496%490$564$13,259,73827Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Seven Days in Utopia$15,70853%77-58$204$4,251,8616Visio Entertainment
4Munger Road$15,652--98$1,739$63,4392Freestyle Releasing
5Thunder Soul$10,546739%3724$285$96,7573Roadside Attractions
6Bad Teacher$9,986--64-290$156$100,270,28816Sony / Columbia
7Our Idiot Brother$9,65150%67-69$144$24,639,2017Weinstein Company
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$9,051121%68-35$133$68,154,21317Fox
9Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$8,91048%27-7$330$385,8516Indomina Media
10Final Destination 5$8,02727%61-83$132$42,553,1469Warner Bros. / New Line
11Dirty Girl$6,243--9--$694$6,2431Weinstein Company
12Apollo 18$5,44131%46-68$118$17,508,4846Weinstein Company
13Circumstance$4,50153%18-5$250$360,3017Roadside Attractions
14Margaret$3,414187%1412$244$15,2352Fox Searchlight
15Muran$1,378148%7-3$197$21,1732UTV Communications
16The Future$1,118-5%15-1$75$541,97211Roadside Attractions
17Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$41149%90$46$11,7252UTV Communications
18Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$365--4-2$91$9,9432Freestyle Releasing
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$153128%1--$153$244,38056Collective Eye
20Project Nim$53-74%6-1$9$398,80414Roadside Attractions