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 Sun, Oct. 23 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$9,058,938-47%3,321--$2,728$52,568,1831Paramount
2Real Steel$2,833,870-42%3,412-28$831$66,732,1523Disney / DreamWorks
3Footloose (2011)$2,314,587-49%3,5556$651$30,364,2382Paramount
4The Three Musketeers (2011)$2,186,770-38%3,017--$725$8,674,4521Summit
5Dolphin Tale$1,121,206-39%2,828-458$396$64,407,9355Warner Bros.
6The Ides of March$1,094,331-51%2,042-157$536$29,112,3773Sony / Columbia
7Johnny English Reborn$1,024,320-38%1,552--$660$3,833,3001Universal
8Moneyball$839,484-54%2,353-487$357$63,640,7465Sony / Columbia
9The Thing (2011)$763,725-41%2,995-1$255$14,049,2202Universal
10Courageous$695,419-31%1,195-19$582$24,975,1864Sony / TriStar
1150/50$687,161-44%1,932-459$356$28,820,7484Summit
12The Big Year$385,895-47%2,1500$179$6,000,4182Fox
13The Lion King 3D$383,116-32%1,091-879$351$92,608,5376Disney
14Dream House$220,320-59%1,224-948$180$20,179,8504Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Mighty Macs$259,968-27%975--$267$963,2211Quaker Media
2Contagion$196,818-49%901-783$218$73,474,3547Warner Bros.
3The Help$179,806-43%776-491$232$166,190,26511Disney / DreamWorks
4Drive (2011)$167,051-34%367-336$455$33,188,9836FilmDistrict
5Abduction$133,893-50%753-954$178$26,792,6205Lionsgate
6The Smurfs$110,441-34%327-43$338$140,555,20913Sony / Columbia
7Killer Elite$106,010-40%751-680$141$24,626,6355Open Road
8What's Your Number?$71,162-43%343-939$207$13,691,2054Fox
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$60,505-43%249-24$243$175,631,26512Fox
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$57,913-43%308146$188$83,644,48913Warner Bros.
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$47,361-39%240-90$197$380,531,42715Warner Bros.
12Captain America: The First Avenger$38,978-45%184-62$212$176,423,39514Paramount
13Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$32,587-34%178-133$183$38,197,77710Weinstein Company
14Colombiana$31,840-41%17644$181$36,542,8499Sony / TriStar
15Cowboys & Aliens$24,915-39%131-77$190$100,117,95613Universal
16The Debt$24,486-49%119-81$206$31,052,6248Focus
17Laugh at My Pain$24,470-53%103-85$238$7,557,5537CodeBlack Entertainment
18Shark Night 3D$19,868-35%102-13$195$18,732,3138Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$153,486-36%56--$2,741$561,9061Roadside Attractions
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$43,110-21%4--$10,778$137,6511Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$27,147-20%490$554$13,670,91929Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Zookeeper$13,006-32%94-61$138$80,360,86616Sony / Columbia
5Machine Gun Preacher$9,748-24%25-18$390$476,0785Relativity Media
6Our Idiot Brother$9,366-31%7938$119$24,732,9449Weinstein Company
7Labios Rojos$8,9141%43-24$207$122,0482Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Warrior (2011)$7,748-29%65-70$119$13,632,5177Lionsgate
9Sarah's Key$6,263-31%48-38$130$7,025,67014Weinstein Company
10Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$6,128-52%53-27$116$23,925,4649FilmDistrict
11Munger Road$5,006-63%16-16$313$219,0534Freestyle Releasing
12Horrible Bosses$4,612-55%50-35$92$117,528,64616Warner Bros. / New Line
13Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$3,642-29%21-1$173$474,7548Indomina Media
14Seven Days in Utopia$3,497-4%20-21$175$4,355,2208Visio Entertainment
15Circumstance$3,166-11%10-9$317$418,8939Roadside Attractions
16Texas Killing Fields$2,962-14%41$741$22,7662Anchor Bay Films
17I Don't Know How She Does It$2,171-43%29-78$75$9,595,5046Weinstein Company
18The Future$1,99141%14-2$142$560,32813Roadside Attractions
19Dirty Girl$1,424-9%5-5$285$47,9313Weinstein Company
20Apollo 18$896-69%13-5$69$17,552,0408Weinstein Company
21Project Nim$466-37%129$39$401,90816Roadside Attractions
22Thunder Soul$405-2%4-8$101$143,0415Roadside Attractions