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. 28 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$9,569,130--3,952--$2,421$9,569,1301Paramount / DreamWorks
2Paranormal Activity 3$6,444,371178%3,3298$1,936$69,219,0252Paramount
3In Time$4,286,983--3,122--$1,373$4,286,9831Fox
4The Rum Diary$1,841,255--2,272--$810$1,841,2551FilmDistrict
5Footloose (2011)$1,800,572159%3,224-331$558$34,843,3713Paramount
6Real Steel$1,332,449124%2,914-498$457$70,490,7164Disney / DreamWorks
7The Three Musketeers (2011)$1,030,24478%3,0170$341$12,370,1222Summit
8The Ides of March$792,38192%1,572-470$504$31,588,5644Sony / Columbia
9Moneyball$629,52280%1,631-722$386$65,650,5726Sony / Columbia
10Courageous$539,873126%1,134-61$476$26,383,7525Sony / TriStar
11Johnny English Reborn$466,255107%1,5542$300$5,238,0252Universal
12Dolphin Tale$445,94950%1,838-990$243$65,847,8136Warner Bros.
1350/50$423,37958%1,194-738$355$30,355,0925Summit
14The Thing (2011)$271,830-5%1,394-1601$195$15,489,5803Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$315,095--265--$1,189$315,0951Sony / Columbia
2Margin Call$193,521313%14084$1,382$953,3302Roadside Attractions
3Dream House$125,77588%585-639$215$20,562,3555Universal
4The Help$116,13332%450-326$258$166,627,53412Disney / DreamWorks
5Contagion$100,44131%411-490$244$73,866,9078Warner Bros.
6Drive (2011)$74,54924%194-173$384$33,528,0237FilmDistrict
7The Mighty Macs$69,750-25%389-586$179$1,355,4442Quaker Media
8The Big Year$68,790-53%423-1727$163$6,661,8703Fox
9The Smurfs$64,546--303-24$213$140,714,03114Sony / Columbia
10Abduction$63,58055%351-402$181$27,021,6926Lionsgate
11The Lion King 3D$51,567-41%378-713$136$92,991,2737Disney
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$49,66285%250-58$199$83,800,58214Warner Bros.
13Rise of the Planet of the Apes$48,243113%231-18$209$175,762,01013Fox
14Killer Elite$31,919-27%257-494$124$24,833,0976Open Road
15Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$30,34266%163-77$186$380,626,89616Warner Bros.
16Captain America: The First Avenger$22,69085%139-45$163$176,495,43715Paramount
17Colombiana$21,625--151-25$143$36,607,56210Sony / TriStar
18Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$14,032161%151-27$93$38,233,25211Weinstein Company
19Apollo 18$13,7182440%120107$114$17,568,0979Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$67,136358%3228$2,098$266,1302Fox Searchlight
2Like Crazy$40,751--4--$10,188$40,7511Paramount Vantage
3Born to Be Wild 3D$27,11427%490$553$13,760,30930Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Cowboys & Aliens$16,83572%91-40$185$100,171,43614Universal
5What's Your Number?$15,227-43%62-281$246$13,844,5285Fox
6The Debt$13,34619%87-32$153$31,109,7299Focus
7Laugh at My Pain$13,34056%51-52$262$7,606,4518CodeBlack Entertainment
8Shark Night 3D$12,413189%90-12$138$18,763,6509Relativity Media
9Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$11,963484%7522$160$23,945,51010FilmDistrict
10The Double (2011)$10,690--11--$972$10,6901Image Entertainment
11Munger Road$6,017266%10-6$602$232,3435Freestyle Releasing
12Inni$4,598--2--$2,299$21,3671Cinema Purgatorio
13Machine Gun Preacher$3,940-10%13-12$303$496,6546Relativity Media
14Our Idiot Brother$3,881-10%51-28$76$24,754,95210Weinstein Company
15Sarah's Key$3,44551%29-19$119$7,046,72515Weinstein Company
16Warrior (2011)$2,516-20%31-34$81$13,646,4428Lionsgate
17Seven Days in Utopia$2,284--11-9$208$4,363,8059Visio Entertainment
18Circumstance$1,5256%7-3$218$425,27110Roadside Attractions
19Texas Killing Fields$1,45454%73$208$29,4673Anchor Bay Films
20I Don't Know How She Does It$1,116-20%14-15$80$9,600,0617Weinstein Company
21Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$622-68%6-15$104$481,6869Indomina Media
22Labios Rojos$611-77%11-32$56$132,7983Lionsgate / Pantelion
23The Future$556-30%5-9$111$563,30814Roadside Attractions
24Dirty Girl$268-66%1-4$268$50,9564Weinstein Company
25Project Nim$23029%3-9$77$405,61017Roadside Attractions
26Thunder Soul$32-37%40$8$143,4356Roadside Attractions