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. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$10,703,314-22%3,952--$2,708$34,077,4391Paramount / DreamWorks
2Paranormal Activity 3$4,410,224-40%3,3298$1,325$80,919,1702Paramount
3In Time$3,063,279-35%3,122--$981$12,050,3681Fox
4The Rum Diary$1,400,766-26%2,272--$617$5,135,3691FilmDistrict
5Footloose (2011)$1,334,082-44%3,224-331$414$38,544,8253Paramount
6Real Steel$1,314,098-38%2,914-498$451$73,941,4164Disney / DreamWorks
7The Three Musketeers (2011)$989,786-33%3,0170$328$14,847,2372Summit
8The Ides of March$728,259-43%1,572-470$463$33,600,6184Sony / Columbia
9Moneyball$607,141-47%1,631-722$372$67,408,0996Sony / Columbia
10Courageous$529,416-31%1,134-61$467$27,681,9755Sony / TriStar
11Johnny English Reborn$489,510-34%1,5542$315$6,465,6852Universal
12Dolphin Tale$467,965-35%1,838-990$255$67,035,2936Warner Bros.
1350/50$391,890-34%1,194-738$328$31,339,8635Summit
14The Thing (2011)$230,025-35%1,394-1601$165$16,075,0753Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$296,664-28%265--$1,119$1,021,7681Sony / Columbia
2Margin Call$222,366-29%14084$1,588$1,482,5632Roadside Attractions
3The Help$107,631-36%450-326$239$166,904,05912Disney / DreamWorks
4Dream House$87,765-52%585-639$150$20,834,3955Universal
5Contagion$86,755-41%411-490$211$74,101,7818Warner Bros.
6Drive (2011)$81,620-27%194-173$421$33,720,9387FilmDistrict
7The Mighty Macs$74,165-11%389-586$191$1,513,3132Quaker Media
8The Smurfs$74,057-34%303-24$244$140,900,45714Sony / Columbia
9The Lion King 3D$67,996-19%378-713$180$93,143,4697Disney
10The Big Year$53,635-49%423-1727$127$6,820,2293Fox
11Rise of the Planet of the Apes$49,415-36%231-18$214$175,888,65213Fox
12Abduction$48,006-48%351-402$137$27,162,7806Lionsgate
13Crazy, Stupid, Love$39,081-40%250-58$156$83,904,89514Warner Bros.
14Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$31,555-36%163-77$194$380,707,70416Warner Bros.
15Killer Elite$29,819-36%257-494$116$24,909,6216Open Road
16Colombiana$23,163-34%151-25$153$36,665,85410Sony / TriStar
17Captain America: The First Avenger$20,517-42%139-45$148$176,551,17615Paramount
18Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$20,250-28%151-27$134$38,281,68511Weinstein Company
19Apollo 18$14,957-32%120107$125$17,605,1929Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$80,674-20%3228$2,521$447,2192Fox Searchlight
2Like Crazy$38,571-12%4--$9,643$123,1401Paramount Vantage
3Born to Be Wild 3D$21,106-34%490$431$13,813,52530Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Cowboys & Aliens$15,925-43%91-40$175$100,215,11614Universal
5Shark Night 3D$14,523-24%90-12$161$18,797,2869Relativity Media
6The Debt$14,174-37%87-32$163$31,146,5709Focus
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$11,214-38%7522$150$23,974,72910FilmDistrict
8What's Your Number?$11,146-31%62-281$180$13,855,6745Fox
9Laugh at My Pain$10,585-48%51-52$208$7,637,2378CodeBlack Entertainment
10The Double (2011)$6,894-24%11--$627$26,6401Image Entertainment
11Sarah's Key$4,985-12%29-19$172$7,057,35015Weinstein Company
12Munger Road$4,048-45%10-6$405$243,6955Freestyle Releasing
13Machine Gun Preacher$3,818-22%13-12$294$505,3616Relativity Media
14Our Idiot Brother$3,738-29%51-28$73$24,763,95110Weinstein Company
15Inni$2,860-62%3--$953$31,6721Cinema Purgatorio
16Texas Killing Fields$1,856-23%73$265$33,7213Anchor Bay Films
17Warrior (2011)$1,640-54%31-34$53$13,651,6628Lionsgate
18I Don't Know How She Does It$1,6319%14-15$117$9,603,1857Weinstein Company
19Circumstance$1,627-35%7-3$232$429,40510Roadside Attractions
20Seven Days in Utopia$1,112-56%11-9$101$4,367,4489Visio Entertainment
21Labios Rojos$1,1019%11-32$100$134,9063Lionsgate / Pantelion
22Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$663-29%6-15$111$483,2859Indomina Media
23The Future$546-32%5-9$109$564,66114Roadside Attractions
24Dirty Girl$203-25%1-4$203$51,4314Weinstein Company
25Project Nim$125-19%3-9$42$405,89017Roadside Attractions
26Thunder Soul$40-57%40$10$143,5686Roadside Attractions