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 Wed, Nov. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$1,881,337-23%3,952--$476$40,505,2951Paramount / DreamWorks
2In Time$1,012,036-26%3,122--$324$15,493,8851Fox
3Paranormal Activity 3$988,773-26%3,3298$297$85,767,5402Paramount
4The Rum Diary$542,146-20%2,272--$239$6,902,1101FilmDistrict
5Footloose (2011)$396,644-17%3,224-331$123$39,801,8783Paramount
6The Three Musketeers (2011)$342,652-20%3,0170$114$16,003,8652Summit
7Real Steel$312,215-18%2,914-498$107$75,016,6834Disney / DreamWorks
8The Ides of March$263,755-14%1,572-470$168$34,519,5324Sony / Columbia
9Moneyball$223,121-10%1,631-722$137$68,184,0846Sony / Columbia
1050/50$167,742-9%1,194-738$140$31,837,5655Summit
11Courageous$159,053-11%1,134-61$140$28,213,8785Sony / TriStar
12Johnny English Reborn$117,025-35%1,5542$75$6,924,5902Universal
13Dolphin Tale$116,229-17%1,838-990$63$67,469,0826Warner Bros.
14The Thing (2011)$83,985-14%1,394-1601$60$16,389,0703Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$98,469-16%265--$372$1,347,9721Sony / Columbia
2Margin Call$73,217-10%14084$523$1,722,2782Roadside Attractions
3The Help$47,83510%450-326$106$167,042,21212Disney / DreamWorks
4The Way$42,709-2%258-25$166$1,741,8454Producers Distribution Agency
5Drive (2011)$35,143-11%194-173$181$33,825,3807FilmDistrict
6Contagion$34,001-12%411-490$83$74,215,2948Warner Bros.
7The Mighty Macs$32,814-20%389-586$84$1,619,2462Quaker Media
8Dream House$23,400-11%585-639$40$20,922,1455Universal
9The Big Year$19,600-16%423-1727$46$6,890,2073Fox
10The Lion King 3D$19,314-8%378-713$51$93,202,6217Disney
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$18,538-3%250-58$74$83,957,63714Warner Bros.
12Rise of the Planet of the Apes$17,905-4%231-18$78$175,942,91713Fox
13Abduction$16,016-19%351-402$46$27,216,0176Lionsgate
14Killer Elite$13,001-8%257-494$51$24,950,4126Open Road
15Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$11,0202%163-77$68$380,739,67016Warner Bros.
16Captain America: The First Avenger$6,087-22%139-45$44$176,573,05715Paramount
17Apollo 18$5,508-3%120107$46$17,621,9179Weinstein Company
18Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$3,379-6%151-27$22$38,293,40011Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$29,722-7%3228$929$535,9702Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$15,80316%490$323$13,855,42930Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Like Crazy$14,2827%4--$3,571$161,4871Paramount Vantage
4The Debt$6,826-20%87-32$78$31,170,3769Focus
5What's Your Number?$6,695-19%62-281$108$13,875,2285Fox
6Cowboys & Aliens$5,460-14%91-40$60$100,234,22614Universal
7Sarah's Key$3,901117%29-19$135$7,064,91115Weinstein Company
8Laugh at My Pain$3,6642%51-52$72$7,647,9148CodeBlack Entertainment
9Shark Night 3D$3,268-19%90-12$36$18,807,7119Relativity Media
10The Double (2011)$2,8909%11--$263$35,3641Image Entertainment
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,863-9%7522$38$23,985,22210FilmDistrict
12Our Idiot Brother$2,027-6%51-28$40$24,769,64310Weinstein Company
13Machine Gun Preacher$1,553-24%13-12$119$510,4746Relativity Media
14Warrior (2011)$1,5228%31-34$49$13,655,5658Lionsgate
15Munger Road$1,13995%10-6$114$247,0275Freestyle Releasing
16Circumstance$977-14%7-3$140$432,14710Roadside Attractions
17Texas Killing Fields$797-2%73$114$36,6813Anchor Bay Films
18I Don't Know How She Does It$666-22%14-15$48$9,605,0837Weinstein Company
19Inni$611-62%1--$611$34,4431Cinema Purgatorio
20The Future$373-33%5-9$75$566,17914Roadside Attractions
21Labios Rojos$312-17%11-32$28$135,7983Lionsgate / Pantelion
22Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$201-13%6-15$34$483,9409Indomina Media
23Project Nim$8656%3-9$29$406,06617Roadside Attractions
24Dirty Girl$54286%1-4$54$51,5574Weinstein Company
25Thunder Soul$6-76%40$2$143,6556Roadside Attractions