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 Tue, Dec. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1New Year's Eve$1,314,19733%3,505--$375$15,321,6541Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Sitter$1,013,82912%2,750--$369$11,773,9321Fox
3The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$748,25015%3,604-442$208$260,800,1414Lionsgate / Summit
4Hugo$573,17624%2,608768$220$34,451,9293Paramount
5The Muppets$476,10017%3,328-112$143$66,626,4603Disney
6Arthur Christmas$428,80242%3,272-104$131$34,132,2213Sony / Columbia
7Immortals$334,42719%2,299-328$145$80,485,2005Relativity Media
8Happy Feet Two$298,56137%2,840-696$105$57,307,1444Warner Bros.
9Jack and Jill$218,51932%2,787-262$78$68,911,5185Sony / Columbia
10Tower Heist$206,90018%2,069-335$100$74,504,9506Universal
11J. Edgar$158,26815%1,555-430$102$35,057,5325Warner Bros.
12Puss in Boots (2011)$112,31112%1,843-907$61$142,086,5007Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$490,42217%876302$560$24,541,2874Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$101,83313%2440$417$5,310,4213Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$73,82728%470-240$157$34,117,9306Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$47,14818%354-67$133$36,493,1287Fox
5Like Crazy$22,93815%16210$142$3,190,0597Paramount Vantage
6Courageous$21,07529%191-74$110$33,371,10311Sony / TriStar
7Margin Call$20,06529%148-3$136$4,982,7148Roadside Attractions
8Dolphin Tale$18,99619%342-68$56$71,103,66112Warner Bros.
9Moneyball$16,8066%208-796$81$74,209,59912Sony / Columbia
10The Way$16,47419%120-40$137$3,867,44210Producers Distribution Agency
11Paranormal Activity 3$16,1546%30247$53$103,660,3938Paramount
12The Ides of March$14,16014%187-829$76$40,494,43210Sony / Columbia
13The Three Musketeers (2011)$11,29631%168-40$67$20,247,4428Summit
1450/50$10,77726%146-50$74$34,907,27611Summit
15Footloose (2011)$7,42238%201-108$37$51,155,2529Paramount
16Abduction$6,0699%131-20$46$28,075,84612Lionsgate
17Contagion$5,15511%111-44$46$75,648,54214Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$40,89119%1610$2,556$963,8583Weinstein Company
2Shame$37,7385%2111$1,797$855,3512Fox Searchlight
3Young Adult$31,839-10%8--$3,980$377,4011Paramount
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$28,443-17%4--$7,111$373,4201Focus
5Born to Be Wild 3D$14,00753%490$286$14,698,99936Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$12,37873%251$495$316,6833Warner Bros.
7Drive (2011)$7,1228%70-16$102$34,691,20113FilmDistrict
8Martha Marcy May Marlene$6,82911%72-12$95$2,834,0488Fox Searchlight
9The Rum Diary$4,60726%630$73$13,078,7277FilmDistrict
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,67314%61-23$60$176,704,99219Fox
11Pastorela$2,496-7%44-11$57$141,7612Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Inni$1,0815589%20$541$115,0727Cinema Purgatorio
13Circumstance$3525%1-1$352$453,28816Roadside Attractions
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$331-1%23-8$14$38,537,04217Weinstein Company
15Project Nim$182-28%2--$91$410,51223Roadside Attractions
16Answers to Nothing$1503%7-14$21$21,6002Roadside Attractions
17The Future$33-28%1--$33$568,58820Roadside Attractions