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, Feb. 22 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Safe House$1,467,125-26%3,1212$470$85,260,9002Universal
2The Vow$1,266,647-30%2,9580$428$91,655,9942Sony / Screen Gems
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,206,333-31%3,50030$345$61,994,1852Warner Bros. / New Line
4Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$1,047,550-31%3,174--$330$28,038,7431Sony / Columbia
5This Means War$1,025,112-24%3,189--$321$23,995,4191Fox
6Chronicle$496,448-25%2,556-352$194$53,799,4843Fox
7Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$439,123-23%2,6550$165$36,804,7902Fox
8The Secret World of Arrietty$418,653-31%1,522--$275$9,713,6861Disney
9The Woman in Black$397,440-22%2,559-297$155$47,310,6963CBS Films
10The Grey$235,500-19%2,107-694$112$49,134,7964Open Road
11The Descendants$221,569-17%1,243-338$178$76,062,42314Fox Searchlight
12Big Miracle$179,740-31%1,634-499$110$18,046,8653Universal
13Red Tails$106,044-9%1,009-571$105$48,109,0105Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$244,826-11%8080$303$28,590,06513Weinstein Company
2Hugo$167,162-19%558-144$300$67,659,78913Paramount
3The Iron Lady$113,149-15%623111$182$24,903,3018Weinstein Company
4Underworld Awakening$96,242-17%826-831$117$61,805,9935Sony / Screen Gems
5One For the Money$61,810-16%933-1123$66$25,741,2274Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$59,256-3%577-798$103$30,894,5529Warner Bros.
7Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$47,548-14%403138$118$185,489,56910Warner Bros.
8Contraband$44,085-16%420-661$105$65,956,7856Universal
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$40,108-18%400-102$100$129,961,36610Fox
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$39,421-15%184-48$214$22,887,58511Focus
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$39,227-22%275-194$143$207,494,25010Paramount
12Man on a Ledge$28,565-25%401-1022$71$18,518,0624Lionsgate
13The Adventures of Tintin$28,357-29%30346$94$76,597,6009Paramount
14War Horse$27,893-12%394-108$71$78,834,9949Disney / DreamWorks
15My Week with Marilyn$23,626-9%120-5$197$13,743,94113Weinstein Company
16Beauty and the Beast 3D$23,234-8%214-464$109$47,152,9126Disney
17Albert Nobbs$23,131-11%119-32$194$2,456,8134Roadside Attractions
18We Bought a Zoo$19,851-22%287-133$69$73,788,1729Fox
19Puss in Boots (2011)$13,893-11%163-46$85$149,103,54717Paramount / DreamWorks
20Joyful Noise$13,602-26%340-346$40$30,387,4856Warner Bros.
21The Darkest Hour$7,905-12%11395$70$21,353,8899Summit
22Happy Feet Two$6,958-21%135-67$52$63,875,40314Warner Bros.
23The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$3,252-18%148-82$22$281,283,22014Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$24,9281%451$554$16,475,76746Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$9,734-32%98-13$99$1,082,2962UTV Communications
3Shame$9,313-7%44-8$212$3,754,36612Fox Searchlight
4Haywire$6,408-20%79-184$81$18,780,4785Relativity Media
5W.E.$5,951-7%203$298$223,1583Weinstein Company
6Coriolanus$3,9769%132$306$339,0955Weinstein Company
7Young Adult$3,720-7%8752$43$16,308,04311Paramount
8Undefeated$3,06321%5--$613$47,8321Weinstein Company
9Pariah (2011)$2,61020%130$201$697,3958Focus
10New Year's Eve$1,3046%33-122$40$54,543,06011Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Devil Inside$1,128-22%34-61$33$53,185,8007Paramount
12In the Land of Blood and Honey$600-30%8-2$75$288,2429FilmDistrict
13J. Edgar$330-7%11-31$30$37,305,63415Warner Bros.
14Immortals$2786%29-4$10$83,503,70115Relativity Media