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, May. 18 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$15,236,046145%4,249-100$3,586$417,257,4613Disney
2Battleship$8,782,225--3,690--$2,380$8,782,2251Universal
3The Dictator$5,727,753100%3,008--$1,904$12,768,8341Paramount
4What to Expect When You're Expecting$3,848,774--3,021--$1,274$3,848,7741Lionsgate
5Dark Shadows$3,820,203126%3,7550$1,017$41,958,6242Warner Bros.
6The Hunger Games$824,397115%2,064-467$399$389,455,5079Lionsgate
7Think Like a Man$807,145114%1,722-330$469$83,995,0565Sony / Screen Gems
8The Lucky One (2012)$598,03093%2,005-834$298$55,754,2055Warner Bros.
9The Pirates! Band of Misfits$352,99269%1,840-1239$192$24,264,4964Sony / Columbia
10The Five-Year Engagement$334,87522%1,175-1394$285$26,327,5104Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$872,968187%354176$2,466$5,870,4093Fox Searchlight
2Chimpanzee$182,44713%895-664$204$26,523,4345Disneynature
3Wrath of the Titans$132,0691179%36095$367$82,176,0328Warner Bros.
4Girl in Progress$123,273128%3220$383$1,801,2872Lionsgate / Pantelion
5The Three Stooges$119,152117%594-822$201$41,513,2896Fox
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$117,495256%379-76$310$209,850,22512Universal
7The Cabin in the Woods$114,25037%448-581$255$40,284,3236Lionsgate
821 Jump Street$101,417105%261-328$389$135,458,69710Sony / Columbia
9Mirror Mirror$98,921167%407-200$243$61,246,3438Relativity Media
10American Reunion$78,30093%290-231$270$56,309,3507Universal
11Safe (2012)$75,561-23%503-1187$150$16,371,3344Lionsgate
12The Raven$72,716-43%432-1456$168$15,381,8524Relativity Media
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$53,059194%245-15$217$102,705,49315Warner Bros. / New Line
14Bully (2012)$42,643-11%204-59$209$3,072,6198Weinstein Company
15Lockout$27,22768%191-64$143$14,230,6956Open Road
16Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$25,87040%134-66$193$8,652,10611CBS Films
17A Thousand Words$13,933135%110-17$127$18,331,55911Paramount
18The Artist$7,136-66%103-648$69$44,529,74526Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Crooked Arrows$118,541--55--$2,155$118,5411Branded/Peck Films
2To the Arctic 3D$84,09722%490$1,716$1,701,9455Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$28,00349%340$824$18,887,74859Warner Bros. / IMAX
4This Means War$19,189188%90-42$213$54,631,33114Fox
5Titanic 3D$13,902-20%70-87$199$57,699,5547Paramount
6Act of Valor$10,796105%96-22$112$69,936,28113Relativity Media
7Sound of My Voice$9,64342%37-9$261$228,4594Fox Searchlight
8Lovely Molly$9,183--5--$1,837$9,1831Image Entertainment
9Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$3,432108%17-6$202$1,192,5556Code Black Entertainment
10Friends With Kids$2,89315%25-11$116$7,218,44811Roadside Attractions
11Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$2,419303%8-2$302$23,7852UTV Communications
12The Road (2012)$1,651-68%10-40$165$84,3982Freestyle Releasing
13Coriolanus$1,37816%8-3$172$745,90318Weinstein Company
14Undefeated$1,13790%9-4$126$545,50914Weinstein Company
15Blue Like Jazz$577-11%7-4$82$591,3386Roadside Attractions
16Red Tails$231-33%3-6$77$49,867,99218Fox
17Touchback$127-14%3-3$42$203,7686Anchor Bay Films
18Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$15-97%1-11$15$43,455,63815Fox