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, Sep. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$2,885,645266%2,83418$1,018$26,734,7552Lionsgate
2Lawless$1,797,444143%3,138250$573$19,315,8632Weinstein Company
3The Words$1,582,843--2,801--$565$1,582,8431CBS Films
4The Expendables 2$1,338,396144%3,260-74$411$72,005,5354Lionsgate
5The Bourne Legacy$1,132,770178%2,766-365$410$100,792,2655Universal
62016: Obama's America$1,061,80155%2,017--$526$23,868,1239Rocky Mountain Pictures
7The Campaign$1,003,085182%2,542-399$395$76,946,5175Warner Bros.
8The Odd Life of Timothy Green$874,311278%2,71782$322$40,231,3614Disney
9The Dark Knight Rises$863,319123%1,987-200$434$435,427,6128Warner Bros.
10ParaNorman$848,517279%2,856-229$297$42,105,9784Focus
11Hope Springs (2012)$836,229123%2,437-4$343$55,555,6685Sony / Columbia
12Premium Rush$645,653147%2,182-73$296$15,077,3433Sony / Columbia
13The Cold Light of Day$634,120--1,511--$420$634,1201Lionsgate / Summit
14Hit and Run$315,02248%1,810-1060$174$11,741,6263Open Road
15Marvel's The Avengers$217,231127%1,209-496$180$620,845,67719Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$440,136--267--$1,648$440,1361Paramount
2Sparkle (2012)$208,226106%873-384$239$22,802,3034Sony / TriStar
3Ted (2012)$162,480163%515-46$315$216,471,81011Universal
4The Amazing Spider-Man$145,208148%416-85$349$260,150,56910Sony / Columbia
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$144,612573%931-273$155$46,069,2216Fox
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$139,625242%763-273$183$156,479,0699Fox
7Brave$139,085111%959-749$145$232,816,47712Disney
8Total Recall (2012)$130,344108%502-254$260$57,290,4756Sony / Columbia
9Beasts of the Southern Wild$94,853132%2692$353$10,007,99211Fox Searchlight
10Branded$93,000--307--$303$93,0001Roadside Attractions
11Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$79,106267%345-160$229$214,938,28814Paramount / DreamWorks
12The Intouchables$73,393123%19419$378$11,326,35316Weinstein Company
13Moonrise Kingdom$63,108106%2003$316$44,473,32616Focus
14The Apparition$50,0048%276-534$181$4,615,5253Warner Bros.
15Step Up Revolution$46,397211%198-38$234$34,339,8617Lionsgate / Summit
16The Watch$42,978189%135-60$318$33,892,7807Fox
17Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$37,045220%167-12$222$65,376,51411Lionsgate
18Men in Black 3$31,364--173-13$181$178,923,50316Sony / Columbia
19Magic Mike$31,10349%202-66$154$113,516,92111Warner Bros.
20The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$23,20340%1149$204$46,023,88419Fox Searchlight
21The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$11,032-70%281-1879$39$996,2282Kenn Viselman Presents

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For A Good Time, Call...$69,536381%5633$1,242$303,5552Focus
2Ruby Sparks$15,291108%76-2$201$2,333,4757Fox Searchlight
3Cosmopolis$14,48350%45-20$322$673,7884Entertainment One Films
4To the Arctic 3D$14,42626%520$277$8,330,77321Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Safety Not Guaranteed$10,298229%546$191$3,851,80714FilmDistrict
6Prometheus$7,87679%48-7$164$126,408,55914Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$7,222144%330$219$20,799,11575Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Joker$5,15157%43-31$120$150,4962UTV Communications
9Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$4,79694%39-10$123$37,485,07012Fox
10Mugamoodi$4,160152%17-4$245$81,1462UTV Communications
11Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$2,978--22-9$135$3,353,9905ARC Entertainment
12A Cat In Paris$58614%52$117$315,58615GKIDS
13Easy Money (2012)$125-40%20$63$188,3929Weinstein Company