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, Sep. 26 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1End of Watch$1,216,923-18%2,730--$446$17,122,0791Open Road
2Trouble with the Curve$1,048,331-15%3,212--$326$15,301,8991Warner Bros.
3Finding Nemo 3D$724,78117%2,9040$250$31,975,0242Disney
4House at the End of the Street$672,166-29%3,083--$218$14,512,2311Relativity Media
5Dredd 3D$528,144-28%2,506--$211$8,109,4471Lionsgate
6Resident Evil: Retribution$524,968-25%3,0164$174$35,236,0752Sony / Screen Gems
7Lawless$236,031-14%2,614-449$90$35,192,1014Weinstein Company
8ParaNorman$221,07464%1,617-709$137$53,050,0436Focus
9The Possession$190,179-16%2,598-262$73$45,874,6304Lionsgate
10The Odd Life of Timothy Green$139,05738%1,752-663$79$48,977,6896Disney
11The Bourne Legacy$136,655-4%1,431-739$95$110,789,0057Universal
122016: Obama's America$126,439-6%1,216--$104$32,403,54911Rocky Mountain Pictures
13The Expendables 2$120,145-15%1,820-1076$66$83,389,8356Lionsgate
14The Campaign$106,174-15%1,250-752$85$85,310,0337Warner Bros.
15Hope Springs (2012)$91,741-13%1,147-799$80$62,424,5777Sony / Columbia
16The Words$76,215-14%1,247-1554$61$11,223,1743CBS Films
17Last Ounce of Courage$65,515-13%1,064--$62$2,970,2382Rocky Mountain Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$383,697-1%788783$487$6,597,3922Weinstein Company
2The Dark Knight Rises$126,126-2%948-633$133$443,481,94210Warner Bros.
3Arbitrage$105,690-2%24447$433$4,154,1042Roadside Attractions
4Barfi!$40,422-37%130-2$311$2,112,9782UTV Communications
5Ice Age: Continental Drift$40,03712%420-121$95$158,668,77911Fox
6Premium Rush$32,279-20%567-772$57$19,763,6225Sony / Columbia
7Ted (2012)$26,515-9%293-118$90$217,918,02013Universal
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$23,23358%374-217$62$47,832,1108Fox
9Heroine$21,753-50%114--$191$471,7831UTV Communications
10The Intouchables$20,899-11%156-24$134$12,313,42118Weinstein Company
11Moonrise Kingdom$17,74613%120-37$148$45,212,23918Focus
12For A Good Time, Call...$17,225-12%105-2$164$1,135,2364Focus
13Hit and Run$16,691-15%291-360$57$13,656,7715Open Road
14Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$15,52213%240-66$65$215,936,22616Paramount / DreamWorks
15Beasts of the Southern Wild$15,5015%132-80$117$10,945,45313Fox Searchlight
16Step Up Revolution$9,5714%182-86$53$34,986,5779Lionsgate / Summit
17The Cold Light of Day$6,063-33%155-1356$39$3,710,6053Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$34,69638%4--$8,674$306,7671Lionsgate / Summit
2To the Arctic 3D$15,24741%520$293$8,698,34623Warner Bros. / IMAX
310 Years$10,53317%4340$245$131,0222Anchor Bay Films
4Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$9,00639%85-237$106$3,077,3413Paramount
5My Uncle Rafael$7,8488%14--$561$130,7931Rocky Mountain Pictures
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$7,248-2%47-33$154$46,282,12721Fox Searchlight
7Born to Be Wild 3D$6,588149%330$200$20,898,88177Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Watch$5,8143%77-61$76$34,249,2709Fox
9Tales of the Night$3,507--1--$3,507$3,5070GKIDS
10Ruby Sparks$2,919-2%43-27$68$2,486,1339Fox Searchlight
11Magic Mike$2,841-13%55-60$52$113,718,38913Warner Bros.
12Safety Not Guaranteed$2,571-11%40-6$64$3,965,66516FilmDistrict
13Toys in the Attic$830-5%6--$138$50,9933Hannover House
14Cosmopolis$630144%9-22$70$758,6966Entertainment One Films
15The Apparition$549-17%35-33$16$4,862,3815Warner Bros.
16Husbands In Goa$267-44%7--$38$5,4141UTV Communications
17Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$237-39%70$34$3,372,4467ARC Entertainment
18Branded$17-77%2-78$9$353,4133Roadside Attractions