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, Dec. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$3,122,096163%3,401-62$918$253,742,1765Sony / Columbia
2The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,833,704148%3,646-362$777$262,368,4684Lionsgate / Summit
3Lincoln$2,556,299126%2,014-4$1,269$90,776,9335Disney / DreamWorks
4Rise of The Guardians$2,297,742276%3,639-33$631$53,671,3163Paramount / DreamWorks
5Life of Pi$2,254,049139%2,94618$765$54,871,5783Fox
6Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,127,859--2,837--$750$2,127,8591FilmDistrict
7Red Dawn (2012)$1,299,328217%2,754-27$472$34,304,1433FilmDistrict
8Wreck-It Ralph$1,128,030242%2,746-341$411$160,671,5966Disney
9Flight$907,950136%2,431-172$373$83,980,1866Paramount
10Killing Them Softly$884,28697%2,4240$365$9,908,0232Weinstein Company
11The Collection$482,651147%1,4030$344$4,450,3242LD Entertainment
12End of Watch$223,7117355%1,2491225$179$39,461,85412Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$643,368147%3710$1,734$12,436,1084Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$435,32492%42238$1,032$5,493,5074Focus
3Argo$417,328140%944-99$442$102,094,9979Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$197,566439%181131$1,092$1,146,6923Fox Searchlight
5Talaash$133,953161%162-12$827$2,084,3132Reliance Entertainment
6Taken 2$117,513216%430-66$273$137,430,59010Fox
7Pitch Perfect$100,655235%387-16$260$63,312,29811Universal
8The Sessions$61,48965%197-29$312$4,790,8588Fox Searchlight
9Cloud Atlas$47,725115%191-3$250$26,325,8817Warner Bros.
10The Perks of Being A Wallflower$43,396103%175-14$248$16,763,29112Lionsgate / Summit
11Here Comes the Boom$42,040--234-100$180$42,454,8999Sony / Columbia
12Looper$41,262--232-48$178$66,051,92911Sony / TriStar
13Alex Cross$32,716686%214100$153$25,536,0488Lionsgate / Summit
14Hotel Transylvania$24,684--196-52$126$143,748,49011Sony / Columbia
15The Man With the Iron Fists$24,435102%1817$135$15,460,5206Universal
16Seven Psychopaths$22,69549%141-21$161$14,855,5119CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$28,592142%171$1,682$229,3503Warner Bros.
2Hyde Park on Hudson$23,371--4--$5,843$23,3711Focus
3A Late Quartet$16,92930%63-11$269$939,2816Entertainment One / RKO
4To the Arctic 3D$13,87545%520$267$10,101,20834Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Sinister$11,192155%77-11$145$47,798,4829Lionsgate / Summit
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$9,777184%90-12$109$160,906,64622Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$9,24755%300$308$21,461,11388Warner Bros. / IMAX
8ParaNorman$8,593184%81-23$106$55,895,03917Focus
9Chasing Mavericks$8,589121%67-12$128$5,856,1947Fox
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$7,47688%76-48$98$17,488,0627Open Road
11The Dark Knight Rises$7,109134%62-18$115$448,113,42021Warner Bros.
12Hecho en Mexico$7,04795%2614$271$100,5182Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Fun Size$6,768129%80-36$85$9,380,5037Paramount
14House at the End of the Street$6,726105%68-40$99$31,571,41812Relativity Media
15Trouble with the Curve$6,68285%71-29$94$35,741,69012Warner Bros.
16Paranormal Activity 4$6,267169%48-22$131$53,733,7778Paramount
17Arbitrage$5,02095%25-10$201$7,866,88113Roadside Attractions
18Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$3,497349%47-5$74$48,970,44519Fox
19The Master$3,23651%230$141$15,886,90613Weinstein Company
20This Must Be the Place$1,06519%5-2$213$132,8646Weinstein Company
21The Rabbi's Cat$1,058--1--$1,058$1,0581GKIDS
22The Intouchables$844-3%12-7$70$13,047,00929Weinstein Company
23Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$53--2--$27$83,74010Roadside Attractions