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, Jan. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Django Unchained$1,882,028-22%3,0100$625$112,462,6792Weinstein Company
2Les Miserables (2012)$1,292,280-21%2,90490$445$107,684,8002Universal
3The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,174,496-25%3,755-345$313$267,891,7774Warner Bros. / New Line
4Texas Chainsaw 3D$837,697-28%2,654--$316$24,897,6011Lionsgate
5Jack Reacher$733,622-25%3,288-64$223$67,116,4073Paramount
6This is 40$688,785-19%2,93117$235$56,424,1353Universal
7Lincoln$502,626-7%1,901-65$264$145,542,8879Disney / DreamWorks
8Parental Guidance$481,171-28%3,3681$143$54,070,2082Fox
9The Guilt Trip$347,271-21%2,312-119$150$32,235,1903Paramount
10Promised Land (2012)$298,640-18%1,6761651$178$5,332,7952Focus
11Skyfall$240,281-16%1,307-330$184$297,549,7649Sony / Columbia
12Monsters, Inc. 3D$183,051-23%2,103-515$87$28,673,5503Disney
13Rise of The Guardians$83,811-24%1,507-548$56$97,601,7817Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$360,900-12%7450$484$35,737,7708Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$228,347-24%965-213$237$91,796,1357Fox
3The Impossible$213,702-13%572557$374$4,088,7713Lionsgate / Summit
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$100,338-16%817-23$123$11,206,8873Paramount
5Hyde Park on Hudson$97,940-7%222138$441$3,497,3465Focus
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$92,914-13%825-366$113$289,434,9808Lionsgate / Summit
7Argo$73,174-8%302-43$242$110,313,48613Warner Bros.
8Anna Karenina (2012)$45,577-12%163-55$280$11,670,9218Focus
9Wreck-It Ralph$43,992-15%709-204$62$178,676,44910Disney
10Not Fade Away$29,211-12%565546$52$504,8283Paramount Vantage
11Flight$26,291-9%250-150$105$92,564,63010Paramount
12Hitchcock$17,420-8%118-231$148$5,540,5777Fox Searchlight
13Taken 2$16,580-7%213-19$78$139,336,01214Fox
14Cloud Atlas$11,675-18%155110$75$26,940,78111Warner Bros.
15Red Dawn (2012)$11,237-18%252-173$45$43,916,1687FilmDistrict
16Pitch Perfect$9,900-8%165-18$60$64,687,22815Universal
17End of Watch$7,3011%140-22$52$40,913,95516Open Road
18Playing For Keeps (2012)$4,985-11%139-129$36$12,866,8435FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$273,715-3%6055$4,562$5,202,6713Sony / Columbia
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$7,844-14%98-27$80$17,505,21916Lionsgate / Summit
3To the Arctic 3D$7,5444%520$145$10,682,14738Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Sessions$7,244-1%41-39$177$5,653,65312Fox Searchlight
5A Late Quartet$5,270-22%23-14$229$1,372,21310Entertainment One / RKO
6Killing Them Softly$4,091-8%51-17$80$14,916,6126Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,65528%300$122$21,701,18192Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Intouchables$3,52736%110$321$13,168,80733Weinstein Company
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,481-10%53-9$28$161,209,68726Fox
10The Master$1,410-32%12-1$118$15,984,66717Weinstein Company
11Talaash$619-1%8-8$77$2,871,9006Reliance Entertainment
12Arbitrage$218-37%4-3$55$7,916,73517Roadside Attractions
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$20676%1--$206$87,21014Roadside Attractions