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, Mar. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$5,134,381-28%3,912--$1,312$97,674,8501Disney
2Jack the Giant Slayer$927,433-26%3,5250$263$46,741,2592Warner Bros. / New Line
3Identity Thief$630,420-19%3,002-228$210$118,541,4355Universal
421 And Over$537,448-26%2,7710$194$18,713,2002Relativity Media
5Escape From Planet Earth$473,285-20%2,549-561$186$49,332,3104Weinstein Company
6Snitch (2013)$446,932-21%2,340-171$191$33,308,0983Lionsgate / Summit
7Dead Man Down$418,801-30%2,188--$191$6,857,8841FilmDistrict
8Safe Haven$378,441-23%2,541-410$149$64,048,2744Relativity Media
9Silver Linings Playbook$329,690-23%1,727-109$191$121,684,73317Weinstein Company
10The Last Exorcism Part II$225,148-21%2,7000$83$12,882,6422CBS Films
11A Good Day to Die Hard$218,291-24%1,725-864$127$64,089,6224Fox
12Dark Skies$126,695-16%1,505-808$84$15,972,0493Weinstein / Dimension
13Warm Bodies$103,152-11%1,052-878$98$63,902,9376Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$170,304-29%67145$254$119,937,62516Fox
2Quartet$153,130-27%715-10$214$13,742,9819Weinstein Company
3Emperor$89,755-25%261--$344$1,319,3791Roadside Attractions
4Side Effects (2013)$88,064-23%602-510$146$29,849,5555Open Road
5Argo$87,423-26%741-244$118$134,575,89022Warner Bros.
6Zero Dark Thirty$59,415-19%522-200$114$94,822,54812Sony / Columbia
7The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$47,663-13%337127$141$302,023,69713Warner Bros. / New Line
8Django Unchained$45,794-24%336-647$136$161,253,13811Weinstein Company
9Lincoln$41,424-22%432-220$96$180,966,86018Disney / DreamWorks
10Rise of The Guardians$37,475-7%275-20$136$102,792,64416Paramount / DreamWorks
11Les Miserables (2012)$34,320-17%286-66$120$148,243,47011Universal
12Parental Guidance$25,476-16%219-39$116$76,363,44211Fox
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$21,053-2%281-794$75$19,080,0804Warner Bros.
14Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$20,092-23%225-376$89$54,559,2907Paramount
15Jack Reacher$14,819-8%194-31$76$79,938,34412Paramount
16Mama$13,919-19%214-233$65$71,165,3008Universal
17The Impossible$11,175-12%114-37$98$18,519,66412Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$21,324-20%13--$1,640$322,5011Gathr Films
2To the Arctic 3D$18,658-3%520$359$11,615,55547Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stoker$12,476-20%1710$734$367,5972Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$12,3689%300$412$22,154,824101Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Gangster Squad$7,717-5%90-48$86$45,879,7899Warner Bros.
6Hyde Park on Hudson$7,4590%391$191$6,307,17314Focus
7Bless Me, Ultima$7,154-12%52-131$138$1,409,2983Arenas Entertainment
8Kai Po Che$6,068-23%71-33$85$1,032,0033UTV Motion Pictures
9The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$5,524-14%56-12$99$252,0452Methinx Entertainment
10Movie 43$2,885-1%6346$46$8,837,4487Relativity Media
11Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$2,279-11%1--$2,279$13,2841Rialto Pictures
12Parker$1,975-20%34-17$58$17,476,3407FilmDistrict
13Camp (2013)$1,743-5%42$436$37,8173Freestyle Releasing
14Bullet to the Head$1,343-20%34-52$40$9,488,2346Warner Bros.
15Broken City$1,156-27%24-45$48$19,670,1338Fox
16A Late Quartet$37780%71$54$1,562,30019Entertainment One / RKO
17The Sweeney$82-27%1-10$82$26,5812eOne Films US
18Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$12-33%1--$12$97,35823Roadside Attractions