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, Apr. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pain and Gain$7,491,446--3,277--$2,286$7,491,4461Paramount
2Oblivion (2013)$5,213,985151%3,7929$1,375$52,501,4852Universal
342 (2013)$2,951,561183%3,405155$867$61,305,9333Warner Bros.
4The Big Wedding$2,576,573--2,633--$979$2,576,5731Lionsgate
5The Croods$1,570,851267%3,283-152$478$157,995,6346Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Scary Movie 5$1,079,829290%2,733-669$395$25,116,7653Weinstein / Dimension
7G.I. Joe: Retaliation$972,448169%2,707-468$359$113,748,5915Paramount
8The Place Beyond the Pines$790,19998%1,58442$499$14,315,0705Focus
9Olympus Has Fallen$785,319130%2,334-304$336$91,093,7916FilmDistrict
10Evil Dead$634,479103%2,186-637$290$50,502,2374Sony / TriStar
11Jurassic Park 3D$619,085131%1,848-482$335$40,309,4604Universal
12Oz: The Great and Powerful$429,636149%1,610-435$267$224,877,7758Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$635,481--363--$1,751$635,4811Roadside Attractions
2Tyler Perry's Temptation$318,439121%942-463$338$49,852,7625Lionsgate
3Filly Brown$154,480202%25971$596$1,899,5712Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Host (2013)$118,01359%611-745$193$25,605,0995Open Road
5Jack the Giant Slayer$106,342728%365110$291$63,419,4499Warner Bros. / New Line
6Identity Thief$106,250269%425-55$250$132,916,63012Universal
7The Call$98,42347%513-464$192$50,502,0567Sony / TriStar
8Silver Linings Playbook$57,81628%361-506$160$131,283,15824Weinstein Company
9The Lords of Salem$57,41033%280-75$205$912,7032Anchor Bay Films
10Snitch (2013)$50,512704%25291$200$42,189,34310Lionsgate / Summit
11The Sapphires$47,00296%12612$373$1,283,1666Weinstein Company
12Escape From Planet Earth$44,319442%28343$157$54,932,86611Weinstein Company
13Safe Haven$42,650115%259-66$165$70,997,33811Relativity Media
14Admission$37,47726%279-206$134$17,615,7786Focus
15Trance$32,237-21%157-286$205$2,039,0344Fox Searchlight
16Warm Bodies$29,540131%190-50$155$66,196,32313Lionsgate / Summit
17Quartet$23,2582%130-46$179$17,946,37216Weinstein Company
18Life of Pi$21,45742%131-62$164$124,607,66923Fox
1921 And Over$20,048293%13686$147$25,547,0299Relativity Media
20The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$19,12338%185-80$103$22,417,6327Warner Bros. / New Line
21A Good Day to Die Hard$13,05957%122-48$107$67,200,43611Fox
22Side Effects (2013)$13,001-57%108-537$120$31,959,13412Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$28,232136%520$543$12,268,11654Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Camp (2013)$18,241369%28-4$651$263,91710Freestyle Releasing
3Spring Breakers$17,46151%72-50$243$13,907,2197A24
4From Up on Poppy Hill$13,54099%44-4$308$759,4517GKIDS
5The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$12,83799%25--$513$483,7439Methinx Entertainment
6Born to Be Wild 3D$11,294149%300$376$22,518,540108Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Dark Skies$7,10042%63-28$113$17,323,14510Weinstein / Dimension
8Parental Guidance$6,07590%61-29$100$77,203,77718Fox
9Kon-Tiki$5,623--2--$2,812$5,6231Weinstein Company
10Starbuck$5,19285%27-2$192$3,711,9586eOne Films US
11Django Unchained$4,89636%38-39$129$162,779,66818Weinstein Company
12Emperor$2,270-34%26-38$87$3,290,2998Roadside Attractions
13Girl Rising$1,857-96%72-98$26$994,3148Gathr Films
14Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,745-19%10$1,745$20,2372Rialto Pictures
15Not Today$691-59%3-17$230$145,5773Freestyle Releasing
16Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$510--1--$510$16,5188Rialto Pictures
17Settai$401271%1-1$401$85,8344UTV Motion Pictures
18Kai Po Che$40100%20$20$1,122,03310UTV Motion Pictures