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, May. 3 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$68,858,555--4,253--$16,191$68,858,5551Disney
2Pain and Gain$2,352,450113%3,28710$716$28,671,5252Paramount
342 (2013)$1,781,277150%3,345-60$533$73,907,0474Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$1,714,98585%3,430-362$500$71,886,9003Universal
5The Big Wedding$1,215,925110%2,6330$462$11,550,4902Lionsgate
6The Croods$972,040239%2,915-368$333$165,490,1997Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$724,098525%1,160-450$624$227,470,0309Disney
8Scary Movie 5$467,731250%1,857-876$252$28,636,0394Weinstein / Dimension
9The Place Beyond the Pines$380,57063%1,162-422$328$17,777,2106Focus
10G.I. Joe: Retaliation$359,75991%1,804-903$199$117,842,0756Paramount
11Olympus Has Fallen$345,92768%1,632-702$212$94,525,8067FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$635,373242%576213$1,103$3,643,2712Roadside Attractions
2Jurassic Park 3D$240,09544%980-868$245$43,100,0805Universal
3Evil Dead$200,17641%959-1227$209$52,785,6655Sony / TriStar
4Tyler Perry's Temptation$116,55285%504-438$231$51,070,4636Lionsgate
5Jack the Giant Slayer$76,487171%335-30$228$63,932,62710Warner Bros. / New Line
6Silver Linings Playbook$61,604223%468107$132$131,566,56825Weinstein Company
7Identity Thief$59,995180%300-125$200$133,310,39013Universal
8The Host (2013)$49,61574%290-321$171$26,041,7126Open Road
9Filly Brown$45,25081%204-55$222$2,479,6743Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Sapphires$37,48992%123-3$305$1,526,9717Weinstein Company
11Snitch (2013)$36,344144%215-37$169$42,424,64011Lionsgate / Summit
12Escape From Planet Earth$35,594271%257-26$138$55,122,35612Weinstein Company
13The Call$28,480--200-313$142$50,870,1778Sony / TriStar
14Safe Haven$24,19998%169-90$143$71,158,76512Relativity Media
15Side Effects (2013)$20,123229%16557$122$32,040,00113Open Road
16Warm Bodies$17,786118%140-50$127$66,317,45114Lionsgate / Summit
17Admission$13,07115%113-166$116$17,757,3047Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$18,679101%520$359$12,346,42255Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$18,607--20--$930$18,6071Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Kon-Tiki$18,596610%1412$1,328$51,7722Weinstein Company
4Life of Pi$15,581104%99-32$157$124,714,44224Fox
5A Good Day to Die Hard$12,918187%72-50$179$67,265,51412Fox
6Trance$12,7486%86-71$148$2,188,2855Fox Searchlight
7Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$12,028--4--$3,007$12,0281eOne Films US
8Quartet$11,747-5%86-44$137$18,064,32517Weinstein Company
9The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$9,25536%82-103$113$22,502,6328Warner Bros. / New Line
10From Up on Poppy Hill$9,01452%39-5$231$829,7548GKIDS
11Born to Be Wild 3D$8,811110%300$294$22,560,075109Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Spring Breakers$8,59221%43-29$200$13,982,9208A24
1321 And Over$7,9699%82-54$97$25,633,50110Relativity Media
14The Lords of Salem$7,538-49%50-230$151$1,126,8673Anchor Bay Films
15Starbuck$5,728163%281$205$3,742,5537eOne Films US
16The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$4,195173%10-15$420$527,73810Methinx Entertainment
17Dark Skies$3,71471%29-34$128$17,356,89211Weinstein / Dimension
18Parental Guidance$3,083131%42-19$73$77,230,45519Fox
19Camp (2013)$2,8995%12-16$242$307,05811Freestyle Releasing
20Emperor$2,72442%20-6$136$3,303,6779Roadside Attractions
21Not Today$1,605490%30$535$150,5964Freestyle Releasing
22Django Unchained$1,380-11%12-26$115$162,797,42719Weinstein Company
23Girl Rising$1,300-95%39-33$33$1,095,0879Gathr Films