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, May. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$8,112,391-28%4,253--$1,907$204,811,4821Disney
2Pain and Gain$643,336-23%3,28710$196$35,958,3902Paramount
3Oblivion (2013)$464,760-18%3,430-362$135$77,309,7103Universal
442 (2013)$461,117-13%3,345-60$138$79,604,4074Warner Bros.
5The Big Wedding$382,318-23%2,6330$145$15,432,2002Lionsgate
6The Croods$210,204-13%2,915-368$72$169,384,9117Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The Place Beyond the Pines$154,759-14%1,162-422$133$19,153,5706Focus
8Olympus Has Fallen$125,393-6%1,632-702$77$95,750,4937FilmDistrict
9G.I. Joe: Retaliation$94,374-19%1,804-903$52$119,055,5196Paramount
10Scary Movie 5$80,302-15%1,857-876$43$29,862,0194Weinstein / Dimension
11Oz: The Great and Powerful$76,518-12%1,160-450$66$229,102,3829Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$209,387-9%576213$364$5,811,3152Roadside Attractions
2Jurassic Park 3D$88,090-10%980-868$90$44,031,0355Universal
3Evil Dead$63,586-13%959-1227$66$53,402,8475Sony / TriStar
4Tyler Perry's Temptation$33,689-15%504-438$67$51,478,9566Lionsgate
5Silver Linings Playbook$24,488-19%468107$52$131,779,68425Weinstein Company
6Jack the Giant Slayer$19,301-18%335-30$58$64,215,42210Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Sapphires$17,0876%123-3$139$1,683,1857Weinstein Company
8Identity Thief$16,350-10%300-125$55$133,505,39013Universal
9The Host (2013)$15,062-20%290-321$52$26,193,0166Open Road
10Filly Brown$11,106-33%204-55$54$2,647,1023Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Snitch (2013)$10,329-18%215-37$48$42,558,51511Lionsgate / Summit
12Side Effects (2013)$7,994-13%16557$48$32,110,57513Open Road
13Escape From Planet Earth$7,726-1%257-26$30$55,232,82112Weinstein Company
14Safe Haven$6,301-13%169-90$37$71,229,87912Relativity Media
15Warm Bodies$5,1123%140-50$37$66,375,29514Lionsgate / Summit
16Admission$4,475-20%113-166$40$17,797,1347Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$9,32858%520$179$12,389,59755Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Kon-Tiki$8,565-1%1412$612$132,6022Weinstein Company
3Trance$7,690-3%86-71$89$2,240,7625Fox Searchlight
4Girl Rising$6,99022%39-33$179$1,117,8379Gathr Films
5Quartet$6,908-10%86-44$80$18,116,55017Weinstein Company
6Born to Be Wild 3D$6,473-1%300$216$22,590,471109Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$6,08613%4--$1,522$56,1291eOne Films US
8Life of Pi$5,280-13%99-32$53$124,772,84424Fox
9Spring Breakers$4,577-7%43-29$106$14,014,6188A24
10The Lords of Salem$3,81726%50-230$76$1,154,3613Anchor Bay Films
11Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$3,494-37%20--$175$98,9161Lionsgate / Pantelion
12From Up on Poppy Hill$3,2215%39-5$83$863,4088GKIDS
1321 And Over$3,152-10%82-54$38$25,660,28110Relativity Media
14The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$2,795-7%82-103$34$22,534,6158Warner Bros. / New Line
15A Good Day to Die Hard$2,369-27%72-50$33$67,302,49712Fox
16Starbuck$2,125-53%281$76$3,767,8507eOne Films US
17Dark Skies$1,135-11%29-34$39$17,371,11311Weinstein / Dimension
18The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$98328%10-15$98$540,92410Methinx Entertainment
19Emperor$872-30%20-6$44$3,311,9599Roadside Attractions
20Camp (2013)$710-4%12-16$59$312,77911Freestyle Releasing
21Parental Guidance$703-22%42-19$17$77,242,97019Fox
22Django Unchained$558-36%12-26$47$162,802,37019Weinstein Company
23Not Today$202-39%30$67$153,5274Freestyle Releasing