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 Mon, Sep. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$1,658,359-66%3,260--$509$22,475,4121Warner Bros.
2Insidious: Chapter 2$669,340-75%3,155106$212$60,826,4182FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$548,577-67%3,0910$177$26,189,8212Relativity Media
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$343,971-66%2,931-308$117$106,685,2086Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$336,140-67%3,003-235$112$138,400,7087Warner Bros. / New Line
6Riddick$317,310-68%3,022-95$105$37,482,2203Universal
7Battle of the Year$220,746-80%2,008--$110$4,823,9231Sony / Screen Gems
8Elysium$133,711-64%1,392-328$96$90,923,7417Sony / TriStar
9Planes$132,985-83%2,446-293$54$86,525,0147Disney
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$88,431-81%1,473-165$60$64,336,5137Fox
11Despicable Me 2$65,260-83%1,004-2$65$360,796,08012Universal
12One Direction: This Is Us$55,772-81%1,706-594$33$28,506,2984Sony / TriStar
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$47,805-71%1,047-529$46$30,702,7065Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$328,006-83%97845$335$34,286,4194Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Wizard of Oz 3D$311,347-71%318--$979$3,405,3451Warner Bros.
3The World's End$66,916-60%833-410$80$25,290,5585Focus
42 Guns$56,400-63%752-156$75$74,524,5458Universal
5Thanks for Sharing$49,190-62%269--$183$585,7811Roadside Attractions
6The Wolverine$35,179-70%462-78$76$130,920,0959Fox
7The Conjuring$35,078-62%561-115$63$136,660,15310Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Spectacular Now$31,278-66%571-199$55$6,433,4148A24
9The Grandmaster$24,533-64%473-232$52$6,321,0865Weinstein Company
10Salinger$20,236-58%138134$147$378,3433Weinstein Company
11Turbo$19,836-82%333-20$60$81,657,76510Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Heat$19,460-67%310-26$63$158,693,64013Fox
13In a World...$17,775-65%1440$123$2,424,0167Roadside Attractions
14You're Next$15,721-63%532-578$30$18,332,8565Lionsgate
15Getaway$15,169-68%515-863$29$10,421,1424Warner Bros.
16The Way, Way Back$14,189-69%324-97$44$21,182,75812Fox Searchlight
17Pacific Rim$13,420-72%202-52$66$101,466,83411Warner Bros.
18World War Z$12,642-74%203-77$62$202,148,78714Paramount
19Kick-Ass 2$10,050-63%201-142$50$28,761,7656Universal
20Jobs$8,626-68%152-87$57$16,061,2546Open Road
21Red 2$8,003-63%178-31$45$52,778,88010Lionsgate / Summit
22The Ultimate Life$7,939-62%184-228$43$1,269,2933High Top Releasing
23R.I.P.D.$6,040-77%151-13$40$33,598,45510Universal
24Now You See Me$5,708-71%133-38$43$117,704,60217Lionsgate / Summit
25Fruitvale Station$4,856-57%103-34$47$15,967,09311Weinstein Company
26Closed Circuit$3,622-60%105-308$34$5,736,9324Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$19,251-68%4--$4,813$305,7851Fox Searchlight
2Rush (2013)$18,149-63%5--$3,630$205,4381Universal
3Paranoia$6,192-54%8817$70$7,335,6236Relativity Media
4C.O.G.$2,573-65%20--$129$35,2501Screen Media / Focus World
5Populaire$2,158-71%205$108$108,4053Weinstein Company
6Haute Cuisine$1,952-58%3--$651$17,3391Weinstein Company
7Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,681-62%184$93$4,307,27016Roadside Attractions
8Unfinished Song$1,370-53%236$60$1,682,69414Weinstein Company
9Chennai Express$822-86%20-10$41$5,295,6757UTV Motion Pictures
10Passion$283-30%4-8$71$91,4694eOne Films US
11Satyagraha$266-80%9-26$30$737,0924UTV Motion Pictures
12I Spit on Your Grave 2$128-12%1--$128$5701Anchor Bay Films
13Jayne Mansfield's Car$119-70%6-5$20$14,3952Anchor Bay Films
14Savannah$99-75%4-2$25$36,8455Ketchup Entertainment
15Stories We Tell$56-25%51$11$1,597,06620Roadside Attractions