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 Thu, Sep. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$1,428,155-11%3,260--$438$27,683,9321Warner Bros.
2Insidious: Chapter 2$594,4600%3,155106$188$62,797,3952FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$510,381-12%3,0910$165$28,022,1702Relativity Media
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$353,457-5%2,931-308$121$107,864,0696Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$341,103-9%3,003-235$114$139,553,4527Warner Bros. / New Line
6Riddick$287,090-5%3,022-95$95$38,449,5653Universal
7Battle of the Year$174,909-5%2,008--$87$5,468,2921Sony / Screen Gems
8Elysium$123,873-9%1,392-328$89$91,349,0627Sony / TriStar
9Planes$122,809-8%2,446-293$50$86,922,1597Disney
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$73,622-2%1,473-165$50$64,578,7517Fox
11One Direction: This Is Us$58,93921%1,706-594$35$28,677,6784Sony / TriStar
12Despicable Me 2$55,220-8%1,004-2$55$360,981,82012Universal
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$48,6794%1,047-529$46$30,855,2195Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wizard of Oz 3D$379,850-2%318--$1,194$4,523,8161Warner Bros.
2Instructions Not Included$268,792-3%97845$275$35,187,4884Lionsgate / Pantelion
3The World's End$65,470-5%833-410$79$25,502,5725Focus
42 Guns$56,505-12%752-156$75$74,716,4108Universal
5Thanks for Sharing$44,191-17%269--$164$738,5911Roadside Attractions
6The Spectacular Now$35,4701%571-199$62$6,541,7798A24
7The Conjuring$35,033-2%561-115$62$136,770,76310Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Wolverine$35,016-2%462-78$76$131,035,1739Fox
9The Grandmaster$24,298-11%473-232$51$6,400,5265Weinstein Company
10The Heat$22,367-4%310-26$72$158,765,52713Fox
11In a World...$19,849-2%1440$138$2,484,6577Roadside Attractions
12Salinger$19,045-10%138134$138$439,9923Weinstein Company
13Turbo$17,689-4%333-20$53$81,713,41210Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14The Way, Way Back$15,550-1%324-97$48$21,234,00412Fox Searchlight
15Pacific Rim$14,756-1%202-52$73$101,512,50311Warner Bros.
16Getaway$14,574-10%515-863$28$10,469,3834Warner Bros.
17You're Next$14,095-1%532-578$26$18,379,2145Lionsgate
18World War Z$12,777-7%203-77$63$202,190,72814Paramount
19Kick-Ass 2$10,100-9%201-142$50$28,795,9856Universal
20Jobs$8,859-3%152-87$58$16,090,0596Open Road
21Red 2$8,6992%178-31$49$52,804,87710Lionsgate / Summit
22The Ultimate Life$8,44210%184-228$46$1,294,2153High Top Releasing
23Fruitvale Station$7,03111%103-34$68$15,987,33811Weinstein Company
24R.I.P.D.$6,79512%151-13$45$33,618,85510Universal
25Now You See Me$6,3320%133-38$48$117,723,98917Lionsgate / Summit
26Closed Circuit$4,1678%105-308$40$5,750,9954Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$20,000-3%40$5,000$367,4791Fox Searchlight
2Rush (2013)$16,099-18%5--$3,220$260,9091Universal
3Paranoia$6,543-3%8817$74$7,356,8756Relativity Media
4Populaire$3,12111%205$156$117,1033Weinstein Company
5C.O.G.$2,9925%20--$150$44,2531Screen Media / Focus World
6Haute Cuisine$2,13810%3--$713$23,1031Weinstein Company
7Unfinished Song$2,0724%236$90$1,687,72914Weinstein Company
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,477-65%184$82$4,314,78316Roadside Attractions
9Chennai Express$1,15841%20-10$58$5,298,3417UTV Motion Pictures
10Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$87133%1--$871$1,5270Rialto Pictures
11Satyagraha$27461%9-26$30$737,8764UTV Motion Pictures
12Jayne Mansfield's Car$16031%6-5$27$14,8362Anchor Bay Films
13Savannah$13511%4-2$34$37,2405Ketchup Entertainment
14Stories We Tell$45-84%51$9$1,597,66720Roadside Attractions
15Passion$44-64%4-8$11$92,1814eOne Films US
16I Spit on Your Grave 2$41-67%1--$41$8101Anchor Bay Films