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, Oct. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$3,522,4871%3,66085$962$139,536,1302Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$2,012,206-4%3,020--$666$36,030,2351Sony / Columbia
3Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$836,75826%3,874-127$216$83,036,7683Sony / Columbia
4Runner Runner$339,397-12%3,0260$112$15,911,3182Fox
5Prisoners$316,225-4%2,855-381$111$55,194,1584Warner Bros.
6Machete Kills$256,012-12%2,538--$101$5,199,2391Open Road
7Rush (2013)$244,8350%2,130-178$115$23,362,1794Universal
8Don Jon$227,654-5%1,996-426$114$21,297,1673Relativity Media
9Insidious: Chapter 2$174,184-1%2,156-451$81$79,390,2415FilmDistrict
10Baggage Claim$120,418-3%1,320-710$91$18,900,6553Fox Searchlight
11We're the Millers$97,2951%1,150-456$85$146,966,16110Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Family (2013)$56,764-5%1,050-973$54$36,080,0355Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$186,421-2%606169$308$8,987,4474Fox Searchlight
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$76,8411%980-583$78$113,895,2279Weinstein Company
3Pulling Strings$59,458-12%42841$139$4,555,7862Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Instructions Not Included$53,761-7%711-147$76$43,003,5507Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Grace Unplugged$46,12723%502-9$92$1,943,3382Roadside Attractions
6Romeo and Juliet (2013)$42,4783%461--$92$717,0731Relativity Media
7Despicable Me 2$39,06039%434-51$90$363,255,23015Universal
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$29,74631%404-109$74$66,621,90610Fox
9Riddick$23,65010%430-365$55$41,768,1456Universal
10The Wolverine$18,3916%227-14$81$131,926,08712Fox
11The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$17,092-17%147--$116$356,8051Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
12Turbo$15,69746%187-35$84$82,508,70613Fox / DreamWorks Animation
132 Guns$12,3950%166-34$75$75,481,56011Universal
14The Heat$11,7992%139-43$85$159,325,99816Fox
15Red 2$11,48011%168-35$68$53,262,56013Lionsgate / Summit
16The Conjuring$6,94319%145-57$48$137,301,40913Warner Bros. / New Line
17Besharam$3,678-34%126-91$29$679,8612Reliance Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$8,18352%167$511$210,9522Ketchup Entertainment
2In a World...$5,23010%54-24$97$2,800,89210Roadside Attractions
3You're Next$4,570-5%8742$53$18,494,0068Lionsgate
4The Wizard of Oz 3D$4,33328%50-196$87$5,509,3344Warner Bros.
5Pacific Rim$4,28310%52-40$82$101,802,90614Warner Bros.
6Haute Cuisine$3,882-5%30-30$129$170,5804Weinstein Company
7The World's End$3,769-6%73-58$52$25,920,1108Focus
8The Spectacular Now$3,43563%33-25$104$6,789,00411A24
9The Way, Way Back$3,240-4%63-68$51$21,438,21615Fox Searchlight
10Salinger$1,89018%16-5$118$583,6336Weinstein Company
11We Are What We Are (2013)$1,821-10%135$140$56,1363eOne Films US
12Fruitvale Station$1,6835%41-35$41$16,079,05314Weinstein Company
13The Grandmaster$1,1261%16-19$70$6,590,5538Weinstein Company
14Populaire$964-9%21-37$46$170,9076Weinstein Company
15Thanks for Sharing$7360%16-49$46$1,035,6634Roadside Attractions
16The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$32458%21$162$19,8123Rialto Pictures
17Cassadaga$21888%3--$73$2,1481Archstone Distribution