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, Oct. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$12,560,227--3,336--$3,765$12,560,2271Paramount
2Gravity$6,080,294167%3,707-113$1,640$185,594,6554Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$3,624,051173%3,143123$1,153$61,898,0943Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$3,130,082--3,044--$1,028$3,130,0821Fox
5Carrie (2013)$1,955,856132%3,1570$620$22,077,2112Sony / Screen Gems
6Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,640,373235%3,111-491$527$96,151,6275Sony / Columbia
7Escape Plan$1,311,321107%2,8830$455$14,394,9032Lionsgate / Summit
8Prisoners$320,74884%1,347-813$238$58,379,8106Warner Bros.
9Insidious: Chapter 2$276,421206%1,229-436$225$81,529,8067FilmDistrict
10The Fifth Estate$174,04638%1,7690$98$2,451,5122Disney / DreamWorks
11Machete Kills$95,113-21%1,253-1285$76$7,058,5043Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$621,889699%123104$5,056$1,881,8322Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$462,234166%83578$554$11,928,3266Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$206,48565%677-520$305$25,362,3246Universal
4We're the Millers$181,649208%786-95$231$148,160,88212Warner Bros. / New Line
5Runner Runner$175,28327%969-1042$181$18,434,7034Fox
6Baggage Claim$160,015165%594-271$269$20,437,7835Fox Searchlight
7Don Jon$157,12740%540-574$291$23,162,7505Relativity Media
8I'm in Love with a Church Girl$148,864162%4581$325$1,359,0362High Top Releasing
9Despicable Me 2$102,330222%379-16$270$363,960,59017Universal
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$77,06253%444-158$174$114,550,16511Weinstein Company
11Instructions Not Included$65,551143%301-174$218$43,738,1679Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Pulling Strings$63,571136%315-123$202$5,369,2444Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$60,680234%303-47$200$67,054,65412Fox
14Grace Unplugged$38,64595%208-105$186$2,284,7584Roadside Attractions
15Grown Ups 2$38,608--188-35$205$133,217,33116Sony / Columbia
16The Wolverine$28,48785%164-43$174$132,169,83414Fox
17The Family (2013)$26,48310%218-265$121$36,423,2357Relativity Media
18The Smurfs 2$25,567--205-37$125$70,699,21513Sony / Columbia
19Riddick$17,94043%156-97$115$41,955,6708Universal
20Turbo$17,556163%108-41$163$82,672,50615Fox / DreamWorks Animation
21The Conjuring$8,20585%100-13$82$137,367,87215Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$153,9141424%8276$1,877$292,0542Roadside Attractions
2The Heat$13,703100%80-23$171$159,443,53118Fox
3Romeo and Juliet (2013)$13,668-57%91-370$150$1,048,5633Relativity Media
4Elysium$10,567--61-32$173$92,506,25912Sony / TriStar
5Spinning Plates$6,794--3--$2,265$6,7941The Film Arcade
6In a World...$6,56922%32-15$205$2,862,75412Roadside Attractions
7A.C.O.D.$5,164--19-23$272$145,4284The Film Arcade
8Linsanity$5,133-33%8-1$642$245,0794Ketchup Entertainment
9Torn$4,094430%54$819$12,4022The Film Collective
10The World's End$3,79752%26-14$146$25,947,56610Focus
11The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$2,968-59%49-98$61$476,5943Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
12Thanks for Sharing$2,897238%11-3$263$1,052,6926Roadside Attractions
13Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$2,686--1--$2,686$2,6861Cinepix
14We Are What We Are (2013)$2,476120%175$146$70,9225eOne Films US
15The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$2,185403%1411$156$25,6565Rialto Pictures
16Haute Cuisine$2,134-39%14-7$152$205,6076Weinstein Company
17The Spectacular Now$1,979-45%24-30$82$6,825,33313A24
18Fruitvale Station$1,50425%16-4$94$16,092,12116Weinstein Company