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, May. 26 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: Days of Future Past$19,752,944-24%3,996--$4,943$110,576,6041Fox
2Godzilla (2014)$7,490,882-28%3,9520$1,895$155,785,6652Warner Bros.
3Blended$3,451,174-26%3,555--$971$17,735,2051Warner Bros.
4Neighbors (2014)$3,101,070-32%3,266-45$950$116,803,5953Universal
5Million Dollar Arm$2,199,661-10%3,0190$729$22,703,4462Disney
6The Amazing Spider-Man 2$2,187,251-19%3,160-831$692$187,111,8314Sony / Columbia
7Rio 2$943,4944%1,701-670$555$122,508,7407Fox
8The Other Woman (2014)$795,320-33%2,154-900$369$78,604,1495Fox
9Heaven is for Real$756,5181%1,720-1173$440$86,590,0846Sony / TriStar
10Captain America: The Winter Soldier$526,371-16%1,373-898$383$254,112,0968Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$709,198-12%498426$1,424$4,264,0833Open Road
2Belle$529,391-7%453280$1,169$4,383,9504Fox Searchlight
3Moms' Night Out$239,711-6%861-185$278$8,983,0723Sony / TriStar
4Divergent$206,933-13%644-347$321$148,108,20610Lionsgate / Summit
5Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$180,82920%674-1904$268$7,863,9343Clarius Entertainment
6The Railway Man$177,562-4%600417$296$3,620,8987Weinstein Company
7The Grand Budapest Hotel$173,705-23%360-270$483$56,763,20212Fox Searchlight
8The LEGO Movie$134,062-9%323-32$415$255,055,80516Warner Bros.
9The Immigrant$126,003-13%147144$857$639,1172Weinstein Company
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$94,988-6%286-33$332$109,771,47312Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11God's Not Dead$83,638-9%245-535$341$59,589,27410Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Kochadaiiyaan - The Legend$74,555--161--$463$657,7271Eros International
13Muppets Most Wanted$68,440--269--$254$50,450,96810Disney
14Noah$67,418-19%219-67$308$100,642,8179Paramount
15Fed Up$66,003-20%10247$647$770,5953RADiUS-TWC
16Fading Gigolo$62,637--186--$337$3,180,9476Millennium Entertainment
17Bears$49,903--214-366$233$17,233,7286Disneynature
18Non-Stop (2014)$32,130-29%153-67$210$91,699,24513Universal
19Locke$23,707--111--$214$1,061,0875A24
20Transcendence$23,138-25%202-113$115$22,851,9586Warner Bros.
21Draft Day$22,349-12%145-350$154$28,592,5347Lionsgate / Summit
22Brick Mansions$21,908-62%168-556$130$19,982,9595Relativity Media
23Oculus$15,386-30%105-35$147$27,539,2277Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ida (2014)$53,023--34--$1,560$664,8684Music Box Films
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$45,051-10%392$1,155$2,164,7508Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Hornet's Nest$30,7849%5740$540$179,4833Freestyle Releasing
4Words and Pictures$27,557-10%10--$2,756$115,4361Roadside Attractions
5The Lunchbox$26,618--68--$391$3,886,35013Sony Pictures Classics
6Palo Alto$24,074--42--$573$382,9463Tribeca Film
7Journey to the South Pacific$23,129--183$1,285$2,872,29426IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
8Only Lovers Left Alive$19,954--70--$285$1,469,2057Sony Pictures Classics
9A Haunted House 2$19,678-30%88-36$224$17,191,6036Open Road
10Hubble 3D$15,023--204$751$44,282,752219Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Chinese Puzzle$11,408--10--$1,141$90,3152Cohen Media Group
12Under the Skin (2014)$11,258--32--$352$2,336,5478A24
13Need For Speed$10,778--89--$121$43,453,26611Disney / DreamWorks
14Cold in July$10,192--6--$1,699$50,5091IFC Films
15The German Doctor$9,591--23--$417$349,8105IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
16The Quiet Ones$9,482-23%92-249$103$8,457,1405Lionsgate
17Finding Vivian Maier$9,056--40--$226$1,322,4809IFC Films
18Frozen (2013)$8,028--73--$110$400,585,52927Disney
19The Double (2014)$6,933--0----$101,8883Magnolia Pictures
20The Dance of Reality$6,863--2--$3,432$31,6311ABKCO Films
21300: Rise of an Empire$6,821-43%71-84$96$106,570,80912Warner Bros.
22Heropanti$5,713-48%16--$357$38,5441UTV Motion Pictures
23Le Week-End$3,960--21--$189$2,190,77711Music Box Films
24Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$3,944--2--$1,972$17,6681IFC Films
2550 to 1$3,672--10--$367$705,23210Ten Furlongs
26Jodorowsky's Dune$3,501--17--$206$581,30410Sony Pictures Classics
27God's Pocket$3,428--28--$122$158,1583IFC Films
28The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$2,276--11--$207$221,2858Zeitgeist Films
29Particle Fever$2,080--3--$693$844,54112Abramorama / Bond 360
30Accident (2014 re-issue)$1,86812%1--$1,868$7,6661Rialto Pictures
31Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$1,445--5--$289$18,4042International Film Circuit
32Son of God$1,118--21-25$53$59,690,08813Fox
33Nymphomaniac: Volume I$1,096--5--$219$773,83410Magnolia Pictures
34Young and Beautiful$1,055--8--$132$42,7195IFC Films
35Under the Sea 3D$919--92$102$33,971,072276Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Bad Words$789-27%21-62$38$7,778,34911Focus
37For No Good Reason$681--4--$170$35,0905Sony Pictures Classics
38Tim's Vermeer$571--5--$114$1,671,37717Sony Pictures Classics
39Blue Ruin$480243%5-19$96$247,3835RADiUS-TWC
40Bicycling with Molière$390--2--$195$35,9475Strand Releasing
412 States$386-64%4-28$97$2,237,0156UTV Motion Pictures
42Tasting Menu$372--1--$372$15,2436Magnolia Pictures
43To the Arctic 3D$368--50$74$14,062,023110Warner Bros. / IMAX
44The Raid 2$349--6--$58$2,609,9309Sony Pictures Classics
45The Jewish Cardinal$342--2--$171$128,10320Film Movement
46That Demon Within$313--1--$313$171,0386China Lion Film
47The Missing Picture$262--2--$131$51,59910Strand Releasing
48Nymphomaniac: Volume II$254--6--$42$318,7718Magnolia Pictures
49Sweet Dreams (2013)$240--3--$80$53,49730International Film Circuit
50Godzilla: The Japanese Original$224-91%4-4$56$128,2266Rialto Pictures
51Ilo Ilo$186--2--$93$39,8148Film Movement
52Next Year Jerusalem$183--1--$183$4,5432First Run Features
53Alan Partridge$139--2--$70$153,2858Magnolia Pictures
54Stage Fright (2014)$137--1--$137$6,8303Magnolia / Magnet
55Grand Départ$12045%1--$120$4591Rialto Premieres
5620 Feet from Stardom$87--2--$44$4,945,69150RADiUS-TWC
57The Unknown Known$60-86%52$12$268,7308RADiUS-TWC
58In Bloom$30--1--$30$51,58420Big World Pictures