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. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$5,286,948-6%2,84365$1,860$124,272,1244Disney / DreamWorks
2The Debt$2,942,101-19%1,826--$1,611$14,753,0141Focus
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$2,410,190-23%3,193-153$755$162,550,1785Fox
4Colombiana$2,107,013-23%2,6140$806$24,132,3352Sony / TriStar
5Apollo 18$2,001,285-30%3,328--$601$10,705,5561Weinstein Company
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,984,6016%3,007-298$660$31,201,1903Weinstein Company
7Shark Night 3D$1,722,198-34%2,806--$614$10,126,4581Relativity Media
8The Smurfs$1,624,6150%2,706-155$600$133,676,7056Sony / Columbia
9Our Idiot Brother$1,587,365-24%2,5550$621$17,273,5932Weinstein Company
10Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,186,959-34%2,78020$427$17,822,4162FilmDistrict
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$954,682-23%1,450-127$658$75,464,7946Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$928,509-8%1,092-236$850$375,552,0938Warner Bros.
13Captain America: The First Avenger$645,219-15%1,050-374$614$172,272,7607Paramount
14Cowboys & Aliens$622,125-15%1,185-374$525$96,881,6906Universal
15Cars 2$570,57812%2,043--$279$189,256,89511Disney
1630 Minutes or Less$485,254-31%1,355-716$358$35,501,4454Sony / Columbia
17Conan the Barbarian (2011)$427,442-36%1,722-1293$248$20,222,1753Lionsgate
18One Day$392,824-19%1,187-538$331$12,699,1393Focus
19Final Destination 5$344,074-36%1,226-859$281$40,887,5614Warner Bros. / New Line
20Fright Night (2011)$280,007-40%1,468-1646$191$17,344,3653Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Seven Days in Utopia$484,6893%561--$864$1,801,5991Visio Entertainment
2Zookeeper$216,993-19%401--$541$78,230,7329Sony / Columbia
3Sarah's Key$213,946-8%31947$671$5,260,6967Weinstein Company
4Midnight in Paris$212,965--402--$530$52,932,73916Sony Pictures Classics
5The Change-Up$194,045-35%539-365$360$35,985,6055Universal
6The Guard$183,433--178--$1,031$2,706,3466Sony Pictures Classics
7Horrible Bosses$182,857-32%422-43$433$115,035,5419Warner Bros. / New Line
8Saving Private Perez$163,725-32%161--$1,017$828,2421Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Transformers: Dark of the Moon$151,787-34%424-94$358$350,500,01210Paramount / DreamWorks
10Kung Fu Panda 2$132,1902%305111$433$164,827,04915Paramount / DreamWorks
11Bad Teacher$81,967-52%986911$83$98,859,54311Sony / Columbia
12Mr. Popper's Penguins$80,351-32%25213$319$67,506,72812Fox
13Super 8$77,622-24%240-2$323$126,529,50913Paramount
14Winnie the Pooh$76,651--352--$218$26,505,3678Disney
15Bridesmaids$64,900-35%220-2$295$168,517,43017Universal
16Green Lantern (2011)$60,687-14%185-37$328$116,313,41912Warner Bros.
17Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$55,151--186--$297$240,794,58416Disney
18A Good Old Fashioned Orgy$37,040--143--$259$154,6041IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
19Friends With Benefits$34,486-55%161--$214$55,574,3297Sony / Screen Gems
20X-Men: First Class$22,650-48%101-9$224$146,300,00014Fox
21Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$2,524--100--$25$3,096,4518Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bodyguard$187,601-41%88--$2,132$1,361,7901Reliance Big Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$81,359-11%490$1,660$12,548,60022Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Senna$48,955--47--$1,042$867,8384Producers Distribution Agency
4The Whistleblower$35,333--70--$505$798,3405IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
5Higher Ground$30,241--17--$1,779$166,1822Sony Pictures Classics
6Attack the Block$29,650-10%6636$449$865,2686Sony / Screen Gems
7Bol$24,976--38--$657$105,3541Eros International
8The Tree of Life$24,877-23%86-11$289$13,013,54915Fox Searchlight
9Another Earth$21,260-8%71-23$299$1,233,1967Fox Searchlight
10Point Blank$20,999--33--$636$481,4946Magnolia / Magnet
11Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$19,367-5%64-159$303$11,830,2754Fox
12Buck$17,011--73--$233$3,895,66112IFC Films
13The Devil's Double$15,818-4%49-29$323$1,284,3996Lionsgate
14Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$14,983-23%3--$4,994$67,6011Indomina Media
15Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$13,344--15--$890$493,2229International Film Circuit
16The Hangover Part II$11,564-61%90-38$128$254,416,43615Warner Bros.
17Beginners$11,472-12%34-16$337$5,776,31414Focus
18Love Crime$11,064--5--$2,213$46,4391IFC Films
19Circumstance$10,313-14%114$938$114,3892Roadside Attractions
20Brighton Rock (2011)$9,626--13--$740$92,3002IFC Films
21Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$8,802--3--$2,934$39,0291Music Box Films
22The Future$8,284-7%17-5$487$447,7706Roadside Attractions
23Monte Carlo$7,45311%41-50$182$22,944,30510Fox
24The Trip (2011)$6,400--36--$178$1,957,32113IFC Films
25The Names of Love$6,292--0----$423,18511Music Box Films
26Magic Trip$5,779--11--$525$100,1275Magnolia Pictures
27Tabloid$5,272--25--$211$645,8198IFC Films
28Rio (2011)$4,7332%25-14$189$143,618,38421Fox
29Mozart's Sister$4,321--7--$617$102,1023Music Box Films
30Turtle: The Incredible Journey$3,608--3--$1,203$364,74911Hannover House
31The Interrupters$3,373--10--$337$121,2886Cinema Guild
32In/Sight$3,30521%23--$144$12,8761Check Entertainment
33Terri$3,237--17--$190$621,67610IDP/ATO Pictures
34Life in a Day$2,983--9--$331$225,8616National Geographic
353D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$2,942--9--$327$131,9874China Lion Film
36Project Nim$2,634-34%15-1$176$364,5189Roadside Attractions
37El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$2,478--5--$496$104,5346Alive Mind Cinema
38Page One: Inside the New York Times$2,400--7--$343$1,040,32512Magnolia Pictures
39Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$2,390--9--$266$1,144,0459Sony Pictures Classics
40Incendies$2,308--8--$289$6,843,63120Sony Pictures Classics
41Bellflower$1,899--5--$380$111,8455Oscilloscope
42Amigo$1,858--10--$186$100,1683Variance Films
43Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$1,459--1--$1,459$38,4844Lorber Films
44Bride Flight$1,214--10--$121$479,85213Music Box Films
45Space Station 3D$1,200--1--$1,200$84,241,436490IMAX
46I'm Glad My Mother is Alive$1,190--1--$1,190$4,3081Strand Releasing
47Redemption Road$1,172-5%10-16$117$27,0122Freestyle Releasing
48Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$989-49%12-3$82$1,332,2318Fox Searchlight
49Littlerock$888--3--$296$8,8684Variance Films
50The Tree$804--4--$201$39,9078Zeitgeist Films
51Rebirth (2011)$771--1--$771$6,3031Oscilloscope
525 Days of War$753-2%32$251$15,8933Anchor Bay Films
53Mysteries of Lisbon$747--1--$747$62,3935Music Box Films
54The Last Circus$672--2--$336$15,2173Magnolia / Magnet
55Griff the Invisible$559--2--$280$14,9923Indomina Media
56Vito Bonafacci$541--1--$541$9,21718CAVU Pictures
57Passione: A Musical Adventure$524--3--$175$194,46411Abramorama
58CornerStore$516--0----$37,4164Undefined
59Life, Above All$506--6--$84$94,0018Sony Pictures Classics
60Bill Cunningham New York$490--2--$245$1,485,50225Zeitgeist Films
61Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$482-47%1--$482$3,5361Argot Pictures
62WAR: Women Art Revolution$435--1--$435$46,05914Zeitgeist Films
63Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$376--0----$267,47311Abramorama
64Insidious$351-95%4-3$88$54,008,79123FilmDistrict
65Rapt$315--2--$158$36,9839Lorber Films
66Trollhunter$281--4--$70$247,33013Magnolia / Magnet
67Little Girl$252--1--$252$7781First Run Features
68The Music Never Stopped$224-3%1--$224$257,75925Roadside Attractions
69Special Treatment$222--1--$222$2,5682First Run Features
70The Perfect Host$141--1--$141$48,43010Magnolia Pictures
71Everything Must Go$130-65%41$33$2,710,34517Roadside Attractions
72In a Better World$100--1--$100$1,007,90823Sony Pictures Classics
73Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$95-73%2--$48$243,66151Collective Eye