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, Sep. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$7,984,564--3,222--$2,478$7,984,5641Warner Bros.
2The Help$2,675,273105%2,93592$912$131,076,9315Disney / DreamWorks
3Warrior (2011)$1,770,745--1,869--$947$1,770,7451Lionsgate
4The Debt$1,433,487118%1,87650$764$18,530,4432Focus
5Colombiana$1,157,591155%2,354-260$492$26,936,2973Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,093,995180%2,887-306$379$165,054,8266Fox
7Shark Night 3D$1,001,904262%2,84842$352$12,266,0832Relativity Media
8Apollo 18$871,680150%3,3302$262$12,959,6342Weinstein Company
9Our Idiot Brother$835,074124%2,396-159$349$19,494,0833Weinstein Company
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$689,203186%1,310-140$526$76,938,2647Warner Bros.
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$674,589133%2,251-529$300$19,508,3473FilmDistrict
12Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$538,188--1,500--$359$538,1881Sony / Columbia
13Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$468,471344%2,544-463$184$32,190,0574Weinstein Company
14The Smurfs$351,256161%1,977-729$178$134,560,1017Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$264,29257%810-282$326$376,367,3939Warner Bros.
2Captain America: The First Avenger$244,177135%804-246$304$172,858,1878Paramount
3Cowboys & Aliens$234,555132%920-265$255$97,448,4217Universal
4Seven Days in Utopia$214,106123%555-6$386$2,314,4502Visio Entertainment
5Horrible Bosses$183,507256%50381$365$115,393,46210Warner Bros. / New Line
630 Minutes or Less$174,36139%646-709$270$36,113,2595Sony / Columbia
7Final Destination 5$167,92482%655-571$256$41,369,0945Warner Bros. / New Line
8One Day$127,14615%492-695$258$13,179,3684Focus
9Zookeeper$111,714--343-58$326$78,442,50010Sony / Columbia
10Sarah's Key$107,06265%306-13$350$5,570,3998Weinstein Company
11The Change-Up$100,98097%374-165$270$36,264,6656Universal
12Conan the Barbarian (2011)$87,412-24%551-1171$159$20,704,4284Lionsgate
13Saving Private Perez$61,731128%1654$374$988,9982Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Bridesmaids$52,205116%197-23$265$168,642,20518Universal
15Transformers: Dark of the Moon$46,97821%177-247$265$350,672,11711Paramount / DreamWorks
16Super 8$40,260133%203-37$198$126,627,28414Paramount
17Mr. Popper's Penguins$38,996339%2520$155$67,577,96113Fox
18Green Lantern (2011)$29,208161%155-30$188$116,378,23213Warner Bros.
19Friends With Benefits$27,090--114-47$238$55,653,6458Sony / Screen Gems
20Kung Fu Panda 2$26,93899%164-141$164$164,905,69016Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$758,461--98--$7,739$758,4611CodeBlack Entertainment
2Monte Carlo$25,0632492%6928$363$22,972,72811Fox
3Bad Teacher$19,473-49%96-890$203$98,999,52212Sony / Columbia
4Attack the Block$17,21677%51-15$338$914,4997Sony / Screen Gems
5Circumstance$17,124387%2312$745$143,7023Roadside Attractions
6Born to Be Wild 3D$16,89028%490$345$12,607,69923Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Tree of Life$12,83828%62-24$207$13,056,25016Fox Searchlight
8X-Men: First Class$12,019106%67-34$179$146,329,93915Fox
9The Hangover Part II$9,211167%60-30$154$254,436,00716Warner Bros.
10Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$7,534120%30$2,511$86,0082Indomina Media
11The Devil's Double$6,41750%33-16$194$1,305,6107Lionsgate
12Another Earth$5,857-12%41-30$143$1,257,6418Fox Searchlight
13The Future$5,33965%269$205$463,0607Roadside Attractions
14Project Nim$1,90131%11-4$173$369,93610Roadside Attractions
15Tanner Hall$1,074--5--$215$1,0741Anchor Bay Films
16Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$830-23%8-4$104$1,335,8379Fox Searchlight
17Everything Must Go$17950%40$45$2,710,81618Roadside Attractions
185 Days of War$102-70%1-2$102$17,0404Anchor Bay Films
19In/Sight$82-94%3-20$27$16,8322Check Entertainment
20The Music Never Stopped$40--10$40$257,90926Roadside Attractions
21The Conspirator$16--1--$16$11,538,18822Roadside Attractions