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, Dec. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$14,562,1547%3,4483023$4,223$76,555,2442Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$10,829,95813%3,7030$2,925$89,854,1352Warner Bros.
3War Horse$7,012,570-7%2,376--$2,951$14,527,9721Disney / DreamWorks
4Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,943,10258%3,683-40$1,885$56,468,4812Fox
5The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$6,724,20819%2,914--$2,308$27,869,2851Sony / Columbia
6The Adventures of Tintin$5,415,13644%3,087--$1,754$23,144,1521Paramount
7We Bought a Zoo$5,244,21117%3,117--$1,682$15,063,1311Fox
8The Darkest Hour$2,068,960-31%2,324--$890$5,062,4791Summit
9New Year's Eve$1,877,79327%2,225-1280$844$34,528,7273Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Muppets$1,123,57584%1,536-1272$731$76,825,8625Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$914,63579%1,411-1547$648$271,182,8426Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$758,177-13%1,486-1266$510$22,985,5443Fox
13Arthur Christmas$435,82846%1,524-1405$286$43,977,1495Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,198,60919%753-125$1,592$33,563,5326Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$989,78620%951-1581$1,041$44,748,8835Paramount
3Young Adult$920,2904%9871$932$8,076,1883Paramount
4The Artist$432,1984%167150$2,588$2,813,6915Weinstein Company
5Don 2$349,367--161--$2,170$2,081,2051Reliance Big Entertainment
6My Week with Marilyn$314,46319%602358$522$7,294,7565Weinstein Company
7Puss in Boots (2011)$257,39089%389-368$662$143,919,1649Paramount / DreamWorks
8Happy Feet Two$121,68693%535-1245$227$59,973,8416Warner Bros.
9J. Edgar$81,66927%455-248$179$36,136,0787Warner Bros.
10Real Steel$78,683--227--$347$84,041,46712Disney / DreamWorks
11Moneyball$73,68576%242144$304$74,579,74414Sony / Columbia
12Jack and Jill$73,21937%242-1668$303$71,329,5447Sony / Columbia
13Tower Heist$67,92041%283-1032$240$76,318,0908Universal
14Courageous$63,05750%19291$328$33,747,34913Sony / TriStar
15Immortals$50,7669%228-988$223$82,415,3477Relativity Media
16Dolphin Tale$49,954163%188-93$266$71,637,20314Warner Bros.
17A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$45,378-14%24543$185$34,691,5368Warner Bros. / New Line
18Footloose (2011)$29,568101%182-71$162$51,466,95211Paramount
19The Ides of March$28,13675%14573$194$40,675,36712Sony / Columbia
20In Time$23,75847%112-161$212$36,891,7079Fox
21Paranormal Activity 3$16,05917%124-82$130$103,894,11610Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$338,6138%5539$6,157$2,157,6543Focus
2A Dangerous Method$91,674--58--$1,581$1,085,1315Sony Pictures Classics
3Shame$65,76633%50-1$1,315$1,596,7574Fox Searchlight
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$42,370-41%6--$7,062$114,7181Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$33,3251347%490$680$14,909,64138Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Pina$23,811--3--$7,937$91,8231IFC Films
7Carnage (2011)$23,167--7--$3,310$199,0382Sony Pictures Classics
8Melancholia$21,038--66--$319$2,397,1867Magnolia Pictures
9The Way$19,035--27-66$705$4,071,94712Producers Distribution Agency
10The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$16,0731193%20-5$804$640,4195Warner Bros.
11The Help$15,160--65--$233$169,425,91220Disney / DreamWorks
12Margin Call$11,84159%30-91$395$5,198,19110Roadside Attractions
13The Skin I Live In$8,100--34--$238$2,999,76311Sony Pictures Classics
14Midnight in Paris$6,790--28--$243$56,341,18632Sony Pictures Classics
15In the Land of Blood and Honey$6,605-11%3--$2,202$25,4591FilmDistrict
16Drive (2011)$6,14451%26-30$236$34,793,34815FilmDistrict
17The Three Musketeers (2011)$4,20848%37-86$114$20,362,32810Summit
18Like Crazy$3,92418%30-70$131$3,345,7919Paramount Vantage
1950/50$3,065120%31-80$99$35,006,87713Summit
20Take Shelter$2,919--24--$122$1,655,53513Sony Pictures Classics
21Martha Marcy May Marlene$2,89872%15-24$193$2,892,28110Fox Searchlight
22The Lion King 3D$2,151--10--$215$94,222,02215Disney
23The Guard$895--6--$149$5,331,18922Sony Pictures Classics
24Miss Minoes (2011 re-issue)$698--3--$233$2,5991Music Box Films
25Sleeping Beauty (2011)$641--3--$214$34,5884IFC Films
26Into the Abyss$541--3--$180$222,0297IFC Films
27Higher Ground$340--5--$68$837,91118Sony Pictures Classics
28Mozart's Sister$302--3--$101$676,67519Music Box Films
29Young Goethe In Love$200--2--$100$98,7458Music Box Films
30Inni$77--1--$77$116,6389Cinema Purgatorio