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, Jan. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beauty and the Beast 3D$4,462,017-18%2,625--$1,700$22,213,9221Disney
2Contraband$4,165,665-42%2,863--$1,455$28,515,4801Universal
3Joyful Noise$2,577,118-23%2,735--$942$13,802,3081Warner Bros.
4Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$2,515,206-32%3,346-209$752$189,448,6125Paramount
5Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,108,7423%2,849-576$740$120,983,8615Fox
6Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$1,851,414-31%3,155-448$587$172,043,7155Warner Bros.
7We Bought a Zoo$1,808,450-3%2,909-261$622$65,857,7654Fox
8The Adventures of Tintin$1,589,7567%2,073-933$767$69,329,9864Paramount
9War Horse$1,427,409-26%2,85673$500$67,522,5004Disney / DreamWorks
10The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,371,856-34%2,674-276$513$89,213,6124Sony / Columbia
11The Devil Inside$1,006,422-55%2,551266$395$47,381,7082Paramount
12The Darkest Hour$185,550-43%1,182-981$157$20,714,0234Summit
13New Year's Eve$177,607-43%1,092-772$163$53,870,5886Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Iron Lady$1,215,514-25%802797$1,516$7,216,0693Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$823,73023%660-77$1,248$47,928,1829Fox Searchlight
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$669,881-30%88677$756$15,806,5936Focus
4Hugo$500,11126%545-298$918$54,663,2348Paramount
5The Artist$411,2363%21644$1,904$9,201,1958Weinstein Company
6The Muppets$285,03529%547-689$521$86,694,4318Disney
7Happy Feet Two$193,0978%36580$529$62,091,4409Warner Bros.
8My Week with Marilyn$156,1695%400-184$390$11,501,1558Weinstein Company
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$156,164-35%708-350$221$279,795,1639Lionsgate / Summit
10Carnage (2011)$151,162--494--$306$1,448,0615Sony Pictures Classics
11Puss in Boots (2011)$149,5643%316-35$473$147,299,70812Paramount / DreamWorks
12Jack and Jill$109,994-23%298--$369$72,534,31210Sony / Columbia
13A Dangerous Method$100,494--104--$966$2,787,2588Sony Pictures Classics
14The Sitter$98,426-44%449-309$219$29,748,6816Fox
15Young Adult$95,730-28%387-443$247$15,801,7106Paramount
16Tower Heist$49,400-32%260-35$190$77,588,50511Universal
17Real Steel$39,217--187--$210$85,093,41015Disney / DreamWorks
18Immortals$34,528-41%18759$185$83,094,46210Relativity Media
19Moneyball$19,773-8%128--$154$75,440,94417Sony / Columbia
20Courageous$18,057-43%116--$156$34,453,02416Sony / TriStar
21In Time$16,112-34%106-26$152$37,376,10812Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$43,486-8%41-4$1,061$2,670,1177Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$42,48212%450$944$15,525,28141Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Pina$37,781--6--$6,297$594,4124IFC Films
4Pariah (2011)$27,121-15%2413$1,130$401,3053Focus
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$26,443-16%60$4,407$661,9884Warner Bros.
6A Separation$25,320--6--$4,220$339,2073Sony Pictures Classics
7Dolphin Tale$19,19936%91-58$211$72,247,77417Warner Bros.
8We Need to Talk About Kevin$13,261--2--$6,631$94,8036Oscilloscope
9Vettai$12,152-60%34--$357$100,0731UTV Communications
10J. Edgar$12,092-28%82-70$147$36,986,61410Warner Bros.
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$10,762-32%1811$598$160,4974FilmDistrict
12Drive (2011)$6,501-28%322$203$34,972,71718FilmDistrict
13The Skin I Live In$5,834--31--$188$3,127,70114Sony Pictures Classics
14The Way$5,519--40--$138$4,331,54115Producers Distribution Agency
15Midnight in Paris$3,960--15--$264$56,428,52635Sony Pictures Classics
16Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$3,954--1--$3,954$35,8262Cinema Guild
17Margin Call$3,753-11%20-10$188$5,330,22013Roadside Attractions
18The Help$3,008--28--$107$169,585,99523Disney / DreamWorks
19The Women on the 6th Floor$2,846--6--$474$518,19315Strand Releasing
20Martha Marcy May Marlene$2,568--15--$171$2,954,53013Fox Searchlight
21Take Shelter$1,745--14--$125$1,707,09316Sony Pictures Classics
22The Guard$1,009--11--$92$5,347,60825Sony Pictures Classics
23Domain$692--1--$692$3,5021Strand Releasing
24Addiction Incorporated$316--1--$316$9,6025Variance Films
25Pianomania$213--1--$213$48,34934First Run Features
26Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$164--2--$82$91,77110Variance Films
27Loosies$158--1--$158$2,6441IFC Films
28Garbo: The Spy$158--2--$79$26,9969First Run Features
29The Man Nobody Knew$115--1--$115$173,57717First Run Features
30Man on a Mission$76--4--$19$3,5061First Run Features