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 Wed, Feb. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Vow$2,924,771-75%2,958--$989$59,013,1061Sony / Screen Gems
2Safe House$2,510,795-59%3,119--$805$51,712,0351Universal
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$967,351-60%3,470--$279$31,972,2761Warner Bros. / New Line
4Chronicle$690,233-47%2,9081$237$42,734,7792Fox
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$655,454-41%2,655--$247$25,155,9491Fox
6The Woman in Black$539,906-67%2,8561$189$37,994,4582CBS Films
7The Grey$405,022-54%2,801-406$145$44,471,9383Open Road
8The Descendants$271,553-54%1,581-457$172$71,793,26813Fox Searchlight
9Underworld Awakening$248,381-58%1,657-979$150$60,005,1224Sony / Screen Gems
10Big Miracle$213,300-53%2,1334$100$14,176,8702Universal
11Red Tails$212,521-46%1,580-767$135$45,886,4804Fox
12One For the Money$196,208-52%2,056-681$95$24,462,9593Lionsgate
13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$118,142-48%1,375-1130$86$29,866,6868Warner Bros.
14Man on a Ledge$108,435-56%1,423-1575$76$17,925,9263Lionsgate
15Contraband$108,095-58%1,081-966$100$65,112,5155Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$220,895-49%808-197$273$24,867,11512Weinstein Company
2Hugo$127,890-46%702-328$182$64,943,57012Paramount
3The Iron Lady$121,570-37%512-509$237$23,227,7107Weinstein Company
4Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$54,622-57%469-608$116$206,750,3089Paramount
5Beauty and the Beast 3D$52,395-50%678-1041$77$46,677,5315Disney
6Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$45,952-36%232-70$198$22,153,56210Focus
7War Horse$42,545-42%502-661$85$78,358,1288Disney / DreamWorks
8Joyful Noise$37,503-54%686-664$55$30,043,9585Warner Bros.
9Albert Nobbs$31,616-21%151-94$209$2,131,2753Roadside Attractions
10Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$28,471-65%111--$256$772,9361UTV Communications
11Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$28,033-54%265-592$106$184,688,2389Warner Bros.
12Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$25,142-45%502-316$50$129,158,4119Fox
13The Adventures of Tintin$22,806-53%257-229$89$75,969,6638Paramount
14My Week with Marilyn$21,599-34%125-46$173$13,419,56012Weinstein Company
15Haywire$21,484-45%263-988$82$18,659,6084Relativity Media
16We Bought a Zoo$19,481-54%420-334$46$73,330,0118Fox
17Puss in Boots (2011)$12,042-50%209-44$58$148,794,78616Paramount / DreamWorks
18Happy Feet Two$10,696-44%202-53$53$63,717,30313Warner Bros.
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$10,285-50%230-66$45$281,200,99313Lionsgate / Summit
20New Year's Eve$5,940-52%155-67$38$54,517,80510Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$19,00418%44-1$432$16,202,74545Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$11,686-18%52-12$225$3,642,09611Fox Searchlight
3W.E.$7,126-27%1713$419$147,1242Weinstein Company
4The Sitter$6,275-41%99-27$63$30,434,94910Fox
5The Devil Inside$3,412-50%95-208$36$53,163,2166Paramount
6Coriolanus$3,203-21%11-3$291$278,6384Weinstein Company
7Young Adult$2,61312%35-23$75$16,263,68610Paramount
8Pariah (2011)$1,997-35%13-6$154$664,6197Focus
9Immortals$1,960-33%33-29$59$83,495,22714Relativity Media
10J. Edgar$1,615-30%42-93$38$37,298,79314Warner Bros.
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,449-8%103$145$276,3178FilmDistrict
12The Darkest Hour$744-45%18-21$41$21,220,1758Summit
13Vettai$245-78%2-2$123$199,7145UTV Communications
14Margin Call$12056%2--$60$5,353,92717Roadside Attractions