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, Feb. 20 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$6,088,827-12%3,50030$1,740$59,050,4512Warner Bros. / New Line
2Safe House$3,901,250-47%3,1212$1,250$81,812,4402Universal
3The Vow$3,575,709-45%2,9580$1,209$88,567,6232Sony / Screen Gems
4Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$3,355,439-48%3,174--$1,057$25,470,7731Sony / Columbia
5This Means War$2,600,982-47%3,189--$816$21,616,7171Fox
6The Secret World of Arrietty$2,238,4693%1,522--$1,471$8,684,8641Disney
7Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$1,954,244-28%2,6550$736$35,793,9102Fox
8Chronicle$1,544,678-38%2,556-352$604$52,643,4873Fox
9The Woman in Black$1,114,980-44%2,559-297$436$46,404,7943CBS Films
10Big Miracle$898,6759%1,634-499$550$17,605,6853Universal
11The Grey$575,123-45%2,107-694$273$48,610,2934Open Road
12The Descendants$556,848-43%1,243-338$448$75,572,44214Fox Searchlight
13Red Tails$327,225-29%1,009-571$324$47,885,8545Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hugo$545,555-15%558-144$978$67,287,36313Paramount
2The Artist$541,093-37%8080$670$28,070,41213Weinstein Company
3The Iron Lady$232,770-35%623111$374$24,656,2608Weinstein Company
4Underworld Awakening$213,420-43%826-831$258$61,593,9075Sony / Screen Gems
5Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$189,3928%400-102$473$129,872,61010Fox
6One For the Money$144,573-44%933-1123$155$25,605,7204Lionsgate
7Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$143,528-32%577-798$249$30,774,1239Warner Bros.
8The Adventures of Tintin$138,3452%30346$457$76,529,5159Paramount
9Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$115,345-32%403138$286$185,386,50110Warner Bros.
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$106,176-37%184-48$577$22,801,51411Focus
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$105,482-33%275-194$384$207,404,96110Paramount
12Beauty and the Beast 3D$105,3263%214-464$492$47,104,4446Disney
13Contraband$94,500-46%420-661$225$65,860,2056Universal
14We Bought a Zoo$86,366-10%287-133$301$73,743,0209Fox
15The Muppets$81,230--269--$302$88,148,49013Disney
16Puss in Boots (2011)$75,976-4%163-46$466$149,074,00217Paramount / DreamWorks
17Man on a Ledge$73,699-28%401-1022$184$18,451,1554Lionsgate
182012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$72,362--138--$524$1,059,8472Shorts International
19War Horse$69,152-34%394-108$176$78,775,4509Disney / DreamWorks
20The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$66,176-44%189--$350$101,431,0909Sony / Columbia
21My Week with Marilyn$51,456-29%120-5$429$13,694,41413Weinstein Company
22Joyful Noise$47,611-28%340-346$140$30,355,5056Warner Bros.
23Albert Nobbs$47,514-31%119-32$399$2,407,7454Roadside Attractions
24Happy Feet Two$33,238-5%135-67$246$63,859,63814Warner Bros.
25Jack and Jill$31,413-25%134--$234$74,051,63615Sony / Columbia
26The Darkest Hour$17,255-47%11395$153$21,336,9519Summit
27The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$8,328-49%148-82$56$281,275,99114Lionsgate / Summit
28Agneepath$8,031--132--$61$1,981,6054Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pina$68,606--78--$880$2,243,1009IFC Films
2A Separation$60,795--54--$1,126$2,086,6328Sony Pictures Classics
3Born to Be Wild 3D$53,004-3%451$1,178$16,426,13446Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Thin Ice$33,917--53--$640$217,4441IDP/ATO Pictures
5Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$31,934-57%98-13$326$1,058,2372UTV Communications
6Rampart$29,574--28--$1,056$239,9912Millennium Entertainment
7A Dangerous Method$27,839--96--$290$5,199,78313Sony Pictures Classics
8In Darkness$19,056--14--$1,361$161,5702Sony Pictures Classics
9Shame$14,908-31%44-8$339$3,735,07512Fox Searchlight
10Haywire$14,649-37%79-184$185$18,766,1095Relativity Media
11W.E.$12,891-32%203$645$219,8373Weinstein Company
12We Need to Talk About Kevin$12,394--16--$775$617,21511Oscilloscope
13Bullhead$9,803--7--$1,400$42,0701Drafthouse Films
14Coriolanus$9,507-35%132$731$331,4725Weinstein Company
15Undefeated$9,082-28%5--$1,816$42,2471Weinstein Company
16Chico & Rita$7,767--5--$1,553$68,1302GKIDS
17Carnage (2011)$7,223--35--$206$2,427,52310Sony Pictures Classics
18The Sitter$5,631--0-99--$30,476,84011Fox
19Young Adult$5,269-44%8752$61$16,300,30211Paramount
20Pariah (2011)$4,693-37%130$361$692,6158Focus
21The Help$3,475--13--$267$169,672,06128Disney / DreamWorks
22Midnight in Paris$2,815--16--$176$56,556,23140Sony Pictures Classics
23New Year's Eve$2,512-22%33-122$76$54,540,52511Warner Bros. / New Line
24The Devil Inside$2,442-45%34-61$72$53,183,2267Paramount
25On the Ice$2,439--0----$20,3401PMK*BNC
26Death of the Virgin$2,034--2--$1,017$18,8602Indican Pictures
27In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,793-22%8-2$224$286,7849FilmDistrict
28The Women on the 6th Floor$1,556--6--$259$605,03820Strand Releasing
29The Turin Horse$1,311--2--$656$19,0742Cinema Guild
30The Flowers of War$988--3--$329$219,8205Wrekin Hill Entertainment
31Declaration of War$900--7--$129$35,0814IFC Films
32Michael (2012)$812--1--$812$5,3581Strand Releasing
33Immortals$758-45%29-4$26$83,503,16115Relativity Media
34Khodorkovsky$727--1--$727$33,78112Kino Lorber
35The Skin I Live In$724--4--$181$3,168,68219Sony Pictures Classics
36Kung Fu Joe$612--1--$612$7,6942Indican Pictures
37The Way$558--5--$112$4,422,69120Producers Distribution Agency
38J. Edgar$499-73%11-31$45$37,304,95015Warner Bros.
39Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$492--2--$246$63,2257Cinema Guild
40Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$482--2--$241$863,38333International Film Circuit
41Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$382--1--$382$48,71328Lorber Films
42Circus Columbia$364--1--$364$1,6481Strand Releasing
43Melancholia$357--5--$71$3,023,55315Magnolia Pictures
44Putin's Kiss$333--1--$333$1,8581Kino Lorber
45How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?$313--4--$78$12,7434First Run Features
46The Innkeepers$266--7--$38$75,1723Magnolia / Magnet
47Kill List$147--4--$37$19,5483IFC Films
48Take Shelter$127--4--$32$1,724,58821Sony Pictures Classics