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 Thu, May. 17 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$6,208,368-2%4,3490$1,428$402,021,4152Disney
2The Dictator$2,865,807-31%3,003--$954$7,041,0810Paramount
3Dark Shadows$1,689,368-8%3,755--$450$38,138,4211Warner Bros.
4The Hunger Games$384,3152%2,531-263$152$388,631,1108Lionsgate
5Think Like a Man$377,850-1%2,0177$187$83,187,9114Sony / Screen Gems
6The Lucky One (2012)$309,168-1%2,839-166$109$55,156,1754Warner Bros.
7The Five-Year Engagement$274,500-4%2,569-372$107$25,992,6353Universal
8The Pirates! Band of Misfits$208,5522%2,848-510$73$23,911,5043Sony / Columbia
9Chimpanzee$161,82719%1,400-131$116$26,340,9874Disneynature
10The Raven$127,4141%1,888-321$67$15,309,1363Relativity Media
11Safe (2012)$98,590-8%1,690-581$58$16,295,7733Lionsgate
12The Cabin in the Woods$83,605-1%1,029-640$81$40,170,0735Lionsgate
13The Three Stooges$54,9603%1,027-1147$54$41,394,1375Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$304,373-5%178151$1,710$4,997,4412Fox Searchlight
2Girl in Progress$54,159-13%322--$168$1,678,0141Lionsgate / Pantelion
321 Jump Street$49,5486%510-530$97$135,357,2809Sony / Columbia
4Bully (2012)$48,12222%2630$183$3,029,9767Weinstein Company
5American Reunion$40,47012%521-335$78$56,231,0506Universal
6Mirror Mirror$36,996-2%607-315$61$61,147,4227Relativity Media
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$32,980-6%455-66$72$209,732,73011Universal
8The Artist$20,9527%751710$28$44,522,60925Weinstein Company
9Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$18,435-7%200-47$92$8,626,23610CBS Films
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$18,0443%260-43$69$102,652,43414Warner Bros. / New Line
11Titanic 3D$17,29212%157-176$110$57,685,6526Paramount
12Lockout$16,2167%255-56$64$14,203,4685Open Road
13Wrath of the Titans$10,323-6%265-450$39$82,043,9637Warner Bros.
14Safe House$8,1609%136-39$60$126,181,63014Universal
15This Means War$6,6553%132-39$50$54,612,14213Fox
16Jeff Who Lives at Home$6,089-2%11770$52$4,269,4269Paramount Vantage
17A Thousand Words$5,920-2%127-13$47$18,317,62610Paramount
18Act of Valor$5,2697%118-75$45$69,925,48512Relativity Media
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$3,72310%110-33$34$35,025,79112Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$69,01533%49-1$1,408$1,617,8484Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$18,750-27%340$551$18,859,74558Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sound of My Voice$6,8087%4618$148$218,8163Fox Searchlight
4The Road (2012)$5,115-5%50--$102$82,7471Freestyle Releasing
5Casa de mi Padre$3,4561%56-12$62$5,909,4839Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,98829%67-8$45$133,071,77322Fox
7Chronicle$2,9183%51-27$57$64,523,15915Fox
8Friends With Kids$2,50521%362$70$7,215,55510Roadside Attractions
9Project X (2012)$1,769-3%40-32$44$54,731,86511Warner Bros.
10Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$1,652-2%23-7$72$1,189,1235Code Black Entertainment
11Coriolanus$1,1871%11-7$108$744,52517Weinstein Company
12Blue Like Jazz$64510%11-9$59$590,7615Roadside Attractions
13Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$600-43%10--$60$21,3661UTV Communications
14Undefeated$59711%130$46$544,37213Weinstein Company
15Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$53012%12-5$44$43,455,62314Fox
16Red Tails$34744%9-3$39$49,867,76117Fox
17Tonight You're Mine$226-9%2--$113$3,1521Roadside Attractions
18Touchback$148-20%4-8$37$203,6415Anchor Bay Films
19Albert Nobbs$20-77%2-3$10$3,014,69616Roadside Attractions