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 Fri, Oct. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$18,358,057--3,661--$5,014$18,358,0571Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$6,487,462305%3,3523$1,935$56,145,9942Sony / Columbia
3Pitch Perfect$4,889,050958%2,7702435$1,765$11,735,2582Universal
4Looper$3,507,278118%2,9931$1,172$31,607,9292Sony / TriStar
5Frankenweenie$3,324,779--3,005--$1,106$3,324,7791Disney
6End of Watch$1,162,02386%2,370-410$490$30,007,9693Open Road
7House at the End of the Street$1,156,134200%2,720-363$425$24,989,2783Relativity Media
8Trouble with the Curve$1,147,887106%3,003-209$382$26,987,7103Warner Bros.
9Finding Nemo 3D$377,75056%1,746-893$216$37,792,2114Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$315,71721%1,361-1020$232$40,166,4474Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$305,90559%2,5172$122$3,773,4182Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$498,406117%8648$577$10,973,7354Weinstein Company
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$483,328393%221119$2,187$2,265,6673Lionsgate / Summit
3The Possession$184,520115%821-797$225$47,952,4036Lionsgate
4Dredd 3D$182,667-28%831-1726$220$12,233,0813Lionsgate
5The Dark Knight Rises$179,194118%575-80$312$444,874,39912Warner Bros.
6Arbitrage$152,538121%244-11$625$5,564,7944Roadside Attractions
7The Bourne Legacy$103,63080%482-342$215$112,034,3059Universal
8Lawless$101,9376%611-892$167$36,776,7366Weinstein Company
9The Odd Life of Timothy Green$82,28836%534-653$154$50,011,4278Disney
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$68,736191%300-87$229$159,241,76613Fox
11ParaNorman$68,15553%342-867$199$54,186,7708Focus
12Hope Springs (2012)$62,889--439-252$143$63,176,8439Sony / Columbia
13The Campaign$54,46715%303-327$180$86,144,0029Warner Bros.
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$44,562328%257-75$173$48,120,08610Fox
15The Expendables 2$43,752-1%313-502$140$84,246,4868Lionsgate
16Ted (2012)$43,010112%187-38$230$218,240,31015Universal
17Barfi!$39,138172%110-17$356$2,568,0624UTV Communications
18The Amazing Spider-Man$35,161--145-59$242$261,850,90314Sony / Columbia
19Total Recall (2012)$23,693--167-72$142$58,817,92710Sony / Columbia
20Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$23,225147%155-48$150$216,155,51718Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$27,76964%520$534$8,890,30325Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$25,01247%84-37$298$12,558,10520Weinstein Company
3Premium Rush$16,863--77-131$219$19,978,8317Sony / Columbia
4Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$16,148--12--$1,346$16,1481Roadside Attractions
5Moonrise Kingdom$15,34864%9210$167$45,342,60920Focus
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$10,80922%51-18$212$11,071,19215Fox Searchlight
7The Watch$9,966166%32-14$311$34,312,26711Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$9,262182%330$281$20,955,56879Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Thaandavam$8,055333%21-24$384$153,7632UTV Communications
10The Other Dream Team$4,804--75$686$29,0342The Film Arcade
11The Apparition$4,48248%38-27$118$4,918,6547Warner Bros.
12For A Good Time, Call...$3,902-42%43-41$91$1,234,5906Focus
13Hit and Run$3,557-31%51-81$70$13,739,0807Open Road
14The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$3,084-22%18-14$171$46,335,97923Fox Searchlight
15Safety Not Guaranteed$2,86996%24-10$120$3,989,22818FilmDistrict
16Heroine$2,444-50%18-79$136$585,4913UTV Communications
1710 Years$1,713-61%21-42$82$197,6234Anchor Bay Films
18Toys in the Attic$68850%4-2$172$61,8645Hannover House
19Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$31736%6-1$53$3,375,6929ARC Entertainment