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, Apr. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$1,855,391-26%3,003--$618$34,095,7161Warner Bros.
2The Croods$655,024-24%3,689-190$178$144,672,6044Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3G.I. Joe: Retaliation$653,472-27%3,535-199$185$104,765,9053Paramount
4Evil Dead$618,248-27%3,0250$204$43,737,2692Sony / TriStar
5Jurassic Park 3D$596,835-20%2,7787$215$33,915,4352Universal
6Olympus Has Fallen$561,229-23%2,935-124$191$83,708,9364FilmDistrict
7Scary Movie 5$516,429-37%3,402--$152$16,123,5211Weinstein / Dimension
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$309,003-19%2,504-401$123$220,399,7436Disney
9Tyler Perry's Temptation$267,720-27%1,805-242$148$46,382,0203Lionsgate
10The Host (2013)$176,027-20%2,172-1030$81$23,996,4463Open Road
11The Call$148,779-25%1,630-372$91$49,064,4205Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$343,128-22%514484$668$6,362,8753Focus
2Trance$86,796-14%438434$198$1,342,4622Fox Searchlight
3Admission$75,251-21%909-498$83$17,035,0854Focus
4Spring Breakers$44,890-32%426-646$105$13,684,3435A24
5Identity Thief$42,300-12%564-157$75$132,151,73010Universal
6Silver Linings Playbook$36,217-14%451-73$80$130,444,38322Weinstein Company
7Quartet$29,017-7%224-28$130$17,661,48214Weinstein Company
8Jack the Giant Slayer$19,819-32%331-171$60$63,028,9697Warner Bros. / New Line
9Life of Pi$19,124-22%217-52$88$124,341,64421Fox
10Warm Bodies$16,423-10%279-8$59$65,949,32511Lionsgate / Summit
11Safe Haven$14,834-24%277-83$54$70,652,2249Relativity Media
12The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$12,564-18%274-261$46$22,170,4955Warner Bros. / New Line
13A Good Day to Die Hard$12,111-17%210-15$58$67,044,8169Fox
14Escape From Planet Earth$11,250-9%276-156$41$54,693,8719Weinstein Company
15Snitch (2013)$10,037-24%215-89$47$42,020,8808Lionsgate / Summit
1621 And Over$8,967-15%107-73$84$25,459,4327Relativity Media
17Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$7,785-13%154-26$51$55,611,96312Paramount
18Django Unchained$7,150-16%126-57$57$162,713,98716Weinstein Company
19Argo$3,659-17%1720$21$135,998,57627Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sapphires$24,676-11%9333$265$858,4154Weinstein Company
2Girl Rising$21,400-7%480$446$725,5576Gathr Films
3From Up on Poppy Hill$9,624-2%498$196$637,2815GKIDS
4To the Arctic 3D$8,67233%520$167$12,141,67152Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Emperor$7,291-8%96-24$76$3,240,3606Roadside Attractions
6The Impossible$6,375-3%77-3$83$19,014,09817Lionsgate / Summit
7Side Effects (2013)$5,781-16%53-27$109$31,496,70210Open Road
8Born to Be Wild 3D$5,69856%300$190$22,468,198106Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Not Today$5,009-12%41--$122$112,9701Freestyle Releasing
10Dead Man Down$3,176-23%94-52$34$10,891,2456FilmDistrict
11Starbuck$3,152-5%321$99$3,667,8484eOne Films US
12Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$3,05257%13-3$235$117,6272CodeBlack Films
13Camp (2013)$2,952-8%2113$141$177,9568Freestyle Releasing
14Parental Guidance$2,359-20%90-20$26$77,126,56316Fox
15Stoker$1,823-26%30-59$61$1,678,8487Fox Searchlight
16Dark Skies$1,7977%25-3$72$17,223,3518Weinstein / Dimension
17The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,684-8%55-22$31$302,980,25718Warner Bros. / New Line
18Settai$589-65%15-18$39$79,7442UTV Motion Pictures
19Himmatwala$103472%3-58$34$270,7473UTV Motion Pictures
20Kai Po Che$35-3%1-1$35$1,120,8868UTV Motion Pictures