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, May. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$38,737,505--3,658--$10,590$38,737,5051Universal
2The Hangover Part III$14,497,88423%3,555--$4,078$26,287,3471Warner Bros.
3Star Trek Into Darkness$9,986,39798%3,90739$2,556$118,812,9632Paramount
4Epic$9,348,014--3,882--$2,408$9,348,0141Fox
5Iron Man 3$5,146,416133%3,424-813$1,503$353,228,9404Disney
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$3,934,68682%3,090-460$1,273$104,661,5773Warner Bros.
7The Croods$270,30723%1,008-1365$268$178,293,59510Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pain and Gain$186,58028%1,003-1426$186$48,100,4525Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$480,521120%712-248$675$13,088,1575Roadside Attractions
242 (2013)$300,67940%915-1465$329$90,105,1297Warner Bros.
3Oblivion (2013)$246,22561%572-1505$430$86,711,3906Universal
4Oz: The Great and Powerful$164,206286%401-134$409$231,727,25712Disney
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$116,952251%346-63$338$120,764,9779Paramount
6Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$82,109-11%485-1556$169$8,558,4743Lionsgate
7Identity Thief$58,905304%187-54$315$134,108,37016Universal
8The Big Wedding$56,740-24%265-1178$214$20,913,2165Lionsgate
9Escape From Planet Earth$56,547159%346-347$163$55,759,88815Weinstein Company
10The Call$42,410--166-63$255$51,444,33111Sony / TriStar
11The Place Beyond the Pines$40,67014%128-189$318$20,835,4979Focus
12Olympus Has Fallen$38,97315%209-257$186$97,557,21910FilmDistrict
13Jack the Giant Slayer$25,52435%185-65$138$64,887,22513Warner Bros. / New Line
14Scary Movie 5$21,30424%171-337$125$31,324,2157Weinstein / Dimension
15Tyler Perry's Temptation$14,547253%131-19$111$51,890,8399Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$41,101105%643$642$541,5985Weinstein Company
2Stories We Tell$31,792142%263$1,223$626,1883Roadside Attractions
3The Sapphires$16,17331%61-41$265$2,055,87710Weinstein Company
4Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$16,150126%3713$436$239,9824eOne Films US
5To the Arctic 3D$15,052112%520$289$12,585,75458Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Filly Brown$9,887944%29-10$341$2,784,3286Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Snitch (2013)$8,6632%93-60$93$42,881,57614Lionsgate / Summit
8The Host (2013)$7,566-41%59-172$128$26,594,9229Open Road
9We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$7,484--4--$1,871$7,4841Focus World
10Spring Breakers$7,214700%7059$103$14,063,70211A24
11Quartet$7,13083%30-12$238$18,217,07220Weinstein Company
12Evil Dead$6,756--58-150$116$54,097,1208Sony / TriStar
13Born to Be Wild 3D$6,45114%300$215$22,679,189112Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Silver Linings Playbook$4,725-30%35-96$135$132,058,14128Weinstein Company
15From Up on Poppy Hill$4,4771%24-12$187$945,80411GKIDS
16Not Today$4,05668%5-1$811$189,1367Freestyle Releasing
17Admission$3,377-48%26-103$130$17,983,55410Focus
18Life of Pi$2,800-16%26-25$108$124,878,07927Fox
19A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$2,486--1--$2,486$2,4861Rialto Pictures
20Safe Haven$2,059-50%36-54$57$71,341,18615Relativity Media
21Emperor$1,500248%81$188$3,329,88312Roadside Attractions
22The Painting (2013)$1,426659%65$238$8,3903GKIDS
23Girl Rising$680-97%6326$11$1,286,21512Gathr Films