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, Sep. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,245,997--4,001--$2,311$9,245,9971Sony / Columbia
2Rush (2013)$3,709,65522943%2,2972292$1,615$3,970,5642Universal
3Prisoners$3,369,126136%3,29030$1,024$31,053,0582Warner Bros.
4Baggage Claim$3,297,613--2,027--$1,627$3,297,6131Fox Searchlight
5Don Jon$3,288,247--2,422--$1,358$3,288,2471Relativity Media
6Insidious: Chapter 2$2,071,786249%3,120-35$664$64,869,1813FilmDistrict
7The Family (2013)$1,090,748114%2,894-197$377$29,112,9183Relativity Media
8We're the Millers$841,155147%2,405-598$350$140,394,6078Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$695,41697%2,062-869$337$108,559,4857Weinstein Company
10Battle of the Year$556,987218%2,0080$277$6,025,2792Sony / Screen Gems
11Riddick$438,50553%1,826-1196$240$38,888,0704Universal
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$192,139161%1,007-466$191$64,770,8908Fox
13Planes$172,23340%1,426-1020$121$87,094,3928Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Metallica Through The Never$811,400--305--$2,660$811,4001Picturehouse
2Instructions Not Included$799,989198%948-30$844$35,987,4775Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Enough Said$582,6222813%227223$2,567$950,1012Fox Searchlight
4Despicable Me 2$190,755245%748-256$255$361,172,57513Universal
5Grown Ups 2$161,632--390132$414$131,574,87712Sony / Columbia
6Elysium$149,01920%562-830$265$91,498,0818Sony / TriStar
72 Guns$84,63050%403-349$210$74,801,0409Universal
8The Wizard of Oz 3D$82,837-78%305-13$272$4,606,6532Warner Bros.
9The Smurfs 2$80,053--353-243$227$69,745,0309Sony / Columbia
10The Wolverine$75,803116%329-133$230$131,110,97610Fox
11The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$60,90225%329-718$185$30,916,1216Sony / Screen Gems
12The World's End$58,624-10%281-552$209$25,561,1966Focus
13The Conjuring$58,03266%338-223$172$136,828,79511Warner Bros. / New Line
14Turbo$56,276218%282-51$200$81,769,68811Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15The Heat$55,927150%251-59$223$158,821,45414Fox
16Thanks for Sharing$46,6666%251-18$186$785,2572Roadside Attractions
17This Is The End$37,913--205-322$185$101,278,37616Sony / Columbia
18The Spectacular Now$37,3275%142-429$263$6,579,1069A24
19One Direction: This Is Us$36,639-38%228-1478$161$28,714,3175Sony / TriStar
20In a World...$33,32968%121-23$275$2,517,9868Roadside Attractions
21The Grandmaster$29,13120%143-330$204$6,429,6576Weinstein Company
22Pacific Rim$28,86496%140-62$206$101,541,36712Warner Bros.
23The Way, Way Back$28,66484%158-166$181$21,262,66813Fox Searchlight
24World War Z$23,55784%160-43$147$202,214,28515Paramount
25Red 2$20,951141%110-68$190$52,825,82811Lionsgate / Summit
26Salinger$17,319-9%134-4$129$457,3114Weinstein Company
27You're Next$10,277-27%112-420$92$18,389,4916Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jobs$8,635-3%84-68$103$16,098,6947Open Road
2Haute Cuisine$8,360291%1411$597$31,4632Weinstein Company
3Getaway$8,050-45%74-441$109$10,477,4335Warner Bros.
4Fruitvale Station$6,837-3%42-61$163$15,994,17512Weinstein Company
5Paranoia$6,6882%66-22$101$7,363,5637Relativity Media
6We Are What We Are (2013)$6,362--2--$3,181$6,3621eOne Films US
7The Ultimate Life$5,295-37%47-137$113$1,299,5104High Top Releasing
8Populaire$3,82022%244$159$120,9234Weinstein Company
9Unfinished Song$3,14752%19-4$166$1,690,87615Weinstein Company
10Chennai Express$2,340102%9-11$260$5,300,6818UTV Motion Pictures
11The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,803--1--$1,803$1,8031Rialto Pictures
12C.O.G.$1,528-49%9-11$170$45,7812Screen Media / Focus World
13Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,5153%8-10$189$4,316,29817Roadside Attractions
14Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$1,27346%1--$1,273$2,8001Rialto Pictures
15Morning$1,174--4--$294$1,1741Anchor Bay Films
16Hotel Normandy$401--1--$401$4011Rialto Premieres
17Satyagraha$166-39%2-7$83$738,0425UTV Motion Pictures
18Stories We Tell$130189%4-1$33$1,597,79721Roadside Attractions