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 Tue, Oct. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$6,638,46710%3,575--$1,857$68,450,7071Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,052,1647%4,0010$263$62,040,0782Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$828,01222%3,026--$274$9,214,8771Fox
4Prisoners$612,15625%3,236-54$189$49,029,0073Warner Bros.
5Don Jon$514,54225%2,4220$212$16,998,8862Relativity Media
6Rush (2013)$496,22030%2,30811$215$19,040,8843Universal
7Baggage Claim$309,92611%2,0303$153$15,723,9812Fox Searchlight
8Insidious: Chapter 2$278,1455%2,607-513$107$75,315,4154FilmDistrict
9The Family (2013)$178,70727%2,023-871$88$34,957,6134Relativity Media
10We're the Millers$149,35813%1,606-799$93$145,177,1349Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$145,59719%1,563-499$93$112,673,4178Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$223,35423%437210$511$5,834,8413Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$152,85211%387--$395$2,757,9691Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$119,8016%858-90$140$41,491,1576Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Grace Unplugged$58,9842%511--$115$1,115,1091Roadside Attractions
5Riddick$55,7758%795-1031$70$41,307,0205Universal
6Metallica Through The Never$54,813-2%589284$93$2,849,9612Picturehouse
7Battle of the Year$53,02541%907-1101$58$8,577,6453Sony / Screen Gems
8Besharam$36,722114%217--$169$536,0281Reliance Entertainment
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$36,52018%513-494$71$66,052,9309Fox
10Despicable Me 2$31,5258%485-263$65$362,496,23514Universal
11The Wolverine$20,70810%241-88$86$131,629,55911Fox
122 Guns$18,01050%200-203$90$75,277,56010Universal
13Red 2$17,92311%20393$88$53,077,48412Lionsgate / Summit
14Planes$17,688-5%376-1050$47$88,171,6839Disney
15Turbo$16,8018%222-60$76$82,252,62012Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16The Wizard of Oz 3D$13,723-13%246-59$56$5,433,7573Warner Bros.
17The Heat$13,21732%182-69$73$159,161,12515Fox
18The Conjuring$11,0033%202-136$54$137,184,69912Warner Bros. / New Line
19The World's End$9,37927%131-150$72$25,855,3597Focus
20The Way, Way Back$3,024-55%131-27$23$21,397,06314Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$6,936-22%78-43$89$2,720,9599Roadside Attractions
2Pacific Rim$5,8312%92-48$63$101,740,05613Warner Bros.
3Linsanity$5,686-2%9--$632$110,9271Ketchup Entertainment
4The Spectacular Now$5,44752%58-84$94$6,750,34010A24
5Haute Cuisine$4,97930%6046$83$116,1963Weinstein Company
6Thanks for Sharing$4,03829%65-186$62$1,017,9853Roadside Attractions
7Fruitvale Station$3,44224%7634$45$16,055,59913Weinstein Company
8The Grandmaster$3,0817%35-108$88$6,572,8027Weinstein Company
9World War Z$2,5034%75-85$33$202,354,40816Paramount
10Salinger$2,38640%21-113$114$561,2615Weinstein Company
11Populaire$2,18624%5834$38$156,2955Weinstein Company
12We Are What We Are (2013)$1,296-8%86$162$28,3652eOne Films US
13You're Next$940117%45-67$21$18,428,3117Lionsgate
14C.O.G.$4010%4-5$100$54,2763Screen Media / Focus World
15The Ultimate Life$3752%9-38$42$1,326,8015High Top Releasing
16Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$350573%6-2$58$4,328,16618Roadside Attractions
17Stories We Tell$198-35%2-2$99$1,599,54222Roadside Attractions
18The Last Day of August$175-29%1--$175$2,1151Striped Entertainment