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, Nov. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$31,899,210--3,841--$8,305$31,899,2101Disney
2Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$3,383,492167%3,187-158$1,062$70,830,1183Paramount
3Last Vegas$3,211,686130%3,08217$1,042$25,642,4222CBS Films
4Ender's Game$2,906,180133%3,4070$853$36,657,4802Lionsgate / Summit
5Free Birds$2,562,684255%3,7360$686$21,579,1352Relativity Media
6Gravity$2,294,711161%2,720-304$844$225,009,2036Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$1,857,890369%1,144734$1,624$12,603,4714Fox Searchlight
8Captain Phillips$1,586,768149%2,646-375$600$86,768,7845Sony / Columbia
9About Time$1,542,0351234%1,2001025$1,285$3,059,7082Universal
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$586,212142%1,836-594$319$107,762,3927Sony / Columbia
11Carrie (2013)$384,019109%1,512-740$254$33,149,6364Sony / Screen Gems
12The Counselor$234,759-5%1,022-2022$230$15,279,7963Fox
13Escape Plan$220,25954%1,049-917$210$22,583,0944Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$326,871438%399269$819$1,994,4724Roadside Attractions
2Enough Said$172,01271%429-233$401$15,377,6888Fox Searchlight
3Despicable Me 2$113,150390%3101$365$364,992,45519Universal
4We're the Millers$75,45270%358-197$211$149,484,88214Warner Bros. / New Line
5Prisoners$49,17068%225-240$219$60,139,1828Warner Bros.
6Machete Kills$46,535-9%212-51$220$7,845,5705Open Road
7Elysium$45,659--192154$238$92,628,22314Sony / TriStar
8Insidious: Chapter 2$42,707149%229-324$186$82,951,8169FilmDistrict
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$40,199232%216-35$186$67,580,26414Fox
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$37,91071%214-98$177$115,197,68413Weinstein Company
11Rush (2013)$32,8253%164-139$200$26,661,0948Universal
12Baggage Claim$26,346112%135-159$195$21,311,7347Fox Searchlight
13Diana$25,283213%10062$253$128,3872eOne Films US
14Grown Ups 2$20,932--111-37$189$133,521,76918Sony / Columbia
15Runner Runner$11,64615%119-118$98$19,213,8086Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$171,195687%3526$4,891$525,5792Focus
2Don Jon$27,86834%92-89$303$24,002,7727Relativity Media
3The Book Thief$25,665--4--$6,416$25,6651Fox
4I'm in Love with a Church Girl$13,07216%74-169$177$2,122,9154High Top Releasing
5The Wolverine$11,707121%77-42$152$132,391,21316Fox
6Turbo$11,342281%62-7$183$82,830,21717Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The Smurfs 2$10,511--94-41$112$70,905,96315Sony / Columbia
8Pulling Strings$10,256146%76-33$135$5,742,8576Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Instructions Not Included$7,44038%52-84$143$44,165,75711Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Grace Unplugged$6,427161%37-44$174$2,468,0376Roadside Attractions
11The Family (2013)$6,07616%57-30$107$36,606,7069Relativity Media
12Romeo and Juliet (2013)$4,55235%21-1$217$1,122,9635Relativity Media
13Reaching for the Moon$3,843--2--$1,922$3,8431Wolfe Releasing
14The Heat$3,51047%28-14$125$159,525,13420Fox
15Spinning Plates$3,427--60$571$48,3253The Film Arcade
16In a World...$3,12559%18-4$174$2,917,86714Roadside Attractions
17Approved for Adoption$2,484--1--$2,484$2,4841GKIDS
18The World's End$2,31196%9-7$257$25,978,41212Focus
19The Spectacular Now$1,584-33%12-6$132$6,842,41215A24
20Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,416153%32$472$20,7463Cinepix
21Linsanity$931-83%3-1$310$267,8256Ketchup Entertainment
22Big Sur$897-64%5-8$179$26,9172Ketchup Entertainment
23The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$815-47%3-2$272$51,2027Rialto Pictures