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, Nov. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$2,729,80824%3,8410$711$150,036,5612Disney
2The Best Man Holiday$2,256,760-7%2,024--$1,115$34,793,1101Universal
3Last Vegas$954,09042%3,237155$295$48,159,9473CBS Films
4Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$624,47319%3,1903$196$91,104,5674Paramount
5Gravity$553,05230%2,560-160$216$241,356,9317Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$530,37329%1,411267$376$25,796,5105Fox Searchlight
7Ender's Game$506,74624%3,236-171$157$54,507,9313Lionsgate / Summit
8Captain Phillips$432,23436%2,626-20$165$98,252,6076Sony / Columbia
9Free Birds$372,43727%3,510-226$106$42,689,7153Relativity Media
10About Time$371,36542%1,28080$290$12,080,0383Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$87,9986%1,645-191$53$113,213,4168Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$181,79118%184149$988$3,347,5453Focus
2All Is Lost$104,66426%48384$217$4,407,3715Roadside Attractions
3Escape Plan$75,01759%687-362$109$24,245,4365Lionsgate / Summit
4Carrie (2013)$51,93716%933-579$56$35,127,6975Sony / Screen Gems
5The Counselor$48,62432%481-541$101$16,670,2594Fox
6Enough Said$45,46934%393-36$116$16,664,6349Fox Searchlight
7Prisoners$29,55140%355130$83$60,634,3799Warner Bros.
8Despicable Me 2$24,3857%305-5$80$365,990,78020Universal
9We're the Millers$19,14314%303-55$63$150,060,25715Warner Bros. / New Line
10Rush (2013)$12,44527%131-33$95$26,925,9799Universal
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$11,89033%176-38$68$115,493,32014Weinstein Company
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$8,5995%215-1$40$67,941,48315Fox
13Insidious: Chapter 2$6,4544%167-62$39$83,197,63510FilmDistrict
14Baggage Claim$3,47516%108-27$32$21,475,4268Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$39,15931%2925$1,350$633,0252Fox
2Nebraska$12,8907%4--$3,223$165,3021Paramount Vantage
3Don Jon$9,76629%48-44$203$24,211,8718Relativity Media
4Diana$8,33748%83-17$100$312,1053eOne Films US
5I'm in Love with a Church Girl$5,999-6%55-19$109$2,316,5855High Top Releasing
6Runner Runner$3,79931%76-43$50$19,291,9137Fox
7The Wolverine$3,23611%65-12$50$132,487,99417Fox
8Pulling Strings$3,09012%760$41$5,837,7787Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Instructions Not Included$2,50020%47-5$53$44,243,94512Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Linsanity$2,330--1-2$2,330$282,4867Ketchup Entertainment
11The Family (2013)$2,20545%30-27$74$36,652,36610Relativity Media
12Romeo and Juliet (2013)$2,185248%298$75$1,145,4236Relativity Media
13Turbo$1,9536%53-9$37$82,933,86918Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Reaching for the Moon$1,512170%20$756$33,7362Wolfe Releasing
15In a World...$98510%9-9$109$2,946,34015Roadside Attractions
16Grace Unplugged$92226%29-8$32$2,499,8197Roadside Attractions
17The Heat$88234%27-1$33$159,546,69921Fox
18The World's End$49068%8-1$61$25,990,51513Focus
19Big Sur$215162%1-4$215$33,9183Ketchup Entertainment
20The Spectacular Now$155-44%8-4$19$6,850,44616A24
21Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$101-62%1-2$101$28,8164Cinepix