By Daniel Garris
Warner's Black Mass took in $1.64 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a fourth straight day. The Johnny Depp led crime drama was down a sharp 17 percent from Wednesday's performance. Black Mass placed in second for the week with a solid seven-day start of $31.10 million. The film is performing on the low end of its wide ranging expectations and is running 6 percent behind the $33.09 million seven-day take of 2010's The Town.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials held steady in a close second with $1.44 million. The young adult sequel from Fox was down a sharp 18 percent from Wednesday and trailed Black Mass by $201,373 for the day. Thanks to a stronger weekend performance than that of Black Mass, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials was the week's top film with a seven-day start of $37.69 million. That is below expectations and places the film 7 percent behind the $40.52 million seven-day gross of last year's The Maze Runner.
Everest was up one spot from Wednesday to move into third on Thursday with $0.659 million. Universal's 3D adventure drama was down a slim 4 percent from Wednesday. Everest took in $10.04 million for the week while playing exclusively in 545 IMAX and PLF locations. That placed the film in fifth place for the week among all films and was an encouraging start for the film. Everest will be playing in 3,006 locations this weekend.
Fellow Universal release The Visit was down one spot and 17 percent from Wednesday to land in fourth on Thursday with $0.615 million. The low-budget M. Night Shyamalan directed horror thriller took third place for the week with $14.51 million. That represented a respectable 53 percent decline from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to a healthy $45.51 million.
Sony's War Room took in $0.611 million to remain in fifth. The break-out Kendrick Brothers produced faith based was down 1 percent from Wednesday. War Room placed in sixth for the week with $8.89 million. The film was down just 20 percent from the previous week and has grossed an impressive $51.72 million in four weeks thanks in part to continued strong word of mouth.
Fellow Sony release The Perfect Guy followed in sixth with $0.560 million. The low-budget thriller starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut declined 3 percent from Wednesday. The Perfect Guy took fourth place this week with $12.41 million. That represented a very sharp 61 percent fall from the film's opening weekend performance and brings the film's two-week total to a stronger than expected $44.12 million.