'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.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Sep. 17 - Sun, Sep. 19

Wide (1000+)

1The Town$23,808,032--2,861--$8,322$23,808,0321Warner Bros.
2Easy A$17,734,040--2,856--$6,209$17,734,0401Sony / Screen Gems
4Resident Evil: Afterlife$10,002,592-62%3,2096$3,117$43,893,9582Sony / Screen Gems
5Alpha and Omega$9,106,906--2,625--$3,469$9,106,9061Lionsgate
6Takers$3,026,285-47%2,139-52$1,415$52,372,3494Sony / Screen Gems
7The American$2,672,521-53%2,457-376$1,088$32,772,4753Focus
8The Other Guys$1,972,046-41%1,827-419$1,079$115,403,4407Sony / Columbia
9Inception$1,967,137-30%1,305-278$1,507$285,129,85510Warner Bros.
11Eat Pray Love$1,614,431-45%1,668-671$968$77,600,2356Sony / Columbia
12The Expendables$1,373,298-57%1,854-1204$741$101,020,5336Lionsgate
13Going the Distance (2010)$1,355,246-64%2,007-1023$675$16,771,3053Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Last Exorcism$1,211,349-64%2,013-718$602$40,113,3704Lionsgate
15Nanny McPhee Returns$969,345-53%1,578-786$614$27,617,9405Universal
16The Switch (2010)$930,037-54%1,158-437$803$26,600,1525Miramax

Limited (100 — 999)

1Despicable Me$910,965-45%939-436$970$244,739,01511Universal
2Lottery Ticket$625,812-48%677-228$924$23,505,3605Warner Bros.
3Vampires Suck$568,012-62%964-706$589$35,865,4455Fox
4Get Low$551,494-36%467-62$1,181$7,785,0908Sony Pictures Classics
5Toy Story 3$469,638-38%475-237$989$410,640,66514Disney
6Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$355,225-57%383-236$927$31,075,1256Universal
7Salt$310,966-51%335-149$928$116,974,4269Sony / Columbia
8Grown Ups$303,582-20%304-35$999$161,094,62513Sony / Columbia
9Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$272,219-33%360-65$756$43,019,6338Warner Bros.
10The Sorcerer's Apprentice$238,786-22%275-37$868$62,492,81810Disney
12Dinner for Schmucks$220,019-54%313-223$703$72,204,5398Paramount / DreamWorks
13The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$208,477-72%339-848$615$300,103,07212Summit
14Flipped$179,172-63%375-67$478$1,575,0837Warner Bros.
15Ramona and Beezus$165,613-10%260-15$637$25,717,9739Fox
16The Kids Are All Right$159,353-39%169-49$943$20,507,87611Focus
17Piranha 3D$150,466-79%264-561$570$24,730,7205Weinstein Company
18Step Up 3D$149,096-57%134-126$1,113$42,054,0367Disney
19The Girl Who Played With Fire$133,941-27%137-11$978$7,142,08011Music Box
20The Last Airbender$118,105-35%174-46$679$131,564,73112Paramount
21I'm Still Here$113,33317%120101$944$259,2902Magnolia
22The Karate Kid (2010)$95,819-24%147-21$652$176,591,61815Sony / Columbia
23Winter's Bone$90,052-34%101-9$892$5,954,17315Roadside Attractions
24Legendary$29,306-77%103-74$285$191,8752IDP/Samuel Goldwyn

Platform (1 — 99)

2Catfish$257,285--12--$21,440$257,2851Universal / Rogue
3Mao's Last Dancer$238,007-30%98-4$2,429$2,617,2905Samuel Goldwyn
4Hubble 3D$153,705-15%633$2,440$15,642,57027Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Never Let Me Go$111,734--4--$27,934$156,7331Fox Searchlight
6Cairo Time$107,873-31%758$1,438$1,277,8157IFC
7The Tillman Story$60,680-28%283$2,167$519,3715Weinstein Company
8Animal Kingdom$53,720-51%57-4$942$817,1346Sony Pictures Classics
9What If...$48,428-43%50-32$969$517,5535Five & Two Pictures
11I Am Love$42,633-24%35-5$1,218$4,838,30114Magnolia
12Under the Sea 3D$41,54741%161$2,597$24,219,10684Warner Bros. / IMAX
13We Are Family$39,950-65%780$512$597,9723UTV Communications
14Knight and Day$36,742-33%64-29$574$76,364,87113Fox
16Mademoiselle Chambon$32,62720%110$2,966$385,11817Lorber
17Jack Goes Boating$28,916--4--$7,229$28,9161Relativity / Overture
18The Romantics$26,155-43%1412$1,868$81,5032Four of a Kind
19A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$24,624-14%2310$1,071$105,7393Sony Pictures Classics
20Soul Kitchen$24,596-5%225$1,118$196,5015IFC
21Mesrine: Killer Instinct$24,310-51%22-7$1,105$461,7304Music Box
22Last Train Home$23,78373%86$2,973$71,8433Zeitgeist Films
23The Concert$23,440-40%201$1,172$542,1769Weinstein Company
24Fool for Love (2010)$22,840-54%80$2,855$87,1692Variance Films
25The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$21,344-8%13-6$1,642$487,1617National Geographic
26Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$21,34421%282$762$1,679,98615Sony Pictures Classics
27Leaves of Grass$20,987--3--$6,996$20,9871First Look
28Lovely, Still$20,538348%119$1,867$39,9212Monterey Media
29Lebanon$18,923-52%232$823$286,57349Sony Pictures Classics
30Restrepo$18,296-38%370$494$1,254,30613National Geographic
31Bran Nue Dae$18,062-23%171$1,062$51,1082Freestyle Releasing
32Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$17,679-55%20-8$884$207,9673Music Box
33Kings of Pastry$15,162--2--$7,581$22,4281First Run
34Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$13,686-20%41$3,422$39,1982Lorber
35The Extra Man$12,333-15%13-4$949$416,2098Magnolia
36Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$12,197-47%28-17$436$90,755,64317Disney
37Deep Sea 3D$10,62438%30$3,541$43,769,668238Warner Bros. / IMAX
38The Other City$10,396--2--$5,198$10,3961Cabin Films
39Cyrus$9,740-38%19-7$513$7,419,05914Fox Searchlight
40Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$9,069--1--$9,069$9,0691Collective Eye
41The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$8,012-42%19-9$422$10,056,67527Music Box
42Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?$7,56324%21$3,782$17,1382Lorber
43Undertow (2009)$7,051--1--$7,051$7,0511Wolfe Releasing
44Winnebago Man$7,05111%112$641$156,79411Kino International
45Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$6,772-8%50$1,354$221,7599Arthouse Films
46Picture Me$6,718--1--$6,718$6,7181Strand
47La Soga$6,446-77%4-3$1,612$206,72767-57 Releasing
48The Secret in Their Eyes (2010)$6,279-13%11-7$571$6,374,78923Sony Pictures Classics
49My Dog Tulip$6,276-50%10$6,276$49,4303New Yorker Films
50The Sicilian Girl$6,245-32%52$1,249$43,4757Music Box
51Exit Through the Gift Shop$6,101-56%5-1$1,220$3,250,66423Producers Distribution Agency
53Hideaway (2009)$5,550-50%40$1,388$20,7032Strand
54Life During Wartime$5,419-37%14-2$387$278,8219IFC
55Micmacs$4,937-56%15-1$329$1,237,26917Sony Classics
56Breathless (2010 re-issue)$4,585-58%40$1,146$309,21017Rialto
57A Film Unfinished$4,483-37%30$1,494$147,2555Oscilloscope
58Ahead of Time$4,464-65%21$2,232$22,7742Vitagraph
59The Freebie$4,309--1--$4,309$4,3091Phase 4 Films
60John Rabe$3,774--1--$3,774$61,06818Strand
61Please Give$2,84239%40$711$4,028,33921Sony Pictures Classics
62Solitary Man$2,641-39%7-2$377$4,353,41018Anchor Bay
63GasLand$2,641--1--$2,641$9,1691International WOW
64The Trial$2,491-72%10$2,491$14,1422Whitlow Films
65Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$2,45040%31$817$386,53220Kino International
66Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$2,390-64%11-9$217$377,55613Sony Pictures Classics
67El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Frances$2,330--1--$2,330$2,3301Cinema Libre
68Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo$2,198--2--$1,099$2,1981Cinema Purgatorio
71Spoken Word$1,811-20%20$906$32,7289Variance
72The Nature of Existence$1,714--1--$1,714$49,76714Walking Shadows
73Princess Kaiulani$1,210-49%2-1$605$883,45419Roadside Attractions
74Everyone Else$1,128-46%20$564$98,19766Cinema Guild
75Enemies of the People$1,092--2--$546$13,8228International Film Circuit
76Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$1,07271%10$1,072$48,83014The Film Desk
77Mother and Child$1,048-58%5-1$210$1,105,26620Sony Pictures Classics
78The Milk of Sorrow$986-31%10$986$9,8494Olive Films
79Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$985-14%10$985$23,298,251155National Geographic
80The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$949--2--$475$108,97924International Film Circuit
81Circle$87635%10$876$9,7304Indican Pictures
82Around a Small Mountain$86743%20$434$27,20111Cinema Guild
83Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$847-75%21$424$17,4296First Run Features
84Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$843--1--$843$15,20810Flicker Alley
85The Disappearance of Alice Creed$800-82%3-1$267$156,4727Anchor Bay
86The Temptation of St. Tony$747--1--$747$7471Olive Films
87Countdown to Zero$716-89%60$119$264,4159Magnolia
88The Girl (2009)$712--1--$712$7121
89The Little Traitor$514-65%10$514$377,20141Westchester Films
90Orlando (2010 re-issue)$358--1--$358$56,3729Sony Pictures Classics
91Sweetgrass$1457%10$145$204,25952Cinema Guild