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.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Dec. 10 - Sun, Dec. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$24,005,069--3,555--$6,752$24,005,0691Fox
2The Tourist$16,472,458--2,756--$5,977$16,472,4581Sony / Columbia
3Tangled$14,331,687-34%3,565-38$4,020$115,395,5603Disney
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$8,484,316-50%3,577-548$2,372$257,672,7214Warner Bros.
5Unstoppable (2010)$3,705,966-38%2,967-185$1,249$74,227,9085Fox
6Burlesque$3,166,613-48%2,876-161$1,101$32,540,7803Sony / Screen Gems
7Love and Other Drugs$2,981,509-47%2,240-218$1,331$27,629,9363Fox
8Due Date$2,581,147-38%1,990-460$1,297$94,919,6506Warner Bros.
9Megamind$2,526,824-49%2,425-748$1,042$140,218,9626Paramount / DreamWorks
10Faster (2010)$1,731,840-56%2,106-364$822$21,336,9613CBS Films
11The Next Three Days$1,025,033-60%1,426-810$719$20,300,9794Lionsgate
12The Warrior's Way$975,541-68%1,6220$601$4,952,3472Relativity Media
13Morning Glory (2010)$503,249-70%1,004-1259$501$30,200,8315Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$1,008,858-38%416-17$2,425$8,250,8566Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$555,618-43%4360$1,274$8,207,2976Summit
3Red (2010)$431,047-43%564-215$764$87,896,7259Summit
4The Social Network$285,193-29%227-33$1,256$91,396,42011Sony / Columbia
5Despicable Me$191,320-12%258-22$742$250,252,28523Universal
6Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$158,223-26%288-34$549$55,032,70612Warner Bros.
7The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$155,719-36%169-7$921$4,674,2517Music Box
8For Colored Girls$152,145-66%243-242$626$37,533,4216Lionsgate
9Skyline$150,960-65%277-301$545$21,253,1805Universal / Rogue
10The Town$130,103-36%255-63$510$91,947,01613Warner Bros.
11Secretariat$129,604-50%263-139$493$58,182,05010Disney
12Inside Job$124,926-36%116-11$1,077$3,137,24310Sony Pictures Classics
13Easy A$100,048-28%203-26$493$58,272,73713Sony / Screen Gems
14Life As We Know It$58,306-43%120-88$486$52,209,88410Warner Bros.
15Inception$49,996-26%108-9$463$292,462,23322Warner Bros.
16You Again$47,505-34%129-41$368$25,677,80112Disney
17Paranormal Activity 2$45,310-55%125-75$362$84,334,0598Paramount
18Jackass 3D$45,124-59%108-72$418$116,832,2729Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$3,305,368129%9072$36,726$5,584,5422Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$591,81882%1913$31,148$1,524,1233Weinstein Company
3The Fighter$300,010--4--$75,003$300,0101Paramount
4No Problem$242,116--84--$2,882$242,1161Eros
5I Love You Phillip Morris$153,12236%3529$4,375$304,2452Roadside Attractions
6The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$117,06645%150$7,804$333,3046Warner Bros.
7Hubble 3D$96,984-13%574$1,701$19,152,04039Warner Bros. / IMAX
8All Good Things$62,45268%2018$3,123$113,8932Magnolia Pictures
9The Tempest$42,436--5--$8,487$42,4361Disney
10Tiny Furniture$39,24926%216$1,869$191,4055IFC
11Tamara Drewe$36,481-2%5912$618$474,49910Sony Pictures Classics
12Conviction$34,140-50%75-32$455$6,734,0499Fox Searchlight
13Hereafter$31,444-37%87-27$361$32,490,7079Warner Bros.
14Today's Special$26,117-48%271$967$317,8314Alerion
15Under the Sea 3D$25,481-1%11-2$2,316$25,034,93996Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$24,739167%76$3,534$38,6752Oscilloscope
17Made in Dagenham$21,256-43%154$1,417$217,8264Sony Pictures Classics
18Waiting for 'Superman'$20,648-49%55-30$375$6,371,88012Paramount Vantage
19You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$19,699-27%6448$308$3,186,03012Sony Pictures Classics
20White Material$16,336-53%13-1$1,257$195,9084IFC
21Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$15,019-14%10-1$1,502$272,0429Zeitgeist Films
22Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$13,974-36%38-21$368$52,462,22412Fox
23Four Lions$13,7095%134$1,055$202,8026Drafthouse Films
24Guzaarish$13,488-77%22-36$613$1,017,3354UTV
25Hemingway's Garden of Eden$12,404--14--$886$12,4041Roadside Attractions
26The Nutcracker in 3D$11,645-81%37-78$315$190,5623Freestyle Releasing
27Space Station 3D$11,585-5%2-1$5,793$82,457,866452IMAX
28Night Catches Us$11,158-18%95$1,240$29,2822Magnolia
29Kings of Pastry$10,552-18%103$1,055$236,62413First Run
30Howl$9,848-36%80$1,231$558,19012Oscilloscope
31Never Let Me Go$8,864--19--$467$2,412,04513Fox Searchlight
32Stone$8,558-32%19-3$450$177,27510Relativity / Overture
33Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$8,404-5%146$600$154,1986Magnolia
34Wild Target$7,852-34%10-3$785$117,1907Freestyle
35Frankie & Alice (2010)$7,768--1--$7,768$7,7681Freestyle Releasing
36And Everything is Going Fine$7,035--1--$7,035$7,0351IFC
37Inspector Bellamy$6,955378%42$1,739$101,1787IFC Films
38Heartbreaker$6,865167%6-1$1,144$504,03014IFC
39The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$6,73039%4-1$1,683$679,84119National Geographic
40Last Train Home$6,70724%62$1,118$282,09215Zeitgeist Films
41The Salvation Poem$6,424-76%108$642$481,7919CanZion Films
42Marwencol$5,601-34%61$934$58,63110Cinema Guild
43Leaving$5,546-58%11-2$504$169,48611IFC
44The Legend of Pale Male$5,445403%43$1,361$25,9703Balcony
45Deep Sea 3D$5,22033%31$1,740$43,914,608250Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$5,125-25%30$1,708$23,461,685167National Geographic
47Jack Goes Boating$5,037176%4233$120$538,80813Relativity / Overture
48Enter the Void$4,822-43%10-3$482$322,82712IFC Films
49Monsters (2010)$4,568-41%11-4$415$229,1927Magnolia
50Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$3,31767%53$663$50,0537Variance Films
51Waste Land$3,298-65%3-2$1,099$96,5977Arthouse Films
52My Dog Tulip$3,148147%32$1,049$139,92315New Yorker Films
53Bhutto$3,021-63%20$1,511$14,2692First Run Features
54Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie$2,994--2--$1,497$22,1012Argot Pictures
55Shoah$2,874--1--$2,874$2,8741IFC
56Winter's Bone$2,70827%31$903$6,232,42727Roadside Attractions
57Get Low$2,683-28%10-1$268$9,102,91320Sony Pictures Classics
58The Little Traitor$2,55174%10$2,551$382,25853Westchester Films
59Budrus$2,459-43%32$820$57,64710Balcony Releasing
60You Wont Miss Me$2,240--1--$2,240$2,2401Reel Diva Consultants
61Feed the Fish$1,813--4--$453$78,5664Strand
62Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,72628%31$575$261,18815Music Box
63Undertow (2009)$1,717-72%1-2$1,717$52,05813Wolfe Releasing
64Breathless (2010 re-issue)$1,565-82%2-1$783$362,17629Rialto
65A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$1,315236%31$438$189,50315Sony Pictures Classics
66Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$1,245-66%20$623$14,4556Variance Films
67Carlos$1,192-66%31$397$124,6489IFC
68The Girl Who Played With Fire$1,18741%3-1$396$7,634,47423Music Box
69What If...$1,076-83%4-3$269$767,02417Five & Two Pictures
70Cool It$1,029-31%10-5$103$61,9675Roadside Attractions
71Mademoiselle Chambon$1,01318%2-1$507$526,79529Lorber
72The Kids Grow Up$947802%10$947$11,6547Shadow Distribution
73Mesrine: Killer Instinct$928-75%30$309$531,97216Music Box
74The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$538-47%1-3$538$10,091,05439Music Box
75William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$476-75%1-1$476$28,0084Oscilloscope
76Everyone Else$410--2--$205$101,34378Cinema Guild
77Lebanon$2600%10$260$366,95761Sony Pictures Classics
78Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$207-89%1-1$207$73,19525Kino International
79Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$194-93%1-2$194$156,42514Lorber