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, Jan. 14 - Sun, Jan. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Green Hornet$33,526,876--3,584--$9,355$33,526,8761Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$17,816,230--2,940--$6,060$17,816,2301Universal
3True Grit (2010)$11,004,755-25%3,459335$3,181$126,216,6504Paramount
4The King's Speech$9,186,20343%1,543785$5,953$44,710,0628Weinstein Company
5Black Swan$8,342,6483%2,328744$3,584$73,211,0067Fox Searchlight
6Little Fockers$7,194,865-47%3,394-281$2,120$134,280,8904Universal
7TRON: Legacy$5,679,858-44%2,439-574$2,329$156,918,4545Disney
8Yogi Bear$5,365,547-19%2,702-586$1,986$82,115,6195Warner Bros.
9The Fighter$5,101,140-27%2,414-114$2,113$65,745,8046Paramount
10Season of the Witch$4,606,584-57%2,82711$1,629$18,104,3242Relativity Media
11Tangled$3,983,009-22%2,048-335$1,945$181,285,7008Disney
12Country Strong$3,682,375-50%1,4240$2,586$13,287,5094Sony / Screen Gems
13The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$2,324,393-49%1,704-1110$1,364$98,067,1296Fox
14Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,118,591-54%1,666-1298$1,272$37,647,0144Fox
15The Tourist$1,680,709-55%1,420-1022$1,184$64,259,6556Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,399,204-41%941-566$1,487$289,803,4729Warner Bros.
2Blue Valentine (2010)$1,386,77697%230190$6,029$2,847,2613Weinstein Company
3Megamind$661,523141%341-34$1,940$145,416,60811Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Heart Specialist$473,062--422--$1,121$473,0621Freestyle
5How Do You Know$399,617-79%615-1287$650$29,940,2565Sony / Columbia
6The Social Network$360,057-45%322-281$1,118$94,702,14916Sony / Columbia
7Due Date$321,06926%34197$942$100,064,63911Warner Bros.
8Rabbit Hole$276,301151%10066$2,763$958,1165Lionsgate
9Burlesque$264,5313%29567$897$38,633,0178Sony / Screen Gems
10Unstoppable (2010)$243,256-29%303-95$803$80,392,10310Fox
11Love and Other Drugs$154,845-47%166-46$933$31,970,2788Fox
12Red (2010)$140,008-30%206-55$680$90,065,33214Summit
13Secretariat$88,695-39%136-89$652$59,434,62415Disney
14Life As We Know It$88,487-42%132-56$670$53,273,36115Warner Bros.
15Despicable Me$63,010-47%137-41$460$251,476,98528Universal
16Morning Glory (2010)$54,578-43%127-51$430$30,982,32910Paramount
17For Colored Girls$27,258432%11190$246$37,714,86011Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Yamla Pagla Deewana$504,116--84--$6,001$504,1161Eros International
2Barney's Version$362,524--42--$8,632$1,094,6341Sony Pictures Classics
3Somewhere (2010)$251,11354%5336$4,738$982,9304Focus
4127 Hours$162,933-25%76-12$2,144$11,073,51811Fox Searchlight
5Hubble 3D$145,8236%48-6$3,038$20,763,56844Warner Bros. / IMAX
6I Love You Phillip Morris$131,010-40%95-5$1,379$1,659,0327Roadside Attractions
7Casino Jack$120,934-23%608$2,016$611,2945IDP/ATO Pictures
8Another Year$111,80628%136$8,600$450,0953Sony Pictures Classics
9No One Killed Jessica$99,269-56%45-3$2,206$372,3572UTV Communications
10Made in Dagenham$93,6238%8929$1,052$758,3459Sony Pictures Classics
11The Illusionist (2010)$60,47283%74$8,639$254,2654Sony Pictures Classics
12Fair Game (2010)$45,080-38%79-24$571$9,320,83311Summit
13Under the Sea 3D$43,56032%143$3,111$26,750,135101Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Faster (2010)$41,061-20%77-2$533$23,001,2068CBS Films
15Inside Job$34,820-38%28-18$1,244$3,613,23815Sony Pictures Classics
16The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$29,68414%37-5$802$5,116,33912Music Box
17All Good Things$24,242-44%29-1$836$422,3947Magnolia Pictures
18The Warrior's Way$23,853-19%7745$310$5,636,6557Relativity Media
19Down for Life$23,176--5--$4,635$23,1761B.D.Fox Independent
20Space Station 3D$15,163--2--$7,582$82,581,545457IMAX
21Paranormal Activity 2$13,542-60%40-50$339$84,747,72713Paramount
22Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$13,434-76%41-54$328$55,668,07017Warner Bros.
23Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$13,405-28%50$2,681$40,2264Saint Juste International
24Jackass 3D$13,362-66%22-48$607$117,222,00714Paramount
25Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$12,377-32%10$12,377$49,9582First Run Features
26Every Day$9,857--3--$3,286$9,8571Image Entertainment
27Mesrine: Killer Instinct$9,7861696%97$1,087$544,94721Music Box
28Tiny Furniture$9,556-51%12-7$796$335,16010IFC
29Four Lions$9,507-21%132$731$273,31711Drafthouse Films
30Galapagos$9,500--2--$4,750$17,795,787586IMAX
31Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$9,491-4%83$1,186$352,68614Zeitgeist Films
32Deep Sea 3D$9,21965%30$3,073$43,977,794255Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Waste Land$8,848539%31$2,949$114,26012Arthouse Films
34White Material$8,789-54%13-8$676$287,0139IFC
35Summer Wars$7,137-48%9-5$793$53,6324GKIDS
36Winter's Bone$6,16229%71$880$6,263,18832Roadside Attractions
37The Tempest$5,74918%52$1,150$249,7976Disney
38The Salvation Poem$5,676-3%10$5,676$506,37414CanZion Films
39Ong Bak 3$5,648--3--$1,883$5,6481Magnolia
40Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$5,641--1--$5,641$5,6411Kino International
41Marwencol$4,92637%62$821$74,45315Cinema Guild
42Bhutto$3,999-69%3-1$1,333$58,6227First Run Features
43The Time That Remains$3,449-47%10$3,449$13,6332IFC
44The Strange Case of Angelica$3,436-39%20$1,718$27,7403Cinema Guild
45Kings of Pastry$3,419-69%40$855$295,69218First Run
46Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,114-9%20$1,557$23,496,830172National Geographic
47Carlos$3,074-5%3-2$1,025$144,61814IFC
48Feed the Fish$3,008-32%3-1$1,003$96,6889Strand
49The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,53221%30$844$700,95724National Geographic
50A Somewhat Gentle Man$2,506--1--$2,506$2,5061Strand Releasing
51Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$2,405-25%5-1$481$179,91111Magnolia
52William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$2,057417%21$1,029$36,3749Oscilloscope
53My Dog Tulip$1,996-85%1-3$1,996$176,97120New Yorker Films
54Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,868412%86$234$265,25920Music Box
55Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$1,768--1--$1,768$57,29012Variance Films
56Enemies of the People$1,581--3--$527$49,56025International Film Circuit
57Howl$1,517-68%3-3$506$606,22817Oscilloscope
58Night Catches Us$1,355-52%3-1$452$61,7197Magnolia
59Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$1,236-30%1-1$1,236$24,07111Variance Films
60Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$1,229--3--$410$163,35119Lorber
61Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$1,066-80%5-7$213$235,1467Oscilloscope
62Plastic Planet$740--1--$740$7401First Run Features
63Tees Maar Khan$293-98%4-34$73$1,076,2664UTV Communications
64Red Hill$293-78%10$293$20,89811Strand
65Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$214-97%1-1$214$90,70730Kino International