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, Sep. 30 - Sun, Oct. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dolphin Tale$13,912,419-27%3,5158$3,958$37,183,7962Warner Bros.
2Moneyball$12,031,592-38%2,9930$4,020$38,000,1302Sony / Columbia
3The Lion King 3D$10,615,645-52%2,34010$4,537$79,209,7943Disney
4Courageous$9,112,839--1,161--$7,849$9,112,8391Sony / TriStar
550/50$8,644,095--2,458--$3,517$8,644,0951Summit
6Dream House$8,129,335--2,661--$3,055$8,129,3551Universal
7Abduction$5,608,053-49%3,1180$1,799$19,097,2412Lionsgate
8What's Your Number?$5,421,669--3,002--$1,806$5,421,6691Fox
9Killer Elite$4,916,839-47%2,9860$1,647$17,501,2862Open Road
10Contagion$4,907,154-42%2,744-392$1,788$64,569,6194Warner Bros.
11Drive (2011)$3,289,714-43%1,974-930$1,667$27,003,0293FilmDistrict
12The Help$3,015,995-31%2,505-190$1,204$159,373,0238Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$735,231-35%278-9$2,645$6,250,7194CodeBlack Entertainment
2The Debt$628,884-50%603-464$1,043$30,073,7515Focus
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$541,075-53%591-587$916$174,482,6299Fox
4Bad Teacher$473,817194%354122$1,338$100,226,01515Sony / Columbia
5Warrior (2011)$460,263-59%707-704$651$13,082,6674Lionsgate
6Captain America: The First Avenger$436,20744%35016$1,246$175,330,41811Paramount
7Straw Dogs (2011)$426,681-79%874-1534$488$10,067,9033Sony / Screen Gems
8Colombiana$407,354-56%412-435$989$35,845,4216Sony / TriStar
9I Don't Know How She Does It$401,675-80%745-1745$539$9,222,1133Weinstein Company
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$398,083-49%405-270$983$82,763,54010Warner Bros.
11Cars 2$382,241--255--$1,499$190,061,32915Disney
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$359,592-50%710-497$506$37,544,3877Weinstein Company
13The Smurfs$336,049-38%411-258$818$138,809,04510Sony / Columbia
14Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$273,263-29%252-68$1,084$379,245,61012Warner Bros.
15Zookeeper$211,317-32%253-41$835$79,912,19013Sony / Columbia
16Transformers: Dark of the Moon$200,720-50%208-43$965$352,222,09814Paramount / DreamWorks
17The Guard$193,343-22%157-10$1,231$4,455,13510Sony Pictures Classics
18Cowboys & Aliens$186,795-33%241-104$775$99,552,61110Universal
19Midnight in Paris$180,622-19%140-25$1,290$54,697,32920Sony Pictures Classics
20Horrible Bosses$171,737-36%222-91$774$117,223,92613Warner Bros. / New Line
21Shark Night 3D$141,688-70%292-345$485$18,492,1055Relativity Media
22Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$129,142-63%216-208$598$23,708,5106FilmDistrict
23Sarah's Key$109,812-17%139-12$790$6,770,09111Weinstein Company
24Seven Days in Utopia$84,244-64%135-137$624$4,104,0635Visio Entertainment
25Final Destination 5$75,574-55%144-110$525$42,520,9188Warner Bros. / New Line
26Mr. Popper's Penguins$69,498-36%103-50$675$68,131,16016Fox
27Our Idiot Brother$64,252-75%136-275$472$24,603,2246Weinstein Company
28Apollo 18$52,239-72%114-225$458$17,486,0595Weinstein Company
29Conan the Barbarian (2011)$50,505146%11559$439$21,270,9047Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Breakaway$546,866--48--$11,393$546,8661Alliance Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$111,946-3%490$2,285$13,181,61926Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Mausam$103,018-78%960$1,073$655,5522Eros International
4Filth to Ashes Flesh to Dust$86,086--11--$7,826$86,0861Nocturnal Features
5Machine Gun Preacher$84,73288%3329$2,568$142,9312Relativity Media
6Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$53,376-35%34-14$1,570$355,2785Indomina Media
7Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$52,843--31--$1,705$52,8431Magnolia / Magnet
8Take Shelter$52,041--3--$17,347$52,0411Sony Pictures Classics
9Weekend$48,41878%65$8,070$92,2322IFC Films
10Hubble 3D$48,259-23%260$1,856$29,017,20881Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Hedgehog$48,138--26--$1,851$492,2677NeoClassics Films
12Higher Ground$48,079-31%51-13$943$661,2926Sony Pictures Classics
13Love Crime$46,867-3%211$2,232$293,0765IFC Films
14Senna$43,9074%321$1,372$1,257,2918Producers Distribution Agency
15Munger Road$36,605--1--$36,605$36,6051Freestyle Releasing
16The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$32,7121%93$3,635$126,2404IFC Films
17Mozart's Sister$32,481-12%18-4$1,805$284,1057Music Box Films
18The Whistleblower$22,799-23%34-16$671$1,052,0149IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
19Pearl Jam Twenty$21,585-79%5-5$4,317$454,7842Abramorama
20The Mill and the Cross$20,982-4%72$2,997$76,9423Kino Lorber
21Restless (2011)$20,96035%4326$487$70,7913Sony Pictures Classics
22Circumstance$20,387-38%23-6$886$345,7236Roadside Attractions
23Under the Sea 3D$19,88417%102$1,988$29,857,505138Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$19,212-20%10-2$1,921$4,271,367733D Entertainment
25Point Blank$18,888-6%24-2$787$646,09510Magnolia / Magnet
26The Tree of Life$17,740-44%29-10$612$13,246,06919Fox Searchlight
27Fright Night (2011)$16,730-14%23-21$727$18,084,0907Disney / DreamWorks
28Thunder Soul$16,538-68%13-22$1,272$81,3902Roadside Attractions
29Muran$16,490--10--$1,649$16,4901UTV Communications
30Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$16,32016%122$1,360$582,87013International Film Circuit
31The Man Nobody Knew$13,762-11%32$4,587$34,8072First Run Features
32Brighton Rock (2011)$13,535-9%246$564$186,0166IFC Films
33Passione: A Musical Adventure$10,200693%32$3,400$214,68615Abramorama
34Puncture$10,141-65%40$2,535$46,0382Millennium Entertainment
35Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$9,548--9--$1,061$9,5481UTV Communications
36Another Earth$8,90259%151$593$1,316,07411Fox Searchlight
37Finding Joe$8,753--1--$8,753$8,7531Balcony Releasing
38The Future$8,654-7%16-11$541$535,95710Roadside Attractions
39Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$8,271-19%4-3$2,068$130,6255Music Box Films
40Mysteries of Lisbon$8,14517%51$1,629$89,3399Music Box Films
41El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$8,031130%73$1,147$125,82710Alive Mind Cinema
42Where Soldiers Come From$7,82636%30$2,609$25,3594International Film Circuit
43Space Station 3D$7,573-9%1-2$7,573$84,310,794494IMAX
44Margaret$7,525--2--$3,763$7,5251Fox Searchlight
45Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$6,911--6--$1,152$6,9111Freestyle Releasing
46Limelight (2011)$6,321-34%10$6,321$24,5932Magnolia Pictures
47Happy, Happy$6,06144%74$866$22,5033Magnolia Pictures
48American Teacher$6,036--2--$3,018$6,0361First Run Features
49The Names of Love$5,227-24%111$475$486,30215Music Box Films
50The Interrupters$4,939-39%5-2$988$199,61110Cinema Guild
51The Whale$4,5566%21$2,278$18,7794Paladin
52Fancypants$4,227--1--$4,227$4,2271Undefined
53Incendiary: The Willingham Case$4,120-44%21$2,060$13,1702Truly Indie
54The Tree$3,542321%64$590$55,66412Zeitgeist Films
55People v. The State of Illusion$3,162-28%10$3,162$33,9874IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
56Magic Trip$3,02938%5-2$606$142,6009Magnolia Pictures
57Bellflower$2,814-34%131$216$155,0709Oscilloscope
58Page One: Inside the New York Times$2,44614%71$349$1,060,05416Magnolia Pictures
59Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$2,32029%20$1,160$17,9333International Film Circuit
60My Joy$2,077--1--$2,077$2,0771Kino Lorber
61Project Nim$1,851-59%7-11$264$397,78513Roadside Attractions
62Life, Above All$1,778-53%7-9$254$116,53712Sony Pictures Classics
63Benda Bilili!$1,678--1--$1,678$1,6781National Geographic
64The Last Circus$1,634-63%50$327$34,5807Magnolia / Magnet
653 (2010)$1,569-82%60$262$31,0493Strand Releasing
66Griff the Invisible$1,307--1--$1,307$20,0837Indomina Media
67Jane's Journey$959-81%21$480$14,1523First Run Features
68Caesar & Otto's Summer Camp Massacre$952-86%2-1$476$25,8443Nocturnal Features
69WAR: Women Art Revolution$818-54%1-1$818$49,70618Zeitgeist Films
70A Bird of the Air$809-79%10$809$5,4622Paladin
71Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$774-83%4-8$194$1,190,36913Sony Pictures Classics
72Turtle: The Incredible Journey$646-7%1-1$646$375,73615Hannover House
73Pianomania$604-20%1-1$604$28,50919First Run Features
74Deep Sea 3D$497--1--$497$44,472,773292Warner Bros. / IMAX
75Leap Year (2011)$405--1--$405$12,56115Strand Releasing
76The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$384--1--$384$16,3324The Film Desk
77Aurora$371--1--$371$5,06114Cinema Guild
78Bill Cunningham New York$350-50%10$350$1,500,81329Zeitgeist Films
79Rapt$259-30%21$130$40,89113Lorber Films
80Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$217-53%10$217$20,7265Argot Pictures
81The Robber$192--1--$192$82,17223Kino International
82Film Socialisme$188-6%10$188$31,73318Lorber Films