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. 4 - Sun, Jan. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Texas Chainsaw 3D$21,744,470--2,654--$8,193$21,744,4701Lionsgate
2Django Unchained$20,010,745-34%3,0100$6,648$106,280,1222Weinstein Company
3The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$17,545,386-45%3,755-345$4,673$263,834,8934Warner Bros. / New Line
4Les Miserables (2012)$16,015,560-41%2,90490$5,515$103,503,0402Universal
5Parental Guidance$9,704,619-33%3,3681$2,881$52,339,6982Fox
6Jack Reacher$9,192,873-32%3,288-64$2,796$64,697,2143Paramount
7This is 40$8,353,350-33%2,93117$2,850$54,255,1953Universal
8Lincoln$5,413,827-26%1,901-65$2,848$144,089,0469Disney / DreamWorks
9The Guilt Trip$4,434,948-32%2,312-119$1,918$31,111,8823Paramount
10Promised Land (2012)$4,049,9112229%1,6761651$2,416$4,395,4392Focus
11Monsters, Inc. 3D$3,987,905-38%2,103-515$1,896$27,981,5543Disney
12Skyfall$3,074,796-32%1,307-330$2,353$296,804,3669Sony / Columbia
13Rise of The Guardians$2,675,583-45%1,507-548$1,775$97,227,6677Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$3,616,710-11%7450$4,855$34,676,7698Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$2,813,392-26%965-213$2,915$91,039,4887Fox
3The Impossible$2,755,3841409%572557$4,817$3,412,4133Lionsgate / Summit
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$1,377,070-42%825-366$1,669$289,133,3568Lionsgate / Summit
5Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$1,285,432-46%817-23$1,573$10,878,3623Paramount
6Wreck-It Ralph$1,181,724-36%709-204$1,667$178,501,64010Disney
7Hyde Park on Hudson$1,031,282140%222138$4,645$3,209,8855Focus
8Argo$789,221-21%302-43$2,613$110,106,91913Warner Bros.
9Hotel Transylvania$465,684-17%267-34$1,744$146,172,36115Sony / Columbia
10Anna Karenina (2012)$364,154-31%163-55$2,234$11,537,7638Focus
11Here Comes the Boom$281,636-15%243-9$1,159$44,101,00213Sony / Columbia
12Not Fade Away$270,088393%565546$478$416,8863Paramount Vantage
13Flight$254,309-42%250-150$1,017$92,488,36610Paramount
14Taken 2$207,796-15%213-19$976$139,284,76414Fox
15Red Dawn (2012)$181,273-54%252-173$719$43,877,0437FilmDistrict
16Hitchcock$151,518-60%118-231$1,284$5,488,8967Fox Searchlight
17Pitch Perfect$128,755-19%165-18$780$64,655,85815Universal
18Frankenweenie$114,779-13%144-34$797$34,933,73314Disney
19Cloud Atlas$102,553282%155110$662$26,903,24211Warner Bros.
20Dabangg 2$77,602-76%1660$467$2,474,6743Eros International
21End of Watch$67,107-27%140-22$479$40,891,82016Open Road
22Playing For Keeps (2012)$53,134-58%139-129$382$12,851,5975FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$2,696,006752%6055$44,933$4,406,1383Sony / Columbia
2Rust and Bone$163,89938%3913$4,203$866,0167Sony Pictures Classics
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$80,738-13%98-27$824$17,479,02816Lionsgate / Summit
4To the Arctic 3D$75,098-41%520$1,444$10,660,22338Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Amour$59,832-4%30$19,944$340,7983Sony Pictures Classics
6The Sessions$57,033-23%41-39$1,391$5,632,02412Fox Searchlight
7Killing Them Softly$41,157-5%51-17$807$14,904,9816Weinstein Company
8A Late Quartet$39,561-28%23-14$1,720$1,356,84310Entertainment One / RKO
9Hubble 3D$37,463-73%131$2,882$35,828,377147Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$35,120-15%53-9$663$161,204,08226Fox
11Born to Be Wild 3D$31,665-34%300$1,056$21,692,01792Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Table No. 21$31,658--23--$1,376$31,6581Eros International
13Finding Nemo 3D$28,161-25%30-6$939$41,097,80417Disney
14Searching For Sugar Man$26,723-18%26-2$1,028$3,058,66724Sony Pictures Classics
15Space Station 3D$23,859--2--$11,930$86,932,006560IMAX
1656 Up$22,088--1--$22,088$22,0881First Run Features
17On the Road$21,223--6--$3,537$139,3633IFC Films
18Chasing Mavericks$20,04310%324$626$5,977,30211Fox
19The Other Son$17,337-19%13-4$1,334$1,199,50811Cohen Media Group
20The Central Park Five$16,435-29%14-2$1,174$273,7477IFC Films
21The Intouchables$15,779-7%110$1,434$13,160,89933Weinstein Company
22Deep Sea 3D$15,262-24%41$3,816$45,266,847358Warner Bros. / IMAX
23A Royal Affair$13,847-34%22-10$629$659,3489Magnolia Pictures
24Samsara$12,290--8--$1,536$2,639,61620Oscilloscope
25Any Day Now$12,09943%90$1,344$129,3914Music Box Films
26The Odd Life of Timothy Green$11,030-47%37-12$298$51,844,31121Disney
27The Master$10,396-23%12-1$866$15,979,86917Weinstein Company
28Brave$7,873-37%26-13$303$237,277,07129Disney
29West of Memphis$7,683-42%4-1$1,921$39,1592Sony Pictures Classics
30Talaash$6,534-57%8-8$817$2,870,3446Reliance Entertainment
31The Flat$6,51582%92$724$467,02212IFC Films
32Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$5,882--7--$840$963,13816IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
33Under the Sea 3D$5,415-21%41$1,354$32,501,771204Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Tchoupitoulas$4,420--5--$884$10,4315Oscilloscope
35My Worst Nightmare$3,53021%42$883$16,27512Strand Releasing
36Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$3,185352%20$1,593$33,90210Zeitgeist Films
37Only the Young$3,100--2--$1,550$7,1385Oscilloscope
38Django (2012 re-issue)$2,795-8%5-2$559$17,1373Rialto Pictures
39A Bottle in the Gaza Sea$2,531--1--$2,531$2,5311Film Movement
40Starlet$2,529102%43$632$82,4249Music Box Films
41A Werewolf Boy$2,475-70%2-1$1,238$338,8766CJ Entertainment
42Arbitrage$2,385-61%4-3$596$7,915,82217Roadside Attractions
43Somewhere Between$1,780280%10$1,780$182,78420Long Shot Factory
44In Another Country$1,580--6--$263$11,2329Kino Lorber
45Brooklyn Castle$1,241-43%20$621$198,66412Producers Distribution Agency
46Deadfall (2012)$1,227-27%5-1$245$63,6385Magnolia Pictures
47The Well-Digger's Daughter$925-19%10$925$384,49325Kino Lorber
48Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$642--1--$642$86,81014Roadside Attractions
49A Dark Truth$630--1--$630$6301Magnolia Pictures
50Now, Forager$405-72%10$405$10,89614Argot Pictures
51The Waiting Room$2908%10$290$176,27715International Film Circuit
52Beware of Mr. Baker$284-53%10$284$53,3716SnagFilms
53Citadel$206--1--$206$13,2019Cinedigm
54Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet$200--1--$200$1,2944Kino Lorber
55Smashed$186-79%3-2$62$375,98113Sony Pictures Classics