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, Oct. 5 - Sun, Oct. 7

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$49,514,769--3,661--$13,525$49,514,7691Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$27,053,395-36%3,3523$8,071$76,711,9272Sony / Columbia
3Pitch Perfect$14,846,830188%2,7702435$5,360$21,693,0382Universal
4Looper$12,116,001-42%2,9931$4,048$40,216,6522Sony / TriStar
5Frankenweenie$11,412,213--3,005--$3,798$11,412,2131Disney
6End of Watch$4,004,071-49%2,370-410$1,689$32,850,0173Open Road
7Trouble with the Curve$3,829,153-47%3,003-209$1,275$29,668,9763Warner Bros.
8House at the End of the Street$3,756,023-47%2,720-363$1,381$27,589,1673Relativity Media
9Finding Nemo 3D$1,624,536-60%1,746-893$930$39,038,9974Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$1,158,066-61%1,361-1020$851$41,008,7964Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$1,016,157-61%2,5172$404$4,483,6702Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$1,861,703-31%8648$2,155$12,337,0324Weinstein Company
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,566,52642%221119$7,088$3,348,8653Lionsgate / Summit
3The Dark Knight Rises$674,436-15%575-80$1,173$445,369,64112Warner Bros.
4Dredd 3D$645,241-73%831-1726$776$12,695,6553Lionsgate
5Arbitrage$641,365-26%244-11$2,629$6,055,9814Roadside Attractions
6The Possession$623,500-54%821-797$759$48,391,3836Lionsgate
7The Bourne Legacy$344,630-56%482-342$715$112,275,3059Universal
8Lawless$326,661-62%611-892$535$37,001,4606Weinstein Company
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$300,232-22%300-87$1,001$159,473,26213Fox
10The Odd Life of Timothy Green$270,781-58%534-653$507$50,199,9208Disney
11ParaNorman$235,671-70%342-867$689$54,354,2868Focus
12Hope Springs (2012)$213,355-50%439-252$486$63,327,3099Sony / Columbia
13The Oranges$198,461--110--$1,804$198,4611IDP/ATO Pictures
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$177,072-7%257-75$689$48,252,59610Fox
15The Campaign$175,836-64%303-327$580$86,265,3719Warner Bros.
162016: Obama's America$173,495-58%249-326$697$33,349,94113Rocky Mountain Pictures
17The Expendables 2$167,624-68%313-502$536$84,370,3588Lionsgate
18Barfi!$163,237-49%110-17$1,484$2,692,1614UTV Communications
19Brave$160,07415%1228$1,312$233,928,69816Disney
20Ted (2012)$146,795-16%187-38$785$218,344,09515Universal
21The Amazing Spider-Man$123,472-44%145-59$852$261,939,21414Sony / Columbia
22Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$101,462-32%155-48$655$216,233,75418Paramount / DreamWorks
23Total Recall (2012)$83,735-48%167-72$501$58,877,96910Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1English Vinglish$745,414--88--$8,471$745,4141Eros International
2Samsara$126,684-16%52-7$2,436$1,604,1257Oscilloscope
3The Intouchables$106,046-22%84-37$1,262$12,639,13920Weinstein Company
4To the Arctic 3D$103,02514%520$1,981$8,965,55925Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Paperboy$102,706--11--$9,337$102,7061Millennium Entertainment
6Sleepwalk With Me$94,186-38%95-25$991$2,031,4557IFC Films
7Searching For Sugar Man$86,563-9%381$2,278$1,435,23411Sony Pictures Classics
8Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$85,039-6%184$4,724$330,6703IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
9Butter$70,931--90--$788$70,9311RADiUS-TWC
10Robot & Frank$64,616-35%70-46$923$3,167,7008IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
11Unconditional$59,400-72%92-139$646$1,005,8003Veracity Moving Pictures
12Moonrise Kingdom$54,896-17%9210$597$45,382,15720Focus
13Premium Rush$51,354-61%77-131$667$20,013,3227Sony / Columbia
14Hubble 3D$45,94070%140$3,281$34,624,225134Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Beasts of the Southern Wild$41,115-41%51-18$806$11,101,49815Fox Searchlight
16Last Ounce of Courage$39,061-75%93-204$420$3,310,4394Rocky Mountain Pictures
17Thaandavam$37,953-69%21-24$1,807$183,6612UTV Communications
18V/H/S$36,402--16--$2,275$36,4021Magnolia / Magnet
19Born to Be Wild 3D$34,64029%330$1,050$20,980,94679Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Liberal Arts$31,649-36%29-3$1,091$210,8164IFC Films
21Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$30,953--12--$2,579$30,9531Roadside Attractions
22The Watch$29,604-10%32-14$925$34,331,90511Fox
23Detropia$29,2657%110$2,660$218,3785Loki Films
24The Queen of Versailles$23,898-36%31-7$771$2,333,80512Magnolia Pictures
25To Rome with Love$21,864-39%15-8$1,458$16,626,25116Sony Pictures Classics
26My Uncle Rafael$19,384-57%3-2$6,461$210,1563Rocky Mountain Pictures
27The Apparition$16,626-56%38-27$438$4,930,7987Warner Bros.
28The House I Live In$16,453--2--$8,227$16,4531Abramorama
29Chicken With Plums$14,06585%2415$586$199,9818Sony Pictures Classics
30For A Good Time, Call...$13,273-75%43-41$309$1,243,9616Focus
31The Other Dream Team$12,991-34%75$1,856$37,2212The Film Arcade
32How To Survive A Plague$12,019-26%70$1,717$77,5783IFC Films
33Hit and Run$11,027-73%51-81$216$13,746,5507Open Road
34The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$10,639-59%18-14$591$46,343,53423Fox Searchlight
35Heroine$10,297-86%18-79$572$593,3443UTV Communications
36Vulgaria$10,167-67%9-7$1,130$53,2322China Lion Film
37Deep Sea 3D$9,24429%42$2,311$45,020,459345Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Wuthering Heights (2012)$8,956--1--$8,956$8,9561Oscilloscope
39Safety Not Guaranteed$7,552-40%24-10$315$3,993,91118FilmDistrict
40Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$6,761--1--$6,761$6,7611Drafthouse Films
41Keep the Lights On$6,641-29%3-2$2,214$183,7775Music Box Films
42Under the Sea 3D$6,56269%5-2$1,312$32,384,633191Warner Bros. / IMAX
43The Well-Digger's Daughter$6,191-19%6-5$1,032$315,64112Kino Lorber
442 Days In New York$6,178-17%145$441$610,5439Magnolia Pictures
45Wild Horse, Wild Ride$5,737-25%7-1$820$103,1587Screen Media Films
46Celeste and Jesse Forever$5,388-71%15-19$359$3,068,93210Sony Pictures Classics
4710 Years$5,236-87%21-42$249$201,1464Anchor Bay Films
48Ruby Sparks$4,723-50%10-7$472$2,509,47711Fox Searchlight
49Hellbound?$4,159-4%50$832$16,7333Area23a
50Farewell, My Queen$4,073-27%8-4$509$1,335,49513Cohen Media Group
51Backwards$3,645-79%1-8$3,645$61,4653Dada Films
52Neil Young Journeys$3,64491%5-4$729$213,61215Sony Pictures Classics
53Death by China$3,1369%20$1,568$29,9938Area23a
54Head Games$2,705-17%52$541$8,6963Variance Films
55The Revisionaries$2,608--1--$2,608$2,6081Kino Lorber
56Somewhere Between$2,420-58%2-1$1,210$53,8367Long Shot Factory
57Compliance$2,169-65%7-8$310$307,6728Magnolia Pictures
58Monsieur Lazhar$1,966--2--$983$2,009,04150Music Box Films
59Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,94022%20$970$163,31722Rialto Pictures
60Bel Borba Aqui$1,869--1--$1,869$2,5071Abramorama
61Toys in the Attic$1,839-77%4-2$460$63,0155Hannover House
625 Broken Cameras$1,639461%10$1,639$72,45519Kino Lorber
63Now, Forager$1,539--1--$1,539$3,2691Argot Pictures
64Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,530-11%6-1$255$3,376,9059ARC Entertainment
65Bachelorette$1,375--5--$275$446,7705RADiUS-TWC
66Unforgivable$1,274-24%10$1,274$147,67515Strand Releasing
67Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$1,127--2--$564$86,21717Music Box Films
68Red Hook Summer$949-74%3-3$316$333,1999Variance Films
69The Waiting Room$780-89%40$195$17,8572International Film Circuit
70The Eye of the Storm$733-82%1-1$733$74,5755Sycamore Entertainment
71Trade of Innocents$588--1--$588$5881Monterey Media
72Radio Unnameable$96-97%10$96$18,3563Kino Lorber
7317 Girls$81-98%1-4$81$12,4463Strand Releasing
74Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film$57--1--$57$3,20010Kino Lorber