'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. 3 - Sun, Oct. 5

Wide (1000+)

1Gone Girl$37,513,109--3,014--$12,446$37,513,1091Fox
2Annabelle$37,134,255--3,185--$11,659$37,134,2551Warner Bros. / New Line
3The Equalizer$18,750,375-45%3,2360$5,794$64,236,9922Sony / Columbia
4The Boxtrolls$11,979,588-31%3,4640$3,458$32,093,7962Focus
5The Maze Runner$11,634,764-33%3,605-33$3,227$73,556,1593Fox
6Left Behind (2014)$6,300,147--1,825--$3,452$6,300,1471Freestyle Releasing
7This Is Where I Leave You$4,009,345-42%2,735-133$1,466$29,012,5733Warner Bros.
8Dolphin Tale 2$3,422,377-29%2,790-586$1,227$37,866,1304Warner Bros.
9Guardians of the Galaxy$3,005,083-20%1,894-557$1,587$323,331,48710Disney
10No Good Deed (2014)$2,500,118-45%1,580-550$1,582$50,157,3934Sony / Screen Gems
11A Walk Among the Tombstones$2,013,170-52%2,226-488$904$24,510,5253Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Bang Bang (2014)$1,278,690--271--$4,718$1,449,2151Fox International Productions
2The Good Lie$841,422--461--$1,825$841,4221Warner Bros.
3Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$769,590-47%834-751$923$188,322,7419Paramount
4Let's Be Cops$738,775-51%781-753$946$80,883,1898Fox
5The Skeleton Twins$714,492-42%46176$1,550$3,513,6004Roadside Attractions
6Haider$508,084--119--$4,270$549,3721UTV Motion Pictures
7My Old Lady$476,978-16%2638$1,814$2,229,4744Cohen Media Group
8If I Stay$394,370-58%555-717$711$49,774,4147Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Hundred-Foot Journey$318,162-48%360-359$884$53,201,4739Disney / DreamWorks
10The Drop$269,973-74%429-702$629$10,394,2144Fox Searchlight
11The Giver$242,242-43%371-331$653$44,233,4058Weinstein Company
12Hector and the Search for Happiness$227,92412%18389$1,245$589,4903Relativity Media
13Into the Storm$226,81759%2603$872$46,925,4839Warner Bros. / New Line
14When the Game Stands Tall$220,835-58%348-446$635$29,606,6597Sony / TriStar
16The Song$186,696-67%303-37$616$908,5712IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
17Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$182,782-23%200-32$914$207,872,66813Fox
18How to Train Your Dragon 2$173,206-15%227-50$763$176,092,82617Fox / DreamWorks Animation
20Boyhood$143,691-36%138-84$1,041$23,400,45313IFC Films
21Planes: Fire and Rescue$139,005147%22381$623$58,805,09512Disney
22The Expendables 3$138,67095%197-35$704$39,153,5458Lionsgate
23Más Negro que la Noche$129,163-76%1780$726$778,7212Lionsgate / Pantelion
24Love Is Strange$114,200-37%134-4$852$2,027,6937Sony Pictures Classics
25Hercules (2014)$103,226-46%166-63$622$72,551,03611Paramount
26As Above/So Below$93,770-62%166-262$565$21,197,3156Universal
27The Trip to Italy$91,110-52%132-63$690$2,653,3788IFC Films
28Tammy$45,713-27%110-10$416$84,481,18114Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

1Breakup Buddies$230,204--20--$11,510$230,2041China Lion Film
2Pride (2014)$101,53424%2317$4,415$214,4722CBS Films
3The Remaining$97,637-15%25-3$3,905$1,011,9975Sony / Triumph
4Jimi: All Is By My Side$97,3070%7541$1,297$238,8372XLrator Media
5Tracks (2014)$92,89931%6739$1,387$229,0683Weinstein Company
7The Liberator$69,992--76--$921$69,9921Cohen Media Group
8Earth to Echo$49,888-48%90-54$554$38,822,95214Relativity Media
9Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$49,400-26%400$1,235$7,536,60127Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Men, Women & Children$47,553--17--$2,797$60,8431Paramount
11Khoobsurat$44,896-74%35-26$1,283$710,5083UTV Motion Pictures
12The Two Faces of January$43,8102%1812$2,434$104,7802Magnolia Pictures
13Magic in the Moonlight$37,671-46%56-55$673$10,399,04211Sony Pictures Classics
14Transformers: Age of Extinction$36,114-56%78-54$463$245,428,21115Paramount
15A Most Wanted Man$35,780-50%54-62$663$17,132,58411Roadside Attractions
16Cantinflas$34,549-66%49-80$705$6,328,6426Lionsgate / Pantelion
1720,000 Days on Earth$34,296-6%2114$1,633$132,3633Drafthouse Films
18The November Man$30,351-77%94-324$323$24,921,9766Relativity Media
19Journey to the South Pacific$29,0090%152$1,934$4,806,72745IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
20The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby$27,049-71%59-80$458$511,6834Weinstein Company
21Keep On Keepin' On$26,582386%21$13,291$51,2893RADiUS-TWC
22The Hero of Color City$24,260--69--$352$24,2601Magnolia Pictures
23The Blue Room$21,809--3--$7,270$21,8091IFC Films
24Hubble 3D$19,665-7%91$2,185$46,127,044238Warner Bros. / IMAX
25The Zero Theorem$18,410-58%22-20$837$219,4383Amplify / Well Go USA
26Jerusalem 3D$16,62727%133$1,279$5,280,71255National Geographic
27Begin Again$15,899156%5340$300$16,155,14015Weinstein Company
28Calvary$13,716-27%23-11$596$3,570,82610Fox Searchlight
29X-Men: Days of Future Past$10,469-62%25-28$419$233,914,98620Fox
30Land Ho!$10,42051%152$695$707,90513Sony Pictures Classics
31The Green Prince$10,358-52%8-5$1,295$141,0884Music Box Films
32Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For$9,406-70%23-63$409$13,750,5567Weinstein / Dimension
33The Guest$9,160-82%8-13$1,145$231,9543Picturehouse
34The Notebook (2014)$8,12424%152$542$45,7046Sony Pictures Classics
35The Fault in Our Stars$7,472-54%17-21$440$124,868,83718Fox
36Frank$6,804-63%16-20$425$622,5608Magnolia Pictures
37The Admiral: Roaring Currents$6,734-46%2-4$3,367$2,573,0309CJ Entertainment
38To the Arctic 3D$6,497209%41$1,624$14,182,557129Warner Bros. / IMAX
39I Am Eleven$5,906-54%70$844$46,2044International Film Circuit
40Born to Be Wild 3D$5,156-32%81$645$23,772,393183Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Under the Sea 3D$4,600-40%50$920$34,342,378295Warner Bros. / IMAX
42But Always$4,117-63%3-4$1,372$425,7335China Lion Film
43Life Itself$3,10741%7-2$444$808,89314Magnolia Pictures
44The One I Love$2,907-63%8-12$363$508,1697RADiUS-TWC
45Björk: Biophilia Live$2,851-54%21$1,426$21,2582Cinema Purgatorio
46Lilting$2,83381%43$708$5,4002Strand Releasing
47Obvious Child$2,774-7%3-2$925$3,122,61618A24
48God Help the Girl$2,492-41%4-4$623$101,5425Amplify
49The Little Bedroom$2,361-21%32$787$5,8162Cinema Libre
51Mood Indigo$1,714-27%4-1$429$296,08412Drafthouse Films
5250 to 1$1,626-67%3-4$542$1,061,81629Ten Furlongs
53Frontera$1,512-62%6-8$252$58,9575Magnolia Pictures
54Wetlands$1,453-54%61$242$48,8405Strand Releasing
55Fort McCoy$1,269-36%41$317$73,6788Monterey Media
56Take Me to the River$1,214-85%4-9$304$63,7204Abramorama
57Expedition to the End of the World$1,03568%1-1$1,035$33,4167Argot Pictures
58The Congress$793-75%4-4$198$132,3316Drafthouse Films
59Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation$764-74%1-1$764$10,6464First Run Features
60Honeymoon$674229%32$225$8,7164Magnolia / Magnet
61The Dog$575108%32$192$44,0509Drafthouse Films
62A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$564--1--$564$194,61016Big World Pictures
63Levitated Mass$470103%21$235$7,8405First Run Features
64The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears$430-35%1-1$430$5,4526Strand Releasing
65Abuse of Weakness$412-78%30$137$31,2468Strand Releasing
66Canopy$276--2--$138$7,9896Monterey Media
67Flamenco, Flamenco$262-66%10$262$9,28612Dada Films
68Life's a Breeze$151-87%1-1$151$3,4503Magnolia Pictures
69Through a Lens Darkly$77-51%10$77$51,3286First Run Features