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.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Nov. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$12,321,722-64%4,163--$2,960$170,396,0081Lionsgate
2Thor: The Dark World$1,360,662-64%3,713-128$366$169,277,7853Disney
3The Best Man Holiday$938,650-69%2,04117$460$51,299,1602Universal
4Delivery Man$735,482-60%3,036--$242$8,680,4591Disney / DreamWorks
5Free Birds$695,896-59%3,071-439$227$49,352,9694Relativity Media
6Last Vegas$432,469-60%2,926-311$148$54,317,2934CBS Films
7Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$368,927-56%2,625-565$141$95,803,5565Paramount
8Gravity$336,165-59%1,845-715$182$245,743,9248Warner Bros.
912 Years a Slave$301,896-60%1,47463$205$29,278,8436Fox Searchlight
10Ender's Game$235,822-56%2,035-1201$116$57,431,4014Lionsgate / Summit
11Captain Phillips$182,653-59%1,656-970$110$100,888,4877Sony / Columbia
12Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$132,814-55%1,121-524$118$114,361,1329Sony / Columbia
13About Time$131,055-59%1,050-230$125$13,953,6134Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$256,955-63%666482$386$6,631,0134Focus
2Despicable Me 2$42,775-55%295-10$145$366,418,42521Universal
3All Is Lost$38,399-62%347-136$111$4,983,1016Roadside Attractions
4Enough Said$21,755-62%233-160$93$17,011,66210Fox Searchlight
5Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$14,735-53%185-30$80$68,077,54216Fox
6Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$14,455-73%112--$129$213,9181Reliance Entertainment
7Prisoners$14,371-57%255-100$56$60,819,45710Warner Bros.
8We're the Millers$13,354-51%195-108$68$150,221,63916Warner Bros. / New Line
9Insidious: Chapter 2$13,193-54%18518$71$83,325,78011FilmDistrict
10Escape Plan$12,134-64%267-420$45$24,472,1476Lionsgate / Summit
11The Family (2013)$8,621-49%12696$68$36,727,87411Relativity Media
12The Counselor$7,334-56%129-352$57$16,805,2535Fox
13Lee Daniels' The Butler$7,328-47%124-52$59$115,577,56215Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$65,741-64%7041$939$1,373,2533Fox
2Frozen (2013)$47,725-43%1--$47,725$291,1151Disney
3Nebraska$29,543-67%2824$1,055$544,9112Paramount Vantage
4Philomena$13,110-65%4--$3,278$141,5451Weinstein Company
5Instructions Not Included$7,946-65%8033$99$44,313,84913Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Don Jon$4,216-46%36-12$117$24,261,3069Relativity Media
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$2,694-78%17-38$158$2,383,0996High Top Releasing
8Baggage Claim$2,365-48%46-62$51$21,506,0489Fox Searchlight
9Diana$1,054-61%26-57$41$332,6894eOne Films US
10Runner Runner$876-50%38-38$23$19,304,7158Fox
11In a World...$611-59%90$68$2,955,25916Roadside Attractions
12Romeo and Juliet (2013)$488502%12-17$41$1,154,4267Relativity Media
13Reaching for the Moon$343-35%1-1$343$38,9583Wolfe Releasing
14The World's End$340-60%6-2$57$25,996,56514Focus
15Grace Unplugged$186-84%10-19$19$2,505,6268Roadside Attractions
16Big Sur$13-81%10$13$34,4744Ketchup Entertainment