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 Sun, Feb. 23 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$9,550,587-34%3,890115$2,455$183,015,4553Warner Bros.
23 Days to Kill$3,031,216-41%2,872--$1,055$12,242,2181Relativity Media
3RoboCop (2014)$2,834,821-35%3,3720$841$44,005,1572Sony / Columbia
4Pompeii$2,714,570-36%2,658--$1,021$10,340,8231Sony / TriStar
5The Monuments Men$1,994,824-46%3,064-19$651$57,856,9603Sony / Columbia
6About Last Night$1,896,764-44%2,2530$842$38,281,1062Sony / Screen Gems
7Frozen (2013)$1,349,347-34%1,891-210$714$384,108,13214Disney
8Ride Along$1,082,070-51%2,186-331$495$123,129,1906Universal
9Endless Love (2014)$767,440-56%2,8960$265$19,808,7752Universal
10Winter's Tale$528,628-46%2,9650$178$11,267,3562Warner Bros.
11Lone Survivor$507,860-45%1,516-497$335$121,709,2869Universal
12The Nut Job$366,263-25%1,235-683$297$59,906,0676Open Road
13Philomena$362,088-32%1,004-221$361$32,720,25214Weinstein Company
14That Awkward Moment$302,125-50%1,208-714$250$24,053,6884Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$433,268-48%903-169$480$144,115,17211Sony / Columbia
2The Wolf of Wall Street$358,413-41%627-124$572$112,821,5629Paramount
3Gravity$239,070-38%348-7$687$269,275,32321Warner Bros.
4Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$192,033-51%807-471$238$49,297,3246Paramount
512 Years a Slave$160,023-34%349-37$459$49,077,22019Fox Searchlight
6Nebraska$128,786-36%210-114$613$16,518,81415Paramount Vantage
7August: Osage County$119,453-33%525-485$228$36,615,2559Weinstein Company
8Her (2013)$114,963-39%250-5$460$23,980,03810Warner Bros.
9Dallas Buyers Club$94,556-28%175-48$540$24,746,78017Focus
10The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$78,926-48%240-86$329$423,626,64214Lionsgate
11The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$78,379-44%266-19$295$256,636,87411Warner Bros. / New Line
12In Secret$73,537-35%266--$276$265,5861Roadside Attractions
13Gloria (2014)$67,797-37%11012$616$1,344,8815Roadside Attractions
14Vampire Academy$65,516-47%536-2140$122$7,606,3953Weinstein Company
15Labor Day (2013)$53,537-49%418-1246$128$13,106,5054Paramount
16I, Frankenstein$46,490-32%217-251$214$18,666,4985Lionsgate
17Walking With Dinosaurs$46,488-26%214-34$217$35,634,73310Fox
18The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$39,401-51%2087$189$57,720,7449Fox
19The Legend Of Hercules$33,376-24%11020$303$18,647,9737Lionsgate / Summit
20Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$27,373-32%1810$151$119,546,97022Sony / Columbia
21Inside Llewyn Davis$21,118-36%10721$197$13,072,05312CBS Films
22Captain Phillips$14,949-55%18954$79$106,957,07120Sony / Columbia
23Grudge Match$10,665-53%108-183$99$29,747,3099Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wind Rises$102,914-20%21--$4,901$455,8011Disney
2Highway$87,247-40%97--$899$326,6541UTV Motion Pictures
3The Book Thief$16,967-42%84-10$202$21,192,41516Fox
4Devil's Due$16,395-49%84-39$195$15,722,0506Fox
5Hasee Toh Phasee$9,583-42%33-44$290$634,3423Reliance Entertainment
6Free Birds$7,920-37%56-19$141$55,651,84317Relativity Media
7Barefoot$3,315-27%18--$184$11,7671Roadside Attractions
8Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$2,980-18%33-1$90$8,242,53613Weinstein Company
9The Pretty One$1,508-41%54$302$11,1863Dada Films
10All Is Lost$666-20%5-4$133$6,262,94219Roadside Attractions
11Gimme Shelter (2014)$485-49%5-10$97$1,359,5635Roadside Attractions
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$450-23%10$450$20,0183Rialto Pictures
13Knights of Badassdom$200-54%31$67$114,2915eOne Films US