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 Fri, Mar. 14 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Need For Speed$6,662,415--3,115--$2,139$6,662,4151Disney / DreamWorks
2300: Rise of an Empire$5,762,77493%3,49020$1,651$64,968,3272Warner Bros.
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$5,454,561129%3,95117$1,381$47,434,4772Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$3,215,328--1,896--$1,696$3,215,3281Lionsgate
5Non-Stop (2014)$3,198,915142%3,18370$1,005$61,388,7253Universal
6The LEGO Movie$2,053,39089%3,040-250$675$231,280,3186Warner Bros.
7Son of God$1,456,95178%2,990-281$487$46,931,6593Fox
8The Monuments Men$584,35485%1,594-407$367$72,403,0466Sony / Columbia
9Frozen (2013)$522,54467%1,466-194$356$394,761,39417Disney
103 Days to Kill$501,74668%1,566-782$320$27,234,1144Relativity Media
11Ride Along$430,095160%1,024-299$420$131,151,5609Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Veronica Mars$1,003,751--291--$3,449$1,003,7511Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$336,60572%925-140$364$54,204,59722Fox Searchlight
3RoboCop (2014)$237,06018%965-749$246$55,907,5915Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$209,48555%624-450$336$47,355,3855Sony / Screen Gems
5Pompeii$171,3341%671-987$255$21,999,3434Sony / TriStar
6American Hustle$169,97397%503-102$338$148,913,25414Sony / Columbia
7Gravity$150,261105%320-64$470$272,275,15324Warner Bros.
8The Nut Job$125,032126%405-85$309$61,733,5879Open Road
9The Wolf of Wall Street$116,235100%286-73$406$116,048,14912Paramount
10Philomena$113,61940%502-168$226$36,343,78117Weinstein Company
11The Wind Rises$108,04717%305-191$354$3,956,9684Disney
12Dallas Buyers Club$103,06692%281-31$367$26,506,41820Focus
13Lone Survivor$78,98577%316-156$250$124,382,87612Universal
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$68,41465%277-56$247$257,625,83914Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$60,219425%268135$225$424,194,10017Lionsgate
16Endless Love (2014)$55,58573%278-258$200$23,296,4655Universal
17That Awkward Moment$47,99054%122-66$393$25,762,7117Focus
18Her (2013)$43,884105%121-34$363$25,133,35113Warner Bros.
19Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$42,527235%15245$280$50,190,1719Paramount
20Repentance$30,04949%126-31$238$1,043,6743Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
21August: Osage County$28,91991%2037$142$37,397,67612Weinstein Company
22Nebraska$19,92714%120-60$166$17,558,16318Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,103,5081338%6662$16,720$2,242,4482Fox Searchlight
2Bad Words$37,862--6--$6,310$37,8621Focus
3Gloria (2014)$22,662115%75-1$302$1,844,6668Roadside Attractions
4The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$18,971100%88-45$216$58,077,68812Fox
5I, Frankenstein$13,30029%76-16$175$19,024,1788Lionsgate
6The Art of the Steal (2014)$13,195--60--$220$13,1951RADiUS-TWC
7Walking With Dinosaurs$9,870-28%98-66$101$35,953,58813Fox
8The Book Thief$9,6679%47-2$206$21,381,53519Fox
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,489--74-37$128$119,765,29525Sony / Columbia
10Stalingrad (2014)$8,239-39%70-73$118$935,6813Sony / Columbia
11Winter's Tale$6,55566%50-32$131$12,492,8735Warner Bros.
12Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$6,436-59%50-254$129$127,328,88113Paramount
13Ernest & Celestine$6,278236%93$698$38,1643GKIDS
14Labor Day (2013)$4,581-34%42-42$109$13,351,9187Paramount
15Free Birds$2,347-34%32-42$73$55,741,73120Relativity Media
16Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,99562%23-19$87$8,301,97016Weinstein Company
17The Word$1,272--1--$1,272$1,2721Scarlet Sky Productions
18Vampire Academy$97217%12-20$81$7,756,5246Weinstein Company
19Highway$525-40%1-8$525$528,1504UTV Motion Pictures