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 Tue, Mar. 18 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1300: Rise of an Empire$2,031,50017%3,49020$582$82,169,5092Warner Bros.
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$1,587,4072%3,95117$402$66,935,8512Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Need For Speed$1,541,76726%3,115--$495$20,611,6341Disney / DreamWorks
4Non-Stop (2014)$1,066,30524%3,18370$335$70,730,9753Universal
5The LEGO Movie$663,6158%3,040-250$218$238,205,3226Warner Bros.
6Son of God$587,78726%2,990-281$197$52,057,0863Fox
7Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$543,43522%1,896--$287$9,064,5811Lionsgate
8The Monuments Men$241,9799%1,594-407$152$74,346,3386Sony / Columbia
93 Days to Kill$205,82914%1,566-782$131$28,849,6744Relativity Media
10Frozen (2013)$174,058-11%1,466-194$119$396,755,78617Disney
11Ride Along$112,6405%1,024-299$110$132,318,9209Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$156,10129%925-140$169$55,367,91122Fox Searchlight
2Veronica Mars$107,58510%291--$370$2,193,7981Warner Bros.
3RoboCop (2014)$97,80815%965-749$101$56,708,0595Sony / Columbia
4Pompeii$86,80638%671-987$129$22,565,5704Sony / TriStar
5About Last Night$72,35311%624-450$116$47,953,4595Sony / Screen Gems
6Philomena$68,47623%502-168$136$36,775,42117Weinstein Company
7American Hustle$64,40315%503-102$128$149,472,08214Sony / Columbia
8The Wind Rises$55,73021%305-191$183$4,382,3974Disney
9Gravity$54,45113%320-64$170$272,774,85124Warner Bros.
10The Nut Job$51,35729%405-85$127$62,182,0449Open Road
11The Wolf of Wall Street$44,71321%286-73$156$116,426,63012Paramount
12Dallas Buyers Club$44,04327%281-31$157$26,851,18120Focus
13The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$27,63024%277-56$100$257,855,59614Warner Bros. / New Line
14Lone Survivor$26,86013%316-156$85$124,623,11112Universal
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$22,02318%268135$82$424,379,89417Lionsgate
16That Awkward Moment$20,56181%122-66$169$25,876,1287Focus
17Her (2013)$20,03639%121-34$166$25,274,54613Warner Bros.
18August: Osage County$17,25611%2037$85$37,506,64012Weinstein Company
19Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$16,72913%15245$110$50,312,3879Paramount
20Endless Love (2014)$13,90543%278-258$50$23,417,4005Universal
21Repentance$10,4826%126-31$83$1,137,7583Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
22Nebraska$10,232-12%120-60$85$17,636,55118Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$370,5287%6662$5,614$5,494,8272Fox Searchlight
2Gloria (2014)$10,67529%75-1$142$1,923,8338Roadside Attractions
3Bad Words$9,56112%6--$1,594$131,4361Focus
4Stalingrad (2014)$6,23336%70-73$89$971,0323Sony / Columbia
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$6,20131%88-45$70$58,125,64012Fox
6The Art of the Steal (2014)$5,07730%60--$85$48,9831RADiUS-TWC
7Walking With Dinosaurs$4,86732%98-66$50$35,990,31213Fox
8I, Frankenstein$4,47226%76-16$59$19,067,0368Lionsgate
9Winter's Tale$3,4593%50-32$69$12,513,1325Warner Bros.
10The Book Thief$3,190-20%47-2$68$21,408,54819Fox
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$2,63023%50-254$53$127,348,45013Paramount
12Ernest & Celestine$2,582-34%93$287$77,9273GKIDS
13Labor Day (2013)$2,53912%42-42$60$13,367,1247Paramount
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,535120%23-19$67$8,309,46516Weinstein Company
15Free Birds$83921%32-42$26$55,749,25620Relativity Media
16Vampire Academy$318-12%12-20$27$7,759,7386Weinstein Company