'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, Sep. 1 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$5,824,589-17%3,46291$1,682$281,204,1195Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$3,703,976-21%3,543-321$1,045$166,277,9854Paramount
3If I Stay$2,457,372-25%3,00396$818$32,330,5022Warner Bros. / New Line
4The November Man$2,194,280-24%2,776--$790$11,797,3511Relativity Media
5When the Game Stands Tall$2,146,132-14%2,6730$803$18,828,4552Sony / TriStar
6Let's Be Cops$2,079,197-36%3,010-130$691$59,492,7223Fox
7The Giver$1,702,855-16%2,805-198$607$33,230,3143Weinstein Company
8The Hundred-Foot Journey$1,664,590-12%1,918-26$868$41,262,6374Disney / DreamWorks
9As Above/So Below$1,651,290-37%2,640--$625$10,284,1101Universal
10The Expendables 3$980,421-30%2,564-657$382$34,177,5843Lionsgate
12Into the Storm$702,298-31%1,603-772$438$42,699,7124Warner Bros. / New Line
13Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For$636,728-24%2,8940$220$11,452,0312Weinstein / Dimension
14How to Train Your Dragon 2$508,3803%1,096743$464$174,014,83212Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cantinflas$696,760-29%382--$1,824$3,358,0131Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Ghostbusters (1984) (2014 re-issue)$549,411-17%784--$701$2,305,9241Sony / Columbia
3Boyhood$460,516--632-91$729$18,983,4708IFC Films
4Begin Again$358,5608%335296$1,070$15,704,53410Weinstein Company
5Magic in the Moonlight$276,994--438--$632$8,328,6916Sony Pictures Classics
6Chef$265,417-14%757652$351$30,568,67417Open Road
7Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$250,081-29%468-265$534$205,531,3388Fox
8Get On Up$220,745-4%371-208$595$29,812,1005Universal
9A Most Wanted Man$208,628-22%333-100$627$15,201,7606Roadside Attractions
11Planes: Fire and Rescue$195,528--502--$389$57,918,1047Disney
12Calvary$185,150-10%32282$575$2,518,7855Fox Searchlight
13Hercules (2014)$139,041-46%337-285$413$71,040,9626Paramount
14X-Men: Days of Future Past$124,362-34%794606$157$233,407,51315Fox
15Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$116,5274%293-9$398$7,053,36722Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Transformers: Age of Extinction$108,192-28%264-19$410$244,435,83310Paramount
17What If$91,847-18%197-483$466$2,988,9374CBS Films
18Step Up All In$75,425-40%225-723$335$14,312,1944Lionsgate / Summit
19Tammy$67,139-37%274117$245$83,763,9319Warner Bros. / New Line
20The Purge: Anarchy$47,675-54%199-96$240$71,125,0857Universal
21And So It Goes$38,911-8%138-18$282$14,892,7626Clarius Entertainment
2222 Jump Street$35,509-72%138--$257$190,651,02712Sony / Columbia
23Earth to Echo$30,787-7%162-619$190$38,300,6189Relativity Media
24The Fault in Our Stars$28,928-27%131-54$221$124,626,86613Fox
25Edge of Tomorrow$26,531-29%155-37$171$100,125,94213Warner Bros.
26Singham Returns$11,868--127--$93$1,209,6633Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Trip to Italy$122,221--52--$2,350$753,3713IFC Films
2Love Is Strange$83,070--27--$3,077$499,9462Sony Pictures Classics
3Frank$41,299--52--$794$281,9133Magnolia Pictures
4Life of Crime$27,122-22%33--$822$131,4221Roadside Attractions
5The One I Love$24,896-21%4941$508$179,0852RADiUS-TWC
6Land Ho!$22,690--65--$349$489,4518Sony Pictures Classics
7Raja Natwarlal$18,645-42%73--$255$102,3141UTV Motion Pictures
8Hubble 3D$14,673--113$1,334$45,917,428233Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Journey to the South Pacific$14,369--170$845$4,599,90740IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
10Yves Saint Laurent$14,229-41%17-4$837$593,72110Weinstein Company
11The Last of Robin Hood$9,597--2--$4,799$35,4181IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
12The Congress$9,532--15--$635$38,1721Drafthouse Films
13Sex Tape$9,287-83%78--$119$38,186,0507Sony / Columbia
14Jersey Boys$8,214-35%62-2$132$46,772,07511Warner Bros.
1550 to 1$7,990--22--$363$918,17324Ten Furlongs
16A Five Star Life$6,576--19--$346$242,1277Music Box Films
17Rio 2$6,370--46-26$138$131,536,01921Fox
19Obvious Child$5,433--15--$362$3,078,98913A24
20Ida (2014)$4,605--12--$384$3,672,79818Music Box Films
21Born to Be Wild 3D$3,538--85$442$23,550,366178Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Wish I Was Here$3,435-11%3112$111$3,580,4007Focus
23Starred Up$3,203--2--$1,602$17,8551Tribeca Film
24The Grand Seduction$3,014-17%16-3$188$3,393,52114eOne Films US
25America (2014)$2,622-3%23-49$114$14,440,70810Lionsgate
26Jealousy$2,616--6--$436$34,3183Distrib Films
27A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$2,499--8--$312$176,15011Big World Pictures
28Mr. Peabody & Sherman$2,480--18--$138$111,505,64226Fox / DreamWorks Animation
29Life After Beth$2,445--30--$82$59,7873A24
30Through a Lens Darkly$2,308--0----$16,6181First Run Features
31Mood Indigo$1,955--6--$326$259,3927Drafthouse Films
32Under the Sea 3D$1,858--41$465$34,323,245290Warner Bros. / IMAX
33The LEGO Movie$1,49910%2518$60$257,756,19730Warner Bros.
34Fort McCoy$1,286--3--$429$12,3033Monterey Media
35Third Person$1,250--15--$83$969,50211Sony Pictures Classics
36The Notebook (2014)$1,066--2--$533$4,1931Sony Pictures Classics
37Last Weekend$831--1--$831$3,4921IFC Films
38Life Itself$755--10--$76$778,3599Magnolia Pictures
39Abuse of Weakness$720--3--$240$22,1633Strand Releasing
40The Lunchbox$656--4--$164$4,223,83827Sony Pictures Classics
41Only Lovers Left Alive$620--2--$310$1,869,97421Sony Pictures Classics
42The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears$506--2--$253$2,0411Strand Releasing
43Fifi Howls from Happiness$352--2--$176$13,0084Music Box Films
44Kabbalah Me$281--1--$281$6,0502First Run Features
45The Last Sentence$177--1--$177$62,29711Music Box Films
46To the Arctic 3D$156--1-1$156$14,168,277124Warner Bros. / IMAX
47The Dog$129--5--$26$40,4824Drafthouse Films
48Ragnarok$35--1--$35$7502Magnolia / Magnet