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 Wed, Jul. 2 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$7,732,244-26%4,233--$1,827$128,685,3511Paramount
2Tammy$6,211,368--3,400--$1,827$6,211,3680Warner Bros. / New Line
3Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$2,854,714--3,049--$936$2,854,7140Sony / Screen Gems
4Earth to Echo$2,649,920--3,230--$820$2,649,9200Relativity Media
522 Jump Street$1,970,361-14%3,32418$593$146,974,3433Sony / Columbia
6How to Train Your Dragon 2$1,970,305-25%3,311-957$595$128,810,2523Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Maleficent$1,205,106-23%2,443-1007$493$206,231,0095Disney
8Jersey Boys$879,264-23%2,630-275$334$30,440,3672Warner Bros.
9Think Like a Man Too$825,420-30%1,729-496$477$51,207,1572Sony / Screen Gems
10The Fault in Our Stars$691,168-34%1,866-1474$370$112,635,7754Fox
11America (2014)$650,02538047%1,105--$588$692,3201Lionsgate
12Edge of Tomorrow$525,400-31%1,538-1674$342$86,414,7854Warner Bros.
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$292,623-46%1,040-1641$281$224,809,7306Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$206,386-3%686-275$301$20,055,3018Open Road
2Begin Again$163,1031181%175--$932$323,3041Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$112,833364%250--$451$336,1941RADiUS-TWC
4Rio 2$87,729-6%299-11$293$128,412,37712Fox
5The Amazing Spider-Man 2$76,10740%289-145$263$200,376,3639Sony / Columbia
6Neighbors (2014)$69,895-24%298-735$235$147,530,6408Universal
7Godzilla (2014)$69,095-51%352-1013$196$197,378,5177Warner Bros.
8A Million Ways to Die in the West$42,130-40%201-1216$210$41,923,8105Universal
9Blended$42,043-52%305-537$138$43,785,8946Warner Bros.
10Heaven is for Real$40,497-10%186-15$218$90,302,26411Sony / TriStar
11Divergent$33,695-2%210-79$160$150,646,72315Lionsgate / Summit
12Belle$31,865-23%134-110$238$9,767,1969Fox Searchlight
13The LEGO Movie$30,878-2%240-75$129$257,092,04521Warner Bros.
14The Grand Seduction$25,968-40%119-5$218$2,274,6445eOne Films US
15The Other Woman (2014)$21,661-17%168-63$129$83,478,43710Fox
16Mr. Peabody & Sherman$17,486-14%136-43$129$111,071,24217Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17Words and Pictures$12,581-27%105-70$120$1,778,6446Roadside Attractions
18The Signal (2014)$1,162-89%180-24$6$579,9573Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$48,8241%410$1,191$3,687,03613Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$15,124-13%80-32$189$58,601,55917Fox Searchlight
3God's Not Dead$9,121-22%90-22$101$60,635,58415Freestyle / Pure Flix
4The Immigrant$8,865-16%61-49$145$2,013,4567Weinstein Company
5Brick Mansions$8,11437%31-29$262$20,381,93810Relativity Media
6Moms' Night Out$8,059-51%9646$84$10,315,8778Sony / TriStar
7Fed Up$6,370-28%18-29$354$1,480,7778RADiUS-TWC
8Yves Saint Laurent$5,02336%20$2,512$48,4591Weinstein Company
9The Railway Man$2,338-5%38-46$62$4,415,42912Weinstein Company
10Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$1,600-45%12-34$133$183,6364RADiUS-TWC
11Radio Free Albemuth$1,0838%10--$108$8,4931Freestyle Releasing
12Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$918-58%9-43$102$8,438,5828Clarius Entertainment
13Godzilla: The Japanese Original$318-22%1--$318$143,55711Rialto Pictures
14The Hornet's Nest$72-49%1-2$72$307,2448Freestyle Releasing
15The Unknown Known$50--1-1$50$276,43113RADiUS-TWC