'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. 7 2015

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 7 2015LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1War Room$3,908,0231%1,526391$2,561$28,702,0162Sony / TriStar
2A Walk in the Woods$2,662,565--1,960--$1,358$12,806,6841Broad Green Pictures
3Straight Outta Compton$2,196,740-32%3,094-48$710$149,781,6354Universal
4Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation$2,189,513-23%2,849-246$769$182,662,2116Paramount
5The Transporter Refueled$1,649,852-32%3,434--$480$9,005,4741EuropaCorp Films
6No Escape (2015)$1,534,941-27%3,41560$449$20,010,4212Weinstein Company
7Inside Out (2015)$1,216,623-8%2,9672204$410$349,526,79312Disney
8The Man from U.N.C.L.E.$1,038,517-22%2,102-604$494$40,447,4814Warner Bros.
11Sinister 2$743,473-41%2,651-148$280$24,533,5373Focus / Gramercy
12The Gift (2015)$697,329-34%1,591-343$438$40,389,6875STX Entertainment
13Pixels$684,627-8%1,420415$482$73,990,1977Sony / Columbia
14Jurassic World$636,255-40%1,571332$405$647,374,16013Universal
15Hitman: Agent 47$618,801-27%2,191-1082$282$20,349,7443Fox
16Shaun the Sheep Movie$393,9875%1,134-224$347$18,088,0745Lionsgate
17Fantastic Four (2015)$350,766-17%1,135-540$309$54,773,4255Fox
18American Ultra$349,287-29%1,729-1049$202$13,434,4563Lionsgate
19Ricki and the Flash$305,748-17%1,274-442$240$25,594,5835Sony / TriStar
20Vacation (2015)$275,603-43%1,045-510$264$56,992,4826Warner Bros. / New Line
21Southpaw$262,402-35%1,444838$182$51,289,4437Weinstein Company
22We Are Your Friends$161,357-30%2,3330$69$3,313,4692Warner Bros.
23Dope$109,575-26%1,0231009$107$17,279,18712Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 7 2015LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Un Gallo con muchos Huevos$932,302-30%395--$2,360$4,357,0041Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Welcome Back$177,184--135--$1,312$891,4191Eros International
4Mistress America$163,843-19%512362$320$1,821,6264Fox Searchlight
5Phoenix (2015)$143,530--185--$776$2,159,7977IFC Films
6Mr. Holmes$132,843-11%348-21$382$16,838,8678Roadside Attractions
7Avengers: Age of Ultron$106,880--220--$486$458,325,29819Disney
8Meru$95,198--124--$768$1,236,6814Music Box Films
9San Andreas$75,967-25%205-13$371$154,631,69515Warner Bros. / New Line
10Max (2015)$72,168-10%240-42$301$42,203,31011Warner Bros.
11Paper Towns$46,296-29%218-36$212$31,698,7467Fox
12The Diary of a Teenage Girl$44,033--255--$173$1,279,6105Sony Pictures Classics
13Terminator Genisys$39,871-31%168-41$237$89,626,52510Paramount
14Spy (2015)$30,154-39%148-21$204$110,553,76114Fox
16The Gallows$10,076-47%103-45$98$22,724,2829Warner Bros. / New Line
17Bajrangi Bhaijaan$4,164--257--$16$8,176,0678Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 7 2015LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Grandma$151,883--52--$2,921$1,198,3753Sony Pictures Classics
2Learning to Drive$112,230--70--$1,603$739,4923Broad Green Pictures
3Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine$42,600--68--$626$182,6641Magnolia Pictures
4Phantom (2015)$19,737-45%83-10$238$463,4292UTV Motion Pictures
5Irrational Man$16,775--54--$311$3,825,1338Sony Pictures Classics
6Best of Enemies$15,833--51--$310$781,2446Magnolia / Participant
7Mad Max: Fury Road$15,396-40%87-24$177$153,121,62917Warner Bros.
8The Second Mother$14,528--15--$969$100,0262Oscilloscope
9Home (2015)$11,334--66-13$172$177,393,93624Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Dragon Blade$10,827--14--$773$41,1731Lionsgate Premiere
11Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet$9,107-8%32-5$285$268,1695GKIDS
12Listen to Me Marlon$8,306--23--$361$359,9336Showtime
13Hubble 3D$8,163--6--$1,361$50,154,191286Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Jimmy's Hall$7,720--30--$257$459,53810Sony Pictures Classics
15Magic Mike XXL$7,098-56%88-68$81$65,967,41210Warner Bros.
16Cinderella (2015)$6,739--30--$225$201,136,21526Disney
17Z for Zachariah$6,179-22%27-2$229$106,2802Roadside Attractions
18Before We Go$5,621-16%21--$268$24,2511RADiUS-TWC
19Rififi (2015 re-issue)$5,532-21%2--$2,766$26,3881Rialto Pictures
20Queen of Earth$5,259--8--$657$50,8942IFC Films
21Love & Mercy$5,239-35%31-8$169$12,503,66614Roadside Attractions
22Journey to the South Pacific$4,231--7--$604$7,016,22893IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
23Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$4,17763%350$119$10,345,41475Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Tangerine$3,594--15--$240$661,3199Magnolia Pictures
25I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$3,264--21--$155$7,447,04117Bleecker Street
26She's Funny That Way$2,649--10--$265$106,3773Lionsgate Premiere
27Under the Sea 3D$2,430--3--$810$34,730,661343Warner Bros. / IMAX
28The Stanford Prison Experiment$2,420--12--$202$623,0658IFC Films
29A Borrowed Identity$2,230--5--$446$270,96811Strand Releasing
30Born to Be Wild 3D$2,049--8--$256$24,357,105231Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Infinitely Polar Bear$1,856--13--$143$1,398,33212Sony Pictures Classics
32Testament of Youth$1,494--11--$136$1,787,91714Sony Pictures Classics
33Me and Earl and the Dying Girl$1,372--11--$125$6,756,96513Fox Searchlight
34Army of Shadows (2015 re-issue)$1,053-37%10$1,053$22,1932Rialto Pictures
35To the Arctic 3D$1,049--1--$1,049$14,382,000177Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Slow Learners$878--3--$293$13,5443IFC Films
37The Wolfpack$749--7--$107$1,287,77613Magnolia Pictures
38The Quay Brothers in 35mm$732--1--$732$28,6283Zeitgeist Films
39She's Beautiful When She's Angry$560--2--$280$412,44440International Film Circuit
40A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence$526--5--$105$212,51414Magnolia Pictures
41The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$240--2--$120$942,25018Music Box Films
42The Look of Silence$178--9--$20$98,8408Drafthouse / Participant
433 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets$175--1--$175$30,40712Participant Media
44The Tribe$170--11--$15$147,67512Drafthouse Films