'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.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Nov. 2 - Sun, Nov. 4

Wide (1000+)

1Wreck-It Ralph$49,038,712--3,752--$13,070$49,038,7121Disney
3Argo$10,209,103-16%2,774-81$3,680$75,860,2404Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$7,910,980--1,868--$4,235$7,910,9801Universal
5Taken 2$5,919,493-23%2,639-356$2,243$125,586,9295Fox
6Cloud Atlas$5,379,314-44%2,0135$2,672$18,391,7432Warner Bros.
7Hotel Transylvania$4,409,785-53%2,922-354$1,509$137,477,4036Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity 4$4,252,468-50%3,006-406$1,415$49,529,6823Paramount
9Here Comes the Boom$3,528,143-32%2,314-177$1,525$35,500,2234Sony / Columbia
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$3,285,113-59%2,9330$1,120$13,880,2702Open Road
11Pitch Perfect$3,064,080-22%1,502-497$2,040$55,633,7036Universal
12Sinister$2,734,446-45%1,882-465$1,453$44,276,8204Lionsgate / Summit
13Fun Size$2,294,636-44%3,0162$761$7,454,5792Paramount
14Alex Cross$1,958,360-62%1,648-893$1,188$23,086,3153Lionsgate / Summit
15Chasing Mavericks$1,228,736-46%2,03028$605$4,358,7522Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,241,870-14%622-114$1,997$13,059,2207Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$1,210,783-42%696-493$1,740$63,661,8046Sony / TriStar
4Seven Psychopaths$739,194-51%459-544$1,610$13,411,7504CBS Films
6The Dark Knight Rises$259,740-2%2910$893$447,521,14716Warner Bros.
8Trouble with the Curve$181,333-40%286-134$634$34,963,1787Warner Bros.
9The Master$180,599-30%138-63$1,309$15,511,3948Weinstein Company
10End of Watch$158,310-52%158-132$1,002$38,853,1897Open Road
11Searching For Sugar Man$149,1148%105-9$1,420$2,410,56615Sony Pictures Classics
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$125,740-11%157-35$801$160,420,83017Fox
13Arbitrage$123,016-27%116-9$1,060$7,537,2848Roadside Attractions
14The Bourne Legacy$105,570-20%153-38$690$113,165,63513Universal
15The Campaign$104,196-20%188-34$554$86,744,50313Warner Bros.
16The Expendables 2$102,612-9%173-5$593$84,855,31312Lionsgate
17The Possession$94,609182%15573$610$48,982,12710Lionsgate
18Resident Evil: Retribution$84,544-31%131-67$645$42,257,8758Sony / Screen Gems
19House at the End of the Street$72,844-58%128-174$569$31,181,2777Relativity Media
20Student of the Year$49,885-62%1060$471$634,4783Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Sessions$468,312115%6949$6,787$943,2303Fox Searchlight
2The Other Son$153,30922%5212$2,948$330,4232Cohen Media Group
3Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$95,364--60--$1,589$95,3641UTV Communications
4To the Arctic 3D$77,935-4%520$1,499$9,532,32529Warner Bros. / IMAX
5A Late Quartet$75,279--9--$8,364$75,2791Entertainment One / RKO
6The Flat$72,22496%2314$3,140$160,1063IFC Films
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$63,173-2%95-21$665$48,737,04714Fox
9Masquerade (2012)$61,446--10--$6,145$748,1537CJ Entertainment
10The Odd Life of Timothy Green$56,635-5%94-21$603$50,792,65112Disney
11Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$54,523-5%24-2$2,272$744,5227IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
12The Paperboy$48,416-46%42-34$1,153$628,1985Millennium Entertainment
13Hubble 3D$46,40657%183$2,578$34,924,339138Warner Bros. / IMAX
14The Thieves$43,968-58%18-4$2,443$628,2614Well Go USA
15Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$34,810-62%70-77$497$3,286,3904Atlas Distribution
16English Vinglish$34,575-51%880$393$1,829,4425Eros International
17Smashed$34,097-14%210$1,624$198,6904Sony Pictures Classics
18Born to Be Wild 3D$31,750-12%300$1,058$21,205,20583Warner Bros. / IMAX
19The Intouchables$31,273-15%28-20$1,117$12,937,50424Weinstein Company
20Simon and the Oaks$28,867-1%13-1$2,221$119,0974The Film Arcade
21Brooklyn Castle$27,0682%135$2,082$87,1993Producers Distribution Agency
22The Loneliest Planet$25,96465%119$2,360$44,3922IFC Films
23Hating Breitbart$25,826135%84$3,228$81,4323Rocky Mountain Pictures
24The Big Picture (2012)$22,12624%82$2,766$96,7834MPI Media
25The Bay$19,747--23--$859$19,7471Roadside Attractions
26The Details$18,528--14--$1,323$18,5281RADiUS-TWC
27Holy Motors$15,234--53$3,047$83,6653Indomina Releasing
28Chakravyuh$14,783-85%790$187$145,4992Eros International
29The Imposter$14,584--10--$1,458$857,66117Indomina Releasing
30Sleepwalk With Me$14,297-45%18-14$794$2,244,43911IFC Films
31Tai Chi Zero$13,881-66%13-10$1,068$190,4073Variance / Well Go USA
32The House I Live In$13,546-39%11-1$1,231$132,3485Abramorama
33Won't Back Down$13,079-8%41-24$319$5,285,2076Fox
34Lawless$12,903-55%35-61$369$37,365,76810Weinstein Company
35Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$11,595167%40$2,899$69,6245Roadside Attractions
36Deep Sea 3D$11,224-6%51$2,245$45,089,604349Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Beasts of the Southern Wild$9,5101%15-5$634$11,225,46519Fox Searchlight
38Liberal Arts$9,256-36%17-3$544$298,7018IFC Films
39Robot & Frank$9,06616%14-10$648$3,269,93912IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
40Somewhere Between$8,3790%60$1,397$120,07811Long Shot Factory
41This Must Be the Place$7,754--2--$3,877$7,7541Weinstein Company
42Orchestra of Exiles$6,9854%54$1,397$13,7042First Run Features
43District of Corruption$6,220-75%30$2,073$31,9542Rocky Mountain Pictures
44Under the Sea 3D$6,19761%94$689$32,420,027195Warner Bros. / IMAX
45The Queen of Versailles$5,2524%6-2$875$2,390,05916Magnolia Pictures
46Keep the Lights On$5,236-30%50$1,047$226,9359Music Box Films
47The Well-Digger's Daughter$5,205-28%5-1$1,041$351,92316Kino Lorber
48Wuthering Heights (2012)$5,111-49%11-1$465$70,4355Oscilloscope
49The Other Dream Team$4,781-59%5-9$956$128,9776The Film Arcade
50North Sea Texas$4,487--3--$1,496$4,4871Strand Releasing
51Chicken With Plums$4,032-34%187$224$233,22512Sony Pictures Classics
52War of the Buttons (2012)$3,736-31%6-2$623$45,6024Weinstein Company
53V/H/S$3,699-60%8-11$462$97,3485Magnolia / Magnet
54My Worst Nightmare$3,695--2--$1,848$5,4783Strand Releasing
55Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$3,558-29%2-1$1,779$54,8385Rainbow Releasing
56Death by China$3,100147%21$1,550$35,70612Area23a
57Least Among Saints$1,87810%51$376$28,0264Brainstorm Media
58To Rome with Love$1,688-68%5-6$338$16,682,32920Sony Pictures Classics
5917 Girls$1,510--1--$1,510$14,0807Strand Releasing
60Nobody Walks$1,510-72%4-3$378$20,0673Magnolia Pictures
61Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$1,492--1--$1,492$1,4921Zeitgeist Films
62All Together$1,478-80%3-4$493$31,0303Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
632 Days In New York$1,361-53%4-3$340$629,35913Magnolia Pictures
64The Revisionaries$1,205-75%41$301$17,0115Kino Lorber
65Celeste and Jesse Forever$1,157-70%5-10$231$3,089,50714Sony Pictures Classics
66Trade of Innocents$1,039-20%30$346$15,0595Monterey Media
67Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$821-80%2-8$411$35,9625Drafthouse Films
68How To Survive A Plague$677-77%2-7$339$121,2017IFC Films
69The Eye of the Storm$66480%10$664$83,2979Sycamore Entertainment
70Vamps$548--1--$548$5481Anchor Bay Films
71Photographic Memory$412--1--$412$6,3014First Run Features
72Meet The Fokkens$34992%10$349$28,63213Kino Lorber
73Alps$314--3--$105$14,82817Kino Lorber
74Jack and Diane$294--2--$147$2941Magnolia Pictures
75Post Mortem$243--1--$243$9,75030Kino Lorber
76We Won't Grow Old Together$231--1--$231$11,27122The Film Desk
77Radio Unnameable$159--1--$159$18,6167Kino Lorber
78Headshot$28--1--$28$1,3676Kino Lorber