'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, Oct. 31 - Sun, Nov. 2

Wide (1000+)

2Nightcrawler$10,441,600--2,766--$3,775$10,441,6001Open Road
3Fury (2014)$8,819,506-34%3,313140$2,662$60,156,9073Sony / Columbia
4Gone Girl$8,480,992-23%2,834-272$2,993$136,282,5065Fox
5The Book of Life (2014)$8,206,797-18%2,794-319$2,937$40,430,5923Fox
6John Wick$7,994,044-45%2,5890$3,088$27,533,1702Lionsgate / Summit
7St. Vincent$7,226,450-7%2,552270$2,832$19,001,3274Weinstein Company
8Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day$6,585,707-8%2,896-221$2,274$53,726,3314Disney
9The Judge$3,364,195-23%1,942-668$1,732$39,513,9284Warner Bros.
10Dracula Untold$2,983,825-32%1,913-451$1,560$52,896,7504Universal
11The Best of Me$2,736,279-41%2,327-609$1,176$21,894,6833Relativity Media
12The Maze Runner$2,272,263-3%1,620124$1,403$97,002,4347Fox
13Annabelle$1,959,047-42%1,755-750$1,116$82,459,1835Warner Bros. / New Line
14Before I Go to Sleep$1,843,347--1,935--$953$1,843,3471Clarius Entertainment
15The Equalizer$1,782,064-36%1,108-528$1,608$96,440,8306Sony / Columbia
16Saw (2014 re-issue)$650,051--2,063--$315$650,0511Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1Birdman$2,390,37773%231181$10,348$4,884,6353Fox Searchlight
2The Boxtrolls$786,168-15%812-295$968$48,607,7056Focus
3Dear White People$747,095-40%39210$1,906$2,847,8363Roadside Attractions
4Addicted$673,432-55%555-401$1,213$16,444,6834Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
5Guardians of the Galaxy$563,6872%334-68$1,688$329,390,22414Disney
6Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$311,006-17%265-35$1,174$190,514,84313Paramount
7This Is Where I Leave You$190,157-2%26126$729$33,870,8277Warner Bros.
8Left Behind (2014)$138,188-48%181-139$763$13,692,1005Freestyle Releasing
9Dolphin Tale 2$131,387-7%201-44$654$41,205,2388Warner Bros.
11Let's Be Cops$99,201-26%142-21$699$82,057,78912Fox
1222 Jump Street$99,159-29%145-362$684$191,484,38921Sony / Columbia
13The Giver$94,715-9%144-11$658$44,816,67712Weinstein Company
14How to Train Your Dragon 2$89,10910%129-17$691$176,706,37921Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15The Hundred-Foot Journey$85,060-17%114-44$746$53,986,36913Disney / DreamWorks
1623 Blast$79,312-76%120-497$661$485,1282Ocean Avenue Entertainment
19Into the Storm$48,079-24%102-6$471$47,502,70513Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

1Whiplash$256,6273%6115$4,207$1,092,3934Sony Pictures Classics
3My Old Lady$113,997-15%84-19$1,357$3,612,4878Cohen Media Group
4Pride (2014)$101,949-32%93-31$1,096$1,274,1126CBS Films
5The Skeleton Twins$99,697-20%93-9$1,072$5,074,0748Roadside Attractions
6Meet the Mormons$91,610-52%83-45$1,104$5,473,3104Purdie Distribution
7Force Majeure$82,543254%2523$3,302$118,9592Magnolia Pictures
8The Good Lie$81,26615%41-10$1,982$2,331,0395Warner Bros.
9The Tale of The Princess Kaguya$77,01018%299$2,656$249,7203GKIDS
11Awake: The Life of Yogananda$62,0543%140$4,432$328,1454CounterPoint Films
12Kill the Messenger$57,169-62%75-136$762$2,352,0734Focus
13God the Father$52,587--15--$3,506$67,8143Rocky Mountain Pictures
14No Good Deed (2014)$45,288-49%66-46$686$52,543,6328Sony / Screen Gems
15Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$45,178-27%89-21$508$208,429,99917Fox
16When the Game Stands Tall$44,371-47%96-123$462$30,127,96311Sony / TriStar
17Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$40,387-13%400$1,010$7,861,08831Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Boyhood$34,88710%34-3$1,026$23,860,41317IFC Films
19The Two Faces of January$31,632-21%35-8$904$445,8176Magnolia Pictures
20Jerusalem 3D$30,700-6%171$1,806$5,721,63759National Geographic
21Hubble 3D$30,50922%8-2$3,814$46,334,113242Warner Bros. / IMAX
22If I Stay$30,466-39%92-30$331$50,461,33511Warner Bros. / New Line
23Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me$27,930-68%188$1,552$137,4952PCH Films / Area23a
24The Blue Room$25,458-26%412$621$210,0395IFC Films
25Planes: Fire and Rescue$19,783-30%64-40$309$59,136,27816Disney
26Journey to the South Pacific$19,68111%141$1,406$4,936,15849IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
28Björk: Biophilia Live$15,164833%2712$562$114,2296Cinema Purgatorio
29Tracks (2014)$12,601-23%18-2$700$470,8067Weinstein Company
30White Bird in a Blizzard$11,96290%1410$854$21,1992Magnolia Pictures
31Diplomacy$10,611-48%6-1$1,769$58,2673Zeitgeist Films
32Love Is Strange$10,277-50%23-24$447$2,235,87911Sony Pictures Classics
33The Drop$9,650-23%17-11$568$10,709,0428Fox Searchlight
34Breakup Buddies$8,886-69%6-6$1,481$767,4905China Lion Film
35Keep On Keepin' On$8,1607%8-1$1,020$121,9367RADiUS-TWC
36The Overnighters$8,02573%52$1,605$33,2594Drafthouse Films
37A Matter of Faith$7,836-87%11-16$712$240,6243Five & Two Pictures
38The Trip to Italy$7,677-51%12-13$640$2,862,17712IFC Films
39Hiroshima Mon Amour (2014 re-issue)$7,323-51%5-2$1,465$64,5143Rialto Pictures
40A Most Wanted Man$6,211-58%12-1$518$17,231,44915Roadside Attractions
41Magic in the Moonlight$6,184-29%8-9$773$10,503,32415Sony Pictures Classics
4220,000 Days on Earth$5,855-44%6-7$976$261,7827Drafthouse Films
43Hector and the Search for Happiness$4,950-40%21-8$236$926,4727Relativity Media
44To the Arctic 3D$4,93647%4-1$1,234$14,211,516133Warner Bros. / IMAX
451,000 Times Good Night$4,285-82%10-14$429$40,0162Film Movement
46The Green Prince$4,106-76%8-14$513$245,9948Music Box Films
47ABC's of Death 2$4,022--17--$237$4,0221Magnolia / Magnet
48Born to Be Wild 3D$3,280-30%6-1$547$23,819,711187Warner Bros. / IMAX
49The Mystery of Happiness$2,795--2--$1,398$7,6998Strand Releasing
50One Chance$2,763-51%90$307$86,5124Weinstein Company
51The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby$2,605-36%2-3$1,303$585,6408Weinstein Company
52Plot for Peace$2,554--2--$1,277$2,5541Trinity Films / Vitagraph
53Under the Sea 3D$2,4957%3-3$832$34,356,485299Warner Bros. / IMAX
54Revenge of the Mekons$2,354--1--$2,354$4,5501Music Box Films
55The Great Invisible$2,348--3--$783$5,0331RADiUS-TWC
56Frank$2,244538%82$281$635,32012Magnolia Pictures
57Missionary$2,120--10--$212$2,1201Freestyle Releasing
58The Golden Era$2,032-89%2-9$1,016$98,0553China Lion Film
59Wetlands$1,284245%10$1,284$56,6039Strand Releasing
60Camp X-Ray$1,105-64%30$368$7,7853IFC Films
61I Am Eleven$1,008-49%2-4$504$62,4658International Film Circuit
62Expedition to the End of the World$903--2--$452$38,40611Argot Pictures
63The Congress$7781456%32$259$137,45510Drafthouse Films
64The Girl on the Train (2014)$688--1--$688$2,87418Monterey Media
65Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation$508-30%10$508$14,5648First Run Features
66The Notebook (2014)$508-80%3-4$169$64,28610Sony Pictures Classics
67Land Ho!$450-82%3-3$150$726,81917Sony Pictures Classics
68Rhymes for Young Ghouls$16416%20$82$4702Monterey Media
69Mood Indigo$82-61%31$27$302,38316Drafthouse Films
70Through a Lens Darkly$60-85%10$60$53,32010First Run Features
71Fort McCoy$43--1--$43$78,19612Monterey Media