Maze Runner: Scorch Trials made its way to the top of the domestic box office with a hearty $30.3 million. That is $2.2 million down from its predecessor from a year ago. It’s a similar pattern the Divergent series suffered with it’s first sequel – Insurgent – back in March, another young adult novel. The slight decline doesn’t bode well for the franchise, as it hints towards a downward trajecting box office cume. The original developed long legs last year, and eventually reached $102 million. Scorch Trials will be looking to top at least $80 million, but with a 50% Rotten Tomatoes rating (compared to 64% for the first entry), word of mouth may not be so kind
In second place was the much talked about Johnny Depp crime saga Black Mass, grossing $22.6 million. Depp has been drawing rave reviews for his portrayal of Whitey Bulgar. The film itself is drawing solid reviews, standing at 75% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Depp’s performance has been highlighting the trailers for the film. Considering the buzz around his role, and with the award season on the horizon, Black Mass may be in line for a long box office run. Depp snaps his streak of box office duds, dating back to The Rum Diary. His last major hit was in the familiar territory of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise in 2011.
Two holdovers from last week, The Visit and The Perfect Guy, came in at number three and four respectively The M. Night Shyamalan vehicle fell 54% to $11.5 million, bringing its total to $42.1 million. This has got to be considered a victory for Shaymalan, whose had a rough go of it lately with two critically panned films. Last week’s top movie The Perfect Guy fell a steeper 62% grossing $9.7 million, bringing its total to $41.4 million. If the film plays out like another similar Sony project, No Good Deed, it may have a short shelf life.
Rounding out the top five was the limited in release Everest. The film exclusively opened in IMAX, opening to $7.2 million at just 545 theaters. That’s a robust $13,251 per cinema, the highest average out of any movie this week. The move by Universal, who is experiencing a year for the ages at the box office, paved the wave for this niche movie to be played out in its desired element. Being heralded as an IMAX event, the premium for tickets boosted sales and brought in a healthy average ahead of its wide release next week.
- Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, $30.3 million
- Black Mass, $22.6 million
- The Visit, $11.5 million
- The Perfect Guy, $9.7 million
- Everest, $7.2 million
Source: Box Office Mojo