Young adults were triumphant at the box office, waking up the marketplace from an extended lull.
In first place is Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (read our review), which made $30.3 million in its first three days. That's within the ballpark of the first film in the young adult franchise ($32.5 million), but well below the expectations that analysts had going in for it - which seemed a bit high to begin with. Regardless, the sequel is off to a rousing start commercially, overcoming its mixed critical reaction and is up to $108.3 million worldwide. That figure far exceeds the film's $61 million production budget, meaning it is well on its way to profitability.
It will be interesting to see how Scorch Trials holds in the coming weeks. Its relatively low opening suggests that the appeal for it does not go far beyond its niche audience segment, and with a few intriguing high profile options on the horizon (like The Martian), it may have trouble keeping up with the competition. For the time being, though, it is the number one film and has made an impressive haul in the early going.
Coming in second is Black Mass (read our review). Scott Cooper's slow-burn crime drama made $23.3 million opening weekend, which is nearly identical to what the similar-minded The Town brought in back in 2010. The film was somewhat polarizing in its overall response, but the selling point of Johnny Depp chewing scenery as Whitey Bulger proved too enticing to fully pass up. At the same time, it's unlikely Black Mass will have strong legs at the box office. In terms of awards contenders (which WB was hoping this could be), it's not generating the buzz of something that viewers need to rush out and see.
At #3 is The Visit. The latest film from M. Night Shyamalan made $11.3 million in its second weekend, raising the domestic total to $42.3 million.
Coming in fourth is The Perfect Guy. After bringing in $9.6 million over the weekend (a 62.8 percent drop from its debut), the film is now at $41.3 million in the States.
Rounding out the top five in a surprise is Everest (read our review), which had an IMAX-only opening in 545 theaters and still made $7.5 million in its first three days. That's a credit to its generally positive reviews, and the notion that it was a must-see event on the premium format. As Everest expands to more locations in the coming weeks, it should continue to perform well and be yet another (shocker) profitable endeavor for Universal.
In sixth is War Room. The religious drama brought in $6.2 million over the weekend and has now made $49 million domestically.
A Walk in the Woods comes in at #7 with $2.7 million. The indie drama is up to $24.7 million during its domestic run.
Coming in eighth is Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. The fifth installment in the action franchise grossed $2.2 million in its eighth weekend and has now made $191.7 million in the States. That makes is the third biggest entry in the series.
Straight Outta Compton is in at #9 with $1.9 million. The N.W.A. biopic is up to $158.9 million domestically.
Finishing off the top ten is the indie Grandma which expanded to 1,061 locations in its fifth weekend. The film made $1.5 million and is now at $3.7 million total domestically. Given that it cost just $600,000 to make, Sony Pictures Classics has to be pleased with the results.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, September 21 - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo