Although the box office numbers were better this weekend, doesn’t it seem like we’re just treading water until the big movies come out?
Maybe its just me, I don’t know. Anywho, The box office champion this weekend was “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” with $30.3 million to go along with a “B+” CinemaScore.
It’s interesting to note that both the box office number and Cinemascore are down from the first film in the franchise, last year’s “The Maze Runner,” opened with $32.5 million and earned an “A-” CinemaScore. The good news is that worldwide, Scorch Trials has already brought in $78 million for a worldwide total of $108.3 million. But the film still has a long way to go to match the first movie’s $340 million total.
In second place, “Black Mass” managed an estimated $23.36 million and a “B” CinemaScore. This opening puts the film on par with other Boston themed crime drama”The Town,” which opened with $23.8 million, but below 2006’s other Boston mobster drama “The Departed,” which opened with $26.8 million.
Hmmm, you know Holly wood, there is more to my hometown than just crime stuff. Just sayin’…
Meanwhile, Universal continues its record-breaking year, this time by opening “Everest” on IMAX and premium large format screens exclusively before going wide next weekend.
The studio’s bet paid off as the harrowing 3D feature proved a success in 545 theaters, bringing in $7.5 million for a $13,867 per theater average. In addition to its domestic release, “Everest” added another $28.2 million from 36 international territories, propelling Universal Pictures International past the $4 billion mark, bringing the studio’s worldwide total to nearly $6.3 billion worldwide.
The film opened at number one in Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Iceland, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, South Africa and U.K. and Ireland. Wouldn’t it be nice to own some Universal stock right about now?
Then we have Lionsgate’s “Sicario” which was massive in limited release. Opening in only six theaters, the film brought in an impressive $390,000 for a $65,000 per theater average, a record for 2015 and the second highest ever for a Lionsgate release. The film will enjoy a limited expansion next weekend before going nationwide on October 2.
As for last weekend’s new releases, M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller “The Visit” dropped 55% for an estimated three-day total of $11.3 million, bringing the film’s domestic total to $42.3 million. And Sony’s “The Perfect Guy” took an even steeper tumble, dropping a whopping 63% from its chart-topping opening weekend. Perfect Guy dropped all the way sto fourth place with an estimated $9.6 million.