Box Office: ‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ Beats Johnny Depp for No. 1 Spot
The box office numbers are in for the weekend, and it’s a big win for the latest entry into the Young Adult genre.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials took the No. 1 spot, grossing $30.3 million. While this is a solid number, it’s less than the $32.5 million opening of last year’s The Maze Runner, which proved to be a runaway success, eventually grossing $102.2 million in North America alone. It remains to be seen if the sequel will have the same staying power as the first installment, considering we’re entering into what’s expected to be an intense fall movie season, with movies like Pan, Steve Jobs and more on the horizon. Still, the movie earned enough to keep Johnny Depp from making a triumphant, badly-needed return to the top of the box office.
Of course, despite a string of box office failures in recent years (including the utterly disastrous Transcendence), Johnny Depp has proven that he still has some box office clout. Black Mass, the Whitey Bulger biopic that’s earning him Oscar buzz, opened to $22.6 million, earning the No. 2 spot. However, on a budget of $53 million, the movie will have to show a lot more staying power in order to recoup the investment Warner Bros. has made in the movie. Then again, there are always international markets to help boost the overall numbers. Also, if it winds up being an awards season contender, home video and rental numbers, and a well-timed awards season re-release in theaters, could help considerably. But I suppose it’s a bit early to say for sure, one way or the other.
Another new entry this week was the snowbound epic, Everest, based on Jon Krakauer’s best-selling non-fiction book, Into Thin Air, which tells the tale of a failed expedition to the summit of Mt. Everest, which resulted in numerous fatalities. The film, which stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, and Jake Gyllenhaal, opened in limited release, making the Top 5 with $7.2 million. The movie goes wide next weekend, and it’s expected it’ll do much bigger business then.
As for the rest of the Top 5, M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit continues to post solid numbers, coming in at No. 3 with $11.6 million. Meanwhile, The Perfect Guy saw a steep drop in box office, going from No. 1 last week to No. 4 this week, with $9.8 million. However, on a budget of just $12 million, its $41.6 million gross to date is pretty impressive. And The Perfect Guy wasn’t the only film to impress either, as newcomer Grandma cracked the Top 10 this weekend. The Sundance Film Festival favorite, directed by Paul Weitz and starring Lily Tomlin in her first lead film role in 27 years, earned $1.5 million to debut at No. 10, bringing its total box office so far to $3.7 million, on a budget of just $600,000. All in all, a feat worth crowing about, for the indie comedy-drama.
But how did the rest of the Top 10 do? Check out the full Top 10 at the weekend box office below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 09/21/2015:
1. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials ($30.3 million)
2. Black Mass ($22.6 million)
3. The Visit ($11.6 million)
4. The Perfect Guy ($9.8 million)
5. Everest ($7.2 million)
6. War Room ($6.2 million)
7. A Walk in the Woods ($2.8 million)
8. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation ($2.2 million)
9. Straight Outta Compton ($1.9 million)
10. Grandma ($1.5 million)
What, if anything, did you see at the movies this weekend? What do you want to see? And what are you looking forward to? Sound off in the comments!
And for more on the movie biz, watch the latest trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 here!