Weekend Box Office: ‘The Scorch Trials’ Beats ‘Black Mass’ at BO

Good for The Scorch Trials. The Maze Runner sequel edged out Black Mass at the weekend box office with $30.3 million. Warner Bros.’ crime drama took second place with $23.3 million.

The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials was produced with a $61 million budget, so with this lower opening weekend (compared to the $32.5 million that The Maze Runner claimed on this same weekend in 2014), it may have a tougher time earning a profit than the first movie. However, the sequel grossed $43.3 million internationally, 41% higher than the original.

Black Mass scored a much better reception from critics, according to Rotten Tomatoes, showing hit the spot for both Warner Bros. and Johnny Depp, whose last five films flopped.

“He swings for the fences with his roles, and when he misses, he misses. But when he connects — as he did with this one — he hits it out of the park,” said Warner Bros.’ executive Jeff Goldstein.

Ugh, I don’t feel Depp is a box office drawer anymore. Never mind, let’s continue with this pace. M. Night Shyamalan’s low-budget horror flick The Visit took in $11.4 million in its second weekend, and dropped to third place. Screen Gems’ stalker-thriller The Perfect Guy dropped 63% from its No. 1 opening to fourth place with $9.7 million.

The top five was rounded out by Universal’s ensemble adventure-drama Everest. The film starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emily Watson and Keira Knightley, opened exclusively in 545 IMAX theaters and had an estimated opening weekend of $7.6 million, posting the best per-screen average in the top 10, with $13,872. It can do even better next week with the wide release expansion. Universal strikes again! Here’s the chart.

Mojo Chart Estimates

Elsewhere, the critically-acclaimed Sicario pulled in $390,000 from just six theaters. Denis Villeneuve’s Mexican cartel crime-thriller starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin will expand next weekend, before getting a nationwide release on October 2.

Also opening in limited release was Pawn Sacrifice, starring Tobey Maguire as chess master Bobby Fischer, which earned $206,879 from 33 theaters, for a $6,269 per-screen average.

This weekend brings us Hotel Transylvania 2, The Intern, and Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno so stay tuned.