Maze Runner: Scorch Trials is only slightly ahead right now of its predecessor and with the $1.7M in previews, it looks on track to gross anywhere around $10.5M to $11.5M today, compared to last year’s Friday gross for Maze Runner of $11.2M. The first installment of the Fox franchise based on the YA book by James Dashner, released on the same weekend in 2014, ended its first weekend with a total haul of $32.5M and the sequel should be right around that as well. Maze Runner: Scorch Trials is playing in 3,791 runs while the first film was in 3,604. It is still early. Very early.
Warner Bros.’ Black Mass — which made $1.4M in previews last night — is heading towards an estimated $10M Friday for a three-day gross at the moment estimated at $25M to $28M+ which is better than Screen Engine, MarketCast or NRG had predicted. This violent drama starring Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton and Benedict Cumberbatch, not surprisingly, has had huge grosses in Boston where its subject matter — mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger — ruled supreme for several years. However, those heavy grosses kinda skewed the early numbers and it’s not said to be growing much throughout the day. The late night R-rated audiences are sure to come out for this one as it has pretty decent reviews. It should have the highest per screen between the two newbies in wide release and may tip its hat to the $30M mark.
Captive looks like it might take in around $500K to $650K today for a three-day gross of only $1.5M to maybe $2M, which means a per screen of only around $1,861 on 806 runs. Because it’s a faith-based film, this one may pick up audiences on Sunday, but that kind of gross is pretty disastrous so far. With these faith-based films, you never know which ones will sing and which ones will be on its knees. Captive is the latter.
Everest has been on an upward climb and could break into the $1.7M to $2M range (that includes the $325K from last night’s shows). That takes the three-day gross to around to where it was predicted — $5M to $7M or so, which means a hefty $9K to $12K per screen as it is on 546 IMAX and PLF screens. They pull in higher ticket prices, but this is a picture truly made for those big screens. And once again, Universal will have a very nice start as this picture goes wide on Sept. 25th.