Maze Runner Scorch Trials blazes to top of box office

1.Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – $30.3 million [debut week] The sequel to the surprise 2014 YA hit torched the competition (barely) to race to the box office crown.

The first film had a budget of $34 million and went on to show some surprising stamina in earning $102 million domestically. “Scorch Trials” has a reported $64 million budget, but it might be a stretch to suggest it can earn double the first film’s profit.

Critics weren’t as kind giving it a 49% on Rotten Tomatoes while the first film earned a solid 64%.  Audiences seem to be pretty much in line as they gave it a decent B+ CinemaScore, down from the A- of the first film. Next week will be telling for the sequel’s chances of long-term box office success.

BLACK MASS2. Black Mass -$23.4 million [debut week] The story of this gangster drama is how it could signal a “comeback” to box office relevance for star Johnny Depp, who desperately needs a hit. His latest string of films at the box office has been very up and down. He opened “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” with a strong $110 million back in 2011, but “Mortdecai” bombed this year with just a $4.2 million opening. 

“Black Mass” looks like it could be be a contender as it’s opening was right in line with hits like “The Departed”($26 million in 2006) and “The Town”($23.8 million in 2010). Both films went on to win Oscars so it’ll be interesting to see how “Black Mass” fares.

3. The Visit -$11.3 million [2nd week; $42.3 million in total] The horror thriller dropped a spot in its sophomore weekend, but held up much better than most thrillers.

4. The Perfect Guy -$9.7 million [2nd week; $41.4 million in total] Last week’s champ dropped three spots. It’s a pretty big drop, but considering its $12 million budget, distributor Screen Gems doesn’t have much to worry about.

Film Title: Everest5. Everest – $7.6 million [debut week] Despite just opening in 545 IMAX theaters, the disaster thriller earned a spot in the Top 5. Look for it to make an even bigger mark when it expands to regular theaters next week.