CHICOPEE Mass. (WWLP) – Three strong new releases powered the box office past the same levels from a year ago. 2015 continues to set a pace for the highest revenue intake ever at the domestic box-office.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials opened strong in first place for the weekend, although it was slightly lower than its predecessor. Scorch was barely able to muster past $30.3 million according to estimates for the weekend. When the actuals are released Monday, it could drop below the $30 million threshold, but for now Fox can claim this as a victory.
Placing in second place was Johnny Depp as “Whitey” Bulger in Black Mass. Black Mass made an estimated $23.3 million and has an outside shot at making it to $100 million depending on how long the awards season buzz lasts for Johnny Depp’s performance.
The Visit and The Perfect Guy followed in third and fourth place with estimates of $11.3 million and $9.6 million. The Visit is having legs that are a lot stronger than a typical horror movie. The Perfect Guy on the other hand tumbled more than 60% from its first place debut.
Opening in fifth place was the IMAX release of Everest. The movie had the top per theater average of any movie in the top ten with an estimated $13k per theater. Everest should rise in the standings next weekend when it expands to traditional theaters.
War Room once again placed the best hold in the top ten slipping only 20% to an estimated $6.2 million. New faith based movie Captive failed to replicate the same success with a disappointing opening outside the top ten at $1.4 million.
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Top movies at the box-office (chart provided by the Associated Press):
1. “The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” $30.3 million ($43.3 million international).
2. “Black Mass,” $23.4 million ($675,000 international).
3. “The Visit,” $11.3 million ($2.4 million international).
4. “The Perfect Guy,” $9.7 million.
5. “Everest,” $7.6 million ($28.2 million international).
6. “War Room,” $6.3 million ($250,000 international).
7. “A Walk in the Woods,” $2.8 million ($500,000 international).
8. “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” $2.3 million ($21.2 million international).
9. “Straight Outta Compton,” $2 million ($3.8 million international).
10. “Grandma,” $1.6 million.