Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials tops Weekend Box Office!

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While the box office is still doing pretty decently for September, two of the weekend’s widest new releases didn’t fare as well as hoped and expected while a number of more moderate and limited releases took business away from both of them.

The sequel to last year’s $100 million young adult hit The Maze Runner, 20th Century Fox’s Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, reunited director Wes Ball with Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, as they were joined by the likes of Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Nathalie Emmanuel, Rosa Salazar and more for the adaptation of James Dashner’s second novel in the series.

It opened with $11 million on Friday including $1.4 million from Thursday previews, which in both cases was less than the opening for The Maze Runner a year ago this weekend, and according to Sunday estimates, it will end up with $30.3 million, which is less than the $32.5 million opening of its predecessor. While this might be surprising since The Maze Runner is one of the better received young adult adaptations (even though it didn’t quite achieve the numbers of The Twilight Saga or The Hunger Games), it’s also continuing the current trend that audiences just aren’t into sequels as much as they have been in the past. It also had a lot more competition for any potential male audience from a number of new releases mentioned below and its reviews and “B+” CinemaScore weren’t as strong as the original movie either.

The other big movie opening on Thursday night was Warner Bros.’ crime-drama Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp as notorious Boston criminal “Whitey” Bulger. Directed by Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace) and co-starring Joel Edgerton, Dakota Johnson, Julianne Nicholson, Rory Cochrane, Kevin Bacon and many more, it opened with an estimated $23.4 million in 3,188 theaters. That was below most expectations and projections for the weekend that thought it would open closer to $30 million and possibly give “The Scorch Trials” a run for the top spot, but it was still able to average $7,327 per theater. According to estimates, that’s still less than Ben Affleck’s Boston-based crime-thriller The Town opened with on the same weekend in 2010, but it received a respectable CinemaScore of “B” with 56% of its audience being male and 89% over the age of 26, according to exit polls, and it could sustain its business from opening weekend buzz despite having direct competition in the coming weeks.

Dropping to third place, M. Night Shyamalan’s low-budget horror flick The Visit took in $11.4 million in its second weekend, down 55% from its opening weekend as the highest-opening horror movie of 2015. It has grossed $42.4 million so far, which isn’t bad for a movie that was produced for $5 million with low-budget masters Blumhouse Productions.

Screen Gems’ thriller The Perfect Guy, starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut, also took a tumble in its second weekend, dropping 63% from its #1 opening to fourth place with $9.7 million and $41.4 million total to date.

Universal’s ensemble adventure-drama Everest, directed by Balthasar Kormakur (Contraband) and starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emily Watson and Keira Knightley, opened in 545 IMAX 3D and other large format theaters and had an estimated opening weekend of $7.6 million, a strong $13,736 per theater, to take fifth place, which bodes well for its nationwide expansion on Friday. $6 million of that amount was grossed in 366 North American IMAX theaters surpassing The Equalizer‘s September IMAX opening record of roughly half that amount.

Internationally, Everest opened in 36 territories and brought in $28.2 million on 4,690 screens as the #1 movie in 12 of those markets, including Australia, Argentina, India, Mexico and Kormakur’s home country of Iceland. Next week, it will add 22 more territories on top of its North American expansion.

The hit faith-based family drama War Room (Sony/TriStar) is now the 5th-highest grossing faith-based film with $49.2 million after adding another $6.3 million in 1,945 theaters. It dropped from third to sixth place despite having a negligible drop-off of 19% in its fourth weekend.

The rest of the Top 10 grossed less than $3 million, with Broad Green Pictures’ A Walk in the Woods, starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, taking seventh place, followed by Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Paramount Pictures) and Universal’s rap biopic Straight Outta Compton, holding onto its Top 10 spot as it became the highest-grossing film by a black director with $159 million, surpassing Keenen Ivory Wayans’ Scary Movie, which grossed $157 million in 2000.

Sony Pictures Classics expanded Paul Weitz’s Grandma, starring Lily Tomlin and Julia Garner, into a nationwide release of 1,021 theaters on Friday, and it ended up with $1.6 million or $1,557 per theater for the weekend, showing another weak expansion for the indie film subsidiary.

Paramount Pictures’ attempt to capitalize on the success of recent faith-based films backfired (maybe because that audience was well-sated by War Room), but they still released the drama Captive, starring David Oyelowo and Kate Mara, into 806 theaters, where it grossed $1.4 million or just $1,737 per theater, which wasn’t enough to get into the Top 10.

Although The Scorch Trials opened lower than last year’s The Maze Runner, the box office was still up from this weekend last year as the Top 10 grossed an estimated $97 million, which was up roughly $7 million from the Top 10 last year.

Lionsgate decided to give Denis Villeneuve’s Mexican cartel crime-thriller Sicario, starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro, a platform release ahead of its wide release on October 2, and it did quite well, grossing an estimated $390,000 in 6 theaters in New York and Los Angeles. That’s a location average of $65,000 per theater, which is probably one of the best per-theater averages this year.

As far as other limited releases, Alchemy’s Meet the Patels from Geeta and Ravi Patel opened in 34 theaters on Friday where it grossed $253,000, or $4,707 per theater. Bleecker Street’s release of Pawn Sacrifice, starring Tobey Maguire as chess master Bobby Fischer, co-starring Liev Schreiber, Peter Saarsgard and Michael Stuhlbarg, opened similarly in 33 theaters where it grossed slightly less with $207,000 but with a higher $6,269 per theater.

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“Warm Bodies” storms US box office!

Warm Bodies has topped the US box office with takings of $20m (£14.7m) in its opening weekend.

The zombie romantic-comedy stars Skins actor Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer.

It bumped Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters down to second place making $9.2m (£6.8m), while Silver Linings Playbook moved up a spot to third position with sales of $8.1m (£5.9m).

Two films starring Jessica Chastain, Mama and Zero Dark Thirty, took up fourth and fifth place.

The horror picture Mama made $6.7m, ahead of Zero Dark Thirty, a thriller charting the killing of Osama Bin Laden, earning $5.3m.

Teen crowd

Females made up for 60% of the audience watching the adaptation of Isaac Marion’s book Warm Bodies over Super Bowl weekend, which usually sees a slump in movie-going from Saturday to Sunday.

However, teenage fans were still seduced by the film, which references Romeo and Juliet and was produced by Lionsgate, the film company behind the teen saga Twilight.

“They’ve definitely cracked the code on how to attract that teen audience with films like The Hunger Games, Twilight and something like Warm Bodies, which definitely plays right into the sweet spot of that demographic,” said Hollywood.com box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian.

R-rated action films, which mean under-17s require an accompanying parent or adult guardian, have not fared so well in 2013.

Sylvester Stallone’s Bullet to the Head opened with just $4.5m (£3.3m) for Warner Bros, while Parker, starring Jason Statham, has now earned a total of $12.4m (£9.1m) in two weeks for FilmDistrict.

But the latest Die Hard movie with Bruce Willis, titled A Good Day To Die Hard, opens on 14 February and is expected to buck the trend.

Box Office Report: Arnold “The Last Stand” Terminated by ‘Mama’ !

In a box office upset, new horror pic Mama — starring Zero Dark Thirty’s Jessica Chastain — is easily winning the long Martin Luther King weekend and badly beating two films packing plenty of male heat, the Mark WahlbergRussell Crowe action-thriller Broken City and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand.

Mama, from Universal, is projected to top the four-day holiday weekend with a better-than-expected $33.2 million after taking in $28.1 million for the three-day stretch.

Broken City is expected to gross $10 million for the four-day weekend after a disappointing three-day take of $9 million. The movie, from Emmett/Furla Films and New Regency, received dismal reviews, although it earned a B CinemaScore. Broken Cityall but tied with holdover Gangster Squad for No. 4.

From Lionsgate, Last Stand came in at a lackluster No. 9 after earning $6.3 million for the three-day weekend. The gun-laden action pic, which is expected to gross $7.4 million for the four days, marks Schwarzenegger’s first leading role since 2003 and doesn’t bode well for the actor’s planned return to stardom. Nearly 80 percent of the audience was over the age of 25.

Chastain has plenty of reason to celebrate — Sony and Annapurna’s Zero Dark Thirty is holding at No. 2 with a three-day gross of $17.6 million and a projected four-day take of $21.4 million. That gives her the top two spots at the domestic box office.

Zero Dark Thirty is one of four Oscar best picture contenders enjoying a noticeable bump from awards attention. David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook is the weekend’s most noticeable example as it expanded nationwide, grossing $11.4 million to come in No. 3 and pushing its total to $56 million.

Silver Linings is expected to take in $14.2 million for the four-day holiday weekend in a major victory for The Weinstein Co. Many box office observers thought Harvey Weinstein made a fatal mistake in deciding not to open the film nationwide in November, opting instead of a limited run.

Mama prospered thanks to young females; women and teenage girls made up 61 percent of the audience, while an impressive 63 percent of the audience was under the age of 25. The horror pic, made for a modest $15 million, is clearly benefiting from its PG-13 rating.

Conversely, Broken City and Last Stand had to compete for older males (78 percent of Broken City’saudience also was over the age of 25).

Here are the full results for the weekend of Jan. 18-20 at domestic box office (* denotes Oscar best-picture contender). Final numbers for the four-day holiday weekend will be released Monday.

Title, Weeks in release/theater count, studio, three-day weekend total, cume

1. Mama 1/2,647, Universal, $28.1 million.

2. *Zero Dark Thirty, 5/2,946, Sony/Annapurna, $28.1 million, $55.9 million.

3. *Silver Linings Playbook, 10/2,523, The Weinstein Co., $11.4 million, $55.3 million.

4. Gangster Squad, 2/3,103, Warner Bros., $9.1 million, $32.2 million.

5. Broken City, 1/2,620, Fox/New Regency, $9 million.

6. A Haunted House, 2/2,160, Open Road Films/IM Global, $8.3 million, $30 million.

7. *Django Unchained, 4/3,012, The Weinstein Co., $8.2 million, $138.4 million.

8. *Les Miserables, 4/2,579, Universal, $7.8 million , $130.3 million.

9. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 6/2,323, Warner Bros./New Line, $6.4 million, $287.4 million.

0. The Last Stand, 10/2,027, Lionsgate$6.3 million.

“Texas Chainsaw 3D” leading the weekend Box Office!

The latest in the “Texas Chainsaw” franchise brought in $10.2 million on Friday across 2,654 theaters. THR reports that this total puts “Texas Chainsaw 3D” on pace for a weekend gross in the range of $21 million to $25 million. With an estimated budget of $8 million, the film will be profitable for Lionsgat

Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” made $6.1 million on Friday, which THR projects will give it a $19.5 million weekend. The film has made a total of $92.4 million since its Dec. 25 release. Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” took the number three spot. The epic made $5.2 million across 3,755 theaters on Friday. The film has now reached a total gross of $251.5 million.

“Les Miserables” and “Parental Guidance” took the number four and five spots on Friday, respectively. The film adaptation of “Les Miserables” made $4.9 million across 2,904 theaters. To date, the film has grossed $92.3 million. Bette Midler’s “Parental Guidance” brought in $3.1 million for a total of $45.7 million.

2012 was a relatively slow year for Horror Movies lovers, but looks like 2013 will make up for it!

Here’s the list for now:

Texas Chainsaw 3D (January 4)
40 years after the original movie, a young woman (Daddario) takes a trip with her friends to check out a mysterious house she inherited. She gets a lot more than she bargained for when she comes face-to-face with a chainsaw-wielding killer.

Mama (January 18)
A couple are faced with raising their young nieces after discovering they had been left alone in the woods for five years. The couple begins to realize that the girls did not come to their home alone.

The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (February 1)
A family moves into a Georgia home only to discover secrets and spirits already inhabiting the place.

Dark Skies (February 22)
Dark Skies is another story about a family that comes in contact with evil forces.

The Last Exorcism II (March 1)

Continuing where the first film left off, teenage Nell Sweetzer is found dirty and terrified in the woods having just escaped a demon ritual in which a cult helped her give birth to a demon baby. Confused and scared, Nell is examined by doctors but she doesn’t remember much about the previous few months except that as a result of everything, her family is now dead. She is moved into Davreaux — a girls’ halfway house in New Orleans, where she will try to put her life back together with the help of the therapist, Frank Merle. She even begins to date a boy named Chris and starts a job at a local hotel.

But something doesn’t feel right to Nell. She is being sought after by the demon who possessed her in the first LAST EXORCISM. It wants Nell, but in a different way than before…”

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