Weekend Wrap-Up

October Arrives A Week Early as Box Office Records Set

By John Hamann

September 27, 2015

Thank you mommy for not making me see Hotel Transylvania 2 this weekend!

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Despite being the number one film from Monday-to-Thursday, staying ahead of Maze Runner, Black Mass got pummeled over the weekend, as its older audience avoided Friday. The comparable Friday number was off a hurtful 60%, which led to a weekend gross of $11.5 million and a weekend to weekend drop of 49%. The $53 million Johnny Depp flick has now pulled in $42.6 million, and is headed for about $65 million stateside. I’m not sure how this one will work overseas. The Town earned $61 million over there, but it was $30 million short of its domestic gross. Using that logic, Black Mass would earn $40 million overseas, for a combined $110 million, which isn’t enough for a movie with a $53 million budget. Johnny Depp will probably be the difference for those international audiences.

The Visit is sixth this weekend, as M Night Shyamalan’s low rent release continues to churn out box office bucks. The Visit earned another $6.8 million, and while it was off 42%, it brought its domestic gross up to $52.3 million, not bad for a movie that cost $5 million to make. It has also started to score overseas, where it’s picked up $6.6 million from the UK and Spain alone. The Visit will end up funding other features for Shyamalan, which in my opinion is a good thing.

Screen Gems’ The Perfect Guy drops to seventh and sees a second consecutive weekend with a big drop. After falling 62% last weekend to $9.8 million, things repeat, with The Perfect Guy earning $4.8 million this weekend and dropping 51%. Still, like The Visit, this one was economical and is now successful. The Perfect Guy cost $12 million to make and has a domestic gross so far of $48.9 million.

War Room is eighth as the faith-based film continues to hang on. This time around, War Room earned $4.3 million and declined a mere 31%. So far, this $3 million film has taken in $56 million.


Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno is an interesting entry on the box office chart. Jason Blum is behind the release of Inferno, and chose to release this one to only 1,540 venues, focusing the marketing on die-hard horror fans. The result isn’t much, as The Green Inferno debuted to $3.5 million. That’s the lowest opening of Eli Roth’s career, but it also debuted on 500 fewer screens than his lowest grosser. Made for $6 million, this one still has a chance, as Roth’s films actually do quite well overseas.

Despite being out to only 59 screens, Lionsgate’s Sicario still makes the top ten this weekend. After earning $400,000 from six screens last weekend (venue average $66,881), audiences stayed with Sicario after it expanded this frame. The Emily Blunt/Benicio Del Toro flick took in an awesome $1.8 million from those 59 screens, giving it another stellar venue average of $30,000. Sicario is so far following a similar pattern to Boyhood last year, as it earned average of $77,000 in its first weekend at five venues, and followed that up with an average of $34,000 on 34 screens. So far, Sicario has earned $2.4 million, and is currently the film I want to see the most in this weekend’s top 10.

Overall, the top 12 films at the box office set a record for a September weekend. The top 12 earned $127.5 million this weekend thanks to a strong top five. This amount hammers last year’s big 12, which took in $98 million. The previous biggest September top 12 is ironically the last time a Hotel Transylvania film opened, on September 28, 2012, when the box office took in $106.7 million.

Next weekend, things get even bigger. The Martian, Ridley Scott’s Oscar hopeful with Matt Damon, will debut as a wide release, pushing toward 4,000 venues. I think it could see Gravity type numbers ($55.8 million), but it will open on 200 more screens. Additionally, Sicario will go wide following its very impressive limited roll out, and The Walk will attempt to do what Everest did so well last weekend – debut strongly at IMAX-only locations. Add that to the strength we’ve seen at the box office this weekend, and we should start October very strongly, continuing the roll we are on.

Top Weekend Box Office for 9/25/15-9/27/15 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Hotel Transylvania 2 Sony $47,500,000 New $47,500,000
2 The Intern DreamWorks $18,225,000 New $18,225,000
3 Maze Runner: the Scorch Trials Fox $14,000,000 - 54% $5,168,500
4 Everest Universal $13,091,130 + 81% $23,130,935
5 Black Mass WARNER BROS. $11,510,000 - 49% $42,608,000
6 The Visit Universal $6,749,925 - 42% $52,260,505
7 The Perfect Guy Sony $4,750,000 - 51% $48,871,000
8 War Room Sony $4,275,000 - 31% $56,000,000
9 The Green Inferno High Top Releasing $3,494,000 New $3,494,000
10 Sicario Lionsgate $1,770,000 + 341% $2,350,594
11 A Walk in the Woods $1,100,000 - 61% $27,250,000
12 Pawn Sacrifice Bleecker Street $1,020,979 + 405% $1,315,410
  Also Opening/Notables
  Lost In Hong Kong Well Go Usa $558,900 New $558,900
  Stonewall Roadside Attractions $110,000 New $110,000
  99 Homes Broad Green Pictures $32,807 New $32,807
  Mississippi Grind A24 $14,335 New $14,335
  Finders Keepers The Orchard $5,740 New $5,740
  Captive Paramount $505,000 - 64% $2,286,000
  Prophet's Prey Showtime Documentary Films $7,150 + 43% $13,532
  Sleeping With Other People IFC Films $120,000 + 29% $370,000
  Goodnight Mommy Radius/TWC $108,344 + 133% $280,257
  Coming Home Sony Classics $33,087 - 8% $129,515
  Grandma Sony Classics $814,778 - 46% $5,176,359
  Mission: Impossible0 Rogue Nation Paramount $920,000 - 58% $193,474,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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