Box office results were strong but mixed between members and the nation this weekend. Among the two wide releases, Black Mass and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, both took the top two spots but traded places when looking at check-ins vs receipts.
On the MoviePass member front, Johnny Depp’s much-talked about performance helped take Black Mass to the top of the check-in charts with a huge 30.9% this weekend. Behind that came Scorch Trials, coming in with a strong 21.4%. M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit grabbed 5.2% to take #3, dropping 80% from its solid 26.5% last week.
The script was flipped on the nationwide box office side: young adult adaptation Scorch Trials netted $30.3M, taking the lead over Black Mass, which took the #2 spot with $23.4M.
The two smaller openings this past weekend are also noteworthy in their success at a small scale. Everest, which opened only in IMAX and large format screens, took a wildly impressive $13,872 per theater, netting $7.6M to get itself into the top five of the country. We’ll likely see a huge hit of check-ins for the mountaineering movie next week when the movie goes wide, and depending on reviews for Hotel Transylvania 2 and The Intern, it could have a shot at taking at least one of those out of the top two.
The Emily Blunt drama Sicario also did well for opening in only 6 theaters this weekend. It brought in only $390k for the weekend, but with that small number of theaters, its average was a whopping $65k per theater. It did impressively well on the member side, too: breaking the top five with 4.1%, it beat out a wider release Captive, which was at 2.5% and couldn’t find its legs across the nation either (it made $1.4M across 806 theaters).
What about next weekend? I stand by my statement that Everest will take the weekend for members with a high 28%-32% share. The ensemble cast is packed with stars like Jake Gyllenhaal, who proved he could grab check-ins even amongst big openings with Southpaw. Depending on how Nancy Meyer’s The Intern reviews look, I think it could take second with a low 20s%, but with Sicario‘s nationwide expansion coming next weekend as well, it could get bumped down to #3. Given how Adam Sandler and Pixels did, I can’t see the animated Hotel Transylvania 2 getting more than 15% in this crowded weekend.
It’s going to be a close one for sure, can’t wait to see how it pans out. 🙂