The young-adult adaptation of James Dashner’s The Maze Runner raced its way to the top of the weekend box office, beating out Liam Neeson’s latest film A Walk Among The Tombstones and the Jason Bateman/Tina Fey comedy This Is Where I Leave You.
Maze Runner opened with $32.5 million — already a big success, being that it cost just $34 million to make. The film is about a boy named Thomas, who is placed in a community of other boys after his memory is erased… soon learning they’re all trapped in a maze, where he’ll have to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape.
Fox announced Sunday (Sept. 21) that a sequel is already planned for Sept. 28, 2015, titled The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.
Neeson’s dark R-rated A Walk Among the Tombstones opened in second with just $13.1 million, in which the actor plays a justice-seeking former NYPD detective. This Is Where I Leave You debuted at #3 with $11.8 million. The film, which stars Batman and Fey alongside Jane Fonda, is about a large suburban family sitting Shiva for the funeral of their patriarch.
Last weekend’s top movie, No Good Deed, falls to #4 with $10.2 million, and Dolphin Tale 2 closes out the top 5 with just over $9 million.
That’s a wrap for this weekend. This upcoming week, look out for the release of Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer and the animated The Boxtrolls.
This weekend’s top 10 is as follows:
1. “The Maze Runner,” $32.5 million ($37.6 million international).
2. “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” $13.1 million ($5 million international).
3. “This Is Where I Leave You,” $11.9 million.
4. “No Good Deed,” $10.2 million.
5. “Dolphin Tale 2,” $9 million ($1.2 million international).
6. “Guardians of the Galaxy,” $5.2 million ($5.2 million international).
7. “Let’s Be Cops,” $2.7 million ($1.5 million international).
8. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” $2.7 million ($7.3 million international).
9. “The Drop,” $2.1 million.
10. “If I Stay,” $1.8 million ($3.2 million international).