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Updated, Monday, 12:47 Am: We have all 26 films’ final totals updated so far, including this weekend’s big box office king, The Maze Runner so we are publishing now and will update as the day goes on. All we are waiting on now are Sony titles. Updated so far (besides Maze Runner) are Universal’s The Boxtrolls and Lucy, Disney/Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Fox titles Let’s Be Cops, How To Train Your Dragon 2 from DreamWorks’ Animation, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Paramount’s newly revamped franchises Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Hercules, Fox’s Ya success story The Fault in our Stars, Univeral’s horror flicks As Above/So Below and The Purge: Anarchy, Fox’s El Nino, Finding Fanny, Doktorspiele and Guten Tag, Ramon. We also just got Warner Bros. titles’ Dolphin Tale 2, Into the Storm, If I Stay, Relatos Salvajes »
- Nancy Tartaglione
"The challenge is to translate the feel of those novels into something visual, and then from a story standpoint, the moves in these stories are very small," writer/director Scott Frank told us about bringing Lawrence Block's 1992 book "A Walk Among The Tombstones" to the big screen. "...And the challenge is to make those little moves feel big enough that they warrant a movie. Once upon a time you could. In the sixties and seventies and even going back to film noir, the private eye story was very common. But now movies are about spectacle..." And in watching the film this past weekend, you can clearly see Frank's moves to make 'Tombstones' an action movie, while keeping the thematic texture and pulp grit of Block's source material. The film's opening flashback sequence (borrowed from Block's first book in the Scudder series, 1976's "The Sins Of The Fathers") with Liam Neeson »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When the box office hit a dull spot two weeks ago, it could be supposed that there was nowhere to go but up, and the latest crop of new releases helped in that department. While not all were critical darlings (Jason Bateman’s This is Where I Leave You being one of the more obvious ones), they still generated enough to make this an even bigger weekend than last. The Maze Runner made an excellent start, nearly making back its costs with an estimated $32.5 million, while the new Liam Neeson thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones’ estimated $13.1 million may not have been quite as impressive, it is still a relatively good start for a budgeted $28 million film. This is Where I Leave You is also off to a relatively good start despite its reviews with an estimated $11.9 million on a $19.8 million budget.
No Good Deed, the first-place winner from last week, »
- Seth Paul
Coming in the No. 2 spot was another new film, A Walk Among the Tombstones. The Liam Neeson-led movie earned $13.1 million. The ensemble piece This is Where I Leave You was right behind with $11.8 million.
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- Robyn Ross
The Maze Runner sprinted to the front of the pack with one of the biggest September debuts ever; add in strong international sales, and a new young-adult franchise was born this weekend.Meanwhile, A Walk Among the Tombstones and This is Where I Leave You fell short of modest expectations.Playing at 3,604 theaters, The Maze Runner opened to an estimated $32.5 million this weekend. That's nowhere close to Divergent, though it is bigger than Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief ($31.2 million) and Ender's Game ($27 million).What separates The Maze Runner from those comparisons is its relatively modest budget*it cost just $34 million, or less than half of those movies*and its strong international prospects. Full international details can be found below in the Around-the-World Roundup.As is always the case with young-adult adaptations, The Maze Runner's success can be attributed in part to the strong fanbase that's developed around »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dystopic Ya thriller The Maze Runner dashed past the other new releases this weekend for a $32.5 million gross. The result was impressive enough for Fox to announce that they're releasing a sequel, Maze Runner: Scorch Trials (it's a trilogy, and there's a prequel too) around this time next year. The weekend's other new releases fared poorly in comparison: Liam Neeson's A Walk Among the Tombstones brought in $13.1 million and the Jason Bateman comedy This is Where I Leave You took in $11.8 million. Last weekend's box office champs — No Good Deed and Dolphin Tale 2 — rounded out the top five with $10.2 million and $9 million respectively. »
- E. Alex Jung
"The Maze Runner" breathed a little life into the box office this weekend with a very good $32.5 million debut. Some polling services had the adaptation of James Rashner's 2007 novel opening closer to $40 million, but considering its the first film since "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" at the beginning of August to open over $30 million Hollywood will happily take it. "Runner" grossed substantially more than "The Giver's" $12 million debut last month, but significantly lower than "Divergent's" $54.6 million in March. The film, which is top lined by "Teen Wolf" star Dylan O'Brien, earned an A- Cinemascore grade which means it should have solid word of mouth in the weeks to come. Disappointing in second place was Universal Pictures' "A Walk Among the Tombstones" with just $13.1 million. The Scott Frank directed thriller is Liam Neeson's lowest wide release opening since "The Next Three Days" in 2010. With a reported production budget of $28 million »
- Gregory Ellwood
On Friday morning, first-time feature director Wes Ball was sweating bullets. His debut film was opening and he was nervous despite the early positive numbers that were already flooding into the box office reporters. “I just don’t want anything to go wrong,” said the young filmmaker in an interview for Entertainment Weekly Radio.
Well, clearly nothing has gone awry with the director’s first entre into feature filmmaking.
For the male-populated young adult adaptation of James Dashner’s best-selling novel The Maze Runner racked up an estimated $32.5 million for a first-place finish, giving Twentieth Century Fox all the necessary »
- Nicole Sperling
Among this weekend’s three new releases only Fox’s The Maze Runner showed strength. The sci-fi thriller brought in an estimated $32.5 million from 3,064 locations for the sixth-biggest September debut of all time. Way back in second place with $13.1 million from 2,712 locations, A Walk Among the Tombstones suggests that audiences may be tiring of Liam Neeson and his now-familiar tough guy roles. Finally, despite an ensemble cast that includes Jason Bateman and Tine Fey, This Is Where I Leave You failed to hit its very modest $15 million target. In short, it was business as usual for the September box office. Title Weekend Total 1. The Maze Runner $32,500,000 $32.5 2. A Walk Among the Tombstones $13,126,000 $13.1 3. This Is Where I Leave You $11,860,000 $11.8 4. No Good Deed $10,200,000 $40.1 5. Dolphin Tale 2 $9,005,000 $27 6. Guardians of the Galaxy $5,180,000 $313.6 7. Let’s Be Cops $2,675,000 $77.2 8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $2,650,000 $185 9. The Drop $2,050,000 $7.7 10. If I Stay $1,835,000 $47.6 Full story after the jump. The Maze Runner, an adaptation of James Dashner’s 2007 novel, »
- Nicole Pedersen
3rd Update, Sunday, 7:53 Am: First of all, another milestone for Disney/Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. After only eight weeks in release, this audience favorite has just passed the lifetime cume of Iron Man 2 both internationally ($311.5M) and domestically ($312.4M). And Guardians is still playing, making another $5.1M this weekend. Overall, the 2014 box office so far is down 5.5 percent compared to the same period in 2013, but that is still better than it had been in previous weeks.
So … three movies debuted this weekend, all based on books. The Ya adaptation The Maze Runner outpaced all others with an estimated $32.5M or a smidgen more, falling just short of the Top Five for all-time September openers. If that number holds, it will be sixth, just under Rush Hour, which opened in 1998 with $33M. But after this weekend, with a budget of $35M+, minus the tax break that brought its budget down, »
- Anita Busch
“The Maze Runner” turned a best-selling young adult novel into box office gold — and a new film franchise — this weekend. The sci-fi saga, powered to a teen-fueled $32.5 million box office, triumphed in its debut. The weekend's two other wide openers were rated R and targeted an entirely different audience in mature moviegoers, but couldn't keep up with “Maze Runner.” Liam Neeson‘s “A Walk Among the Tombstones” finished a distant second with $13.1 million and the family comedy “This Is Where I Leave You” was third with $11.8 million. Last week's No. 1 film, the thriller “No Good Deed,” »
- Todd Cunningham
“The Maze Runner” showed that sometimes the weekend box office is a marathon, not a sprint.
Twentieth Century Fox’s adaptation of James Dashner’s post-apocalyptic novel took awhile to build up steam, but found its core audience by the weekend’s midpoint. It debuted to $32.5 million from 3,604 locations, in line with projections. That’s good news for the studio, which hopes to turn the story of a group of teenagers battling nasty creatures in a dangerous labyrinth into a franchise.
“All of the elements came together in accomplishing something that no one ever tried by launching a young adult film like this in September,” said Chris Aronson, Fox’s domestic distribution chief. “We like to stand out whenever we can and we selected this release date in order to be the first event film of the fall.”
The unique opening date allowed “The Maze Runner” to jet ahead of »
- Brent Lang
Proving that a boy-centric Ya film adaptation can click, 20th Century Fox's The Maze Runner opened to a pleasing $32.5 million at the North American box office, more the double the $13.1 million debut of Liam Neeson's R-rated action offering A Walk Among the Tombstones. Shawn Levy's new adult dramedy This Is Where I Leave You followed at No. 3 with $11.9 million. Overseas, Maze Runner continued to impress, taking in another $37.6 million from its first 50 countries for a worldwide total of $81.5 million (the film began rolling out in several
- Pamela McClintock
Give me a great car chase, throw in a cool shoot-out, and sprinkle in a little blood and violence, and you have a decent B-movie that will appeal to most audiences and not bore this particular genre-loving critic. That’s more or less what I expected going into John Wick. I knew that director Chad Stahelski was likely going to deliver some decent stunts in the action department, especially given his past experience working on The Matrix Trilogy. But how he would fare with the rest of the film had me initially concerned. Let me just say that it didn’t take long for those concerns to subside. John Wick delivers and even might surprise you by not just setting its sights as just an adequate action film. In fact, this is easily one of the best action films of the year and a call to arms for action fans »
- Michael Haffner
Along with two other new releases, this marks a much-needed box office rebound. The total Top 10 take came to $29 million, almost $8 million higher than the same weekend last year, when "Prisoners" opened to $7 million. Two lower-grossing newbies also boosted the overall take, but neither showed significant strength: "A Walk Among the Tombstones" (Universal), another actioner starring old reliable Liam Neeson, took second place with a modest $4.7 million, much below the initial response to "Non-Stop" and the two "Taken" films. In third place with $3.9 million was the family comedy-drama "This Is Where I Leave You" (Warner Bros.), whose multi-generation ensemble includes Adam Driver, Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda. This might get a Saturday night boost, but it's still soft given that there's little competition for older audiences who have proved reliable all year. Last week's top two performers took steep dives as they »
- Tom Brueggemann
"The Maze Runner" is the third major Ya movie to hit theaters in 2014 and while it didn't shatter any records it got off to a very good start on Friday. Directed by Wes Ball, the adaptation of James Rashner's 2007 novel earned an estimated $11.2 million on its first full day of release. That means it should end up with somewhere between $30-32 million for the weekend. That would put it far ahead of "The Giver's" $12 million debut in August, but significantly lower than "Divergent's" $54.6 million opening this past March. The film, which is top lined by "Teen Wolf" star Dylan O'Brien, also earned an A- Cinemascore grade which means it should have solid word of mouth in the weeks to come. Disappointing in second place was Universal Pictures' "A Walk Among the Tombstones" with just $4.7 million. The Scott Frank directed thriller looks as though it will be lucky to hit $14 million by Eod Sunday. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Maze Runner, a big screen version of James Dashner’s 2007 novel, will not be the latest Ya adaptation to go down in box office flames. Bucking the trend that saw page-to-screen conversions like Vampire Academy and The Giver open to disappointing numbers, The Maze Runner looks like it may actually exceed expectations. The Fox release was originally projected to open to $27 million but, after earning a strong $11.2 million on Friday, the sci-fi thriller is now looking at an opening weekend of $35 million or above. That’s not quite the level that Divergent hit back in March ($54.6 million) but it is well above the $27 million that Ender’s Game claimed last November. Details and Friday’s top five after the jump. While The Maze Runner got off to a sprint, fellow newcomer A Walk Among the Tombstones set a more leisurely pace. The latest R-rated drama to star born-again tough guy Liam Neeson, »
- Nicole Pedersen
The Maze Runner, the new Ya adaptation that hit theaters Friday, chalked up an estimated $11 million for a first-place finish, proving that this over-saturated genre has life left in it yet. Populated with a slew of handsome young male actors led by Teen Wolf’s Dylan O’Brien, The Maze Runner, based on the popular best-selling novel by James Dashner, is on track to pull in close to $30 million. (That’s far better than The Giver, which opened in August to $12 million.) And with Twentieth Century Fox already deep into pre-production on the film’s sequel, the early numbers have »
- Nicole Sperling
The Maze Runner jumped out to the front of the pack on Friday with $11.25 million. Otherwise, business was relatively quiet: A Walk Among the Tombstones and This is Where I Leave You fell a bit short, while No Good Deed and Dolphin Tale 2 fell hard going in to their second weekends.Playing at 3,604 theaters, The Maze Runner debuted to more than twice as much as recent young-adult misses like The Giver ($4.75 million) and The Host ($5.3 million). Still, it only opened to around half as much as March's Divergent ($22.8 million), which puts it squarely in the middle of the young-adult range.A closer comparison is last November's Ender's Game, which opened to $9.8 million on its way to a $27 million weekend. If The Maze Runner follows Ender's pattern, it will finish the weekend with just over $30 million (a very good result).Opening at 2,712 theaters, A Walk Among the Tombstones took second place with $4.7 million. »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
The young adult adaptation “The Maze Runner” dominated in its first day at the box office Friday, taking in $11.2 million and easily outstripping two other wide openers, Liam Neeson‘s “A Walk Among the Tombstones” and the comedy “This Is Where I Leave You.” That puts Fox's sci-fi thriller based on James Dashner's novels and starring TV's “Teen Wolf” star Dylan O'Brien on course for a first weekend in the $30 million range, in line with analysts’ expectations and a little better than the studio had projected. Universal's thriller “Tombstone” is heading for a $14 million debut after a $4.7 million Friday, »
- Todd Cunningham
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