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'Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials' with Dylan O'Brien. 'Maze Runner 2' to beat Johnny Depp 'Black Mass' The 20th Century Fox release Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the sequel to the 2014 hit The Maze Runner, and Warner Bros.' Johnny Depp star vehicle Black Mass will be battling it out at the North American box office this coming weekend, Sept. 18-20, the last (astronomical) summer weekend of 2015. According to Variety, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will “likely” end up at the top of the U.S. and Canada box office chart. In fact, more than just “likely,” in case tracking is on target. Including Thursday evening shows, Maze Runner 2 is expected to collect somewhere around $35 million from 3,790 sites, while Black Mass should take in $22 million or so from 3,188 theaters. 'Maze Runner 2' vs. 'The Maze Runner' Maze Runner 2 will then open only about 10 percent ahead of the original, »
- Zac Gille
A curious first English-language feature choice for director Jorge Michel Grau (of the original 2010 Mexican horror film “We Are What We Are”) “Big Sky” is a misfired thriller starring Bella Thorne as a sanatorium-bound basket case forced to cope after a crisis strands her in the middle of the New Mexico desert. Evan M. Wiener’s screenplay throws in too many disparate elements without developing any of them very effectively, while Grau’s direction is slick but unable to provide the tension or consistency needed. Opened Aug. 14 on single New York and Los Angeles screens, the pic will find its modest audience primarily in simultaneous VOD release, along with other home formats.
After a brief teaser of the straits our heroine will find herself in, we’re properly introduced to Hazel (Thorne), an Albuquerque teen in full withdrawal from the world — she hasn’t left her bedroom in six months, »
- Dennis Harvey
2 items from 2015
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