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The weekend's box office actuals are in and The Maze Runner estimates were spot on as the new franchise starter brought in $32.5 million this weekend and has already seen the sequel, The Scorch Trials, receive a 2015 release date, less than a year from now. On a reported $34 million budget, the film has already brought in over $70 million worldwide. In second, and dipping a bit from estimates, is Liam Neeson's A Walk Among the Tombstones. Estimated at $13.1 million, the film finished with $12.75 million, which isn't much, but for points in the reader predictions challenge it can mean a lot. Finishing third and also dipping slightly from estimates is the ensemble dramedy This is Where I Leave You, which finished with $11.55 million. The weekend's other new release that was generating a lot of attention was Kevin Smith's Tusk, which opened in 602 theaters and only managed $846,831 for a $1,407 per theater average. »
- Brad Brevet
Amir here, back to weekly box office reporting duty. Coming back from Tiff, I tried to catch up a bit today with all the sales numbers I’d missed since August. It turns out the biggest bit of news was... the release of Forrest Gump IMAX??? Really, September? Is that the best you can do? Turgid stuff.
On the bright side, with awards season now slowly getting into full gear, we can look forward to the highbrow films the studios have been withholding from all us all year, starting with this weekend’s... The Maze Runner and This Is Where I Leave You? Damn it September; get your act together!
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Wide Release Box Office
01 The Maze Runner $32.5 New Review
02 A Walk Among The Tombstones $13.1 New
03 This Is Where I Leave You $11.8 New
04 No Good Deed $10.2 (cum. $40.1)
05 Dolphin Tale 2 $9 (cum. $27)
- Amir S.
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
"The Hunger Games" and "Divergent" just got a new partner in the field of successful young adult novel adaptations.
"The Maze Runner" pulled in a very solid $32.5 million domestic opening over the weekend, easily taking the top spot at not just the American box-office but in fifty other markets around the world. Globally it managed an $81.5 million debut, not bad for a film that cost only a fraction of most young adult novel adaptations.
The Liam Neeson-led R-rated crime thriller "A Walk Among the Tombstones" came in a distant second with $13.1 million - only half the opening of his PG-13 in-flight thriller "Non-Stop" from earlier this year. The film isn't expected to fare well in coming weeks.
The ensemble comedy "This is Where I Leave You" also disappointed with an $11.9 million debut and poor reviews. In moderate release, Kevin Smith's "Tusk" premiered to just $886,000 across 600 screens - another disappointment. »
- Garth Franklin
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
It was expected the new young adult adaptation The Maze Runner would open at #1, but it wasn't clear if it would end up around $30 million as the studio was softly estimating or $40 million as some prognosticators thought it might excel to. Well, the verdict is in and it's on the lower end of the spectrum, bringing in and estimated $32.5 million, though opening day audiences seemed to like what the saw, giving it an "A-" CinemaScore. I never would have expected Liam Neeson's A Walk Among the Tombstones to do too well so while the film's $13.1 million will be looked at as weak compared to his previous actioners, you have to remember this isn't Taken or Non-Stop. Tombstones is more adult and while it's a little sloppy, it really shouldn't be compared to his PG-13 actioners as this is clearly more dark noir rather than glossy, bang-bang stuff, which is »
- Brad Brevet
Light week of movie watching this week as I'm celebrating my first wedding anniversary this weekend in Whistler, but I did end up seeing the new Liam Neeson movie A Walk Among the Tombstones and at home I saw Dumb and Dumber and watched half of Top Gun. Otherwise, I will have to get back into full swing this coming week as I really need to get back to my "Best Movies" columns and I've also got a lot of people that wrote in wanting to write for the site and some great candidates are bubbling to the top, possibly opening up the site to a few new voices in the coming days. With my week out of the way, let's hear from you. What did you watch this weekendc Any of you manage to see The Guest or The Dropc I chose Tombstones over The Maze Runner, the latter »
- Brad Brevet
“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 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fox’s The Maze Runner grabbed $1.1M in late-night showings at 2,200 locations starting at 10 Pm. The best comparison is probably the sci-fi actioner Ender’s Game, which launched with $1.4 million in November 2013 and went on to have an opening weekend gross of $27M (on the other hand, it cost three times more than Maze Runner). So, perhaps Fox is more on the money with a lower estimate for this weekend.
Another comparison title is this year’s other Ya sci-fi actioner — Divergent (Summit/Lgf). It grabbed $4.9M in late nights that started at 8 Pm and went on to gross $54.6M in its first weekend out. Of course, that one was driven by the young female demo. The Maze Runner is tapping in with the young male audience better, so we will have to see how that translates tonight — which will probably be front-loaded with Ya fans. Fan reviews for the film are pretty good. »
- Anita Busch
I'm posting this early so I don't have any Friday numbers, but The Maze Runner is already out-pacing Divergent overseas, already bringing in $8.5 million and some are predicting as high as $40 million for the latest young adult adaptation. Promotion on the film seems to have either been muted or I'm just not watching the right channels so it's hard for me to see it going that high and I'm more likely to agree with Laremy's $31.9 million assessment, which is $3.9 million higher than the reader aggregate, though that would seem to be on the low end of expected results. I didn't get a chance to see This is Where I Leave You, but it looked harmless enough and the word I heard is that it's exactly what you'd expect after seeing the trailer. Seems like a rental to me and Laremy is predicting a $15.1 million weekend, while the readers see it more as a $13.3 million movie. »
- Brad Brevet
Twentieth Century Fox's boy-centric The Maze Runner took off Friday night at the multiplex thanks to younger males and females, putting it on course for a debut of $30 million or more. It's the first Ya film adaptation to launch in September, a generally sleepy month at the North American box office. Maze Runner, earning an A- CinemaScore, grossed roughly $11 million for the day from 3,604 theaters, including Imax runs. Liam Neeson's A Walk Among the Tombstones placed a distant No. 2, earning $4.7 million on Friday for a projected $14 million weekend and coming in
- Pamela McClintock
This weekend, a group of teenage boys are trapped in a maze in the big-screen adaptation of the best-selling young adult novel "The Maze Runner," a soldier shows up at the doorstep of a fallen comrade's grieving family in the psychological thriller "The Guest," the Julianna Margulies-starring "The Good Wife" kicks off Season 6 Sunday night on CBS, and the new comic-book series "Gotham" premieres Monday night on Fox.
Also in theaters this weekend: In "This Is Where I Leave You," four grown siblings are forced to return to their childhood home in the wake of their father's death. The comedy-drama stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, and more. "A Walk Among the Tombstones" stars Liam Neeson as a private investigator hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife. Directed by Kevin Smith, horror movie "Tusk" stars Justin Long »
- Jonny Black
4th Update, Monday, 2:43 Pm Pt: Who was No. 1 this weekend in China? It’s just not clear. Although Warner Bros reported $7.7M this afternoon for Into The Storm, Fox reported $7.64M for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and it looks like Expendables 3 ended up with $7.5M (according to Rentrak). But China reporting on box office is always a bit sketchy and numbers tend to fluctuate, which may be why another final total for Into The Storm shows it pulled in only $7.16M. Warners is sticking by its $7.7M number (which includes previews). So, to be fair to both parties, it’s really too close to call.
Final grosses are in for Guardians Of The Galaxy and other films including The Maze Runner (which bows in the states next weekend), The Boxtrolls (which won’t bow until September 26 in the U.S.), Dolphin Tale 2, Lucy, Finding Fanny (which »
- Nancy Tartaglione
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Universal Pictures handed out a slew of new release dates today, most notably giving Guillermo del Toro's haunted house thriller Crimson Peak an October 16, 2015 release. As of now, the movie has no direct competition in that slot.
Mia Wasikowska is attached to star as Edith Cushing, who realizes that her new husband isn't the man he appears to be. Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Burn Gorman, Jim Beaver, Javier Botet and Emily Coutts are attached to star. Guillermo del Toro is directing from a script he co-wrote with Matthew Robbins and Lucinda Coxon, with production scheduled to begin next month at Pinewood Studios in Toronto.
The studio also issued a February 27, 2015 release date for Everest, which Baltasar Kormákur is directing. it is going up against Selfless, starring Ryan Reynolds. Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Hawkes and Jason Clarke are attached to star in this drama, based on »
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