The domestic box office gained momentum again with the release of three new entries, which also managed to nab the top three spots over the past weekend. Last week’s champ, Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson’s suspense drama “No Good Deed”, slips down three places to take the fourth spot with $10.2 million. Dylan O’Brien’s “The Maze Runner“, Liam Neeson’s R-Rated actioner “A Walk Among the Tombstones”, and adult drama “This Is Where I Leave You” stepped in this week raking in $32.5 million, $13.1 million and $11.9 million respectively. In that order, the aforementioned films occupy the first, second and third spots on the domestic box office. The top 5 is rounded up with last week’s runner up “Dolphin Tale 2”, adding an estimated $9 million in fifth place.
“The Maze Runner” features ”Teen Wolf” star Dylan O’Brien in the lead role, which also stars “Skins” actress Kaya Scodelario, and supported by Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter and Jacob Latimore. The sci-fi drama thriller is an adaptation from a 2009 best-selling book of the same name by James Dashner. The story follows Thomas who finds himself stuck in a giant Labyrinth called The Glade that seems to host dangerous creatures and other kids. A mysterious girl shows up in this weird place that only boys are sent to. They are faced with the challenges of an ever-changing maze as they desperately seek freedom.
The box office success of the Wes Ball directed pic is also celebrated with the announcement of the sequel’s release date. Twentieth Century Fox is pleased to announce that “The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials” will be heading to theaters on September 18, 2015. Ball will return to the director’s chair, with a screenplay written by T.S. Nowlin. O’Brien is expected to reprise his role as Thomas. The sequel is based on the second book in the series written by Dashner, which follows the events that took place in the Glades. “The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials” will be pitted against “Everest (2015)” which stars Josh Brolin, and Johnny Depp’s untitled Whitey Bulger biopic.
Sadly, the hotly anticipated horror movie “Tusk” failed to deliver the goods on its debut weekend. Slammed by critics over at Rottentomatoes.com, the Justin Long starring pic is said to be “pleasantly ridiculous and charmingly self-deprecating, but that isn’t enough to compensate for its thin, overstretched story.” Occupying 14th place, the film raked in $886,000 on a limited release of only 602 theaters. Made on a reported budget of 3 million, let’s hope that horror fans respond to Kevin Smith’s movie that sees Long doctored into a Walrus with a series of painful surgeries.
Quick look at the top-grossing pictures in North American theaters, courtesy of Box Office Mojo:
- “The Maze Runner” – $32.5 million
- “A Walk Among the Tombstones” – $13.1 million
- “This Is Where I Leave You” – $11.9 million
- “No Good Deed” – $10.2 million
- “Dolphin Tale 2” – $9 million
- “Guardians of the Galaxy” – $5.2 million
- “Let’s Be Cops” – $2.7 million
- “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” – $2.7 Million
- “The Drop” – $2.1 million
- “If I Stay” – $1.8 million