The latest YA adaptation The Maze Runner had a very successful debut this week with $32 million from Friday to Sunday, above expectations for a male-centered YA novel that drew comparisons to Lord of the Flies. Even with that boy-oriented story though, girls still made up the majority of the audience for this movie, as it drew a crowd that was 51% females under 25. It got an "A-" Cinemascore from that crowd, and so that's good news for the film going forward, as it should more or less have next weekend to itself as well.
Last week's surprise winner No Good Deed fell 58% to fourth place, earning just $10 million in its second week, while the other new releases were mostly disappointing. Liam Neeson's A Walk Among the Tombstones came in second, but with just $13 million, much lower than the recent Neeson action vehicles, while the Jason Bateman family dramedy This is Where I Leave You was third with $11 million. Dolphin Tale 2 rounded out the top five for the weekend.
- 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
Even the indie movies disappointed this week, with Weinstein Co.'s Tracks opening on 4 screens to just $21k, and Kevin Smith's practically unadvertized movie Tusk came in with $886k in just 600 theaters. The Drop added $2 million from an additional 400 screens, bringing its total to $7 million for the crime drama starring James Gandolfini. Next up it's Denzel Washington's The Equalizer, along with the new animated release from Laika Studios, The Boxtrolls. See you then!