Monday Box Office Report – An a-mazing start for a new franchise

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The young adult market is notoriously hard to breach. For every Hunger Games and Twilight movie made, there’s a dozen Divergents waiting in the wings to fail. The Maze Runner on the other hand, might just be the start of a brand new YA franchise.

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Taking in a very solid September debut of $32.5 million, The Maze Runner ran to the top of the pack. That’s a great start for a new film, which already has an international total of $81 million so far, off of a $34 million budget. This can be attributed to a particularly strong fanbase, built on the books penned by James Dashner, with the film most likely breaking the $90 million mark in domestic ticket sales before the end of the year. And with a sequel on the way, the future looks bright for this new series.

Liam Neeson’s latest film, A Walk Among The Tombstones didn’t fare nearly as well though. With $13.1 million in ticket sales, that’s a 50% drop from his previous film Non-Stop, and will most likely fall even further when Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer arrives later this week. Here’s how everyone else did at the North American box office on the weekend.

  • The Maze Runner – $32.5 Million
  • A Walk Among The Tombstones – $13.1 Million
  • This Is Where I Leave You – $11.8 Million
  • No Good Deed – $10.2 Million
  • Dolphin Tale 2 – $9 Million
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy – $5.1 Million
  • Let’s Be Cops – $2.67 Million
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $2.65 Million
  • The Drop – $2 Million
  • If I Stay – $1.8 Million

Top ten departures this week include The Hundred Foot Journey, The Giver and The November Man. The Hundred Foot Journey easily doubled it’s $22 million budget with over $51 million in the bank after  a seven week run, while The Giver scraped in even numbers with an international haul of  $53.9 million.

Proving that not every retired special ops agent has what it takes to stand out, The November Man finished a lacklustre four week run at the box office with a global haul of $24.3 million.

Last Updated: September 22, 2014

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