The Maze Runner, the new YA adaptation that hit theaters Friday, chalked up an estimated $11 million for a first-place finish, proving that this over-saturated genre has life left in it yet. Populated with a slew of handsome young male actors led by Teen Wolf’s Dylan O’Brien, The Maze Runner, based on the popular best-selling novel by James Dashner, is on track to pull in close to $30 million. (That’s far better than The Giver, which opened in August to $12 million.) And with Twentieth Century Fox already deep into pre-production on the film’s sequel, the early numbers have to come as a welcome relief for the studio.
Things aren’t so rosy for the other new releases opening this weekend. Universal Pictures bowed the latest Liam Neeson-starrer A Walk Among the Tombstones in wide release, hoping to lure in the reliable Neeson fan base. But the ultra-violent R-rated drama from writer/director Scott Frank earned only an estimated $4.7 million Friday, for a likely finish in second place around $15 million — far lower than Neeson’s recent outings.
The final new wide release of the bunch, Shawn Levy’s star-studded This is Where I Leave You, doesn’t seem to have the allure Warner Bros. was hoping for. Sure, the family dramedy starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda cost only $20 million, but the studio has been marketing it as a very big movie, trying to lure in discerning adult moviegoers. But middling reviews for the movie haven’t helped its box office chances. The R-rated movie grossed an estimated $3.9 million Friday for an estimated three-day finish of $11 million.
The rest of the top five should be filled out by last weekend’s holdovers, with the Idris Elba-starrer No Good Deed filling the fourth spot. The PG-13 rated thriller earned an estimated $2.95 million on Friday for a cume of $32.9 million. Finally, the family flick Dolphin Tale 2 grossed an additional $2.14 million Friday, putting its total at $20.2 million.
1. Maze Runner — $11 million
2. A Walk Among the Tombstones — $4.7 million
3. This is Where I Leave You — $3.9 million
4. No Good Deed — $2.95 million
5. Dolphin Tale 2 — $2.14 million
Check back here tomorrow morning for a full weekend report.