‘Maze Runner’ tops box bureau for Fox in dim teen drama

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“The Maze Runner,” a latest Hollywood film about immature adults held in a life-or-death nightmare, led a box bureau in a weekend debut.

The film, from 21st Century Fox, collected $32.5 million in U.S. and Canadian sheet sales, according to an emailed matter on Sunday from Rentrak Corp. “A Walk Among a Tombstones,” a thriller from Universal Pictures, placed second with $13.1 million, while a third new release, “This Is Where we Leave You,” prisoner a No. 3 mark for Time Warner’s Warner Bros. with $11.9 million.

The supposed teen dystopia films gained courtesy in 2012 when Lions Gate Entertainment’s “The Hunger Games” became a warn hit. That studio followed with “Divergent” and “Ender’s Game,” while others, including Fox, have ventured into a genre.

“At Fox, they should be unequivocally pleased,” pronounced Paul Dergarabedian, Rentrak comparison media analyst. “To have a $32.5 million opening in Sep is indeed unequivocally good.”

“The Maze Runner,” formed on a young-adult novel by James Dashner, tells a story of a organisation of boys who find themselves in a glade with a dangerous obstruction as their usually exit.

“Their preference to emanate a new authorization formed around this unequivocally renouned array of books was a intelligent one,” Dergarabedian said. “For each one of these that does well, there are many that don’t. It’s unequivocally formidable to daub into that immature adult assembly and have success.”

“Their play paid off,” he said.

“The Maze Runner” was foresee to collect $37 million in a debut, according to BoxOffice.com. It had a bill of $34 million, according to Box Office Mojo. The film perceived 63 percent certain reviews, according to Rottentomatoes.com, that aggregates critics’ responses.

“‘The Maze Runner” puts a refreshingly obsolete point on dystopia,” wrote Sheri Linden in a examination for a Los Angeles Times. “Marc Fisichella’s prolongation pattern is a vivid, worldly digest of Dashner’s illusory world.”

“A Walk Among a Tombstones” from Comcast’s Universal stars Liam Neeson and is formed on Lawrence Block’s bestselling array of poser novels. The film cost $28 million to make, according to Box Office Mojo.

Critics logged by Rottentomatoes.com purebred 66 percent certain reviews.

“I suspicion Liam Neeson’s film would do a bit better,” Dergarabedian said. “This one was rated R, so it came in a small on a reduce finish of expectations.”

Neeson plays former New York Police Department officer Matt Scudder operative as an unlawful private investigator. He agrees to assistance a heroin trafficker, played by Dan Stevens, hunt down a group who kidnapped and murdered his wife.

“Nasty, heartless and unforgiving, ‘A Walk Among a Tombstones’ is one of those singular contemporary cinematic offerings: intelligent pulp,” wrote Manohla Dargis, in a examination for The New York Times.

The film was created and destined by Scott Frank, whose credits embody “Get Shorty” and “Minority Report.”

Also creation a entrance was “This is Where we Leave You,” a comedy from Warner starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey. The film tells a story of 4 grown siblings who lapse to their childhood home after their father dies. The film also facilities Jane Fonda and Rose Byrne.

“This Is Where we Leave You” was projected to beget $11.5 million, according to BoxOffice.com. The film cost $20 million to make, a guess of Box Office Mojo.

“No Good Deed,” a thriller from Sony starring Idris Elba, returned in a second week to place fourth. It collected $10.2 million.

Weekend sales for a tip 10 films rose 30 percent to $91.1 million from a year earlier. Sales for a year to date have depressed 5.5 percent to $7.56 billion.

Copyright © 2014, Chicago Tribune

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