Maze Runner Outpaces Black Mass in Weekend Box Office




Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials sprints ahead of the competition, taking the top spot above Oscars hopefuls Black Mass and Everest.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials opened to a respectable $30.3 million. Adapted from the young adult novel Scorch Trials, the second in the Maze Runner series by James Dashner, the film is set in a dystopian future where a group of young men and women battle an evil organization for freedom. The sequel has critics divided, earning an aggregated score of 50% on Rotten Tomatoes. A third installment has already been slated for release in February 2017.

Black Mass came in second with $22.6 million in its opening weekend. The Johnny Depp vehicle is expected to be a contender in the upcoming Awards Season. Black Mass is based on the true story of infamous Boston gangster, Whitey Bulger. Scott Cooper directed the film from the screenplay by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth.

The Visit takes the third spot with $11.6 million, a 54.5% drop in its second week. The Perfect Guy fell from first to fourth with $9.8 million, a 62.3% drop.

In fifth place, Everest opened to $7.2 million this weekend, a deceptive figure considering it was only shown on 545 screens. The Baltasar Kormákur film could be the first in a trend of releases set to screen only in IMAX format theaters prior to wide release distribution. Everest is the story of a mountain climbing expedition to the world’s tallest peak, starring Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhall, Robin Wright, and Josh Brolin. Considering Black Mass opened on over 3,000 screens, and Scorch Trials on nearly 4,000, it seems safe to bet that Everest will be the one to beat when it goes wide on Friday, September 25th.

Sicario, starring Emily Blunt as an FBI agent sent to lead a task force at the US and Mexico border, also opened this weekend in limited release. It took in $401,288, a very respectable number considering it only opened on six screens. Expect bigger numbers from Sicario when it opens wide on October 2nd.

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