Movie Roundup: ‘The Maze Runner’ Dominates Weekend Box Office

Written by Wendy L  |  22. September 2014

This weekend ‘The Maze Runner’ helped break the silence at movie box office.  The domestic box office saw revenue for the weekend go up more than 25 percent over the same weekend last year.

‘The Maze Runner,’ starring Dylan O’Brien (from Teen Wolf), Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario and Will Poulter, pulled in $32.5 million. It makes one of the biggest September debuts ever. It has an established fanbase with the book series by author James Dashner. The young-adult franchise film tells the story of O’Brien waking up with no memory and inside the center of a maze with other teen boys around him. Together, they look for a way out as vicious creatures known as Grievers threaten them.

News is out that a sequel, ‘Maze Runner: Scorch Trials’ will be out in September of next year.

Coming in second place at the weekend box office is ‘A Walk among the Tombstones’ with $13.1 million. The film stars Liam Neeson and is based on Lawrence Block’s best-selling mystery novels. Even at second place at the box office, it fell short of expectations. The film reportedly cost $23 million to make.

In third place at the weekend box office is ‘This is Where I Leave You.’ The dramedy took in $11.9 million and stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne and Jane Fonda. It follows four siblings who reunite at the family home after the passing of their father.

If this weekend’s numbers are any indication of what to expect at the box office this fall, things should be looking good.

New Movie Releases This Week: September 26, 2014

For those looking for a thriller:

  • The Equalizer (R)
    Stars: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloe Grace Moretz, David Harbour
    A man dedicated to beginning a new, quiet life after having a mysterious past is once again put in a situation of risk after he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters.

  • The Two Faces of January (PG-13)
    Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac, Daisy Bevan
    A con artist, his wife, and a stranger who flees Athens after one of them is caught up in the death of a private detective.

For those looking for an animated family film:

  • The Boxtrolls (PG)
    Stars: Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade
    Based on the children’s novel ‘Here Be Monsters’ by Alan Snow, a young orphaned boy is raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors. The boy tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator.

For those looking for drama:

  • The Song (PG-13)
    Stars: Alan Powell, Ali Faulkner, Caitlin Nicol-Thomas, Danny Vinson
    An aspiring singer-songwriter’s life and marriage suffer when the song he writes for his wife propels him to stardom.

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