The YA adaptation reigns supreme at the box office this weekend, while a typically reliable action star struggles.
In at number 1 is The Maze Runner (read our review) with $32.5 million. That’s obviously not Hunger Games or Twilight type numbers, but it’s still a great start given the fickle nature of the YA adaptation.
With no notable stars to speak of, The Maze Runner‘s audience was likely comprised of book fans, but that’s not a bad turnout all things considered. In fact, FOX has already greenlit the next film in the series, The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials.
Coming in at number 2 is A Walk Among the Tombstones (read our review) with $13.1 million. While Liam Neeson is usually good for a $20M+ opening, there clearly was something about A Walk that turned audiences off.
It could be that the film’s R-rating suggested it was more mature than the (semi) family friendly Taken films, or it could be that audiences are no longer interested in seeing Neeson play same-y characters. Whatever the case may be, we wouldn’t surprised if studios started questioning the star’s bankability.
The number 3 film this weekend is This is Where I Leave You (read our review) with $11.8 million. An adaptation of the novel by Jonathan Topper, This is Where I Leave You focuses on a grieving family’s many idiosyncrasies and boasts a pretty star-studded ensemble. The film was right in line with expectations this weekend and should hold stronger the most for the next few weeks.
No Good Deed is the number 4 film with $10.2 million. The Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson thriller did solid business in its opening weekend, but is starting to trail off pretty substantially. The film has grossed $40.1 million after two weeks.
Rounding out the top 5 is Dolphin Tale 2 with $9 million. Last weekend’s number 2 film did just fine in its second week in release and is now up to $27 million.
Guardians of the Galaxy is the number 6 film with $5.1 million. There isn’t much more to say about Marvel’s latest after it took the title of highest grossing movie of the year (domestically), but we don’t see the film going away any time soon. Either way, Guardians is still making money and is now up to $313 million domestic and $632 million worldwide.
Coming in at number 7 is Let’s Be Cops with $2.67 million. This R-rated buddy cop comedy has made $77 million over six weeks.
In at number 8 is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with $2.65 million. TMNT is pretty much done at the box office, but the relatively weak competition is keeping it in the top 10 for now. Even so, the film has made a solid $185 million domestic and $333 million worldwide.
The Tom Hardy drama The Drop fell to number 9 this weekend with a measly $2.0 million. It may have some high caliber acting and writing, but the film just couldn’t find an audience. The Drop is only up to $7 million after two weeks.
Rounding out the top 10 is If I Stay with $1.8 million. The film has made a total of $47 million.
Outside the top 10: Kevin Smith’s Tusk (read our review) opened on 602 screens and grossed $886,000 over the weekend. While that’s not bad for an indie flick, especially one with such a bizarre premise, Tusk‘s opening gross is on the low side for Kevin Smith.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates – based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, September 22nd – at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]