Strong opening for YA sci-fi thriller

Fox’s YA sci-fi thriller, ‘The Maze Runner’, starring Dylan O’Brien,  Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Will Poulter, enjoyed a strong opening Friday at the North American box office, grossing $11m from 3,604 theatres.  A powerful ‘A-‘ CinemaScore should off-set genre front-loading and the franchise opener is back on course for hitting the predicted $30m+ weekend after taking a slightly disappointing $1.1m from Thursday night previews.  Average reviews – currently running at 63% on RT – is unlikely to have any bearing.

 

Universal’s R-rated thriller, ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’, starring Liam Neeson, arrived in 2,712 theatres with an underwhelming $4.7m (inc $428k Thursday previews).  A disappointing ‘B-‘ CinemaScore will counter decent reviews – 73% on RT – and it should finish the weekend around the $14m mark.

 

And there was disappointment for the other weekend opener, ‘This is Where I Leave You’,  in third place.  Warner Bros’ siblings comedy took a soft $3.85m on Friday from 2,868 theatres (inc $100k TP’s) leaving it on pace for a $11.5m weekend at the lower end of market expectations.  Audiences liked it more than critics with a ‘B+’ CinemaScore against a 43% RT critical rating.

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September 21st, 2014 - admin

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