‘The Maze Runner’ knocked ‘No Good Deed’ from the top spot at theaters and easily outdistanced two other newcomers to win the weekend box office, according to industry figures reported by movie tracking site Box Office Mojo on Monday. Based on the young adult dystopian novel by James Dashner, ‘The Maze Runner’ grossed $32.5 million in ticket sales from Friday to Sunday.
Action crime drama ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones,’ starring Liam Neeson, opened at No. 2 with $12.7 million. Adult dramedy ‘This Is Where I Leave You,’ starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda, debuted at No. 3 with $11.5 million.
After spending one weekend at No. 1, the thriller ‘No Good Deed’ dropped three spots to No. 4 in its second weekend, earning $9.7 million for a total of $39.7 million since opening Sept. 12. Family drama ‘Dolphin Tale 2’ also sank three spots to No. 5 in its second weekend, earning $8.8 million for a total of $26.9 million since opening Sept. 12.
FRIDAY’S NATIONWIDE RELEASES
‘The Boxtrolls’ is an animated adventure comedy based on the illustrated novel ‘Here Be Monsters!’ by Alan Snow. Rated PG, ‘The Boxtrolls’ is about an orphan boy raised by underground trolls who tries to save his adopted family and friends from an evil exterminator. Watch the official trailer here.
‘The Equalizer,’ starring Denzel Washington, is an action crime thriller based on the TV series of the same name. Rated R, ‘The Equalizer’ is about a man with a mysterious past whose attempt to start a new, quiet life is placed on hold after he encounters a desperate young girl under the control of violent Russian gangsters. Watch the official trailer here.
TUESDAY’S DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASES
‘Neighbors,’ starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, is a raunchy R-rated comedy about a couple with a newborn baby forced into a difficult situation when a fraternity moves in next door. A solid 73 percent of reviews are positive on movie review site Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film has ‘plenty of bawdy humor evenly spread between its well-matched stars.’ Watch the official trailer here.
‘The Rover,’ starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, is a dystopian drama set in Australia 10 years after a global economic collapse. Rated R, ‘The Rover’ is about a loner named Eric pursuing the men who stole his only possession, his car. When he captures one of the thieves’ brothers, the two men form an uneasy bond on their dangerous journey. A respectable 66 percent of reviews are positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which said the ‘tension-filled’ film is ‘fueled by engaging performances from Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson’ and ‘overcomes its narrative faults through sheer watchability.’ Watch the official trailer here.