A busy weekend at the box office saw a slew of new openings and some solid debuts, as Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials easily won the weekend with an estimated $30.3 million.
While not devastating, it should be noted that the first film, The Maze Runner, opened to $32 million. Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Kaya Scodelario are all returning stars and will be joined by new actors Barry Pepper and Lili Taylor, among others. “Everest” had a worldwide draw of $35.8 million, according to Rentrak. This movie is the sequel to the 2014 film, “The Maze Runner“, and is about the kids from the Glade facing new challenges that await them once escaping the Maze.
In second place, Black Mass opened to $23.4 million and a B CinemaScore.
Paramount Pictures’ “Captive“, which cost just $2 million to film, will likely debut with between $2 million to $5 million in about 800 locations. In the meantime, critics remain mixed about the faith-based drama War Room, but with an estimated $6.3 million weekend and $49.1 million in gross on a $3 million budget, there is no doubting its success with its intended audience.
The sequel, “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials“, opens nationwide on Friday.
“The Visit” was in third place in its second week of showings with an estimated Dollars 11.3 million weekend sales, declining 55 percent from last weekend.
It managed to beat out Johnny Depp in BLACK MASS (click the link to read our review). “For ‘Black Mass, ‘ the region made up 10 percent”. Entertainment, Johnny Depp portrays Whitey Bulger in a scene from “Black Mass”. It will wind up the weekend short of $2 million. That thriller has now earned $41.35M to date. “Everest” has a strong ensemble cast with Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley and Emily Watson. “Captive” is a true story about a woman (Kate Mara) who gains strength from celebrity pastor Rick Warren’s inspirational books while being held hostage by an ex-convict (David Oyelowo). “Sicario” bowed at merely six locations but earned $390,000 in revenues, giving it the highest per-theater average of any movie this year. “I suppose you can say it is quite selfish but it’s also completely understandable and very human, and the only way we can do that is by sticking together as a team”.