Ah, the formidable power of young adult book adaptations. Between Twilight, The Hunger Games, Divergent, etc., we know they have a real potential to be a cash cow. While The Maze Runner didn’t quite reach the proverbial promised land that previous incarnations of YA plotlines have, it at least took in a respectable showing, already banking roughly what it cost to create.
While Young Adult adaptations tend to attract more of a female viewership (as in the case of the aforementioned franchises) Runner skewed more male than usual (around 49%). That number is likely best attributed to the heavy advertising about the film’s action elements.
In second place was Liam Neeson’s A Walk Among the Tombstones. It will likely not stay in the rankings long, as there is nothing to distinguish the film from other crime dramas within its advertising scheme. Neeson is a strong name, but these days, that’s not enough to bring in a crowd.
This is Where I Leave You, starring a host of mainstream comedic actors including Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda and more, didn’t quite pull off a smash hit this weekend. Critics were wary of its genre, believing it to fall somewhere awkwardly between comedy and drama, and bad reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and the like didn’t do it any favors either.
Full Box Office (Via Box Office Mojo):
1. The Maze Runner $32,500,000
2. A Walk Among the Tombstones $13,126,000
3. This is Where I Leave You $11,860,000
4. No Good Deed $10,200,000
5. Dolphin Tale 2 $9,005,000
6. Guardians of the Galaxy $5,180,000
7. Let’s Be Cops $2,675,000
8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $2,650,000
9. The Drop $2,050,000
10. If I Stay $1,835,000