Weekend Box Office: “Maze Runner” opens big, “Where I Leave You” bombs

boxAnother big weekend for young adult science fiction, as “The Maze Runner” exceeded expectations and delivered a healthy $30-32 million opening. The folks who released “The Giver” would have killed for that. Indifferent reviews didn’t hurt it any more than the “Hunger Games” pictures.

“A Walk Among the Tombstones” opened feebly. People aren’t as “Taken” with Liam Neeson these days. Day late, dollar short, Universal. As usual.

“This Is Where I Leave You” must have skewed too old in its casting to have much appeal. A half-decent Shawn Levy R-rated comedy? It should have opened huge. Not so. A bit over $11 million by midnight Sunday.

“No Good Deed” took a dive in its second week, “Dolphin Tale 2” is lingering in the top ten.

“The Drop,” the best film of the early fall, is barely in the top ten.

“Tusk” opened in over 600 theaters, and those theaters didn’t draw any audience. Pitiful take, pitiful per-screen average. Back to the podcast, Kevin Smith.

The woeful “Let’s Be Cops” is closing in on $80 million, so there’s no accounting for taste.



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