Box Office: “Scorch Trials” whacks “Black Mass,” “Everest” dominates per-screen average

boxThe weary YA audience must be running out of allowance money, as the middling “Maze Runner” sequel isn’t making the money the middling “Hunger Games” or “Divergent” sequels have managed.

Maybe if they’d built their franchise around a terrific young actress instead of decent young actors.

Deadline.com is calling it a $30 million weekend for “The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.” Not bad, but hardly great. It may have a better Saturday than Friday, but maybe not.

“Black Mass” shows that there’s life in Johnny Depp beyond Captain Jack. The solid, well-reviewed bio-pic of murderous mahb-stuh Whitey Bulger will have just under $25 million, if early projections hold up. That number could spike a bit.

Universal’s epic IMAX 3D experience “Everest” is winning the per screen average, managing almost $6 million on 500 or so screens.

“War Room” dominated the doldrums of late summer, and has added hundreds of screens every weekend accordingly. But the faith-based drama with the bad reviews lost a lot of audience and many places in the box office race, despite adding 300 screens. Might be gassed.

“Captive” is the new faith-based film this week, a fact-based thriller. Only 800 screens, for starters. It’s doing “90 Minutes in Heaven” numbers. Not great. “Heaven” nosedived out of the top ten, “Captive” just cracked it.

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