Box-Office results: Maze Runner Scorch Trials burns Black Mass with 30.3M opener


Quite a few new film were released this week, jumpstarting what has been a sluggish box-office for September. The weekend box-office results come down to the new films, with last week’s winners taking a drop in the rankings. Taking the top-spot this week was the FOX studios YA adaption of the “Maze Runner” series, “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”.

The film took-in a little over $30.3M in its opening weekend, taking over an estimated 3,791 theater locations. The film was directed by Wes Ball working off a screenplay written by T.S. Nowlin. Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie star in the film, which is based off the novel written by James Dashner.

In second-place was another new release, the highly anticipated crime-drama “Black Mass” from Warner Bros. Pictures. Starring Johnny Depp, “Black Mass” earned $23.3M this weekend across 3,188 locations. The film itself was directed by Scott Cooper, working off a screenplay written by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth. Benedict Cumberbatch and Dakota Johnson also star in the film.

Dropping from second-place to first-place this weekend is the horror-thriller “The Visit” from Universal Pictures. The film, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, earned an additional $11.35M at the domestic box-office this weekend. The film has now earned an estimated $42.35M since it was released earlier this week. Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould and Deanna Dunagan star in the film.

Lat week’s number-one is this week’s number-four, “The Perfect Guy” only managed to earn $9.64M at the box-office against this week’s newest films. That thriller has now earned $41.35M to date. David M. Rosenthal directed the drama-thriller, working off a story written by Alan B. McElroy and a screenplay written by Tyger Williams. Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut star in the film.

Taking fifth-place this weekend was “Everest” from Universal Pictures. It was an impressive win considering that the film has only been released in 3D, IMAX and premium screens at this point. The film saw a gain of $7.6 million this weekend, the project stars Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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