With more than $9,000 per site, sci-fi thriller "The Maze Runner" had no problem reaching its target audience over the weekend, easily moving to the top of the box office with a very strong overall weekend of $32 million. Also making an impact in its first weekend in theaters was "A Walk Among the Tombstones," as the Liam Neeson-starring thriller managed a so-so $13.1 million.
In a busy weekend for new releases, Fox's sci-fi thriller "The Maze Runner" looks like the clear favorite to top the box office, as it has the widest release of the weekend and a built-in audience familiar with the book of the same title. Also looking to be a major factor this weekend is "A Walk Among the Tombstones."
Despite a fairly limited 2,175-theater release, thriller "No Good Deed" put together an impressive $24.5 million opening weekend, easily enough to knock "Guardians of the Galaxy" out of the top slot at the box office. Also putting together a decent opening weekend was "Dolphin Tale 2," which found family audiences across the country and finished with a steady $16.55 million.
Even with a modest opening likely, "Dolphin Tale 2" looks to be in a great position to take over the top spot at the box office, although the PG family sequel should see only a brief stint at number one. Also looking to be a factor this weekend is "No Good Deed," a thriller starring Idris Elba that is getting a modest release of around 2,000 total venues this Friday.
Without a single new title making it into the top 10, "Guardians of the Galaxy" was once again the number one box office draw, earning another $10 million to bring it to a very strong $294 million in the U.S. Meanwhile, the lone wide release of the weekend, music drama "The Identical," completely fizzled, managing a paltry $977 per venue and $1.91 million overall.
In one of the slowest weeks of the year for new releases, musical drama "The Identical" is the only new title getting a wide release, though at only 1,950 theaters and with very poor reviews it doesn't seem to be in position to do much at the box office. With no real new competition, it should be another good weekend for "Guardians of the Galaxy."
With both "As Above, So Below" and "The November Man" struggling mightily to find an audience, "Guardians of the Galaxy" had yet another big weekend, topping charts for the third time in five weeks and propelling it past "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" to be the top domestic draw of the year.