Maze Runner Tops Weekend Box-Office

“The Hunger Games” and “Divergent” just got a new partner in the field of successful young adult novel adaptations.

“The Maze Runner” pulled in a very solid $32.5 million domestic opening over the weekend, easily taking the top spot at not just the American box-office but in fifty other markets around the world. Globally it managed an $81.5 million debut, not bad for a film that cost only a fraction of most young adult novel adaptations.

The Liam Neeson-led R-rated crime thriller “A Walk Among the Tombstones” came in a distant second with $13.1 million – only half the opening of his PG-13 in-flight thriller “Non-Stop” from earlier this year. The film isn’t expected to fare well in coming weeks.

The ensemble comedy “This is Where I Leave You” also disappointed with an $11.9 million debut and poor reviews. In moderate release, Kevin Smith’s “Tusk” premiered to just $886,000 across 600 screens – another disappointment. Last week’s top earner “No Good Deed” dropped 58% in its second time out and nabbed $10.2 million.

The news wasn’t good for the limited release crowd either this week. “The Guest,” “The Zero Theorem” and “Tracks” all underwhelmed whereas Nick Cave doco “20,000 Days on Earth” powered to $26,900 from just one screen.