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article image'The Maze Runner' should find its way to the top

By Tim O'Brien     Sep 18, 2014 in Entertainment
Sifting through the maze of the weekend box office and it looks like another young adult film is poised to make it through to the top.
"The Maze Runner," starring Dylan O'Brien, should make a nice splash for Fox as it joins the ranks among the doomsday, survival fare of those who have come before. While looking more like "Divergent" but playing more like "Hunger Games," "The Maze Runner" has a slightly different element - a male lead. So, on that level, do not expect an opening near those other two and more in the range of a solid $28-30 million.
To make "Maze Runner" exceed its projections would mean more men show up to see it. This type of movie has a built in box office, as the female crowd will go, but getting that younger male audience would make it grow even more. It would also need to play to that older crowd, at least a little.
1. "The Maze Runner" - 3,598 theaters
2. "This is Where I Leave You" - 2,750+ theaters
3. "A Walk Among the Tombstones" - 2,500 theaters
4. "Tusk" - 500+ theaters
5. "Hector And The Search For Happiness" - 4 theaters
6. "Tracks" (2014) - 4 theaters
The older generation has two films to possibly watch in "This is Where I Leave You" and "A Walk Among the Tombstones." The first is an ensemble comedy Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Corey Stoll, Adam Driver and Kathryn Hahn. The second stars Liam Neeson.
Anything that does around $40 million on any given weekend in September would be worthy of note. This month is not one to talk about when box office records are concerned. To get an idea, just check out Box Office Mojo. The top opening weekend ever for September is "Hotel Transylvania" with $42.5 million.
Only January has a smaller opening weekend haul. That would be for "Ride Along" this past January with $41.5 million. Both those films were hits but not if they were put up against other months. That is why those pleasant surprises in months like January or September are nice and can push the overall box office to record territories.
Now, much has been made about the box office being down in 2104, but 2013 was almost $11 billion. A pull back and a correction, much like the stock market, happens.
Oh, "The Guest" opened Wednesday in just 19 theaters.
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