It seems to take a bunch of young adults and throw them into a life of death struggle is a sure-fire recipe for Hollywood success right now…The Maze Runner having once again proved the point pretty well. Scooping up an impressive $32.5 million during its opening weekend in the US and Canada, the flick comfortably topped the box office ahead of A Walk Among the Tombstones ($13.1 million) in second place.
“At Fox, they should be very pleased,” said Rentrak senior media analyst, Paul Dergarabedian.
“To have a $32.5 million opening in September is actually really good.”
Another addition to the growing arsenal of popular teen dystopia movies that seem to be ticking all the right boxes right now, The Maze Runner is a safe bet for anyone with an interest in Enders Game or The Hunger Games.
“The Maze Runner,” based on a young-adult novel by James Dashner, tells the story of a group of boys who find themselves in a glade with a dangerous maze as their only exit.
“Their decision to create a new franchise based around this very popular series of books was a smart one,” said Dergarabedian.
“For every one of these that does well, there are many that don’t. It’s very difficult to tap into that young adult audience and have success,”
“Their gamble paid off.”