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The Maze Runner tops US box office with $32.5 million

The Maze Runner

Story by Jack Foley

THE Maze Runner has topped the US box office with a highly impressive $32.5 million.

Based on another Young Adult novel, the film follows a lead character played by Teen Wolf‘s Dylan O’Brien as he wakes up with no memory inside the centre of a giant maze, an area known as The Glade, surrounded by other teen boys who likewise can’t remember anything.

Threatening them all are vicious creatures known as Grievers, prompting the boys to look for a way out with the belated assistance of a mysterious girl.

The film also stars Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario and Will Poulter.

The Maze Runner‘s success came at the expense of other new releases, although – to be fair – some of the other high profile releases were not aimed at such a teen audience.

Liam Neeson’s latest, A Walk Among The Tombstones, opened in second place with $13.1 million.

Based on Lawrence Block’s best-selling mystery novels, the film finds Neeson playing an ex-New York City cop Matt Scudder turned unlicensed private investigator who is hired by a drug dealer to find the dealer’s kidnapped wife.

The film is looking to potentially kick-start another franchise for Neeson and is directed by Scott Frank.

Coming in third place, meanwhile, was the Shawn Levy drama-comedy ensemble This Is Where I Leave You, which stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne and Jane Fonda. The film took $11.9 million.

Rounding out the US top five, meanwhile, were Idris Elba thriller No Good Deed, which fell to fourth in its second weekend, with $10.2 million, and family offering Dolphin Tale 2, which took $9 million.

Elsewhere, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy continued to make news by grossing $5.2 million in the US and $10.4 million internationally for a worldwide total of $632.2 million. In doing so, it has now surpassed Iron Man 2‘s total of $624 globally.

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