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BOX OFFICE: “Maze Runner” Captures First Place, Sequel Announced

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BOX OFFICE: “Maze Runner” Captures First Place, Sequel Announced

No one could catch up to “The Maze Runner” at the box office this weekend, with the sci-fi teen action film debuting to an estimated $32.5 million and capturing first place, according to numbers from Box Office Mojo. The PG-13 20th Century Fox film, based on a 2009 young adult novel, placed well ahead of several R-rated debuts this weekend.

The Liam Neeson-starred action-revenge flick, “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” placed second, taking in $13.9 million in its first week. “This Is Where I Leave You,” the family dramedy starring Tina Fey and Jason Bateman, picked up $11.8 million to finish in third place for the week.

The early success of “Maze Runner” — with “Teen Wolf” actor Dylan O’Brien in the lead — led to a sequel already being announced and scheduled, as reported Sunday by Variety. “The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials” has been slated for Sept. 18, 2015, with the possibility of more to come after that. (Author James Dashner has written two sequels and one prequel following his original “Maze Runner” novel.)

Kevin Smith’s “Tusk” grossed $886,000, finishing well out of the top 10. The unconventional walrus-themed horror tale of a kidnapped podcaster, starring Justin Long and Michael Parks, played at just over 600 theaters domestically in its first week.

In “Guardians of the Galaxy” news, the film placed out of the top five for the weekend (finishing at No. 6) but passed a Marvel milestone, outgrossing “Iron Man 2” domestically and internationally according to Box Office Mojo’s numbers.

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