A busy weekend at the box office saw a slew of new openings and some solid debuts, as Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials easily won the weekend with an estimated $30.3 million.
Although most expected Scorch Trials to earn about $35 million, it actually fell short of the original Maze Runner’s $32.5 million debut. Still, it’s a strong opening for the adaptation of James Dashner’s young adult novel, which earned a B+ CinemaScore and stars Dylan O’Brien as a teenager struggling to survive in a scorched wasteland.
Fall movie season is officially here, and a diverse slate of new releases is hitting theaters this weekend. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Black Mass are expected to bring in big box office receipts, with Scorch Trials on track to win the weekend with $35 million or more.
This weekend saw the debut of two new PG-13 rated thrillers, and while The Perfect Guy and The Visit were both predicted to debut between $15 million and $17 million, both exceeded expectations, ending the weekend with more than $25 million apiece.
This summer had its fair share of broken records and blockbuster openings, but this year’s Labor Day marked a decidedly sleepy end to the summer box office race. Not only was it one of the slowest weekends of the summer, but it marked the worst four-day Labor Day weekend since 2004.
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