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Maze and Mass Top Box Office

Sep 20, 2015

The week, Brad Brevet from Box Office Mojo reports that the weekend box office is up from last year with the arrival of two new wide releases, the latest young adult adaptation, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, and the Johnny Depp-led Whitey Bulger story, Black Mass.

Topping the weekend was Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials with $30.3 million to go along with a "B+" CinemaScore. Both the weekend box office and score are down from the first film in the franchise, last year's The Maze Runner, which opened with $32.5 million and an "A-" CinemaScore. This makes for an easy comparison with the Divergent series, which saw the second film open with $2.4 million less than its predecessor. Worldwide, Scorch Trials has already brought in $78 million for a worldwide come of $108.3 million.

In second, Black Mass managed an estimated $23.36 million and a "B" CinemaScore. That CinemaScore doesn't necessarily bode well for the film's future prospects as most of the talk surrounding the feature has centered on Depp's performance and not the movie itself. This opening puts the film on par with 2010's The Town, which opened with $23.8 million, but below 2006's The Departed, which opened with $26.8 million. Black Mass, however, opened in more theaters than both of them.

Looking at last weekend's new releases, M. Night Shyamalan's thriller The Visit dropped 55% for an estimated three-day total of $11.3 million, bringing the film's come to $42.3 million. Meanwhile, Sony's The Perfect Guy took an even steeper tumble, dropping 63% from its chart-topping opening weekend, slipping to fourth place and an estimated $9.6 million sophomore effort.

Next weekend sees the release of Hotel Transylvania 2, The Intern with Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro and Eli Roth's long-delayed cannibal thriller The Green Inferno. 

Not only is West Wind Drive In locations showing Maze Runner:  The Scorch Trials and Black Mass for the remainder of this week they will be opening Hotel Transylvania 2 and The Intern on Friday. Sign up for showtimes at www.westwinddi.com!


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