‘Maze Runner 2’ races past Johnny Depp’s ‘Black Mass’ for the top spot in the weekend box office
(TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX) – “The Maze Runner: Scorch Trails,” the sequel to last year’s post-apocalyptic young adult hit, raced its way to the top of the weekend box office with a $30.3 million showing. The 20th Century Fox picture was filmed for $61 million and released in 3,791 locations.
“Black Mass,” a look at Boston gangster Whitey Bulger and his unholy alliance with the FBI, fiinished in second place with $23.4 million across 3,188 locations. The Johnny Depp led movie cost $53 million to make and puts the film in the same level as other Boston crime dramas such as “The Departed,” which led its run with $26 million in 2006 and “The Town,” that started off with $23.8 million in 2010.
Universal’s “The Visit,” showed up in third place with $11.3 million to give the M. Night Shyamalan directed film $42.3 million in two weekends. Sony’s “The Perfect Guy,” came in fourth with $9.7 million for a two week total of $41.4 million.
Rounding out the top five was Universal’s “Everest,” which was released in only 545 Imax and premium screens and brought in $7.6 million. The film that cost $55 million to shoot and stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, and Jake Gyllenhaal used the same approach to garner buzz that “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” use in 2011.
“Ghost Protocol” brought in $13.3 million in before having its wide release.