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Weekend B.O. Sept. 19-21 (Hanging In There, Just Barely)

Weekend B.O. Sept. 19-21 (Hanging In There, Just Barely)

Yet again
another one of those dystopian YA movies based on some popular dystopian YA
book I’ve never heard of was No.1 this weekend at the box office with an excellent $32.5 million. I’m referring
to Fox’s “The Maze Runner,” which I couldn’t tell apart from “Divergent” or “The
Giver” or “The Hunger Games,” and which all seem to have to same exact premise and
the exact same cast of pasty faced white 20-somethings passing themselves off
as teenagers. 

And there are reportedly at least another 60 film adaptions of
other YA novels currently in the works. Which begs a question: Are there any
black YA novels out there and are any of them being adapted into movies?

Coming in
second place was the superior film noirish mystery “A Walk Among the Tombstones” with Liam Neeson, which did slightly less than expected with $13.5 million, though most predicted, given it sober tone and grim subject matter, it would do somewhere around the $13-16 million range.

However, as
you may recall, last weekend I posted a question asking, mainly for discussion’s sake, if last weekend’s $25 million B.O. opening for the Idris
Elba/Taraji P. Henson thriller “No Good Deed” could catapult Henson into the
A-list category. (HERE)

Well maybe I
asked the question too soon because the film took a massive huge drop this weekend
by some 58% making some $10.2 million this weekend, a drop somewhat bigger than
most people had anticipated.

However
despite that, the film’s reported low $12 million budget ensures that it will make at least some sort of profit, but not nearly as big as originally
expected. With some $40 million so far at this stage, it should hit $50
million domestically or slightly under that considering the competition that
will be going against it in the next few weeks. Not bad, though it was
projected to do at least $60 or maybe $70 million.

And with
maybe the exception of South Africa and one or two other foreign
countries, “Deed” will make no overseas revenue since the studio won’t release it
overseas. (It’s a black film after all, don’t you know?) So whatever it makes
domestically, that’s it.

So what happened?
Where are those people who said they thought the film was great or said they
couldn’t wait to see it? Was it again a case of simply the people who really
wanted to see the film saw it the first weekend it came out, or the
word of mouth simply isn’t great?

And the
other baffling mystery, at least to me, is the surprising huge success of the
comedy “Let’s Be Cops,” one of those “out of nowhere” films that becomes a huge box office hit for unexplainable reasons. The trailer looked practically awful without
a single laugh, so what gives? Is it actually much better than you would assume
or is it just that people don’t have taste anymore? Anyone who’s seen it, tell
us.

1) The Maze Runner  Fox  $32,500,000 
2) A Walk Among the Tombstones  Uni.  $13,126,000 
3) This is Where I Leave You  WB  $11,860,000 
4) No Good Deed SGem  $10,200,000  Total:
$40,110,000 
5) Dolphin Tale 2  WB  $9,005,000  Total: $27,070,000 
6) Guardians of the Galaxy  BV  $5,180,000  Total: $313,669,000 
7) Let’s Be Cops  Fox  $2,675,000  Total: $77,196,000 
8) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles   Par.  $2,650,000  Total: $185,018,000 
9) The Drop  FoxS  $2,050,000  Total: $7,690,000 
10) If I Stay  WB  $1,835,000  Total: $47,672,000 
11) The Hundred-Foot Journey  BV  $1,120,000 Total: $51,456,000
12) When the Game Stands Tall  TriS  $1,050,000  Total: $28,300,000

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