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Will Fox’s ‘Runner” be A-Maze-ing? This Week’s Previews and Predictions

Will Fox's 'Runner" be A-Maze-ing? This Week's Previews and Predictions


THIS WEEK’S PREVIEWS AND PREDICTIONS

THE MAZE RUNNER—FOX—WIDE—113 MINS—PG-13—IMAX—D-BOX—BARCO ESCAPE (Cinemark only)
And…we’re off!  Fall begins in earnest this week with Fox’s “The Maze Runner”, a young adult thriller about a group of boys who must escape a mysterious maze.  I’m sure there are innumerable subplots of which I’m not privy, not having seen the film, but that synopsis is basically all you need.  The IMAX component is always a big deal but especially on a film like this one that relies so heavily on its visual component.  In addition, exhibitors are sure to feature the film in their Large Format (can someone please come up with a catchier sounding name than “large format”…please?)  screens and, speaking of screens, there were only three films this past weekend which grossed north of $4.8 million so exhibs will have absolutely no problem throwing as many screens, seats and showtimes at the film as possible.  Tracking is outstanding, word-of-mouth from the early promo screenings has been excellent and the stars are lining up for a big opening.  One last item to note, this will be the first film that is featured in the new Barco Escape format, which features side screens which will bring moviegoers even further into the experience.  On “The Maze Runner” only five minutes of actual footage will be displayed on those side screens at two different points during the story and there are only five screens in the country which currently have the technology (Cinemark houses in Davie,FL, Plano,TX, Woodridge,IL, Redwood City,CA and at the Howard Hughes Center in Los Angeles) but it will be interesting to gauge the test.

BOX OFFICE INSIDER’S WEEKEND PREDICTION:  $43 MILLION

CAST: Dylan O’Brien, Aml Ameen, Will Poulter
DIRECTOR: Wes Ball 
THURSDAY NIGHT LATE SHOWS: 10:00 PM

A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES—UNIVERSAL—WIDE—113 MINS–R
The pride of Antrim, Northern Ireland, Liam Neeson returns to the big screen in the dark thriller, “A Walk Among The Tombstones” from director Scott Frank (“The Lookout”).  Neeson plays a private investigator hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and killed his wife.  Neeson’s last three starring, non-“Taken”, films have been “Non-Stop”, “The Grey” and “Unknown”, which have opened to $28 million, $19 million and $21 million, respectively.  Instead of being a straight thrill ride, ala “Non-Stop”, this film has more of a feel of last week’s “The Drop”, which might temper its opening weekend.  Expect the film to land more in “The Grey” territory than to take a “Non-Stop” ride.

BOX OFFICE INSIDER’S WEEKEND PREDICTION:  $18 MILLION

CAST: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour
DIRECTOR: Scott Frank
THURSDAY NIGHT LATE SHOWS: 8:00 PM

THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU—WARNER BROTHERS—WIDE—103 MINS–R
Director Shawn Levy, whose mega-impressive resume includes the “Night at the Museum” franchise, “Date Night” and “Real Steel” directs an all-star cast featuring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver and Jane Fonda.  The film screened well at Toronto this past week and should be a draw for a more adult audience that is getting desperate for something to see.  Granted, “Tombstones” will vie for their attention as well but this is certainly lighter fare, to make the understatement of the week.

BOX OFFICE INSIDER’S WEEKEND PREDICTION:  $15 MILLION

CAST: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Jane Fonda, Rose Byrne, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant
DIRECTOR: Shawn Levy
THURSDAY NIGHT LATE SHOWS: 10:00 PM 

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