Dylan O'Brien, (MTV's "Teen Wolf") stars in 20th Century Fox's "Maze Runner: Scorch Trials" (Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corporation).
LOS ANGELES - Despite negative reviews, Fox's "Maze Runner: Scorch Trials" ran past Warner Bros.'s gangster drama "Black Mass," to top the weekend box office, earning $30.32 million on its opening weekend.
The sequel to last year's "Maze Runner," managed to overcome a 50 percent Tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes and lack of a big name cast, ruled supreme on Emmy weekend. The movie, starring Dylan O'Brien of MTV's "Teen Wolf," continues the story of a group of people trying to overcome unimaginable obstacles in a desolate futuristic landscape,
With double the budget of its predecessor at $64 million, "Maze Runner: Scorch Trials" opened just below the $34 million the original "Maze Runner" earned on opening weekend which ultimately took in $102 million. This sequel may have a tough time eclipsing its predecessors numbers.
Warner Bros.'s Whitey Bulger biopic starring Johnny Depp did not win over moviegoers despite Depp earning kudos from critics for his portrayal of the Boston-based mobster. "Black Mass" earned $22.63 million on its opening weekend.
In third place was M. Night Shyamalan's widely panned "The Visit" with $11.57 million for a two-week total of $42.56 million, followed by Screen Gems' "The Perfect Guy" which fell from first place to fourth with $9.75 million for a two-week total of $41.46 million.
The rest stacked up this way:
5. "Everest" (Universal) $7.22 million on its opening weekend
6. "War Room" (TriStar) $6.21 million for a four-week total of $49.05 million
7. "A Walk in the Woods" (Broadgreen) $2.81 million for three-week total of $24.87 million
8. "Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation" (Paramount) $2.21 million for an eight-week total of $191.61million
9. "Straight Outta Compton" (Universal) $1.91 million for a six-week total of $158.86 million
10. "Grandma" (Sony Classics) $1.51 million for a five-week total of $3.69 million