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'Maze Runner' races past 'Tombstones' with $32.5m

Published:Monday | September 22, 2014 | 9:00 AM
Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) fights to escape to a place he has no memory of in 'The Maze Runner'.

AP: The young-adult thriller, The Maze Runner, raced to the box-office top spot with $32.5 million, sprinting past Liam Neeson's A Walk Among the Tombstones.

According to studio estimates yesterday, Fox's Maze Runner, easily outpaced the $13.1 million debut of Neeson's latest action film for Universal Studios. The Maze Runner, adapted from James Dashner's series of science-fiction YA novels, is being launched as a new franchise, with a sequel already in the works.

The Warner Bros dramedy, This Is Where I Leave You, came in third with $11.9 million. The Shawn Levy-directed film, failed to be a big draw despite an A-list ensemble cast including Tina Fey, Jason Bateman and Jane Fonda.