‘Maze Runner’ Rules Overseas Box Office With $27 Million in 2nd Week

Fox’s young adult sci-fi tale opens at No. 1 in four markets and holds the top spot in 10 others

“The Maze Runner” tightened its grip on the overseas box office, opening at No. 1 in four markets and holding the top spot in 10 others on its way to a $27.5 million second weekend.

This is the second straight week it has been No. 1 overseas, and raised the international total for the young adult epic to $91 million, with China, France, Germany, Italy and the U.K. coming in October. With its $58 million domestic haul, “Maze Runner” is up to nearly $150 million globally after two weeks.

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Fox has already set a sequel for the teen-skewing sci-fi tale featuring Dylan O’Brien, the star of MTV’s “Teen Wolf.”

The biggest foreign market so far for “Maze Runner” has been South Korea, where it has taken in $12.1 million. That’s better than “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the first two “Hunger Games” movies.

Russia isn’t far behind with $10.1 million in two weeks, 56 percent above the lifetime total for “Divergent,” Fox reported.

The studio’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” continued its march toward $500 million at the foreign box office and $700 million worldwide, taking in $3.3 million. It’s winding up its China run with more than $107 million and is at $488 million from abroad and $685 million globally.

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Sony’s “The Equalizer” rolled out in 62 foreign territories and brought in an estimated $15.4 million. With the markets in which co-producer Village Roadshow handled the distribution included, it was at $17.8 million.

It debuted at No. 1 in the United Kingdom, with a strong $2.9 million from 650 screens. That’s 55 percent ahead of the opening of “Taken,” and 27 percent better than “2 Guns,” Sony said. 

Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” continued to roll. With another $4 million this weekend, the Marvel superhero space romp is up to $325 million overseas and $645 million worldwide. That latter figure pushes it just past the global total of “Thor: The Dark World” ($644 million).

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The biggest foreign markets for “Guardians” have been the U.K. with $46 million and Russia with $37 million. It will open in China on Oct. 10.

Paramount’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” has taken in $155 million overseas, after adding another $3.9 million this weekend. Michael Bay‘s pizza eating reptiles have grossed more than $342 million worldwide.