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Box office: 'Maze Runner' launches to $1.1 million Thursday night
Box office: 'Maze Runner' launches to $1.1 million Thursday night

"The Maze Runner," 20th Century Fox's post-apocalyptic teen thriller, opened solidly on Thursday night as it looks to take the top box office spot in its first weekend. Beginning at 2,200 U.S. locations at 10 p.m., the young adult novel adaptation scored $1.1 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates. Analysts expect the film to gross about $30 million through Sunday as it attempts to join the "Twilight," "Hunger Games" and "Divergent" franchises in the ranks of successful series about teens struggling in dark fictional worlds. The studio has projected a more cautious opening of around $20 million in the U.S. and Canada. ...

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