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'The Maze Runner': Can it solve the YA puzzle?

'The Maze Runner': Can it solve the YA puzzle?

Like its protagonist — a boy who wakes up trapped in a giant, ever-shifting labyrinth guarded by biomechanical predators — the young-adult adventure "The Maze Runner" will try to navigate a series of imposing obstacles this weekend: a down year for moviegoing, a traditionally quiet month for new releases and, perhaps most forbiddingly, a landscape strewn with recent YA disappointments.

On the plus side, "The Maze Runner" does boast a rising star in Dylan O'Brien (MTV's "Teen Wolf"), and first-time feature director Wes Ball made the film on a relatively modest $34-million budget.

Some analysts are predicting an opening weekend as high as $40...

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