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‘Maze Runner’ Captures First Place at Foreign Box Office

“The Maze Runner” led the foreign box office pack this weekend, leaving all challengers in its dust.

The 20th Century Fox film took in $37.6 million from 7,384 screens, while opening in first place in 50 countries. The film got a head start last week in fewer than a half dozen markets, which brings its overall foreign total to $49 million.

Among the notable openings were South Korea with a $5.5 million haul, Russia with a $5.5 bounty, Australia with a $3.3 million take, Brazil with $2 million in receipts and Mexico with $2 million in tickets sold. The film still has 27 international markets left on its calendar, including such major box office players as the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan.

Outdone by “The Maze Runner,” last weekend’s foreign box office champ, “Lucy,” had to settle for a distant second with $13 million. That brings it global total to $378 million. The action thriller has 3 territories left before concluding its run — Italy, Paraguay and Uruguay, all of them scheduled for next weekend.

In third place, 20th Century Fox’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” picked up $8.1 million after opening to $3.7 million in Japan. That marks the last international market for the simian sequel, which has nabbed $681.5 million globally, easily trumping its predecessor “Rise of the Planet of the Apes'” $481.8 million haul.

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Fourth place finisher “Sex Tape” continued to make up for its dismal domestic grosses by appealing to overseas crowd. The cloud-based romp from Sony Pictures made $7.6 million from 52 markets, bringing its global total to $108.9 million. Its $70.5 million foreign haul is almost double its stateside gross, despite the fact that comedies often struggle overseas.

Sliding in at number five, Paramount Pictures’ “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” grabbed $7.3 million from 50 markets, driving its worldwide haul to $333.3 million.

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