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‘The Maze Runner’ Tops Foreign Box Office for Second Week

The Maze Runner” sprinted to the top of the foreign box office charts for the second week in a row, outdistancing “The Equalizer,” which ruled over U.S. multiplexes.

The big screen adaptation of James Dashner’s best-selling young adult novel earned $27.5 million from 7,044 screens in 62 markets. “The Maze Runner” has so far made $149 million globally and is set for release in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and, most crucially, China, all of which will host the film next month.

The Equalizer” picked up $17.8 million overseas in 64 territories, with $1.4 million of that coming from IMAX showings. Denzel Washington is unrivaled when it comes to his domestic appeal, but his star doesn’t tend to shine as brightly in foreign countries. Recent Washington projects such as “Safe House,” “Flight” and “2 Guns” have made more in the U.S. than they have overseas, a rarity given that the business has grown increasingly fixated on the international marketplace.

Chinese-language film “Dearest” snagged the third position on the charts, earning $13.5 million. The film centers on a family whose son is abducted.

In fourth place, revenge thriller “Lucy” continued its strong showing at the foreign box office, adding $11.1 million to its haul. The film has made $394.6 million since hitting theaters. It should close its run with more than $400 million, easily surpassing all of Scarlett Johansson’s non-Marvel films.

Two films are tied for fifth place on the foreign charts: animated film “The Boxtrolls” and R-rated comedy “Sex Tape,” both of which earned $5.1 million.

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