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The Maze Runner Sequel Date Set After Impressive Opening Weekend

"Get ready for Phase Two."

UPDATE: Well, that was fast. Following the official announcement of the second part to The Maze Runner saga (approximately eight hours ago), Fox has released the first concept art for the scorching sequel. Check it out below and continue reading after the break for the original story.

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Original story as follows:

The Scorch Trials are upon us! While the weekend is not quite over yet, impressive numbers are rolling in for the YA franchise hopeful The Maze Runner, which we kinda loved. Coming Soon reported the numbers, saying after a not-so-impressive ticket performance for midnight features last Thursday (just over $1 million), the dystopia tale began to sprint past the other wide releases: the thriller A Walk Among The Tombstones, and dramedy This Is Where I Leave You, (maybe audiences just could not remember those long damn titles?)

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The sci-fi flick grossed $11.3 million on Friday, $13.4 million on Saturday, and is on track to take in another $8 million Sunday. That’s about $32 million so far, with an international gross of $37.6 million, and a reported cost of production of $34 million. This growing level of success has convinced Fox to move The Scorch Trials into pre-production with a release date on the same weekend this time next year: September 18, 2015. No confirmation yet on if director Wes Ball will return to helm the second part.

It may not be a Hunger Games level of success, but it rights the wrong of dystopia fatigue The Giver appeared to be hinting at earlier this summer, and sets up a path the delightfully odd little franchise can blaze down into the foreseeable future. Things are looking up for Thomas and the Gladers (well, considering). Who wants to start taking bets that The Death Cure will be split into two movies?

Prepare for the Scorch by checking out our perspective on The Maze Runner franchise as a whole here, and our fresh review of the film over here.

The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (or whatever it’s going to be called) opens into theaters September 18, 2015.

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  • I enjoyed the film very much, but man. I hope they don’t split The Death Cure into two films, though they’ll probably still do it. It felt refreshing when first hearing that Allegiant was originally not going to be split into two films. Obviously, that changed, which is a little irritating to me. In my opinion, Harry Potter is the only series where splitting up that final book was totally warranted, given how long it ran and how much there was to tie up. I suppose, if one is to be generous, a case could be made for the final Twilight book being split into two films, but I still think that’s a reach. Everything else that followed, especially the trilogy books, could be made into perfectly good trilogy cappers as one film. I’m not sure if it’s laziness on the part of the filmmakers who just don’t want to figure out what should be cut or altered so that the major pieces could fit into one film or how much of it comes down to squeezing every ounce of money from the given property. Maybe it’s a bit of both, but I would like for just one of the franchises to give us a nice, neat trilogy. Three films, not four. Especially if it doesn’t feel necessary! Of course, we all want the stories we loved to keep going, but I think there should be a line drawn somewhere. All right, my two cents has been given.

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