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‘Scorch Trials’ Outdraws Depp’s Oscar Hopeful in Debut

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“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” a sequel to the young-adult dystopian thriller from 20th Century Fox, led the North American box office in its debut, outdrawing a new Johnny Depp film that’s seen as having Oscar potential.

“Scorch Trials,” a follow-up to “The Maze Runner” release from a year ago, brought in $30.3 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters, Rentrak Corp. said Sunday in an e-mailed statement. “Black Mass,” with Depp playing real-life gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, placed second with $23.4 million.