- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Motion Picture Association of America says the Twentieth Century Fox film “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” pumped more than $23.5 million into New Mexico’s economy.

The association released new economic data Tuesday, just days after the sequel made a $30.3 million debut at theaters over the weekend.

Officials say the production resulted from 128 days of filming in and around Albuquerque last year. Nearly 1,600 local cast, crew and extras were hired for the project.

Businesses also benefited with more than $1 million being spent on hardware and lumber supplies. Transportation and truck rentals brought in nearly $700,000, and the bill for catering and food was almost as much.

Association Chairman and CEO Chris Dodd says New Mexico continues to solidify itself as a top destination for filmmakers.

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