Weekend Box Office: ‘Maze Runner’ Has the (Death) Cure for the January Blues
Jumanji’s reign at the top of the box office chart is over. Maze Runner: The Death Cure is the new champion of the multiplexes, with an estimated $23.5 million opening weekend. Here’s the full box office chart:
|1||Maze Runner: The Death Cure||$23,500,000||$6,205||$23,500,000|
|2||Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle||$16,400,000 (-16%)||$4,616||$338,057,200|
|4||The Greatest Showman||$9,500,000 (-10%)||$3,567||$126,475,232|
|5||The Post||$8,850,000 (-24%)||$3,352||$58,535,923|
|6||12 Strong||$8,635,000 (-45%)||$2,861||$29,759,610|
|7||Den of Thieves||$8,360,000 (-45%)||$3,438||$28,502,445|
|8||The Shape of Water||$5,700,000 (+160%)||$3,047||$37,678,745|
|9||Paddington 2||$5,570,000 (-30%)||$1,995||$32,020,416|
Delayed nearly a year because of an injury to star Dylan O’Brien during production, The Death Cure still opened at number one at the box office. But it was also the lowest opening of any of the three films in the Maze Runner franchise; if there were any more of these still to come you might say the series was running out of gas. But there’s not, so we won’t. The film received a so-so “B+” from CinemaScore.
Second place last weekend belonged to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle after three straight weeks at number one. The good news for this action sequel about a magical video game is even as it was overtaken by assorted maze runners, it still earned $16.4 million, and dropped just 16 percent from the previous weekend. It’s now the fifth-biggest movie of 2017, ahead of Spider-Man: Homecoming. That’s probably as high as it will get on that list, given how much it would need to make to pass the number four film (Guardians Vol. 2, which grossed $389.8 million), but that’s still a remarkable outcome for a movie very few people pegged as a substantial hit, much less a gigantic blockbuster.
In third place last weekend was Hostiles, the new Western starring Christian Bale. The film had a strong expansion from limited release; playing in almost 3,000 theaters, it grossed $10.2 million. The Greatest Showman actually climbed up from fifth to fourth place last weekend, dropping just 10 percent and taking in an additional $9.5 million. The Hugh Jackman circus musical has now earned $126 million in the U.S. and shows very little sign of slowing down. In fifth place was Steven Spielberg’s The Post, which has now made more money domestically that his last film, The BFG, which seemingly had a lot more financial potential than a newspaper thriller.
The best per-screen average of the weekend belonged to Padmaavat, a Bollywood epic that landed in the top ten films of the weekend despite only playing in 324 theaters nationwide. With an impressive $13,188 per-screen average, the film grossed more than $4.2 million. Good thing it did too; Padmaavat is one of the most expensive Indian films ever made.