‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Wins Box Office Race

(L-R) Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), Jorge (Giancarlo Esposito), Frypan (Dexter Darden), Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and Brenda (Rosa Salazar) are in search of answers. Photo credit: Joe Alblas

Maze Runner: The Death Cure” debuted at number one, according to Box Office Mojo.

The third film in the “Maze Runner” series opened with $23.5 million in US ticket sales. The film earned an additional $82M overseas, bringing it a worldwide total of $105M. It is tracking about $10M behind the first film in the franchise, but has already earned back its production budget.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” moved back into second place, following a few weeks on top. The sequel to the 1995 classic took in another $16.4M, giving it a total of around $338M domestic. Worldwide, the video game-themed adventure has earned more than $800M.

Scott Cooper’s western epic, “Hostiles,” jumped up the chart this week into third place with $10.2M. It has been in limited release since late December, bringing in around $2M before its wide release this weekend. The film cropped up late in the year, premiering at Toronto International Film Festival with little fanfare before Entertainment Studios bought it. “Hostiles” has not yet opened internationally.

The Greatest Showman” and “The Post” flipped places again this week, with the former taking fourth and the latter in fifth place. The musical spectacular added $9.5M to its $129M US take, and nearly $260M worldwide. Steven Spielberg’s first amendment drama earned $8.85M, putting it just under $60M in the US and just over $83M worldwide.

Last week’s newcomer, “12 Strong,” dropped from second to sixth place. The 9/11 war film added $8.6M. In its first two weeks, it has earned $29M domestically and around $35M worldwide.

Den of Thieves” also continues to struggle with audiences. The action/heist film added $8.3M to its three-week total of $28.5M. It has not opened internationally either.

No doubt boosted by recent award wins and Oscar nominations, “The Shape of Water” moved back into the top 10 this week, jumping from sixteenth to eighth place. The fantasy film earned $5.7M, bringing its US total to $37M and worldwide to $51M.

Paddington 2” continues to do surprisingly well. The partially animated sequel added $5.5M. While it is at $32M in the US, it has earned more than $185M internationally.

And rounding out the top 10 is “Padmaavat” with $4.2M. The Indian drama has not reported its international box office numbers yet, but had the highest per screen average in US theaters.

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