This weekend the third ‘Maze Runner’ installment finally premiered in theaters. The film released relatively unopposed, offering a perfect opportunity for the YA franchise to take down “Jumanji” at the domestic box-office. Any victories this week will most likely be short lived, as films like “Fifty Shades Freed,” “Black Panther,” and “Early Man” are looming on the horizon.
While it may not have been the best opening the franchise has ever seen, FOX’s “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” did open at number-one this weekend. The YA actioner brought in over $23M across 3,787 locations, which is the lowest opening to date for the trilogy. “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” was directed by Wes Ball, the film stars Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, and Kaya Scodelario.
The original Maze Runner released back in 2014, the film opened at number-one with a $32M debut and topped films like “Black Mass” and “The Visit” at the time. The first installment then went on to make $102M domestically and over $348M worldwide for the studio. “The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” released the following year, also debuting at number-one and bringing in over $30M during the film’s opening weekend. The sequel was another hit, grossing over $81M domestically and over $312M worldwide. The three-year gap between “The Maze Runner 2” and the latest installment released this weekend was due to an on-set accident while filming, one that almost ended Dylan O’Brien’s acting career.
Sony’s “Jumanji” reboot dropped to number-two this weekend, bringing in over $16M while remaining in 3,553 locations. The film has now grossed over $338M for the studio domestically. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” was directed by Jake Kasdan, working off a screenplay written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black.
“Hostiles” expanded to 2,697 locations this week, bringing in another $10.2M, and landing in third-place overall on the domestic charts. “Hostiles” was written and directed by Scott Cooper, the film stars Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, and Ben Foster.
FOX also held onto the fourth-place spot with “The Greatest Showman,” the musical made another $9.5M across 2,663 locations. To date, the film has made over $126M domestically. Fifth place also went to FOX, the studio’s drama “The Post” grossed $8.8M across 2,640 locations, raising the film’s total to just over $58M domestically.
Next weekend is the release of “Winchester,” a horror-fantasy film about the real-life eccentric firearm heiress of the same name. In the film the heiress believes that she is being haunted by those that have died from the popular Winchester repeating rifle, and about the now famous house that currently resides in San Jose, California. The film stars Helen Mirren, Sarah Snook, and Jason Clarke.
The following week Clint Eastwood’s “The 15:17 to Paris” and “Fifty Shades Freed” are scheduled to hit theaters, with Fifty Shades expected to win the weekend.