Delayed by a year due to a production injury suffered by star Dylan O’Brien, MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE seems a bit out of date in 2018 as the YA (young adult) dystopian future movie cycle seems to have finally run its course. However, audiences were still interested and the film knocked JUMANI out of the top spot with $23.5 million, a solid start.
After three weeks on top, Sony is no doubt still very happy with how JUMANJI is doing. It’s $16.4 million gross is a drop of only 16%, indicating that positive word of mouth and repeat viewership are still happening.Another movie with tremendous word of mouth is THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (#4) which went from looking certain to be the 2017 Christmas turkey to one of its biggest sleeper hits. $9.5 million in weekend six is more than it grossed in weekend one and only 11% less than the previous frame. The Fox feature has brought in $260 million worldwide.
Although it failed to garner any Oscar nominations, the Christian Bale western HOSTILES still had a decent opening with $10.2 million for third. THE POST declined 25% for the #5 spot with $8.9 million. Both 12 STRONG and DEN OF THIEVES declined only 45% in their second weekend, less than usual for action movies, bringing in $8.6 and $8.4 million for 6th and 7th.
Leading the Oscar nomination race with 13, THE SHAPE OF WATER has garned a lot of publicity and Fox responded by adding it on to another 1001 screens. However, audiences remain only moderately interested in the horror/fantasy, which garnered $5.7 million. That’s $37.7 million since it’s limited launch nine weeks back. PADDINGTON 2 lost over 900 screens, but dropped only 31% for $5.6 million and the 9th spot, while the Bollywood feature PADMAAVAT had a spectacular debut, landing in 10th with $4.3 million on a mere 324 screens.
Data courtesy of Box Office Mojo.
This week’s featured trailer: MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE