'Maze Runner: The Death Cure' closes out January with a #1 opening
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’s three-week reign at the top of the box office has come to a close courtesy of The Death Cure, the third and final installment in Fox’s YA Maze Runner series. The Death Cure opened to $23.5 million, which marks a sizable drop from the debut grosses of its two predecessors: The Maze Runner ($32.5 million) and The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials ($30.3 million).
Despite falling to spot number two, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle continues to be a box office juggernaut, its sixth weekend gross dropping a mere 16% to $16.4 million. So far, the film has earned $338 million domestically and $484 million overseas.
Another success story comes in the form of third place finisher Hostiles, which distributor Entertainment Studios expanded to 2,816 theatres after five weeks in limited release. The Christian Bale-starring Western earned $10.2 million on 2,816 screens, surpassing expectations. In spot number four, little-musical-that-could The Greatest Showman continues to coast along on strong word-of-mouth, dropping only 11% from last weekend to gross $9.5 million. For the record, yes—that means The Greatest Showman earned more its sixth week than it did its first. So far, the film's domestic gross is $126.4 million against an $84 million budget.
Rounding out the top five was Steven Spielberg’s The Post, which earned $8.8 million for a total domestic gross of $58.5 million.
The Shape of Water capitalized on its 13 Oscar nominations by adding 1,001 theaters, bringing its weekend gross to $5.7 million. Fellow nominees Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri; I, Tonya; Phantom Thread and Lady Bird all upped their theatre counts as well. Notably, Sony Pictures Classics opted not to do the same with Best Picture contender Call Me By Your Name. After two and a half months of strong critical reception, the film has yet to crack the thousand-screen barrier. So far, it’s earned $11.3 million.
Among new limited releases, the big victor was Bollywood historical romance Padmaavat. It cracked the top ten with $4.2 million on only 324 screens, securing the weekend’s highest per-theatre average. Also new to theaters was Desolation, which bowed on a pair of screens to $10,640.