Maze Runner: The Death Cure outraces Jumanji at the box office

Maze Runner: The Death Cure outraces Jumanji at the box office

Christian Bale Civil War era saga "Hostiles" is battling it out for third place with the sixth frame of "The Greatest Showman" - both are set to reel in around $9.5 million from 2,815 and 2,663 locations, respectively.

The Maze Runner: The Death Cure Plot: In the epic finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most unsafe mission yet.

Overseas, The Death Cure is set to add an estimated $62.7 million this weekend, bringing its global cume to $82 million and its worldwide total to $105.5 million. However, I'm not sure it will make enough to beat JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE or even MAZE RUNNER: DEATH CURE, although I expect the latter to drop heavily in its second weekend. "Jumanji" now has a running total of $337 million after a $15.8 million weekend.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure was delayed a year due to the devastating head injury suffered by the film's star, Dylan O'Brien (Teen Wolf). Based on these numbers it becomes clear the franchise failed to gain much of an audience outside the core fanbase and the on-set injury to star Dylan O'Brien, which delayed the film's release by almost a year, didn't help either. Wes Ball has directed all three films.

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The Jake Kasdan-directed follow-up to 1995's Jumanji centers on a video game that draws players into its world and stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Kevin Hart.

And the Oscar nominated titles from Fox Searchlight also performed well as "The Shape of Water" took in $5.7 million and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" earned $3.6 million.

Hostiles received generally positive reviews but a lukewarm B CinemaScore.

"The Greatest Showman" rises one place to #4 with $9.5 million (cume now $126.5 million), while "The Post" falls one spot to #5 with $8.9 million (cume now $58.5 million). It has taken in an estimated $338 million over six weeks. Overseas, it has grossed $133-M to date for a worldwide box office of $259.6-M. Check out the January 26-28 figures below.

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