With only one new wide release to speak of and a slew of award contenders expanding could Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle keep the number one spot for the fourth weekend in a row? Or how would last weekends 12 Strong and Den of Thieves factor in the mix? With last weeks announcement of the Academy Award Nominations, would the box office see spike in ticket sales? Let’s take a look!
As predicted, new release Maze Runner: The Death Cure took the top spot this weekend bringing in $23.5 million from almost 4,000 theatres. This is the lowest opening in the trilogy of films with 2014’s The Maze Runner opening to $32.5 million and 2015’s Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials with $30 million. Those films would go on to earn $102 million and $81 million respectively, two marks this third film seems unlikely to hit.
Internationally the film opened to $17 million over a week ago but that’s only from four markets in Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Taiwan. It expanded overseas this weekend, adding 70 markets to the list, and brought in approximately $62.7 million for a worldwide total of just over $100 million.
Taking second place is Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle which was finally knocked from the top spot and earned $16.4 million in its sixth week of release. The Dwayne Johnson action flick dropped only 15% and now has a North American total of $338 million. Internationally it sits at $484 million for a new worldwide total of $822 million on a $90 million budget. The big news for the series is the announcement this week that the sequel Jumanji 2 will go up against Star Wars again in December of 2019. Clearly SONY Pictures is very happy with the results of this film and show no fear of going up against Disney’s flagship. It is now SONY’s third highest grossing domestic film of all time passing Spider-Man: Homecoming ($334m) and Spider-Man 3 ($336m).
In a surprising third place is the Christian Bale western Hostiles which expanded to over 2,800 theatres and earned $10.2 million. This doubles the projections going in to this weekend and even thought Bale didn’t get the Oscar attention Entertainment Studio’s was hoping for, it looks good long-term.
Rounding out the top 5 are The Greatest Showman in fourth and The Post in fifth. Either film received a big push from the Academy but the Hugh Jackman musical brought in $9.5 million to add to its $126 million domestic total. Worldwide it sits at $259 million and continues to track well. The Post which was supposed to win everything wound up with only an acting nod for Merryl Streep, managed an $8.8 million sixth weekend for a grand total of $58.5 million here at home. This film is somewhere in the bottom third of Steve Spielberg’s films at the domestic box office.
The announcement of the Academy Award nominations did prove to be fruitful for the favorites such as The Shape of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and I, Tonya which all saw an increase in business. Star Wars: The Last Jedi finally fell out of the Top 10 narrowly bringing in $4 million in its seventh week of release. The film now sits at $610 million domestically and $700 million overseas for a $1.3 billion worldwide total, which is good enough for ninth all time.
Next weekend sees only one new release with the Helen Mirren thriller Winchester opening in 2,300 theatres. With Super Bowl on next weekend the box office numbers should see a little less action than normal.