Maze Runner Sprints Past Jumanji

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There’s a little spring in the teen dystopian movie yet.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the third chapter in the Maze Runner series, galloped to an estimated $23.5 million and a box-office victory, foiling a potential four-peat by the Hollywood thoroughbred Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Granted, The Death Cure looked a little sickish en route to the weekend win: Its take was about $7 million less than its predecessor, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials took in back in 2015, and $9 million off the first film’s opening weekend performance. But a win is a win, and given that star Dylan O’Brien was seriously injured during the movie’s making, perhaps the folks behind the Maze Runner series are just happy to have the flick out at all.

Mourn not for Jumanji, though. Though Sony’s disappointingly salacious blockbuster slipped to second place this weekend with $16.4 million, it’s now raked up a stunning $338.1 million in North America over the last six weeks, and it’s finished every single one of those weeks either No. 1 or No. 2, making it arguably the Tom Brady of moviedom. And, like Brady, it’s positively ancient for a movie, too.

The makers of Hostiles, a well-received Western starring Christian Bale, were likely disappointed their film didn’t snag any Oscar nominations last week. But they took solace  with a $10.2-million weekend after the flick expanded into more than 2,800 theaters. The Greatest Showman continues to show great durability, moving from fifth to fourth and collecting another $9.5 million. Meanwhile, Oscar hopeful The Post nestled into fifth with about $8.9 million.

A few other Oscar contenders expanded into additional theaters this weekend in hopes of adding a little cash to their awards luster. The Shape of Water, which scored 13 Oscar noms, added 1,001 theaters to its run and earned $5.7 million this weekend, moving from 16th place to eighth. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, climbed from 17th to 13th place, collecting another $3.6 million en route. And I, Tonya added another $3 million to its bottom line after adding a handful of new screens to its run.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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charitysplace More than 1 year ago
I'm not a huge fan of the Maze Runner trilogy, but saw the finale with my friends and had a great time watching it. It's just a fun action flick.
Lostariel Bronwethiel More than 1 year ago
Are you kidding me? You had a great time? I WAS BAWLING MY EYES OUT FOR THE LAST HALF HOUR I WAS SHAKING IT WAS HORRIBLE EVEN THOUGH I'D KNOWN WHAT WAS COMING BECAUSE I'M A HUGE FAN OF THE BOOKS AND MOVIE AND I WAS WHOLEY UNPREPARED FOR THE NOTE AT THE END AND NOW I'M CRYING AGAIN.


In case you didn't notice, I was being sarcastic in the beginning!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, the Last Jedi is already out of the top 10. Disney's really gotta rethink their game plan if they want their franchise to survive. Maybe they should actually plan out their big trilogy before handing over the toys to a bunch of auteurs next time...

P.S. Anyone up for an Alien V Predator V Jedi movie? That can happen now!
Andrew Gilbertson More than 1 year ago
Only if they finally bring back Ripley, darn it! Admittedly, Star Wars without Lucas hasn't been the slam-dunk we thought it might be, so perhaps Aliens without Scott wouldn't be either, but... I sure wish we'd stop getting his vanity project prequels while Sigourney Weaver isn't getting any younger...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

I'd rather see an Avengers vs X-Men movie. It did happen in the comics one time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd prefer some original stories. Up with creativity, down with franchises.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Same here.