Box Office: ‘Maze Runner: Death Cure’ Wins $23.5-M; ‘Shape of Water’ Get Oscar Interest

Box Office: ‘Maze Runner: Death Cure’ Wins $23.5-M; ‘Shape of Water’ Get Oscar Interest

Box Office: ‘Maze Runner: Death Cure’ Wins $23.5-M; ‘Shape of Water’ Get Oscar Interest

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Christian Bale’s ‘Hostiles’ get to the Top 5 after expanding nationwide, while overseas, ‘Maze Runner’ sprints to $105.5-M world wide.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure sprinted to the top of box office in its domestic debut over the weekend, unseating Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle with $23.5-M from 3,787 theaters.

The final installment in 20th Century Fox’s (NASDAQ:FOXA) dystopian YA film franchise is doing sensational business overseas.

It grossed $62.6-M for the weekend from 58 markets for an early foreign total of $82 million and $105.5 million globally

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle , which had stayed atop the chart the prior 3 weekends grossed $16.4 million from 3,553 locations in its 6th outing for a domestic total of $338-M. Globally it hit $822-M to become the 5th-biggest film in Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) history, not accounting for inflation.

Scott Cooper’s gritty Western Hostiles, starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike, rode into 2,813 theaters across the country after playing in select cinemas since Christmas. The indie film, which placed No. 3, grossed an estimated $10.2-M for an early take of $12.1-M.

The Greatest Showman remained a force in its 6th weekend, dropping just 11% to $9.5-M for a domestic take of $126.5-M for Fox and Chernin Entertainment. Overseas, it has grossed $133-M to date for a worldwide box office of $259.6-M.

The Oscar race

Steven Spielberg’s The Post (20th Century Fox) and Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight), which earned a total of 13 noms, the most of any movie.

The Post came in #4 in its third weekend in wide release with $8.9-M from 2,640 theaters for a domestic box office of $58.5-M.

Shape of Water, rolling out slowly, upped its theater count to 1,851. The adult fairy tale took in $5.7-M, by far its strongest weekend to date. Shape of Water has grossed $37.7-M domestically and $13.9-M from its 1st 10 markets for a $51.6-M global box office.

Other best picture nominees

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Fox Searchlight); the film earned $3.6-M for a North America total of $37-M to date and $71.3-M globally.

Phantom Thread and Darkest Hour, both from Focus Features, each earned $2.9-M, followed by Call Me by Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics) with $1.3-M.

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