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Maze Runner: The Death Cure hits US top spot

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Story by Jack Foley

YOUNG adult adventure-thriller Maze Runner: The Death Cure has shot to the top of the US box office with $23.5 million.

The third and final instalment in 20th Century Fox’s dystopian franchise also performed really well overseas, where it grossed $62.5 million for the weekend for an early foreign total of $82 million and global haul of $105.5 million globally.

The Death Cure was originally scheduled for release a year ago, but was delayed following an injury to leading man Dylan O’Brien while filming.

Wes Ball directed all three films, the last of which, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, launched to $30.6 million in September 2015. The first outing, The Maze Runner, opened to $32.5 million in September 2014.

The performance of The Death Cure was enough to topple runaway box office champ Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which had been the top US film for the previous three weekends.

But the Dwayne Johnson-led ensemble still took $16.4 million in its sixth outing for a whopping US total of $338 million and a second place spot. Globally, the reboot has hit $822 million to become the fifth-biggest film in Sony’s history, not accounting for inflation.

Elsewhere, Scott Cooper’s gritty Western Hostiles, starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike, expanded across the country and rode into third place with an estimated $10.2 million. The film has been a critical success and has been gaining momentum based on strong word of mouth since being on limited release since Christmas.

Hugh Jackman’s The Greatest Showman remained a force in its sixth weekend, grabbing fourth spot and landing $9.5 million for a US tally of $126.5 million. The film has also been enjoying strong word of mouth from audiences despite getting off to a sluggish start over the festive period.

Of the movies to receive a box office boost in the wake of last week’s Oscars nominations, Steven Spielberg’s The Post received the biggest boost.

The Post came in fifth in its third weekend in wide release with $8.9 million for a US total of $58.5 million. The Pentagon Papers drama, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, fell just 24%, compared to nearly 40% the weekend before.

The lead Oscars nominee, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which earned a total of 13 nods, grabbed another $5.7 million, by far its strongest weekend, (up 160%).