Weekend Box Office (January 26 - 28, 2018)
THIS WEEKEND Action fans powered the sequel Maze Runner: The Death Cure into the number one spot with a debut of an estimated $23.5M. That was 23% below the opening weekend of the last film in the series from 2015 and a drop for the threequel was always expected. Reviews were mixed for the PG-13 entry which averaged $6,205 from 3,787 locations.
Studio data from Fox showed that the audience was 51% female, 57% under 25, and 52% white. The CinemaScore grade was a good B+. Overseas, the new Maze Runner did $62.6M this weekend led by China's $21.7M opening weekend. The overseas cume is now $82M and worldwide stands at $105.5M. The first two films grossed a combined $657M globally.
It's been three weeks at number one and three weeks at number two for the runaway smash Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle which fell back into the runner-up spot this weekend while once again displaying sensational legs. The Sony hit slipped only 16% grossing an estimated $16.4M in its sixth weekend. That's the best gross for any film in its sixth weekend since Frozen from four years ago. Jumanji has now collected a stunning $338.1M in North America adding to its $484M from overseas for an eye-popping $822.1M global tally. With good holds everywhere and Japan still to open, this Dwayne Johnson-Kevin Hart juggernaut looks likely to finish in the neighborhood of $950M worldwide. Even the $1 billion mark can't be ruled out at this point.
Expanding nationwide after a month of limited play was the Western Hostiles with Christian Bale which did an estimated $10.2M from 2,816 locations for a mild $3,622 average. The Entertainment Studios release earned generally positive reviews. The leggy musical hit The Greatest Showman followed with an estimated $9.5M slipping only 11% in its sixth frame while still sitting in the top five throughout its run. Fox has banked $126.5M domestic with worldwide now at $259.5M.
Next was the Best Picture Oscar contender The Post which dropped 25% to an estimated $8.9M on the weekend after nominations were announced. Cume for Fox is $58.5M. Warner Bros. saw 12 Strong fall 45% to an estimated $8.6M putting the sum at $29.8M.
The action title Den of Thieves was close behind with an estimated $8.4M, down 45%, giving STX $28.5M overall. Academy Award frontrunner The Shape of Water took its 13 nominations and more than doubled its distribution this weekend. Fox Searchlight grossed an estimated $5.7M for a $3,074 average raising the total to $37.7M. With all the Oscar attention, more moviegoers are finding the Guillermo del Toro film which should be able to keep its momentum going over the weeks ahead.
Kidpic Paddington 2 took in an estimated $5.6M, down 31%, and has taken in $32M to date for Warner Bros. Star Wars: The Last Jedi dropped 36% to an estimated $4.2M putting the domestic haul at $610.7M. The international total broke $700M this weekend with the global gross now $1.31 billion.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $100.9M which was down 10% from last year when Split stayed at number one with $25.7M; and down 15% from 2016 when Kung Fu Panda 3 opened in the top spot with $41.3M.
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Compared to projections, Maze Runner opened close to my $22M forecast while Hostiles debuted above my $6M prediction. The Shape of Water was on target with my $6M projection.
Be sure to check back on Thursday for a complete summary, including projections, for next weekend when Winchester opens.
|#||Title||Jan 26 - 28||Jan 19 - 21||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Distributor|
|1||Maze Runner: The Death Cure||$ 24,167,011||3,787||1||$ 6,382||$ 24,167,011||Fox|
|2||Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle||16,144,874||19,505,170||-17.2||3,553||6||4,544||337,802,077||Sony|
|4||The Greatest Showman||9,550,367||10,644,824||-10.3||2,663||6||3,586||126,525,599||Fox|
|6||12 Strong||8,686,066||15,815,025||-45.1||3,018||2||2,878||29,810,676||Warner Bros.|
|7||Den of Thieves||8,632,808||15,206,108||-43.2||2,432||2||3,550||28,775,253||STX|
|8||The Shape of Water||5,922,553||2,186,311||170.9||1,854||9||3,194||37,901,298||Fox Searchlight|
|9||Paddington 2||5,668,433||8,009,250||-29.2||2,792||3||2,030||32,118,849||Warner Bros.|
|11||Star Wars: The Last Jedi||4,254,001||6,555,435||-35.1||1,745||7||2,438||610,795,822||Disney|
|12||Three Billboards...||3,840,684||1,917,162||100.3||1,457||12||2,636||37,251,635||Fox Searchlight|
|13||Forever My Girl||3,567,978||4,245,490||-16.0||1,424||2||2,506||9,127,137||Roadside Attr.|
|15||Insidious: The Last Key||3,189,055||5,874,055||-45.7||1,901||4||1,678||63,449,355||Universal|
|Top 5||$ 69,080,132||$ 72,888,087||-5.2|
|Top 20 vs. 2017||132,904,420||131,972,912||0.7|
This column is updated three times each week: Thursday (upcoming weekend's summary), Sunday (post-weekend analysis with estimates), and Monday night (actuals). Opinions expressed in this column are those solely of the author.
Last Updated: January 28, 2018 at 2:05PM ET
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