HOLLYWOOD—After having a really tight grip on the box-office for nearly a month, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” was finally dethroned from the top spot at the box-office by the final installment in a franchise. “The Maze Runner: The Death Cure” took the top spot at the box-office with a decent $23.5 million debut. The final chapter in the sci-fi series starring Dylan O’Brien was an even bigger success overseas taking in over $62 million, bringing its global total to over $100 million. Have to say I was surprised by the film’s debut, as I expected “Jumanji” to reign supreme yet again.
Don’t feel too bad for “Jumanji” because the film only dropped to second place adding another $16.4 million to its tally. Since its debut back in December, the action-adventure has earned over $338 million at the domestic box-office. The Christian Bale western “Hostiles” landed in third place with an impressive $10.2 million debut. Not bad for a flick that has been receiving plenty of buzz this awards season.
I pegged this movie might have legs and its proving to be a bigger hit with audiences than with critics. The Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron musical “The Greatest Showman” jumped up to fourth place adding another $9.5 million to its total. To date the film has earned over $125 million at the domestic box-office. Rounding out the top five was the Steven Spielberg drama “The Post” with $8.8 million. With no major releases hitting theaters this weekend, expect the “Maze Runner” and “Jumanji” to continue to battle for the top spot at the box-office.