|Directed by||:||Wes Ball||Produced by||:||Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen||Screenplay by||:||T.S. Nowlin||Based on||:||The Death Cure by James Dashner||Starring||:||Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Giancarlo Esposito||Cinematography||:||Gyula Pados||Production company||:||Gotham Group Temple Hill Entertainment|
‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Finds $65M Overseas; ‘Jumanji’ Drums Up $822M WW – International Box Office
TUESDAY AM UPDATE, writethru with actuals: Fox’s Maze Runner: The Death Cure expanded in its offshore rollout this session, finding a better-than-estimated $64.6M weekend at the international box office. That outpaces both Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and the original Maze Runner movie. The threequel, which was delayed after star Dylan O’Brien was injured on set in 2016, is playing in a total 71 markets and saw opening No. 1s in 58 this frame, led by China. The overseas cume after last weekend’s bow in just four markets is $84M through Sunday, including $22.2M in the Middle Kingdom which is well above the openings of the previous films, and also above the Sunday estimate despite strong competition in the market.
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The Wes Ball-helmed pic is IMAX’s first global day and date release of 2018 and earned $8M from 1,125 IMAX screens in 57 markets including North America. Globally it’s the format’s 2nd highest grossing January opening ever, behind 2015’s American Sniper.
While the final Maze Runner installment gets going, king of the holdover, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle is continuing its wild ride. The Sony adventure has rocked its worldwide cume to $821.8M, swinging past the original Spider-Man to become the studio’s 5th biggest movie ever at the global box office.
The astonishing trajectory of this Jake Kasdan-helmed favorite was aided this weekend by $18.67M from overseas where the cume is now $484M. Holds have been intense in places like Spain, the UAE, Australia, Germany, France, Mexico, the UK and Brazil. China has lifted to $72.4M to lead all markets. Remember, Japan is still to come in April.
Elsewhere, Blumhouse’s Insidious: The Last Key has officially become the top international entry in the franchise with $81.1M to date. This weekend it overtook Insidious: Chapter 2 at $77.9M. All told, the series of four films has grossed $275.1M overseas.
In other milestones, Working Title/Focus’ Darkest Hour is nearing the $100M worldwide mark. And, Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi crossed $1.3B worldwide and $700M internationally. It has also become IMAX’s 3rd biggest global release ever with $125M.