Maze Runner Starts Out on Top
Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the third film in that series, opened this past weekend and took the top spot at the Box Office with a tally of $24 million in the U.S. That puts it on track to total between $65 and $72 million domestically, though not enough to cover production costs and advertising. But like the previous two entries in this franchise, foreign ticket sales are strong as that one has totaled $84 million overseas after a couple of weeks of release. So the combined worldwide receipts should definitely help turn this film into a money maker, though maybe not quite as profitable as the first two Maze Runner entries. Slipping to Number 2 at the Box Office this weekend was Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, but that one has already assured it will turn a profit with a $338 million tally in the domestic market and an additional $484 million overseas. As expected, The Shape of Water got a boost from its Oscar nominations and it jumped to Number 8 in the charts, up from Number 16. That film has made $52 million worldwide so far. Star Wars: The Last Jedi slipped out of the Top 10 to the Number 11 slot in its seventh week of release, but it has already pulled in $1.3 billion in ticket sales worldwide. In limited release, the horror film Desolation pulled in $11K across two theaters. Expect that one to hit VOD soon.
Here are the sci fi and fantasy movies in the Box Office Top 20 for the weekend of January 26-28:
Rank (Prior Week Rank), Title, Week, Domestic Gross (Worldwide Gross)
1 (n/a) Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Week 1, $24M, ($84M)
2 (1) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Week 5, $316M ($768M)
8 (16) The Shape of Water, Week 9, $30M ($39M)
11 (8) Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Week 6, $604M ($1,296M)
15 (9) Insidious: The Last Key, Week 3, $59M ($127M)
Scorched Earth (February 2nd Limited Release)
The planet has suffered an environmental collapse; the air became dangerous to breathe, the water became toxic, and billions of people died. Generations later, mankind has finally re-established a rudimentary society, in an attempt to pick up the pieces that continue to blister in the sun. Attica Gage (Gina Carano) is a bounty hunter with a chance at the bounty of a lifetime: to bring down the ruthless outlaw, Elijah Jackson. Gage infiltrates Jackson’s gang, and everything is going to plan until she meets a slave girl who reminds her of her dead sister. With her loyalty to only herself now tested, Gage learns that there might be more to life than just survival.
Credits: Peter Howitt (Director), Kevin Leeson (Writer), Bobby Mort (Writer)
Starring: Gina Carano, John Hannah, Ryan Robbins
Black Panther (February 16th Wide Release)
Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
Credits: Ryan Coogler (Director), Joe Robert Cole (Writer), Ryan Coogler (Writer)
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira
Annihilation (February 23rd Wide Release)
A biologist’s husband disappears. She puts her name forward for an expedition into an environmental disaster zone, but does not find what she’s expecting. The expedition team is made up of the biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, a surveyor, and a linguist. Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy.
Credits: Alex Garland (Writer / Director)
Starring: Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac, Gina Rodriguez
The Lodgers (February 23rd Limited Release)
In this gothic horror tale, a family curse confines orphaned twins Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Milner) to their home as punishment for their ancestors’ sins. Bound to the rules of a haunting childhood lullaby, the twins must never let any outsiders inside the house, must be in their rooms by the chime of midnight, and must never be separated from one another. Breaking any of these three rules will incur the wrath of a sinister presence that inhabits the house after midnight.
Credits: Brian O’Malley (Director), David Turpin (Writer)
Starring: Charlotte Vega, Bill Milner, Eugene Simon, David Bradley
Ant-Man and The Wasp comes out this Summer in July.
Pacific Rim Uprising hits theaters on March 23rd.
I Kill Giants comes out later this year.
Ready Player One featurette “See the Future” (movie premieres March 30th):