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.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.Demonstrating the power of Bollywood icon Aamir Khan with Chinese audiences, Secret Superstar added another $19M in the frame for a Middle Kingdom cume of $65.7M. Also from India, the controversy-stoking Padmaavat netted 114 crores ($17.1M) at home through Sunday (gross through Monday is $24.9M). It set a record for the biggest IMAX opening ever in India with $461K on 12 screens. The Deepika Padukone-starrer further scored the biggest Bollywood opening ever in North America, taking over the laurels from Aamir Khan and his PK.
On deck next week are more expansions with no major new releases as global auds look to get hot and bothered beginning February 7 when Fifty Shades Freed is unleashed by Universal. Otherwise, Oscar nominees will continue to bask in the box office bumps the potential of a little gold guy can offer. And Fox’s The Greatest Showman is going to China (he’s also getting a special IMAX run in the UK).With No. 1 starts in 58 markets this session, Fox’s threequel raced off with $64.6M in 71 total for an $84M overseas cume through Sunday. Contrary to domestic where Death Cure is opening lower against the previous installments, internationally it’s outpacing both The Scorch Trials and the original movie.
China got off the block at $22.2M for No. 1 despite stiff competition in the market. Russia also opened tops with $4.24M and Indonesia scored Fox’s 5th biggest bow ever with $2.95M. Korea had already opened last weekend and now stands at $15.1M, holding at No. 3.
In IMAX, China grossed $2.2M on 486 screens, with the $3.3M balance coming from 262 screens in 55 other markets.
Wes Ball returns to direct with the story following Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) as he embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as The Flare. Shooting on the picture was delayed when O’Brien suffered a serious injury during filming in 2016 and the release was pushed from February 2017 to this month. Next weekend sees 11 new markets join the race including Germany, Italy, Mexico, Belgium and India.
China was the top play on Scorch Trials with $29.6M. That film had an ultimate offshore cume of $230.6M while the first one scored $246M.