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'Maze Runner' Sequel Races to Top of North American Box Office Chart
Jan 29, 2018 by: WENN
Maze Runner: The Death Cure has outpaced Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to take the North American box office crown.
The dystopian action film, the final installment of the sci-fi trilogy, based on the books by James Dashner, raced to number one with a $23.5 million debut, ending Jumanji's three-week reign over the chart.
However, The Death Cure's opening take paled in comparison to previous installments--The Maze Runner launched with $32.5 million in 2014, while 2015's Maze Runner: The Scorch Trails banked $30.6 million in its first weekend on release.
The new project had originally been set for release in early 2017, but production was halted in March, 2016, after leading man Dylan O'Brien suffered a series of serious injuries in a stunt-gone-wrong, delaying filming by a year.
The actor recently admitted he had mixed feelings about the film's finished edit, because it brought back memories of his tough year of recovery.
"When I saw the movie, it was an emotional thing," he told the Press Association, "but it felt good, you know? I just felt really happy and peaceful. It is kind of a trip for me to watch though. It does give me a whirlwind of emotions, but at the end of the day, they’re happy (emotions)."
Back in the box office countdown, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is in second place, adding another $16.4 million to its haul. The fantasy adventure's continued popularity since its pre-Christmas release boosts its total North American gross to an impressive $338 million, and its global earnings to $821.7 million.
Taking third place in the new chart is Christian Bale's Western Hostiles with $10.2 million, followed by Hugh Jackman's movie musical The Greatest Showman and Steven Spielberg's The Post at four and five, respectively.
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