Fox’s “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” has dominated the international box office with $62.6 million from 34,374 screens, finishing first in 58 markets.
China posted the top figure with $21.6 million for a first-place finish, followed by Russia with $3.9 million, South Korea with $3.3 million in its second weekend, Indonesia with $3.1 million, the United Kingdom with $2.9 million and Brazil with $2.3 million. The dystopian sci-fi pic has topped $15 million in South Korea.
Fox said business for “The Death Cure” is outpacing 2015’s “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” by 7.6% and the original “Maze Runner” by 49.2%. “Death Cure” releases in 11 new markets next weekend, including Germany, Italy, Mexico, Belgium, and India.
“Maze Runner: The Death Cure” ended the three-week reign of Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the “Jungle” with a respectable $23.5 million at 3,787 North American locations for the weekend.
“The Death Cure” stars Dylan O’Brien, with Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. The opening of the film was delayed for a year following injuries O’Brien suffered on the set in 2016.
“Maze Runner” grossed $348 million worldwide in 2014, including $245 million internationally, led by France with $24.7 million and China with $24 million.”The Scorch Trials” wound up with $312 million worldwide with $230 million of that from international markets, led by $29 million in China.
“Secret Superstar,” the latest film vehicle for Indian superstar Aamir Khan, grossed $19 million in its second weekend in China for a total of $67 million in that single market. The film — a coming of age story about a teenage girl who wants to be a singer — follows the momentum created by Khan’s previous film “Dangal,” which took in an impressive $193 million in China.
Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” took in $17.7 million from 10,800 screens in 92 markets for an international total of $484 million. China leads with $72.4 million, followed by the United Kingdom with $46.3 million, and Australia with $34.8 million.
Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” grossed $13 million from 34 markets, including its second weekend in the U.K., where the animated family film has taken in $11.4 million so far. The international total has hit $477.8 million to go with $202 million domestically.
China holdover “Forever Young,” starring Zhang Ziyi, took the fifth slot with $11.8 million for a $95 million total after three weeks. The historical drama also stars Huang Xiaoming, Chang Chen, Wang Leehom and Chen Chusheng with a focus on four generations of modern Chinese history since World War II.
Fox’s “Ferdinand” grossed $11.2 million at 15,016 screens to lift its foreign total to $175 million. China was the top market for the animated comedy with $5.1 million in its second weekend. “The Commuter” followed with $11.1 million from 34 markets for an international total of $34 million.
Amblin Pictures and Universal Pictures International reported Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” took in $10.2 million from 34 markets, led by a $3 million first-place launch in France. The journalism drama has totalled $24.5 million internationally.
Fox’s “The Greatest Showman” pulled in $10.1 million from 45 markets to lift its international total to $133 million. The domestic take for the Hugh Jackman musical has topped $126 million.
Lionsgate’s “Wonder” followed with $9.9 million to push the international total to $135 million, $5 million more than the domestic total. Universal’s “Darkest Hour,” which has six Oscar nominations, pulled in $9.6 million in 51 markets to push its international total to $51 million.