Movie ‘Maze Runner’ overtakes ‘Jumanji’ to lead at box office

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(AFP): Fox’s Movie “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” dashed past “Jumanji” as it opened over the weekend in North American theaters, taking in $24.2 million after a strong showing overseas, industry figures showed on  Monday.

The dystopian sci-fi film, the third and final installment in the “Maze Runner” series, follows the life and death adventures of three young “Gladers,” teens immune to a destructive virus infecting the world.

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The film’s release had been delayed a year after star Dylan O’Brien was injured on the set.

Movie “Jumanji,” which had held the North American lead for three weeks, took in $16.1 million from Friday to Sunday, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

The family film, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and funnymen Jack Black and Kevin Hart, follows a group of teens who find themselves transported inside the video game world of Jumanji.

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In third place was Entertainment Studios’ “Hostiles,” starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike in a gritty Western about a US cavalry officer who has to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family to Montana in 1892.

The indie film, in limited release since late December, entered wide release Friday, taking in $10.1 million for the weekend.

In fourth was the movie, “The Greatest Showman,” earning $9.6 million in its sixth week.

In fifth was another Fox film, “The Post,” netting $9.1 million.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

“12 Strong” ($8.7 million)

“Den of Thieves” ($8.6 million)

“The Shape of Water” ($5.9 million)

“Paddington 2” ($5.7 million)

“Padmaavat” ($4.3 million)

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