Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. This weekend brings the biggest movie January 2018 has to offer as well as another limited release gone wide from a film with dashed Oscar hopes.
January’s biggest offering is the final installment in the Maze Runner trilogy. Maze Runner: The Death Curse was delayed a year when an on-set accident nearly claimed the life of star Dylan O’Brien, so you made need to rewatch at least The Scorch Trials to catch up. Despite a middling RT score (which hasn’t loved any of the MR movies), I think the first film is the best YA adaptation of the post-Potter era (yes, better than any Hunger Games movie), and I loved the second film as well, so this is really the first film of 2018 I’ve been anticipating.
Going wide this week is Christian Bale’s western Hostiles. The film has a decent RT score in the 70% range, and had Oscar ambitions, but was shut out when nominations were announced on Tuesday.
Hostiles (Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, R, 2hr 10min)
Maze Runner: The Death Cure (Dylan O’Brien, Patricia Clarkson, PG-13, 2hr 22m)
How Did We Do Last Week? KT picked Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to three-peat, and it held off the first serious competition from any 2018 releases. The film earned $19.6 million, outpacing Chris Hemsworth’s Afghanistan war drama 12 Strong, which opened in second place with $15.4 million. Jumanji has now pulled down $314 million domestic and $773 internationally in its run.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi has now made $605.4 million domestic and $1.297 billion globally. It is the sixth film ever to cross the domestic $600 million mark this weekend All-time, it remains the #6 highest grossing film domestically, and will need to pass $623 to displace The Avengers and crack the top five. Internationally, it is the #9 film.
(2018 Prediction Record: 3-0; Lifetime prediction record 88-10).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
The Maze Runner fan base will be enough to finally knock Jumanji off the top spot. I don’t think it’ll have a huge opening, but it’ll be more than enough to win the last weekend of a January dominated by Christmas 2017 releases.