Maze Runner: The Death Cure–Last Chapter in YA Film Series

Maze Runner: The Death Cure played well in previews, $1.5 million Thursday evening, not far behind Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials ($1.7 million).

This is the final installment in the successful YA film series adapted from James Dashner’s dystopian-themed books.

The Fox release expected to win the weekend box office with a debut of about $20 million. In 2015, Maze Runner launched to $30.3 million domestically.

The Death Cure was originally set to hit theaters a year ago, but its release was delayed when franchise star Dylan O’Brien was injured while filming.

Wes Ball directed all three films.

This time out, the Gladers travel to the villainous WCKD headquarters to rescue their friends.

Scott Cooper’s gritty Western Hostiles, starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike, rides into 2,813 theaters across the country after playing in select cinemas since Christmas.

Distributor Entertainment Studios is hopeful that the period pic, grossing $1.6 million to date, will garner $10 million this weekend. It earned $370,000 in Thursday previews.

While Hostiles was shut out of the Oscar race, largely due to a poor marketing campaign.

Shape of Water, which has been rolling slowly, swims into roughly 1,600 locations, an uptick of more than 600 theaters.