‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Beats the Competition in Weekend Box Office

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” held on to first place for the second week, according to Box Office Mojo.

The sequel to the 1995 film was a surprise hit over the holidays, and continued that streak into the second week of 2018. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” added $27 million, bringing it to a domestic take of $283M, and around $666M worldwide. The video game- themed adventure finished 2017 as the eighth highest grossing film of the year.

Steven Spielberg‘s “The Post” moved into wide release and audiences greeted it warmly. With $18.6M, the drama now sits at $23M total. There are no overseas numbers reported yet, but it is clearly doing well with American filmgoers.

While many are still catching up on late year releases, “The Commuter” was the only newcomer in the top five. Opening with $13.4M, the action thriller saw only modest returns. Although, since it nabbed a January release, the low take is not surprising. It is right in the middle for opening weekends from director Jaume Collet-Serra.

Insidious: The Last Key” dropped to fourth place this week after finishing second in its debut. The fourth installment in the horror franchise earned $12M this week and is closing in on $100M worldwide. It had the second highest opening in the franchise when it opened, and is close to passing the overall totals for the first and third installments.

The Greatest Showman” held onto fifth place with $11.8M. The first original musical greenlit by a studio in more than twenty years has earned nearly $100M in the US, and close to $200M worldwide. Paired with the success of last year’s “La La Land,” it seems the musical renaissance may continue for some time.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” fell out of the top five for the first time since it opened in mid-December. The latest Star Wars film moved to sixth place with $11.2M. It has taken in about $591M in the US, with more than $1.2 Billion worldwide. It finished 2017 as the highest grossing film of the year, and is currently the second highest grosser in the “Star Wars” franchise.

Paddington 2” debuted in seventh place, with $10.6M. Because it was released early in Europe, it has earned $135M worldwide. The partially animated family film was surprisingly well received, boasting a 100% critical score on Rotten Tomatoes.

The other top ten debut this week was the action/thriller “Proud Mary.” The film, which stars Taraji P. Henson, took in $10M for its eighth place finish. The weekend total dropped some when many theaters reported that the studio inexplicably ordered them to cancel Thursday night previews and hold the release until 12:01 AM on Friday morning.

Pitch Perfect 3” fell from fifth to ninth with $5.6M. The a cappella flick, which is also a musical but featuring adapted tunes, is at around the same domestic total as “The Greatest Showman,” with $94M. It has also earned about $162M worldwide. While it has been dubbed the final film in the franchise, time will tell.

And closing out the top ten this week is the Winston Churchill biopic, “Darkest Hour.” The film, which stars Gary Oldman, earned $4.5M over the weekend, for a total of $35M domestic. Worldwide, it has about $54M, although that number is likely low since it just opened this weekend in the UK.

Next week sees the wide releases of “Hostiles,” “12 Strong,” “Den of Thieves,” and “Forever My Girl.”

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Written by Karen M. Peterson

Karen Peterson is a writer from Southern California. When she is not at the ballpark cheering on her LA Angels, she can usually be found in a movie theater or in front of the television. Karen is obsessed with awards shows, and loves everything from the smallest indie film to the biggest of big budget spectacles. She is also unapologetically in love with Tom Cruise.


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