Box Office

Weekend Box Office: ‘Jumanji’ Climbs To the Top


It might be brutally cold across the country right now, but the North America box office was anything but this past weekend as 2018 got off to a running start. Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle climbed to the top spot, Universal’s Insidious: The Last Key opened strongly and Star Wars: The Last Jedi continued its march up the all-time box office champ list. The top ten was up 19% over one year ago at this time when Hidden Figures expanded to a great $31.4 million.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle eased a mere 28% from last weekend to score an estimated $36.3 million from 3,801 theaters. The three-week domestic total for the Jake Kasdan blockbuster stands at $244.3 million domestically. Overseas, the action comedy has earned an equally impressive $275 million. The film should continue to bring the crowds in throughout January, which will help push its final domestic close to the $315-320 million mark.

Scaring up plenty of business in second place was the Universal horror sequel Insidious: The Last Key with a strong $29.3 million from 3,116 theaters. Insidious: The Last Key was met with a chorus of boos from critics -a 49/100 from Metacritic and a 25% approval on Rotten Tomatoes-, but audiences were a little more kind. They gave the film a “B-“ on CinemaScore.

The opening for the fourth chapter in the low budget/high profit franchise was the third biggest horror opening for the month of January following Split ($40 million) and The Devil Inside ($33.7 million).

Dropping from first to third place in its fourth weekend was Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi with an estimated $23.6 million from 4,232 theaters. Down 55% from last weekend, the eighth chapter in the ongoing Skywalker saga has banked $572.5 million so far. A final near the $630 million mark is a possibility, which would be just enough to land the film in fifth place on the highest-grossing domestic box office list.

Overseas, The Last Jedi has brought in $632.7 million. The film opened in China this weekend to an underwhelming $28.7 million.

Like Jumanji, the Fox musical The Greatest Showman has caught on with audiences and is showing some great staying power. The Hugh Jackman hit lost a mere 11% of its holiday crowd, landing in fourth place with an estimated $13.8 million from 3,342 theaters. After three weeks, The Greatest Showman has sold $76 million worth of tickets so far. It should cross the $100 million mark within a couple of weeks. Overseas, the P.T. Barnum tale has grossed $44.2 million so far.

Rounding out the top five was Universal’s Pitch Perfect 3 with an estimated $10.2 million from 3,458 theaters. Off 39%, the Bellas has bagged $86 million domestically and $55 million from overaseas.

  1.  Ferdinand (Fox) $7.7 million (-32%); $70.4 million
  2.  Molly’s Game (STX) $7 million (+198%); $14.2 million
  3.  Darkest Hour (Focus) $6.3 million (+16%); $28.3 million
  4.  Coco (Disney) $5.5 million (-26%); $192 million
  5.  All the Money in the World (Sony) $3.5 million (-36%); $20.1 million

Next weekend sees the arrival of The Commuter, Paddington 2, Proud Mary and the national expansion of Steven Spielberg’s newspaper drama The Post.

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