Weekend Box Office Wrap-up

by Sophie Craig January 17, 2018, 0:11
Weekend Box Office Wrap-up

The number one movie for the second weekend is Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, earning an estimated $27 million (down just 27% from last weekend), and giving it $283.1 million after four weekends. Jumanji's $35.4 million four-day gross ($28.1 million three-day) takes its domestic total to $291.5 million; worldwide, it's earned $674.5 million and counting after four weeks. For the new movie, Jumanji is a video game that teenagers get sucked into, becoming avatars in the game world. It was forecast to take in $16 million over three days and $20 million over four, according to Box Office Mojo. Star Wars: The Last Jedi slipped to sixth with $11.27 million, adding Disney dollars to a global counter that now stands at $1.265 billion. The space saga stars Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and two members of the series' original cast, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and the late Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia.

The children's book adaptation sequel "Paddington 2" opened with $10.6 million.

Rounding out the top five is The Greatest Showman. He and some new inmate friends organize a prison break, vying to unmask the real thief. It ranked fourth internationally for the three-day weekend, picking up $15.3 million overseas, bringing its worldwide total to $194.7 million.

Meanwhile, Proud Mary is coming in below industry projections that pegged it at least $15 million.

The launch of family comedy "Paddington 2" was battling for sixth place with the second weekend of "Insidious: The Last Chapter" with about US$14,1 million each. The Jake Kasdan-directed film was number one in 31 worldwide markets and has earned $667 million (£485.6 million) globally.

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Universal's horror sequel Insidious: The Last Key had one of the worst drop-offs of the weekend, down 51% with a four-day estimate of $14.6 million and $12.5 million over the three-day weekend. Its domestic tally through Sunday is an estimated $23.1 million. The film, originally to be distributed in North America over the Christmas holiday by The Weinstein Co., was sold to Warner Bros. after any association with the disgraced Weinstein Co.co-chairman Harvey Weinstein was deemed toxic for the film.

Liam Neeson's new action film, "The Commuter", opened with weekend sales of $13.5 million for Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., placing third.

"The Post" opened on December 22 and had taken in just $4.3 million in sales heading into the weekend, including $1.7 million during January 5-7.

Last week's other big awards winners, Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water and Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, both did in the $3 million range as Fox Searchlight (distributor of both films) re-expanded the latter into over 1,000 theaters. Finally, the Winston Churchill drama starring Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour maintained a spot in the top ten for a second week with $5.6 million, raising its eight-week accumulation to $36.8 million.

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