JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE retained the number slot this weekend. STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI may be the leader of the Christmas pack, but Sony’s JUMANJI reboot has been the real surprise, finding favor with both critics and audiences, and likely starting a new franchise for the studio. The picture also just enjoyed a $40 million launch in China.
There were also several newcomers this frame. Coming off a very successful limited release, Steven Spielberg’s THE POST expanded into 2800 theatres and netted a solid $18.6 million. The film’s “A” Cinemascore indicates that THE POST should be able to play right through the Oscar season. After spending the last few years mostly making serious fare, Liam Neeson is back with another actioner. THE COMMUTER had a so-so debut, grossing $13.5 million on 2900 screens.
INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY took the usual horror movie dive, declining 59% for fourth spot, followed by THE GREATEST SHOWMAN and LAST JEDI. Originally to have been released by the Weinstein Company, but dropped in the wake of that company’s woes, PADDINGTON 2 had a disappointing $10.6 million opening for Warner Brothers. However, the film’s “A” Cinemascore suggests that word of mouth could help keep it around longer than those opening numbers suggest.
Not screened for critics, Sony’s PROUD MARY landed in 8th with a reasonably good total of $10 million. PITCH PERFECT 3 and DARKEST HOUR rounded out the list.
The above reflects the regular weekend totals and do not include the extra revenue that studios will garner in America via the Martin Luther King Day holiday.
The coming weeks have quite a few new titles coming your way, which will make it harder for movies with so-so box office to retain screens. Opening next weekend are two actioners, the Chris Hemsworth war feature 12 STRONG and Gerard Butler in DEN OF THIEVES, along with the drama FOREVER MY GIRL.
This week’s trailer is THE COMMUTER: