'Jumanji' Powers Solid Holiday Weekend With $35.4 Million

Rosalie Gross
January 17, 2018

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.

The only relative newcomer that is coming close to "Jumanji" is Fox's "The Post", which expanded to 2,819 theaters nationwide after three weekends in limited release.

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.

Overall, business was solid rather than spectacular with a four-day total in the US$190 million range, according to ComScore.

With (currently) the seventh best fourth weekend in history, the Sony sequel/reimagining Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle slipped only 27% to an estimated $27M this weekend, bringing its total up to a tremendous $283M.

"Jumanji has, in essence, hit the reset button and is now behaving more like a film in its second weekend rather than its fourth".

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"Jumanji" could win its third straight box office crown during the upcoming weekend when new entries include Warner Bros.' Afghan war drama "12 Strong", starring Chris Hemsorth, Michael Shannon and Michael Pena, and STXfilms' "Den of Thieves", starring Gerard Butler and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.

"Jumanji", starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, provided the most substantive challenge to "The Last Jedi" after opening December 20. It has grossed $98.4 million in less than a month and will become the 32nd movie of 2017 to hit the $100 million milestone sometime this week.

"The Post", starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in a story about the 1971 publication of the Pentagon Papers, attracted an older audience with 66 percent over 35.

Three new releases and a major expansion arrive for the holiday weekend, but nothing is able to top the holiday juggernaut that is still rolling, and it's not Star Wars. "But it really resonates with a younger audience and that's the segment of the audience that will continue to discover this movie and realize how timely it is". Overseas, the hit movie grossed another $81 million over the weekend, bringing its worldwide total to $383 million with a global total of $674 million. This film's best hopes lie in positive word of mouth and global grosses, though the latter won't help Warner Bros.as other studios have those rights. By comparison, the original Paddington opened on the same 2015 MLK weekend with $25.5 million.

Despite a whopping 100 percent from Rotten Tomatoes, the latest adventures of Britain's favorite bear are now estimated to make little more than half of the $25 million four-day start the first "Paddington" made two years ago.

Actress Eliza Dushku disclosed last Saturday that she was molested at age 12 during the filming of the 1994 movie True Lies, reports said. $13.7 million over the three-day weekend and $16.4 million including Monday to take third place.

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