Monday, January 8, 2018
Monday's Headlines - Weekend Box Office
Sony's "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" won the weekend box office, taking in an estimated $36 million, according to boxofficepro.com. The sequel to the 1995 hit starring Robin Williams took the number one spot after "The Last Jedi" was king of the mountain for three consecutive weeks, and earned over $550 million domestically (over $1 billion worldwide).
But "Welcome to the Jungle" — fueled by the star power of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black — has been building its own strong gross both domestically and abroad thanks to the good word of mouth (it has a 77% critic score/90% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes).
It's a credit to Sony understanding it had a title audiences would go to once they got "Star Wars" out of their system (or those who just aren't fans of the saga), that since opening on December 20 it has kept "Jumanji" on as many screens as it possibly could ("The Last Jedi" has been playing on over 4,200).
Showing on over 3,700 screens its first two weekends, "Welcome to the Jungle" accomplished the rare feat by a Hollywood blockbuster of gaining audiences. This weekend it jumped up to 3,800 screens and saw a minuscule drop from last weekend (-28%). The accomplishment is even more impressive after taking into account the awful deep freeze the Northeast is suffering through.
With a domestic total now of $244 million, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" marks the highest-grossing live-action movie for Kevin Hart and the third-best for The Rock (behind "Furious 7," $353 million and "Moana," $248.7 million).
The only new release this weekend was the lastest Universal/Blumhouse collaboration, "Insidious: The Last Key," which came in second place with $29.2 million. "The Last Jedi" finished in third with $23.5 million.