With three new wide releases in Paddington 2, Proud Mary and The Commuter and competition from an expanding The Post, could Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle continue its remarkable run at the box office? Let’s not forget last weeks new release Insidious: The Last Key and that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is still around. With all these films trying to take advantage of the Martin Luther King Jr long weekend, let’s take a look.
As expected Jumanji finished at the top spot the second weekend in a row bringing in $27 million over the three-day weekend. It is expected to add another $7 million on the holiday Monday for a new North American total of nearly $290 million. It begs the question that if it hadn’t opened during a Star Wars release how high could the Dwayne Johnson remake could have climbed?
Internationally it earned another $81 million, half of which came from China where it finally premiered on January 5th, earning $40 million. Finishing #1 in 31 markets across the pond it only has upswing as it still has yet to open in Japan sometime in April. All told, the $90 million film has a new worldwide total of $667 million.
Expanding to close to 3,000 theatres and looking to take advantage of the awards buzz and current political climate was Steven Spielberg’s The Post which earned $18.6 million, good enough for second place. It should add another $4 or $5 million on the holiday Monday and the hope from Fox is that the Tom Hanks/Meryl Streep true story will find legs and take advantage of a strong social media presence. With a $50 million price tag and no international release, it will struggle to earn a profit however.
Third place goes to the one of the weekends new releases, The Commuter, which brought in $13.4 million over the three days. It should finish around $16 million after the four days which is a good but expected start for the Liam Neeson thriller. The real test for this film will be overseas where Neeson’s recent thrillers, such as the Taken series, have performed well historically.
In fourth place in last weeks new release Insidious: The Last Key which dropped nearly 60% for a $12 million weekend. After Monday the Blumhouse production will be over the $50 million mark domestically and should get very close to $100 million worldwide once all the numbers are in. The series’ four films are approaching the $500 million worldwide total mark with a total production cost of under $30 million.
Round out the top five is the Hugh Jackman musical, The Greatest Showman, which keeps seeing tiny week to week drops and added some theatres as well this week. Dropping only 14% this weekend, the film earned $11.8 million and will cross the $100 million domestically after the holiday Monday. It has already matched that number internationally and has a worldwide total of $194 million. With nothing of its kind currently in theatres, it shows no signs of letting up.
Finally out of the top 5 is Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which finished sixth over the three-day weekend bringing in $11.27 million after dropping over 1,000 theatres. Including the holiday Monday, it should fall somewhere around $595 million total in North America and actually may climb into the fifth spot when you include all four days. The big story this week for Star Wars was in China where it dropped over 90% of its theatres all but giving up on the region after a very poor opening last week. At $1.264 billion worldwide, it has officially passed Beauty and the Beast ($1.263b) as both the highest grossing release of 2017 and the tenth biggest grosser of all time.
Next weekend sees another three wide releases with WB’s 12 Strong, STX’s Den of Thieves and Roadside’s Forever My Girl. Also, the Christian Bale western thriller Hostiles is looking to expand to over 3,000 theatres as well, hoping to take advantage of a strong word of mouth.