'Jumanji' Tops the Box Office for Second Week in a Row


"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" has brought in a massive 283.17 million dollars in total in North American theatres to date since opening on December 20, according to the studio figures collected by comScore.

Coming closest was Steven Spielberg's Pentagon Papers drama "The Post," starring Streep as Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee.

It's a solid result for "The Post" in its nationwide expansion following several weeks of limited release. The movie has already made US$125 million overseas. "It resonates with an older audience because they were around and remember this particular moment in time", said 20th Century Fox distribution chief Chris Aronson. It was nominated for five Golden Globes, but didn't win any. Oscar nominations voting ended Friday.

Leading new releases this weekend is Lionsgate's "The Commuter", which hit independent tracker expectations with an estimated $15 million four-day start. "Paddington 2" opened with $10.6 million. But Fox added more than 2,000 new locations this weekend. Despite rave reviews, it did about half the $19 million debut of its 2015 predecessor.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has grossed a whopping $666.17 million on the worldwide box-office!

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Sony's launch of action-thriller "Proud Mary" came in eighth with $12 million at 2,125 sites, fulfilling the lower end of predictions.

Bringing in an estimated $35.4 million over the four-day holiday weekend allowed Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to easily retain its perch atop the box office. The action-comedy, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, has won the first two weekends of 2018 after debuting December 20 in the shadow of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" - and began significantly outperforming forecasts.

"This box office trajectory of "Jumanji" is somewhat unprecedented and certainly unexpected", said Dergarabedian. Audiences who did see the film enjoyed it a bit more with a B+ on CinemaScore.

Don't weep for "The Last Jedi". "But there is a very strong force with Dwayne Johnson". It's a disappointing result for lead star Taraji P. Henson, who was the queen of MLK weekend previous year as the lead of "Hidden Figures", making $27.5 million in its first weekend in wide release.