Box Office: 'Jumanji' Stays Atop the Jungle, as 'The Post' Makes Solid Nationwide Move
Worldwide, 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' becomes the top-grossing film of 2017 with $1.264 billion.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle maintained the top spot at the domestic box office for the second weekend in a row as the Martin Luther King holiday weekend unfolded.
Steven Spielberg’s The Post posted solid numbers as it expanded nationwide into 2,819 theaters, while three other new nationwide openings had a tougher time making a mark.
And although Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which ranked sixth for the weekend, is starting to wind down — it posted $11.3 million domestically for the three days and another $19 million from 53 territories — with a cumulative worldwide haul of $1.264 billion, it has now surpassed both Disney’s own Beauty and the Beast ($1.2635 billion) and Universal’s The Fate of the Furious ($1.236 billion) to become the top global release of 2017 and the tenth top global release of all time.
Sony’s Jumanji, the comedy-adventure directed by Jake Kasdan and starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan as the adult avatars of a magical game, took in an estimated $27 million for the three days and is projected to collect $33.4 million for the four-day holiday frame, which would bring its domestic cume to $289.5 million.
Jumanji also was the weekend's top international grosser, grossing $81 million from 94 territories, as its worldwide gross climbed to $666.1 million.
The Post, which recounts how Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) joined forces to defy the government and publish the Pentagon Papers, grossed an estimated $18.6 million for the three days as it looks to a four-day gross of $22.2 million. Since Fox opened the film on Dec. 22 in just a handful of theaters, the $50 million film, from Amblin Entertainment and Participant Media, had collected $4.2 million in its limited release.
The politically charged, adult-skewing movie, which received an A CinemaScore, attracted an older audience (66 percent at 35 years old or above) as well as more females than males (55 percent versus 45 percent), and did best in the Northeast, West and Midwest, meeting with resistance only in the southern central portion of the country, which could allow it to settle in for an extended run.
Of the weekend’s three new wide releases, Lionsgate's The Commuter showed the most traction, with a third-place showing for the frame as it took in $13.5 million for the three days, heading to a four-day total of $16 million. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows), the PG-13-rated action movie stars Liam Neeson as a businessman who gets caught up in a frenzied criminal conspiracy when he meets a stranger (Vera Farmiga) on a train. It received a B CinemaScore from an audience that was 54 percent male and 70 percent age 30 or older.
The first entry in a new, long-term partnership between Lionsgate and StudioCanal, The Commuter opened in 2,892 locations, including select Imax theaters, domestically. Internationally, where the pic is beginning its rollout, it racked up a strong opening in Germany, where it ranked No. 2 and took in $2.3 million, and notched a No. 1 opening in The Netherlands, where it grossed another $624,000. In all, the movie collected $6.2 million from 14 territories, bringing its worldwide number to $19.7 million.
Given the fact that it was met with an A CinemaScore and has received enthusiastic reviews, resulting in a 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating, Paddington 2, which had to compete with Jumanji for the family crowd, got off to a disappointing start for Warner Bros. Ranking seventh for the weekend, it attracted just $10.6 million for the three days, although it could climb a bit to $14.5 million for the four days. The film — which Warners bought from the beleaguered Weinstein Co. and producer StudioCanal — again centers on the plucky Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) as he and the Brown family team to unmask the thief. The animated/live-action sequel, based on Michael Bond's children’s book series that launched in 1958, also stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson.
Paul King returned to direct the movie, which follows in the wake of the 2015 original, which opened to $25.5 million domestically and collected $268 million during its theatrical run. The new film has already opened abroad, where it grossed nearly $140 million, which translates to a worldwide total of $150.4 million.
Sony’s Proud Mary, starring Taraji P. Henson as an assassin whose life is altered when she becomes involved with a young boy, debuted in eighth place as it took in $10 million for the three days and could see a four-day take of $12 million. Directed by Babak Najafi (London Has Fallen), the R-rated action pic was greeted with a B-plus CinemaScore as it bowed in 2,125 locations.
Among the other holdovers, Universal's horror pic Insidious: The Last Key dropped by 59 percent from its opening weekend, grossing $12.1 million and claiming fourth place in its second weekend as its domestic tally rose to $48.4 million. Internationally, it ranked third as it picked up an additional $17.7 million, bringing its worldwide total to $92.6 million.
In fifth place, Fox's The Greatest Showman claimed an additional $11.8 million. The film is looking at an estimated $14.5 million for the four-day frame, which would bring its domestic haul to $97.3 million as it closes in on the $100 million mark. It ranked fourth internationally, picking up $15.3 million abroad, bringing its worldwide total to $194.7 million.
Universal's Pitch Perfect 3 ranked ninth with $5.7 million as its domestic take rose to $94.7 million.
And in tenth place, Focus' Winston Churchill drama Darkest Hour, which is currently playing in 1,693 theaters, took in $4.5 million for the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $35.7 million. On the international front, the movie opened in 16 markets over the weekend, including the U.K. and Ireland, where it claimed the top spot, taking in $5.9 million. Internationally, Darkest Hour has collected $19 million to date, bringing its worldwide total to $54.7 million.
STX's Molly's Game, in its third weekend, finished just outside the top 10 in eleventh place with $3.9 million, bringing its domestic tally to $20.7 million. Overseas, it took in $3.4 million for the weekend, bringing its international cume to $13.7 million.
Among more specialized titles, I, Tonya from Neon/30 West, posted a $3.3 million weekend from 517 locations as its domestic take rose to $10 million.
Fox Searchlight's The Shape of Water drew $2.7 million from 723 locations, bringing its domestic total to $26.4 million. It also opened in Mexico, the homeland of its director Guillermo del Toro, where it claimed the top spot and nearly $3.3 million.
The same distributor's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which is expanding into more theaters once again, moving into 1,022 locations, picked up $2.3 million, bringing its domestic total to $28.5 million.
A24's Lady Bird gathered $1.7 million in 652 theaters as its tally rose to $36.9 million, while The Disaster Artist, from the same distributor, attracted nearly $500,000 in 371 theaters to bring its total to $20.3 million.
Currently playing in 174 locations, Sony Pictures Classics' Call Me by Your Name took in $716,000, with its domestic total now standing at $7.2 million.
Jan. 14, 11:30 a.m.: Updated to include international grosses.