New releases struggled to make much of an impression at the box office as holdovers continued to perform well.
Repeating in the top position is Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle with $27 million. The adventure film is now up to $283.1 million domestically, rising to eighth place on the 2017 U.S. chart. It has posted surprisingly strong numbers in the shadow of another major genre film, capitalizing on its positive buzz.
Expanding nationwide to 2,819 theaters, Steven Spielberg's The Post (read our review) came in second with $18.6 million. The historical drama is considered to be one of the year's top awards contenders, having picked up numerous accolades from various organizations. With the Academy Award nominations on the horizon, cinephiles were intrigued to see what this one was all about. The Post had been playing in limited release since Christmas and currently has a Stateside total of $23 million.
Debuting in third is The Commuter (read our review), the latest action vehicle for star Liam Neeson, with $13.4 million. The actor has been struggling to match the figures of his Taken days recently, with several of his genre flicks failing to break out of their niche. While The Commuter was the highest-grossing new release of the weekend, its haul isn't exactly something to write home about, as it's in the same ballpark as Run All Night ($11 million) and A Walk Among the Tombstones ($12.7 million). Perhaps Neeson would be better served staying retired from action movies, since the novelty seems to have worn out.
The #4 movie is Insidious: The Last Key with $12.1 million in its second weekend. The horror movie is now up to $48.3 million domestically.
Rounding out the top five is The Greatest Showman. Hugh Jackman's musical brought in $11.8 million to raise its Stateside total to $94.5 million.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in sixth with $11.2 million. Lucasfilm's latest blockbuster now stands at $591.5 million domestically.
In seventh is Paddington 2 (read our review) with $10.6 million. This result is something of a shock, seeing that the family film received unanimous acclaim from critics and boasted cross-generational appeal. The original Paddington debuted to $18.9 million a couple of years ago, so it's curious the sequel made so less. The presence of Jumanji might have had something to do with it, as The Rock's movie is a big draw for families, hurting Paddington's target audience. As it stands, the followup will have to salvage what it can from the international markets. So far, its global total is $135.8 million.
In eighth is Proud Mary (read our review), the new action movie starring Taraji P. Henson. The film made $10 million in its first three days, which can most likely be attributed to its lukewarm critical reception. Though Henson received characteristically high marks for her performance, the rest of the movie around her apparently wasn't up to par. This gave people little incentive to check it out in theaters, and it likely won't stick around for long.
Coming in ninth is Pitch Perfect 3 with $5.6 million. The sequel is now up to $94.6 million domestically.
Capping off the top 10 is awards hopeful Darkest Hour, which brought in $4.5 million in its eighth weekend. The Winston Churchill biopic raised its domestic total to $35.7 million.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates -- based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, January 15 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo
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