There was a shakeup at the top of the box office charts as holdovers continued to dominate.
Rising to the #1 position this week is Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle with $36 million. The adventure film had been trailing Star Wars: The Last Jedi for most of its run, but started to top the sequel when the calendar flipped to 2018. It has benefitted from positive word-of-mouth, which helped its commercial appeal and hang tough with Episode VIII. Because Jumanji is so well-liked, it became a go-to option for general audiences (instead of seeing Star Wars again), and Sony is reaping the fruits of their investment. So far, the film has grossed $244.3 million domestically, making its way into the top 10 on the U.S. 2017 chart.
Coming in second is the new horror film Insidious: The Last Key (read our review). The fourth installment in the franchise brought in $29.2 million during its first three days, which surpassed the expectations many had for it. Previous entry Insidious: Chapter 3 grossed only $22.6 million when it debuted a few years ago, so many thought the property wasn’t in high demand. The Last Key was also hampered by a widely negative critical response, but it was able to overcome that simply by being the first new wide release of the year and the first fresh horror movie in quite some time. It’ll be interesting to see how it holds up over time, as this genre tends to be front-loaded sometimes.
After a few weeks of reigning on top, Star Wars: The Last Jedi falls to third in its fourth weekend, making $23.5 million. Lucasfilm’s latest blockbuster is now up to a whopping $572.5 million domestically and currently ranks as the sixth highest-grossing film of all-time in the States. Even with business starting to decline, it should be able to reach the $600 million mark and challenge The Avengers for fifth place. Internationally, the sequel stands at $1.2 billion.
Coming in fourth is The Greatest Showman. The musical earned $13.8 million to raise its Stateside total to $75.9 million.
Rounding out the top five is Pitch Perfect 3 with $10.2 million, raising the sequel’s domestic haul to $85.9 million.
The #6 movie is Ferdinand. Fox’s animated family film grossed $7.7 million in its fourth weekend to increase its U.S. total to $70.4 million.
Expanding nationwide to 1,608 theaters, awards contender Molly’s Game (read our review) made $7 million. Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut capitalized on the buzz it received while in limited release to make a bit of an impact at the box office this weekend. While it is not seen as a major Oscar hopeful, aspects like Sorkin’s script and Jessica Chastain’s lead performance have received numerous accolades during the season, making Molly’s Game a point of curiosity among cinephiles. The film, which first opened on Christmas, now stands at $14.2 million domestically.
In eighth is Darkest Hour with $6.3 million. The Winston Churchill biopic is now up to $28.3 million in the U.S.
Pixar’s Coco comes in ninth, earning $5.5 million in its seventh weekend. The animated hit has currently grossed $192 million domestically.
Capping off the top 10 is All the Money in the World with $3.5 million. Ridley Scott’s latest drama has now brought in $20.1 million in the U.S.
[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 8 — at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo
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