In a slow Super Bowl weekend at the box office, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was able to top new horror film Winchester. The adventure flick starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson emerged as one of 2017's unlikeliest commercial juggernauts, riding waves of positive buzz during its run to soar up the charts. It currently ranks as the fifth highest-grossing movie of last year, recently passing fellow Sony release Spider-Man: Homecoming domestically. Jumanji's performance has been highly impressive, and the studio is eager to green light a sequel for Christmas 2019.
Welcome to the Jungle benefitted greatly from soft competition, as only Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a true rival. Case in point: this week's lone wide release was Winchester, a horror movie starring Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke. Though it was based on true events (the Winchester Mansion is a real house in San Jose), that didn't help much in terms of box office prowess. Winchester failed to make much of an impression at all as it dealt with the holdovers.
Related: Read Screen Rant's Winchester Review
Per Box Office Mojo, Jumanji topped the weekend with $11 million in its seventh weekend. That raises its U.S. total to $352.5 million. Winchester had to settle for a third-place finish in its debut, grossing $9.2 million during its first three days. The film was hampered greatly by a negative critical reception, as many panned it for being a bore too reliant on infamous genre clichés. Last week's champ, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, came in second with $10.2 million. It now stands at $39.7 million Stateside, well below either of its predecessors at the same point in their runs.
Musical The Greatest Showman ($7.8 million) and Western Hostiles ($5.5 million) rounded out the weekend's top five. Elsewhere in the top 10, Best Picture nominees The Post (sixth place; $5.2 million) and The Shape of Water (ninth place; $4.3 million) continued to do well in the wake of their awards buzz. Guillermo del Toro's fantasy romance got a nice boost from being the year's most-nominated film (13 in total), drawing in sizable crowds of cinephiles thanks to its status as the frontrunner. Shape of Water has picked up key victories with the Producers Guild and Directors Guild, establishing itself as the one to beat at the Oscars. It should continue to post solid numbers between now and early March, when the Academy Awards take place.
As we make our way through February, there should be some changes at the top of the charts very soon. Next weekend sees the release of Fifty Shades Freed, and Marvel's Black Panther is right around the corner. After a slow January that didn't see anything break out, the marketplace should pick up this month with some high-profile offerings. Jumanji had a much better run than anyone could have anticipated, but its time on top is about to come to a close.
Source: Box Office Mojo
- Winchester (2018) release date: Feb 02, 2018