Subscribe To Jumani Box Office: Welcome To The Jungle Is King Again, The Post Grabs Number Two Updates
Jake Kasden's Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle has already been firmly established as Dwayne Johnson's most successful non-Fast and Furious film, but it's still raking in the dough in its fourth weekend. Thus far it has been the only movie to be number one in 2018 - though it is worth noting that Steven Spielberg's The Post put up some solid numbers in its first three days of wide release. Check out the full Top 10 below!
It may not have opened in the top spot during its opening weekend, but Jumanj: Welcome To The Jungle is demonstrating some impressive legs. As you can see above, the extra cash raked in from this weekend brings its amazing domestic total up to $283.2 million - which isn't even half of the amazing $666.1 million that it's made globally. Going back to its ranking in Dwayne Johnson's filmography, the movie is now his second most successful hit here in America, behind only James Wan's Furious 7.
This is, of course, a massive win for Sony on all fronts. Surely the project was given the green light in hopes of capturing some 1990s nostalgia, but they couldn't have asked for a better final result. It's already made $400 million more worldwide than the original Jumanji, and can credit the surprisingly long legs to a very positive response from professional critics (75% on Rotten Tomatoes) and general audiences ("A-" on CinemaScore). It's worth noting that the movie is very self contained, its conclusion not necessarily begging for a follow-up, but it's hard to imagine the studio seeing these numbers and not making a Part 3.
While there were three new wide releases in theaters this weekend, you'll notice that none of them couple topple Steven Spielberg's The Post - which climbed to second place after making its way into nearly 3000 more theaters on Friday (it was initially only in New York and Los Angeles for awards consideration). The film didn't pick up any hardware at the Golden Globes last weekend (despite what Seth Meyer's monologue suggested), but it did make a healthy $18.6 million in its first three days. It still has a bit of a climb ahead of it to justify the reported $50 million budget, but we can definitely expect to stick around in the Top 10 for the next month or so - getting a boost from the guaranteed Academy Award nominations and then the actual ceremony.
As for the new releases, you'll notice that there is not a huge difference between the film that made enough for third place (The Commuter) and eighth place (Proud Mary). These are pretty standard numbers for January, which has always been a weak Hollywood month due to the fact that people are back at work/school after the holiday break and aren't out seeing movies. The positive spin on this is that titles released this time of year also aren't made for a whole lot of money. We don't know the reported budgets for The Commuter or Paddington 2, but Insidious: The Last Key and Proud Mary were made for $10 million and $14 million, respectively - meaning that there will be plenty of return on investment. It also needs to be pointed out that Paddington 2 doesn't necessarily need U.S. dollars because it is already a massive hit overseas (it's already made $125.2 million in foreign markets).
This upcoming weekend will see three new releases arriving, each one presenting very different material for audiences: there's the true war story 12 Strong; the criminals vs. cops heist flick Den Of Thieves; and the Nicholas Sparks-esque romance Forever My Girl. We'll be back next week to see how it shakes up the Top 10, so stay tuned!