Last week, Jake Kasdan's Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle saw its long reign at the Number One spot come to an end, with Maze Runner: The Death Cure managing to be the first film in three straight weeks to beat it at the box office. Shockingly, however, it turns out that the adventure movie just can't be kept down, as once again it is once again at the top of the charts. Check out the full Top 10 below!
|1.||Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle||$11,000,000||Total: $352,642,752||
|2.||Maze Runner: The Death Cure||$10,200,000||Total: $39,760,199||
|4.||The Greatest Showman||$7,800,000||Total: $137,475,172||
|6.||The Post||$5,200,000||Total: $67,184,510||
|7.||12 Strong||$4,710,000||Total: $37,303,553||
|8.||Den of Thieves||$4,670,000||Total: $36,270,932||
|9.||The Shape of Water||$4,300,000||Total: $44,580,050||
|10.||Paddington 2||$3,110,000||Total: $36,313,679||
When Sony Pictures first put Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle in theaters in early December, many questioned the move. After all, it was positioned just one week after the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which was posed to dominate the box office for weeks. Prognosticators certainly weren't wrong on this front, but what nobody could have predicted is the immensely long legs that the comedy has demonstrated. Jumanji was in second place for its first four weekends, but has been the number one movie for every weekend in 2018 thus far - and is the first December release since 1998 to grab a number one spot at the box office in February (not even Avatar pulled that off).
Obviously Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle isn't banking huge numbers at this time of year, but its overall totals to date and still incredibly impressive. It was made for reportedly only $90 million (certainly modest by modern blockbuster standards), and the most recent figures say that its global total stands at $855.4 million. That puts it in 60th place all-time, and after tomorrow it will be crowned Dwayne Johnson's biggest domestic hit ever, toppling Furious 7's $353 million total. It won't be catching up with either Furious 7 or The Fate of the Furious internationally, as those two films made $1.5 and $1.2 billion, respectively, but there' no denying that this is a massive hit.
The only new wide release to come out on Friday was The Spierig brothers' Winchester, which didn't exactly impress. It surely didn't carry a massive budget (Lionsgate hasn't reported how much it was made for), but the studio probably isn't incredibly happy with a third place finish and a $9.3 million haul. The movie boasts some star power with Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke playing key roles in the feature, but it wasn't exactly supported by any buzz, given that it wasn't actually screened for critics (those who paid to see it have contributed to an 9 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes). Folks also probably shouldn't expect it to produce any Jumanji-like legs in the face of critical bashings, as CinemaScore says that audiences only gave it a "B-."
Looking at the Top 10 from a more macro perspective, you may notice that the bulk of the titles aren't movies that actually came out in the last few weeks, but instead have actually been around for a while (either in wide or limited release). Half of them, in fact, have been around for nearly two months now, as January titles like Proud Mary and The Commuter proved to have zero staying power. In that sense, 2018 is clearly off to a seriously rocky start, but hopefully the next month of movies will start turning things around.
We should start seeing the box office starting really kicking into gear this Friday, with the finale of the Fifty Shades trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed, set to come out in wide release; along with Clint Eastwood's The 15:17 To Paris and the family-friendly Peter Rabbit. We'll be back next Sunday to see how it all shakes out, so we'll catch you then!