Jumanji Finally Tops Stars Wars At The Box Office
Having put up a robust fight against Star Wars: The Last Jedi for the last three weeks, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle has finally claimed the top spot at the US box office. The Dwayne Johnson led update of the 90s classic made the most of a slow January weekend with an estimated $37 million. Surpassing its $36 million opening weekend in its third week in cinemas is a testament to strong word of mouth, and it doesn't hurt that the new Jumanji is ridiculously entertaining.
I'll admit being sceptical about the Jumanji reboot/sequel, but it's nice to be wrong once in a while as I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed Welcome To The Jungle. So far, Johnson and Co have drummed up more than $245 million domestically, add to that more than $280 million internationally, and Jumanji is a bonafide blockbuster. Thanks to a lean $90 million production budget, Jumanji is already a substantial earner for Sony, and a sequel is surely inevitable.
Insidious: The Last Key took second place with a respectable $29.5 million for the weekend. The fourth Insidious film performed better than expected and mustered $7 million more than the previous sequel's opening weekend back in 2015. After ruling the box office for the last three weeks, Star Wars: The Last Jedi dropped to third place adding $23.7 million to its massive haul. The Last Jedi knocked Beauty and the Beast off the top spot after just three weeks and is officially the biggest movie of 2017.
The Greatest Showman held onto fourth place with $13.7 for a current US total of $76 million. The Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron led film has taken a similar amount internationally with $74 million earned for a worldwide total of $150 million. The ambitious musical has been a passion project of Jackman's for years, and while it's not Logan money, The Greatest Showman could prove to be a slow burn hit.
Pitch Perfect 3 dropped to fifth place with $10.2 million for a running US total of $86 million. I think it's fair to assume that the final Pitch Perfect won't match the $186 million domestic success of its predecessor, but it will definitely sail over the $100 million line. The Bellas farewell tour has also generated more than $54 million internationally which any way you slice it is "acaawesome".