Jumanji Overtakes Star Wars at Weekend Box Office


(LOS ANGELES) — Move over, “Star Wars,” there are some new box office champs this weekend. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” has topped the charts after three weekends in theaters, and newcomer “Insidious: The Last Key” opened in second, pushing “The Last Jedi” into third place.

Columbia Pictures says Sunday that the Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart-led “Jumanji” is estimated to have earned an additional $ 36 million this weekend, bringing its total to $ 244.4 million.

“This is all about ‘Jumanji’s’ staying power,” said Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for box office tracker comScore. “This is a movie that was overshadowed by all the excitement around ‘The Last Jedi,’ and yet ‘Jumanji’ just kept plugging away and drawing audiences throughout the holiday … This is kind of unheard of for a movie this size.”

In second place is the horror film “Insidious: The Last Key,” the fourth in the franchise, which earned $ 29.3 million. The Universal and Blumhouse Pictures film even outperformed the third chapter in the series. That film launched to $ 22.7 million in June of 2015.

“We could not be more thrilled with that debut. It’s a fantastic result,” said Jim Orr, Universal’s president of domestic distribution. “The release date worked in our favor. There hasn’t been a similar film in a couple of months. ”

Young audiences drove the “Insidious” box office with 59 percent under the age of 25. Whether or not they enjoyed the film is another question: It got a scary B- CinemaScore.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” fell to third place with $ 23.6 million in its fourth weekend in theaters. The space blockbuster has grossed $ 572.5 million to date.

“The Greatest Showman” took fourth place with $ 13.8 million and “Pitch Perfect 3” rounded out the top five with $ 10.2 million.

Awards seasons films continue to expand throughout January, too, like Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut “Molly’s Game,” which added over 1,300 theaters this weekend and took in $ 7 million. The Jessica Chastain-starrer about the real life “poker princess” Molly Bloom is up for two Golden Globe awards Sunday evening — best actress and best screenplay.

The Winston Churchill film “Darkest Hour” starring Gary Oldman (who is up for a best actor Golden Globe) also added 790 theaters and took in $ 6.4 million.

The weekend is up around 18 percent from the same weekend last year, which Dergarabedian sees as a sign that perhaps the 2018 box office will be stronger and more steady than 2017.

“2017 was not consistent. It was volatile, it was a rollercoaster,” Dergarabedian said. “This sets the tone for what we’re hoping is a consistent and strong 2018 box office.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1.”Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” $ 36 million.

2.”Insidious: The Last Key,” $ 29.3 million.

3.”Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” $ 23.6 million.

4.”The Greatest Showman,” $ 13.8 million.

5.”Pitch Perfect 3,” $ 10.2 million.

6.”Ferdinand,” $ 7.7 million.

7.”Molly’s Game,” $ 7 million.

8.”Darkest Hour,” $ 6.4 million.

9.”Coco,” $ 5.5 million.

10.”All the Money in the World,” $ 3.6 million.