Entertainment ‘Jumanji’ Takes Top Box Office Spot From ‘Star Wars’

20:22  06 january  2018
20:22  06 january  2018 Source:   TheWrap

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After three weekends on top of the charts and 5 million grossed domestically, “ Star Wars : The Last Jedi” has ceded the top spot at this weekend’s box office to Sony’s “ Jumanji : Welcome To The Jungle.” With kids all now out of school and on winter break this weekend

After three weekends on top of the charts and 5 million grossed domestically, “ Star Wars : The Last Jedi” has ceded the top spot at this weekend’s box office to Sony’s “ Jumanji : Welcome To The Jungle.”

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After three weekends on top of the charts and $555 million grossed domestically, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" has ceded the top spot at this weekend's box office to Sony's "Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle."

With kids all now out of school and on winter break this weekend, "Jumanji" has proven to be a magnet for family audiences, who have shown up to see the Dwayne Johnson-fronted action comedy to the tune of $208 million domestic so far and is estimated to add $34 million this weekend from 3,801 screens. It remains to be seen if "Jumanji" can hold that total through the rest of the weekend, as moviegoing might be slowed by the winter storm that has engulfed much of the East Coast. However, a $34 million weekend would come close to matching the $36 million the film made on its first weekend, when numbers were weighed down by the usual lull in traffic on Christmas Eve.

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Disney and LucasFilm’s ”“ Star Wars : The Last Jedi” retained first place for the four-day New Year’s holiday weekend despite steep competition from Sony’s “ Jumanji : Welcome It’s been a dismal year for the domestic box office , which ends 2017 with .12 billion in sales, down 2.3% from last year’s

Repeating in the top spot is Star Wars : The Last Jedi with .4 million. Whereas Pitch Perfect 2 premiered in the early days of summer against Mad Max: Fury Road, this finale had an uphill climb against Star Wars (always an event) and Jumanji .

Meanwhile, "The Last Jedi" may also give up the No. 2 spot to Universal/Blumhouse's new release "Insidious: The Last Key," which made $12.5 million on Friday and is  is currently estimated for a $25 million opening slightly above tracker expectations. That's slightly higher than the $22.6 million opening made by "Insidious: Chapter 3" in summer 2015, but below the $40 million opening made by the series' second installment in September 2013. The film earned a B- on CinemaScore and a 25 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes

"The Last Jedi," which added $6.5 million on its fourth Friday, is currently estimated to make $24-25 million this weekend. Worldwide, the film has made $1.12 billion, but is underperforming in China against popular local fare like "Ex-Files: Return of the Exes."

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  ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Jumanji’ Closing Out 2017 With Box Office Race "Jumanji" came within $1 million of "Star Wars" on FridayFive years after Disney bought Lucasfilm for a whopping $4 billion, box office grosses for "The Force Awakens" ($2.06 billion), "Rogue One" ($1.05 billion) and "The Last Jedi" have matched that amount, not to mention the billions more in merchandising, TV deals, and other ancillary revenue that have come from this new era in the forty-year-old franchise. To this point, "The Last Jedi" is 23 percent ahead of the pace set by "Rogue One" after two weeks in theaters, and 30 percent behind that of "The Force Awakens.

Star Wars : The Last Jedi took remained at the top of the domestic and global box office totals for a second week bringing in 3.6 million over the weekend. Jumanji took the number two spot with an .5 million dollar haul

While Star Wars ‘ X-wings were clipped by Jumanji in some overseas play including Russia, Mexico and eight Asia openings where the latter landed No. 1, Jedi maintained No. 1s in such It dominated in the smaller Asian markets, taking the top spot in eight where it opened. The regional total is .8M.

While "Insidious" was the only new release this weekend, STX expanded Aaron Sorkin's "Molly's Game" nationwide to 1,608 screens and made $2.3 million on Friday. The film is on pace to hit tracker expectations with a $6.8 million weekend, which would put it in seventh or eighth among all films.

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