Weekend Box Office: Jumanji Leads Super Slow Super Bowl Frame
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February hasn’t gotten off to the greatest start, what with this frame trailing -4.5% behind 2017’s Super Bowl weekend ($94.78 million vs. last year’s $99.23 million), but at least we finally got a goddamn Solo: A Star Wars Storytrailer, for whatever that’s worth.
Reclaiming its maybe rightful throne, Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungleadded $10.93m (-32.3%) in its seventh weekend for a $352.57m tally. Jumanji is pacing +63.8% ahead of 2006’s Night at the Museum at the same point in release, putting the Jake Kasdan-helmed sequel on track for over/under $370m. Obviously, there’s reason to believe it can go well past that, with the next milestone being eclipsing 2004’s Spider-Man 2 ($373.59m) to become Sony’s second-highest grossing movie ever. There’s also speculation Sony’s chief wants a Jumanji 3 to face off against December 2019’s Star Wars: Episode IX, so perhaps look forward to that.
Overseas, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle grossed $12.6m from 93 markets for a $505.03m total. Global is $857.6m. Top markets for the adventure flick are China ($74.6m), the U.K. ($47.9m), Australia ($36.3m), France ($27.1m), and Russia ($24.9m)
Stepping down to second, Fox’s Maze Runner: The Death Cure eased -56.7% from its debut to gross $10.47m. Domestic cume is $40.04m, pacing -23% behind 2015’s Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials at the same point in release. Following that pattern gives Death Cure a $62.9m final haul, which sounds about right.
Regardless of domestic grosses, The Death Cure is doing smashingly overseas. The franchise’s finale added $35.2m from 80 markets, totaling $143.19m internationally and $183.23m worldwide. Not bad for a $62m-budgeted flick with plenty more to come. Top markets for Death Cure are China ($37m), South Korea ($15.1m, pending update), Russia ($7.4m), Australia ($6.9m), and the U.K. ($5.9m).
Debuting in third, Lionsgate’s Winchester scared up a pretty underwhelming $9.31m from 2,480 hubs. This isn’t a surprise, really, considering the film’s impressive 13% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 5.4/10 score on IMDb. As to why Helen Mirren, of all people, sought to star in this is anyone’s guess, but here we are. Winchester‘s opening runs -55.4% behind 2012’s fellow Super Bowl spooker The Woman in Black ($20.87m) and it’ll be lucky to gross much more than that film’s debut.
There are no international numbers to report for Winchester.
In fourth, Fox’s The Greatest Showmanrung in $7.7m (-19.4%, its worse hold if you can believe it) in its seventh frame for a whopping $137.37m haul. That’s an astounding 15.6x multiplier from its $8.81m debut. Greatest Showman‘s performance is so unprecedented that Fox, which initially set a Blu-ray/DVD release in early March, delayed the film’s home media release indefinitely. Look for this to pass Lionsgate’s La La Land($151.1m) soon.
Internationally, the Hugh Jackman musical grossed $16.2m from 42 markets. Overseas and global totals are $153.1m and $290.47m, respectively. Top markets for Showman are the U.K. ($31.3m), Australia ($20.3m), Mexico ($11.4m, pending update), South Korea ($10.1m, pending update), and Russia ($8.1, also pending update). The Greatest Showman debuted to $7.4m in China over the weekend, -13% off from La La Land.
If there’s anything notable this weekend, it’s Fox’s dominance of the top five. Rounding out the list is Fox’s The Post, adding $5.22m (-42.7%) in its fourth weekend of nationwide release. Domestic tally for the Steven Spielberg-directed Pentagon Papers movie is $67.2m, running +18.6% ahead of Spielberg’s own Bridge of Spies at the same point in release (with the caveat that The Post got three weeks of limited play). Maintaining that pace gives The Post a final tally around $85m. If the Oscars are kind, perhaps it’ll leg past that.
Overseas, The Post earned $11m from 46 markets for a $40.2m total. Global haul is $107.4m. Top plays are the U.K. ($7.6m, pending update), France ($6.2m), Australia ($4.9m), Spain ($3.7m, pending update), and Italy ($2.9m).
6.Hostiles(Entertainment) – $5.11 million (-49.5%), $20.82m cume 7. 12 Strong(Warner Bros.) – $4.71 million (-45.8%), $37.3m cume 8. Den of Thieves(STX) – $4.55 million (-47.3%), $36.15m cume 9. The Shape of Water(Fox Searchlight) – $4.45 million (-24.9%), $44.73m cume 10. Paddington 2(Warner Bros.) – $3.28 million (-42.2%), $36.48m cume
As per usual, thanks for reading, and be sure to check predictions later this week for the coming weekend’s Fifty Shades Freed, Peter Rabbit, and The 15:17 to Paris.
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