January off to a good start with impressive hauls for 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,' 'Insidious: The Last Key'
Freezing temperatures over the weekend didn’t do much to keep moviegoers out of theaters. In its third weekend of release, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle finally went from bridesmaid to bride—or, ditching the metaphors, from spot number two to spot number one after two weeks lagging behind box office juggernaut Star Wars: The Last Jedi (weekend gross $23.5 million, total gross $572.5 million). Jumanji’s weekend cume of $36 million brings its domestic total to $244.3 million; add in a $275 million international haul, and the family-friendly actioner has handily passed the half a billion mark.
Nestled between Jumanji and The Last Jedi in spot number two is Insidious: The Last Key, the fourth installment in Blumhouse's Insidious franchise. The Last Key's $29.2 million debut is the second highest of the series, behind only the $40 million bow of its second installment.
Coming in at number four is musical The Greatest Showman, which is proving something of an interesting case study. After a soft $14.4 million debut over the four-day Christmas weekend, the film saw an increase in its earnings by weekend two. Fox did add 310 screens to the 3,006 The Greatest Showman debuted on, but still--for a film in wide release not to see any drop at all between its first and second weekends is practically unheard of. Weekend number three offered more good news for 20th Century Fox, as The Greatest Showman dropped a mere 11% for a weekend gross of $13.8 million (domestic total $75.9 million).
Rounding out the top five is Pitch Perfect 3, with a $10.2 million weekend gross bringing its domestic total to $85.9 million.
The weekend’s per-theatre average champ was Steven Spielberg’s The Post, which brought in $1.7 million on 36 screens for an average of $47,222. Fox will expand the film to wide release next weekend. Out in limited release were Chinese fantasy Namiya ($40,000 on 21 screens); In Between, about three Palestinian women sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv ($5,435 on two screens); and Rialto’s re-release of Jean-Pierre Mieville’s 1956 heist thriller Bob le Flambeur ($4,623 on one screen).