'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' reigns over MLK weekend


It was the second weekend at number one for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which managed to beat out a trio of newcomers and Fox’s nationwide expansion of The Post. Jumanji’s $35.4 million four-day gross ($28.1 million three-day) takes its domestic total to $291.5 million; worldwide, it’s earned $674.5 million and counting after four weeks.

Oscar hopeful The Post, expanding to 2,819 theaters after three weekends in limited release, earned $23.4 million over the four-day weekend for a domestic total of $27.8 million against a $50 million budget. Down at spot number three you’ll find Liam Neeson-starring actioner The Commuter, the highest-grossing new release of the weekend with a higher-than-expected $16.3 million.

The rest of the top five went to holdovers: The Greatest Showman (four-day weekend gross $15.6 million, total gross $98.3 million), continuing to compensate for a weak debut with a strong week-to-week hold, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (four-day weekend gross $15.2 million, total gross $595.5 million). If you cut out Monday, Insidious: The Last Key edged out The Last Jedi with $12.4 million to The Last Jedi’s $12 million.

Despite exceedingly positive reviews, Paddington 2 failed to crack the top five, its $15 million four-day gross landing it at spot number six. Two years ago, the first Paddington debuted over MLK weekend to $25 million; it eventually went on to earn $76.2 million domestically. That said, Paddington 2 has already done enormously well in its native England, where it’s already well on its way to surpassing the box office haul of its predecessor.

The final new wide release was Screen Gems’ Proud Mary, which debuted to a soft $12 million (four-day) on a modest 2,125 screens.

In the run-up to awards season, studios continue to increase theatre counts for awards hopefuls, among them Neon’s I, Tonya (added 261 screens for a $4.2 million four-day gross); Fox Searchlight’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (added 712 screens for a $3.2 million four-day gross); A24’s Lady Bird (added 90 screens for a $2 million four-day gross); Focus Features’ Phantom Thread (added 56 screens for a $1.4 million four-day gross, achieving the weekend’s highest per-theatre average); Sony Pictures Classics’ Call Me By Your Name (added 174 screens for a $941,901 four-day gross); and Open Road’s Marshall (added 337 screens for a $545,054 weekend gross).

New to theaters in limited release was Condorito: La Pelicula, which earned $304,400 on 153 screens.