As the runaway success of Jumanji begins to die down, three new movies took the three top spots this weekend. The top spot, no surprise for being so close to Valentine’s Day, was Fifty Shades Freed, the third film in the Fifty Shades erotic trilogy. It wasn’t as large of a debut as the previous films, only bringing in $38.8 million to mark a continuing descent in opening box office for the series. Expect the film to make a tad more money around Valentine’s Day and then become lost in the winter shuffle.
Shifting from adult erotica to family comedy, Peter Rabbit made its debut with a mere $25 million. The film, starring Domhnall Gleeson as Mr. McGregor and James Corden as the voice of the computer-animated Peter, received mixed reviews and garnered controversy for a scene of bullying McGregor for his allergies. The outrage by parents led to a boycott and an apology from Sony, which may or may not have affected its overall box office for the weekend.
Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris, based on the 2015 incident on a train where three Americans stopped a terrorist, came in at #3 with a domestic gross of $12.6 million. The drama boasts a cast that includes the real people who stopped the terrorist, and this decision has led to some questioning among critics on their acting, leading to severely negative reviews.
Jumanji is down, but not out. The film is still hanging in there by bringing in $9.8 million this weekend, only a 10% drop from the previous weekend. The Greatest Showman, the P.T. Barnum musical, is also still in this for the long haul by clinging to the #5 spot with a take of $6.4 million, bringing its domestic box office up to $146 million. Maze Runner: The Death Cure and Winchester, both new films in the past two weeks, have taken significant dips of over 40% as the initial interest has waned dramatically. The Post and The Shape of Water, still riding the awards chatter wave, are holding within the top 10 as well, perhaps for one more weekend.
View the full results below.
Fifty Shades Freed ($38,806,000)
Peter Rabbit ($25,000,000)
The 15:17 to Paris ($12,600,000)
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($9,825,000)
The Greatest Showman ($6,400,000)
Maze Runner: The Death Cure ($6,000,000)
The Post ($3,500,000)
The Shape of Water ($3,000,000)
Den of Thieves ($2,870,000)
Next weekend, it’s all about Marvel’s Black Panther, projected to have a massive opening for the black superhero’s solo debut. The only other film going up against it is the Aardman stop-motion film, Early Man, appearing in a little over 2,000 theaters. Also sneaking into fewer theaters will be Samson, the new Christian epic from Pure Flix. It’s anyone’s guess where those last two movies will end up in the weekend box office.