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Box office: Jumanji Knocks Star Wars From Top Spot

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Last Jedi Box OfficeHere’s our box office wrap up for the weekend ending 1/7/18:

The sci-fi juggernaut has finally been dethroned from its top spot at the box office. After three weeks of box office dominance, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was bumped down to #3 this weekend, bringing in $23 million. Despite being the first weekend of its decline, the eighth chapter in the Star Wars saga has already grossed $572 million domestic and $1.2 billion worldwide. The film has already done its job of making Disney another pretty mint with the franchise.

The two films to finally knock it down is an adventure picture and the first new horror film of January. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, now in its third week, earned $36 million over the weekend, making it the top grosser. The Dwayne Johnson-starring picture has already grossed $244 million domestic, proving that it had the legs to survive the massive Christmas rush by appealing to families and those nostalgic 1990s original film.

Just below it on the list at #2 is Insidious: The Last Key, the fourth film of the Insidious saga, ranking in $29 million for its debut weekend. The paranormal horror picture is off to a solid start for January, featuring the new regular cast from the previous entry, and has already made a profit off its tiny $10 million budget.

A few films continue to hold steady. The Greatest Showman, the P.T. Barnum musical starring Hugh Jackman, holds its #4 slot with a gross of $13 million, bringing its domestic total to $75 million, almost clearing its $85 million budget. Pitch Perfect 3, the third entry in the singing competition trilogy, continues to make a tidy profit as its $10 million take from the weekend brings the domestic total to $85 million, well clear of covering its $45 million budget.

Some awards contenders are starting to rise as well. Molly’s Game has finally expanded into 1000+ theaters to jump from #13 to #7, bringing in $7 million for a total of $14 million domestic. Darkest Hour remains firm in the #8 slot for the big buzz around Gary Oldman’s flawless performance as Winston Churchill and will probably have some legs to stick around for one more weekend in the top 10.

See the full box office totals below:

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($36,000,000)
Insidious: The Last Key ($29,265,000)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($23,551,000)
The Greatest Showman ($13,800,000)
Pitch Perfect 3 ($10,225,000)
Ferdinand ($7,730,000)
Molly’s Game ($7,000,000)
Darkest Hour ($6,355,000)
Coco ($5,539,000)
All the Money in the World ($3,550,000)

Next weekend will feature the debut of the family live-action/CGI comedy Paddington 2 and the Liam Neeson thriller The Commuter, as well as the wide expansion of The Post, which should gain considerable interest for its awards chatter and critical acclaim, as wells a box office success.

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Robert DeNiro de-agedHave you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. ????

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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