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Box office: Jumanji Knocks Star Wars From Top Spot

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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