Following two weeks of four-day weekends to close out 2017 and welcome in 2018, the US had another four-day weekend with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and that brought some fierce competition to the box office with three newcomers and one major expansion that boosted another film into the Top Ten.
But no matter how fierce things got, nothing could snatch the top spot away from Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle which has held down first place for the last two weeks after being stuck at Number 2 for its first two weeks of release. Jumanji saw just a 5% drop over the holiday weekend, earning $35.4 million between Friday and Monday. That brings the film’s domestic total to $291.5 million. Internationally, the film opened in China to an estimated $40 million, bringing its global total to $676.3 million.
Second place went to The Post which expanded from 36 to 2,819 screens, seeing its fortunes increase 1,259%, moving up from Number 15 with $23 million. The certain Oscar contender has earned $27.5 million domestically over its four weeks of release. Fourth place went to the latest Liam Neeson action thriller The Commuter which earned $15.8 million. At Number 5, Paddington 2 could muster just $15 million, off by nearly $10.5 million from the original’s opening during the same holiday weekend in 2015. Proud Mary brought up the rear of the new releases, skating into the Number 8 spot with $11.7 million, below industry expectations. Had the studio offered advance screenings, the film may have benefited from some good word of mouth prior to the opening with audiences giving it a B+ CinemaScore rating. Critics, however, have not been as kind with the film at 24% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Greatest Showman lost 404 screens this week but saw a 17.5% boost over the long weekend, earning $16.1 million, bringing its domestic total to $98.9 million. In foreign markets the film has earned an additional $100 million, so it should cross the $100 million mark domestically and the $200 million global mark sometime this week.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi slipped to sixth place in its fifth week with $14.6 million bringing its domestic total to $594.9 million. Globally the film has earned $1.2 billion. Insidious: The Last Key saw an expected 51.5% drop in its second week, scaring up a seventh place finish with $14.3 million. Still, the $10 million horror flick has earned $50.5 million domestically in two weeks and has a global tally of $95 million.
Outside the Top Ten, the MLK holiday gave a huge boost to the long ago released Marshall. In its 14th week, the film added 337 screens (378 total) and got a 10,256% boost, bringing it from Number 60 to Number 22 with $566,449. Other films that saw some success with expansions include Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (from 20 to 16), Phantom Thread (from 28 to 20) and Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (44 to 37).
The weekend of January 19 will see three new wide releases with 12 Strong, Den of Thieves and Forever My Girl, and Phantom Thread will add about 500 more screens to its current 62, so expect some action in the Top Ten.
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the four-day weekend of January 12.
3.  –4– The Greatest Showman – $16,177,587 [$98,931,455]
4. [N] –1– The Commuter – $15,795,899 [NEW]
5. [N] –1– Paddington 2 – $15,003,359 [NEW]
8. [N] –1– Proud Mary – $11,701,440 [NEW]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. – # – Weeks in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo