There was only one major release at the box office this weekend which made some news, but the real news came from the movies already several weeks old at the box office. Three weeks after opening, and being stuck at Number 2 behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle had a stellar third weekend, earning $37.2 million and snatching the Number 1 spot in the process … and that’s with a 25.6% drop from the previous week. The $90 million film’s domestic total now stands at $245.6 million with a global cumulative total of $525 million. Jumanji now ranks in the Top 20 films released in 2017 with openings still to come in China next weekend and Japan in early April. It’s also the second biggest film for Dwayne Johnson and the third highest grosser for Kevin Hart.
Second place went to the newcomer Insidious: The Last Key, the fourth film in the franchise, which earned an impressive $29.5 million, the second largest opening for the series topping Chapter 3 by $7 million. It’s also the ninth largest opening for a Blumhouse film, and the franchise has grossed $400 million worldwide. The Last Key is purported to be the last film of the series but with these numbers, you can bet someone will find a way to continue. In foreign markets, the film earned $20.1 million, the highest opening for any of the four films with openings still to come in Great Britain, Brazil, Italy, South Korea and Australia. The thriller cost $10 million and has a cumulative global total of $49.5 million. It should be noted that The Last Key‘s per screen average was just $300 less than Jumanji‘s, $9,493 to $9,796, on about 700 fewer screens.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi dropped off by 55% in its fourth week, falling to Number 3 with $23.7 million, giving it a domestic total of $572.6 million and global earnings at $1.2 billion. The film’s opening in China was lukewarm, earning just $28.7 million, just behind Rogue One‘s $30 million, and far behind The Force Awakens‘ $52.3 million. Meanwhile, The Greatest Showman is enjoying some excellent word of mouth — take that, critics! — and has held on to fourth place for a third week with $13.7 million. It’s domestic total stands at $76.8 million, within spitting distance of its $84 million budget, with a worldwide total of $151.6 million.
In its second week of release, Molly’s Game added 1,337 screens (1,608 total) and saw its fortunes rise by 192%, moving up to seventh place from Number 13 with $6.8 million. Outside the Top Ten, I, Tonya got a 301% boost by adding 207 screens, moving up from 23 to 12 with $2.4 million. The Post added 27 screens (36 total) and saw a whopping 203% increase based on the major buzz it carries, moving from 24 to 15 with $1.7 million. The Post also had the largest per screen average at $47,167. The largest increase of the weekend went to Hostiles, which went from 5 to 46 screens, seeing a 702% increase, and moving from 39 to 27 with $268,373. Phantom Thread had the second largest per screen average at $40,040, saw an 11% increase, but still fell two spots to Number 28 with $240,240.
And if anyone’s counting, Daddy’s Home 2 (23) crossed the $100 million mark domestically with $102.9 million, while Murder on the Orient Express did the same with $101.5 million.
The weekend of January 12, which includes the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in the US on Monday, January 15, will see The Post add about 2,800 screens, with The Commuter, Paddington 2 and Proud Mary opening wide so expect some major shake-ups on the chart next week.
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of January 5.
4.  –3– The Greatest Showman – $13,770,951 [$76,875,323]
10.  –2– All the Money in the World – $3,571,226 [$20,153,135]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. – # – Weeks in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo