'Jumanji' bounds out of jungle to top N. American box office

Danny Woods
January 9, 2018

The film garnered generally poor reviews and a B-minus CinemaScore (the lowest such score for the franchise, but still decent in the horror genre).

In its third weekend of release, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is poised to earn an estimated $36 million at 3,801 theaters in the USA and Canada, surpassing newcomer Insidious: The Last Key and sending previous box office champ Star Wars: The Last Jedi down to third place. Analysts expect "Insidious" to close the weekend in the $24-27 million range.

Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick), The Last Jedi received excellent reviews from critics and an A CinemaScore from moviegoers (though it has polarized some Star Wars diehards). It earned $29.3 million.

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Jumanji was second on Friday with $10.8 million which is pointing to a third weekend of $35 million or more after crossing the $200 million milestone this past week. It was followed in fifth by Universal's third session of "Pitch Perfect 3" with $10.2 million at 3,458 sites, lifting its 17-day take to a solid $86 million. "Molly's Game" has increased by 197% in gross since the last weekend and has now grossed an estimated $14.2 million (£10.4m) domestically. It's the latest horror title from Blumhouse Productions, which delivered low-priced horror hits a year ago for Universal with "Split", "Get Out", and "Happy Death Day". "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" has topped the charts after three weekends in theatres, and newcomer "Insidious: The Final Key" opened in second.

Molly's Game, which was also nominated for two awards including Best Performance in a Motion Picture for Jessica Chastain and Best Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin, earned $7 million and placed seventh in this week's box office race.

Check back on Monday for the full box office report of how all the movies held up over the weekend.

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