'Jumanji' Powers Solid Holiday Weekend With $35.4 Million

Danny Woods
January 16, 2018

Only in its second weekend on Chinese screens, The Last Jedi pulled in a paltry $2.4 million - a 92 percent decline from its disappointing $28.7 million debut, according to data from EntGroup.

Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Paddington the bear and Taraji P. Henson all rushed into movie theaters over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, but "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" roared the loudest with an estimated $27 million in ticket sales.

According to Variety, this holiday weekend box office gross is up a cool $10 during the same time period previous year, which can exclusively be attributed to the unstoppable force that is Jumanji. The film is expected to be a constant presence at the box office through awards season, as its timely nature is giving it good word of mouth. It was nominated for five Golden Globes, but didn't win any.

"The Post" opened on December 22 and had taken in just $4.3 million in sales heading into the weekend, including $1.7 million during January 5-7. That's quite impressive, given the movie had a reported budget of $90 million.

Jumanji 2 however, is still running more than successfully, as it also topped this weekend too against other competitors. Meanwhile, the Hugh Jackman vehicle, The Greatest Showman held onto the fourth spot, bringing in $15.3 million to raise its four-week total to $98.4 million.

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The film received highly positive reviews with a strong "A" rating from moviegoers on CinemaScore.

Lionsgate's "The Commuter" opened in third place with an estimated 13.45 million dollars.

"Jumanji" will finish the holiday with $291.6 million in 29 days, now ranking as the eighth highest grosser released in 2017.

PADDINGTON 2 finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes.

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