Jumanji reconquers box office on Super Bowl weekend, Winchester takes third
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is back atop the box office on a characteristically quiet Super Bowl weekend.
In its seventh weekend of release, Sony’s adventure movie is set to earn about $11 million at 3,352 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, edging out Maze Runner: The Death Cure and Winchester and reclaiming the No. 1 spot a week after dropping down to second place. In doing so, Welcome to the Jungle becomes the first December wide release since 1997’s Titanic to win a weekend in February.
Thanks to its remarkable staying power, the film boasts an estimated domestic total of $352.6 million and a worldwide cume of about $855.7 million. Directed by Jake Kasdan, the follow-up to 1995’s Jumanji centers on a video game that draws players into its world and stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Kevin Hart.
Hoofing it to second place is Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the third and final installment of Fox’s dystopian YA franchise, with about $10.2 million. That figure brings the film’s domestic total to about $39.8 million after 10 days in theaters, plus an estimated $97.3 million overseas, for a global total of $137.1 million.
Directed once again by Wes Ball and based on James Dashner’s best-selling book series, The Death Cure stars Dylan O’Brien as the leader of a band of teenagers battling a shadowy organization in a post-apocalyptic society ravaged by a zombie-like outbreak. The movie, which was delayed a year when O’Brien was seriously injured on set, received mixed reviews and a decent B-plus CinemaScore.
The weekend’s only major new release, CBS Films and Lionsgate’s horror movie Winchester, is on target for the No. 3 spot with an estimated $9.3 million at 2,480 theaters. The number is in line with analysts’ projections for the film, which did not screen for critics.
Directed by siblings Michael and Peter Spierig and loosely inspired by real events, Winchester stars Helen Mirren as the troubled heiress Sarah Winchester, who grapples with the restless spirits of those killed by her family’s firearms. Jason Clarke and Sarah Snook costar. The film has received dismal reviews and a B-minus CinemaScore from moviegoers (a respectable grade for a horror flick).
Completing the top five are Fox’s P.T. Barnum musical The Greatest Showman, with about $7.8 million, and Entertainment Studios’ gritty western Hostiles, with about $5.5. million.
According to ComScore, overall box office is down .1 percent year-to-date. Check out the Feb. 2-4 figures below.
1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — $11 million
2. Maze Runner: The Death Cure — $10.2 million
3. Winchester — $9.3 million
4. The Greatest Showman — $7.8 million
5. Hostiles — $5.5 million
6. The Post — $5.2 million
7. 12 Strong — $4.7 million
8. Den of Thieves — $4.7 million
9. The Shape of Water — $4.3 million
10. Paddington 2 — $3.1 million