"Jumanji" Roars Past Box Office Competition During MLK Day Weekend

Ruben Ruiz
January 16, 2018

Dwane Johnson's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle roared into China over the weekend, racking up a strong $40 million. Its domestic total will amass to $291.6 million since its initial debut 29 days ago, earning the spot as the eighth highest grossing film released past year.

It's predicted that the well received Jumanji sequel could gross over $389 million in North America making it one of the highest grossing movies released in 2017.

And this is when it was nearly released with a heavyweight movie, like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in last year's December.

The New York Times reports that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has topped the box office for the second week in a row. Its domestic total sits at an estimated $591.5 million (£430.5 million) following the holiday weekend. That, combined with the expectation that 20th Century Fox's musical The Greatest Showman is expected to break $100 million has the studio over the moon.

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The fifth weekend of Disney-Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" came in fifth with $15.3 million at 3,090 sites to lift its 32-day total to $595.6 million.

Liam Neeson's new action film The Commuter takes the third spot with $16 million (£11.6 million), while Star Wars: The Last Jedi is fourth with $14.7 million (£10.7 million).

Sony's launch of action-thriller "Proud Mary" came in eighth with $12 million at 2,125 sites, fulfilling the lower end of predictions. With $39 million after two weekends and shedding screens by the day, it's clear that Last Jedi won't make even half of The Force Awakens' $124 million China total, and won't even come close to matching Rogue One's $69 million haul.

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