BOX OFFICE REPORT
January 12-14, 2018
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle||$27.0 million|
|The Post||$18.6 million|
|The Commuter||$13.4 million|
|Insidious: The Last Key||$12.1 million|
|The Greatest Showman||$11.8 million|
While Star Wars: The Last Jedi dominated the box office and online conversation all throughout the holiday, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle quietly became one of the 10 biggest movies of the past year. While met with initial skepticism, the reception from audiences has been extremely positive. The sequel of sorts to the 1996 original has topped the box office for the last two weeks after occupying the No. 2 spot for the two weeks before that. It just now experienced its biggest drop, a mere 27.4 percent, and has already made more money than Despicable Me 3, Justice League, Logan and The Fate of the Furious. When it's all said and done, it could be the fifth-biggest movie of 2017.
The Post expanded impressively, moving up to No. 2 in its first weekend of wide release. Steven Spielberg's extremely timely drama made an excellent $18.6 million. That's just below what his big-time flop The BFG opened with over July 4th Weekend 2016. If it performs like Lincoln did in 2012, it could be one of Spielberg's biggest non-franchise movies ever.
The Commuter arrived at No. 3. The latest collaboration between Liam Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra performed better than Run All Night (2015), but nowhere near as good as Unknown (2011) or Non-Stop (2014). That means it should do between $26 and $63 million. Insidious: The Last Key is currently the lowest of the franchise, but should be No. 2 by next weekend. And The Greatest Showman has continued to perform like the crowd-pleaser it is, and should be the 32nd or 33rd movie of 2017 to cross $100 million (depending on if Pitch Perfect 3 makes it there first).
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Phantom Thread came out on top since The Post expanded. In its third weekend of limited release (though it added some theaters), the Paul Thomas Anderson period drama averaged $18,468 on its 62 screens.
- Neither Paddington 2 (with its 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) nor Proud Mary (with its big star and online support) managed to crack the top 5. The former made $10.6 million while the latter made an estimated $10 million. Both should do better on home video and streaming.
- After its big showing at the Golden Globes, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri expanded back into wide release. Now playing on more than 1,000 screens, the controversial dramedy has made more than $28.5 million.
12 Strong takes on Den of Thieves. Unfortunately, both movies are competing for the same audience, so only one can win. Even though both films have 2016 corollaries (that flopped), I think 12 Strong will do much better than 13 Hours, with an estimated $22 million. Den of Thieves won't do much better than Triple 9, with only $10 million.