Jumanji Hikes to Top of Box Office

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Dwayne Johnson in Jumanji

What does it take to knock the biggest hit of 2017 off the box office’s top perch? A big Rock, apparently.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle—starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson—welcomed itself into first place this weekend. It earned an estimated $36 million in North America and claimed its first box office victory after three weeks on the charts.

Jumanji bested the weekend’s only major newcomer, Insidious: The Last Key, which settled for second after scaring up $29.3 million. But even though Insidious could only muster a silver-medal finish and has only earned enough to pay Tom Cruise’s HOA dues, it’s still 2018’s biggest hit so far: (Jumanji, released in the waning days of 2017, doesn’t count.)

From The Last Key to The Last Jedi we go. The latest Star Wars flick slid from first to third, banking $23.6 million and pushing its overall domestic earnings to $572.5 million. That’s a touch more than fellow Star Wars actioner Rogue One earned during its 2016-17 run, but it has some work to do to catch Star Wars: A Force Awakens. That trilogy starter collected $936.7 million in North America alone—making it the highest-grossing movie in history (not adjusting for inflation, of course).

The Greatest Showman tapped its way into fourth place with $13.8 million, while fellow toe-tapper Pitch Perfect 3 settled into fifth with $10.2 million.

A few Oscar hopefuls started pushing wider this weekend as well. Molly’s Game expanded into about 1,600 theaters and finished seventh with $7 million, while Darkest Hour—fresh off a Golden Globe victory for star Gary Oldman—grew to about 1,700 theaters and finished eighth with $6.4 million. I, Tonya, now playing in about 242 theaters, finished 12th with $2.4 million, and The Post jumped into 36 theaters and earned $1.7 million for 15th.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous 3 days ago
You know, I would totally watch a Star Wars movie starring Dwayne Johnson, come to think of it.
Andrew Gilbertson 10 days ago
The, Paul. *The* Force Awakens. (Paragraph 4)   :-)
Anonymous 11 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

That picture above is basically Disney's reaction when they figured out that The Last Jedi won't outgross The Force Awakens.
bobed 11 days ago
Star Wars mania is over.
charitysplace 11 days ago
I didn't have high expectations for Jumanji, but it was a lot of fun. I could have done without a certain joke, but overall I enjoyed it and can see why it continues to make money.
bobed 11 days ago
I wanted to take my kids to see it. The first movie was a decent adventure film for kids. This one? Not so much. Solely adult territory.