Published: Tue, January 16, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

"Jumanji" still king of the box office jungle

The action movie took in $27 million from Friday through Sunday to bring its domestic total to $283 million after four weeks.

"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" has brought in a massive 283.17 million dollars in total in North American theatres to date since opening on December 20, according to the studio figures collected by comScore.

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Sony's action adventure comedy film "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" remained atop North American box office, dominating the Martin Luther King holiday weekend with an estimated 27.03 million US dollars through Sunday.

"Jumanji" will finish the holiday with $291.6 million in 29 days, now ranking as the eighth highest grosser released in 2017. 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. The Pentagon Papers drama starring Meryl Streep as The Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee collected approximately $18.6 million.

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Fox has been slowly rolling out the Oscar contender to build word-of-mouth, and is hoping for attention from the Academy Awards to give it a long tail. But Fox added more than 2,000 new locations this weekend. With a reported production budget of $84 million, it's not going to make much of a profit, but neither is it going to end up flopping as it appeared to be upon release.

Rounding out the top five movies at the USA box office this week were Steven Spielberg's newest movie The Post ($18.6 million), Liam Neeson's next thriller The Commuter, the horror flick Insidious: The Last Key, and the Hugh Jackman musical The Greatest Showman. Warner. Bros.' launch of family comedy "Paddington 2" finished sixth with $15 million, in line with the lower end of forecasts and just ahead of Universal's second weekend of "Insidious: The Last Key" with $14.6 million at 3,150 venues.

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