Friday Box Office: ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ & ‘The Post’ Lead Over New Releases

     January 13, 2018

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With the switch over from 2017 to 2018 and the generally chaotic state of the world at large, you’d have to be excused for not noticing just how good Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is doing at the box office. Over the last two weeks, Jake Kasdan‘s adventure-comedy not only dismissed Star Wars: The Last Jedi from its throne but also snuck into the top ten highest-grossing movies to be released in 2017 domestically, beating out major blockbusters both good (Logan) and insufferable (Justice League).

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Image via 20th Century Fox

Jumanji is looking to conquer this weekend as well, currently holding steady in the top spot with $6.1 million, but its going to be a tight race from the looks of it. Its closest competition right now is The Post, which expanded out from its limited run on Friday to bring in $5.9 million and is looking to ride awards buzz, even though it came back from the Golden Globes with nothing. That’s a difference of some $225,000, and that could easily be made up with Saturday showings.

Right below that is where the new releases start showing up, starting with Jaume Collet-Serra‘s The Commuter, which brought in $4.5 million by the end of last night. Less than $2 million separates the top three at the moment, which means it could really be anyone’s game. In contrast, I would expect Insidious: The Last Key, currently in fourth with $3.4 million, to stay exactly where it is for the rest of the weekend at the box office.

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Image via Sony/Screen Gems

That just leaves Sony’s Proud Mary at the bottom of the top five with $3.1 million, which is itself surprising considering the coordinated effort Sony and Screen Gems have been making to ensure no one sees this movie. A story circulated last night suggested that Thursday night previews were cancelled due to low attendance, which is not unheard of but still a bit surprising. If business picks up, Proud Mary could even usurp Insidious by Sunday evening. And though I may be mildly disgruntled at how much better a dull action movie is doing compared to the only genuinely good new release, Paddington 2, the movie still deserves support from its distributor. The fact that its not opens up a number of questions about Sony and Screen Gems’ motives here.

Here’s your top five for Friday:

Title Friday Domestic BO Total Domestic BO
1. ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ $6,125,000 $262,260,909
2. ‘The Post’ $5,900,000 $10,389,237
3. ‘The Commuter’ $4,560,000 $4,560,000
4. ‘Insidious: The Last Key’ $3,424,000 $39,665,140
5. ‘Proud Mary’ $3,175,000 $3,175,000

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