'Jumanji' tops 'The Post,' 'The Commuter' at MLK box office

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Due to the lack of significant new releases in January, it's possible Jumanji 2 could still be the king of the Box Office for the weeks to come. The movie earned $27 million this weekend to bring its total to $283 million in four weeks.

In its fourth weekend of release, the film beat high-contenders including Steven Spielberg's true-to-life movie The Post and the Liam Neeson-starrer The Commuter.

The Post, a well-reviewed recounting of The Washington Post's efforts to release the Pentagon Papers that stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, took in $18 million in its first week in wide release, good for second place.

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Fox's "The Post" is leading the rest of the pack handily and topped forecasts with $22.2 million at 2,819 locations for Friday-Monday after expanding from 36 sites. Lionsgate's The Commuter, on the other hand, grabbed the third spot at the domestic box office with $16 million from 2,892 North American theaters. Bonus points were also earned from the film's opening in China, where it debuted with $40 million, for a worldwide cume of $667 million. My guess is that JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE makes it another week on top and 12 STRONG will finish second. Expectations are high for the film to earn $33.4 million after 29 days since its release on December 20, 2017. It's the most successful title for Sony since "Spider-Man: Homecoming", which pulled in $337 million domestically during the summer.

The film now ranks as the eighth highest grosser of 2017.

Thanks to the success of Jumanji 2, it's possible Sony Pictures could be thinking of making another movie. That's quite impressive, given the movie had a reported budget of $90 million. Was it due to Warner Bros. late acquisition of the film from The Weinstein Company debacle not affording much time for marketing, or has the Paddington brand simply not translated to North America, despite the $76 million United States domestic gross of the first film? It has made around $383 million from global markets, pushing its total haul to about $666.2 million. Phantom Thread is the only $10k+ per-screen film of the weekend. Depending on how well it holds up, Jumanji may once again be the nation's number one film.

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