U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Fri 5 – Sun 7 Jan, 2018

The season domination of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (4,232 screens) hath ended as the 1-2 punch of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (3,801 screens) and newcomer Insidious: The Last Key (3,116 screens) knocked it down to bronze.

Yep, Sony’s Jumanji sequel is a monster hit for the studio as the 3rd weekend earns another $35.8m to bring the domestic haul to $244.1m, outgrossing the original’s $100m domestic take by 144.1%, with a finish line in the $320m range. Globally the $90m production has cracked $400m. Where is that sequel announcement? Dwayne Johnson has announced that Journey 3 won’t be happening, one can only assume that this will be due to the stratospheric performance of this puppy…

Insidious: The Last Key opens in silver with $25.9m on a solid $8,312 screen average which is great news for the $10m Blumhouse production. 2017’s January horror opener was the maligned The Bye Bye Man (13/1) which opened to $13m and went on to gross $22m domestically. Reviewers hated this, scoring it 25% rotten (don’t worry, they hated all of them), but that won’t stop the film grossing $50m domestically before it finishes up.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi chalks up a $23.6m 4th weekend to bring its mammoth haul to $572.5m to make it the highest grossing release of 2017 domestically and, with $1.13bn in the global bank, it’s #3 worldwide. It’s got to rake in another $150m to take out the highest grossing release of 2017 internationally which, given it failed to work in China, might be a bit of a tall order. The Fate of the Furious and Beauty and the Beast may just reign supreme for 2017…

The Greatest Showman (3,342 screens) holds well in it s 3rd weekend, slipping only 9%, for a $14.1m take to bring the domestic gross to $77.2m. A $4,219 screen average is on the lean side so this will look at a finish line in the $110m range. With an $84m production budget before publicity and advertising, that won’t be enough to bring the film into balance and with a global take in the $130m+ range, this musical has some work to do to even the books.

Pitch Perfect 3 (3,458 screens) extracts $10.5m in weekend 3 to bring the take to $86.2m. Slipping 37% from last weekend, it’s falling away faster than expected as the franchise fans quickly dry up. With a $3,036 screen average, screens will start evaporating now, and the finish line will be in the $105m range.

Ferdinand (3,156 screens) slips 22% in weekend 4 for an $8.9m gross on a $2,820 screen average. With $71.6m in the kitty and Paddington 2 looming to take the kids market away, this should wind up at around the $85-$90m mark for the $111m budgeted production. Globally, the film has grossed $150m+.

Molly’s Game (1,608 screens) expands its screen count by 1,337 and takes in $6.6m for its efforts, posting a modest $4,104 screen average. Any further expansion plans should be put on hold as that screen average is nowhere near strong enough to justify it. This puppy will solely be relying on awards attention for Jessica Chastain to drive the awareness and bolster the box office. The film is sitting on $13.8m.

Darkest Hour (1,733 screens) adds 790 screens just in time for the Golden Globes tomorrow, to take $6.1m on a $3,520 screen average. Again, it’s relying on the acting noms for Gary Oldman to carry this through, but the film is being pushed out too far without the audience support for it yet. If Oldman can land the prize tomorrow, that may translate into a boon in turnstiles yet, as we’ve seen in recent years, awards glory doesn’t necessarily translate into a greater B.O. return. $28.1m in the can so far – this should push $45-$50m.

All The Money In The World (2,123 screens) isn’t saving the fortunes of the film as it drops 34% in weekend 2 for a $3.6m gross on a deathily $1,696 screen average. Limping to $20.2m domestically, the film has bombed everywhere its opened despite solid reviews and the possible awards for Christopher Plummer’s performance.

The Post (36 screens) adds 27 screens and gobbles up $1.6m on a mammoth $44,444 screen average. Strange that this hasn’t platformed wider given the pedigree of Spielberg, Hanks and Streep. It surely will as the awards season will keep its presence in the consciousness right through to Feb/March. With $3.7m in the can already, when this expands it should push up to the $40-$50m mark or higher.

Phantom Thread (6 screens) adds 2 screens and drinks in $210,000 on a $35,000 screen average. Slow and steady will win this race as the high profile niche market drama continues to score very robust returns. This will be a shoe-in in the original screenplay category but the Best Actor realm is going to be a tough one with Day-Lewis up against Oldman and not enough people having seen this yet.

In Cinemas Friday 12 January, 2018 – Paddington 2, The Commuter, Proud Mary, Condorito: La Pelicula

Figures from Deadline

  1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle  (SONY), 3,801 theaters (+36) / $10.7M Fri (-39%)/3-day: $35.8M (-28%)/Total:$244.1M/ Wk 3
  2. Insidious: The Last Key (UNI), 3,116 theaters (0)/ $12.7M  Fri/3-day: $25.9M/ Wk 1
  3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi(DIS), 4,232 theaters (0)/ $6.7M  Fri (-65%)/3-day: $23.6M  (-55%)/Total:$572.5M/ Wk 4
  4. The Greatest Showman  (FOX), 3,342 theaters (+26) / $4.1M Fri (-22%) / 3-day: $14.1M (-9%)/Total: $77.2M/Wk 3
  5. Pitch Perfect 3  (UNI), 3,458 theaters (-10)/ $3.3M  Fri (-50%)/3-day: $10.5M (-37%)/Total: $86.2M/ Wk 3
  6. Ferdinand  (FOX), 3,156 theaters (-181) / $2.3M Fri (-47%) /3-day: $8.9M (-22%)/Total: $71.6M/ Wk 4
  7. Molly’s Game (STX) 1,608 theaters (+1,337)/$2.3M Fri (+193%)/3-day: $6.6M (+187%)/Total: $13.8M/ Wk 2
  8. Darkest Hour (FOC), 1,733 theaters (+790)/ $1.8M Fri (+6%) /3-day: $6.1M (+13%)/ Total: $28.1M/ Wk 7
  9. Coco(DIS), 1,894 theaters (-210) / $1.6 M Fri (-45%)/3-day: $5.7M (-22%)/Total: $192.2M / Wk 7
  10. All The Money in the World (Sony) 2,123 theaters (+49)/ $1M Fri (-40%)/3-day: $3.6M (-34%)/Total: $20.2M/Wk 2
  11. The Shape of Water  (FSL), 804 theaters (+48)  / $828K Fri (-25%) /3-day: $2.8M (-20%)/Total: $21.3M/WkNotables:

    The Post  
    (FOX/DW), 36 theaters (+27) / $500K  Fri (+192%) /3-day: $1.6M (+182%)/Total: $3.7M/WkPhantom Thread  (FOC), 6 theaters (+2) / $63K  Fri (-11%)/3-day: $210K (-3%)/PTA: $34K/Total: $917K/Wk 2

    Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool   (SPC), 4 theaters  / $6K  Fri (-45%)/3-day: $22K (-38%)/PTA: $5,3K/Total: $81K/Wk