Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle retains its top spot at the domestic box office in its fourth weekend of release.
The Sony Pictures film continues to dominate the domestic box office after 26 days in theaters. Ticket sales for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend increased the domestic total to $283.2 million. Estimates on Sunday, Jan. 14, revealed that the movie already earned $27 million from 3,849 screens across the United States and Canada.
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. Fox's The Post, which stars award-winning actors Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, landed on the second spot with $22.2 million ticket sales at 2,819 locations. It surpassed its forecasted earnings of $18.6 million. 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. The film also topped its expected earnings of $13.5 million.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is fast approaching its $300 million at the domestic box office. Expectations are high for the film to earn $33.4 million after 29 days since its release on Dec. 20, 2017. This would bring the domestic total to $289.5 million.
The film now ranks as the eighth highest grosser of 2017. It is the most successful film from Sony Pictures since Spider-Man: Homecoming, which earned $337 million at the domestic box office. The domestic earnings alone already covered the reported production cost of $90 million.
Aside from its reign at the domestic box office, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle also maintains its hold as the top international grosser. The comedy-adventure film grossed $81 million over the weekend. The amount brings its total global sales to $666.1 million.
"Jumanji has, in essence, hit the reset button and is now behaving more like a film in its second weekend rather than its fourth. In the wake of a startling late run ascension to the number one spot, Jumanji continues to energize the early 2018 box office marketplace while this weekend taking on a host of wide release newcomers," Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst with comScore, said.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan, to name a few. The film from director Jake Kasdan follows the adventures of four high school friends who get sucked into a magical board game. It is a reboot of the 1995 film led by the late Robin Williams.