"The biggest question is when Johnson can schedule a sequel, which will happen". Both are performing so well that I highly doubt either franchise is likely to end here. Attendance fell just 28% over its third week.
"Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle" knocked down "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" from the top spot at the domestic box office. Although it received negative reviews from critics with a 27 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, it still managed to top initial $20 to $22 million expectations with a $29.2 million second place opening.
It's another success for Blumhouse, the company behind last year's 1st quarter sensations, "Split" and "Get Out". It also scared up $20.1 million internationally, giving it a $49.3 million global opening.
Insidious: The Last Key is now playing in theaters everywhere.
As a new film with less family (weekend matinee) appeal and an inflated Friday total due to Thursday night screenings (which account for about $2 million), "Insidious" is nonetheless expected to be more front-loaded.
The weekend's per-theatre average champ was Steven Spielberg's The Post, which brought in $1.7 million on 36 screens for an average of $47,222.
Feng Xiaogang's period epic "Youth" finally lost some steam, although it earned an additional $26.2 million to gross $208.9 million in almost a month. And though J.J. Abrams will be back to round out the trilogy, Johnson's many additions and alterations will remain a firm part of the Star Wars mythos. To compare, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" took in $53 million over its first two days in Chinese cinemas in 2016. The Last Jedi jumped to #13 on the all time worldwide charts and has earned $1.205 billion.
The most impressive holdover this weekend was also last week's most impressive holdover.
Hong Kong actress Sandra Ng's directorial debut, "Goldbuster", a horror-comedy, pulled in $15.4 million to bring its 10-day total to $54.1 million. By mid-day Saturday, almost all of the evening shows were sold out, so we had to get tickets for 9:30 that also ultimately sold out.
Like Jumanji, the Fox musical The Greatest Showman has caught on with audiences and is showing some great staying power. "The Greatest Showman" stays steady at No. 4 with approximately $13.8 million, while "Pitch Perfect 3" falls from No. 3 to No. 5 with an estimated $10.2 million. Off 39%, the Bellas has bagged $86 million domestically and $55 million from overaseas. What are your thoughts on the latest box office news?
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