Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle–Star Power, Staying Power

Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is expected to again dominate the domestic box office this weekend with nearly $11 million from 3,352 locations.

The weekend will mark Jumanji‘s fourth at the top of the box office after losing its seat last weekend to the opening of Fox’s “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” which should earn about $10 million from 3,793 locations this weekend.

“Jumanji” has had an unusual route to the top, taking a backseat to “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” for its first two weekends in theaters starting in December.

But since nabbing the first place slot, it has shown remarkable staying power.

Starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, the comedy-adventure has earned $344.5 million in 45 days and is the 45th highest-grossing domestic film of all time.

This weekend’s take should bring its North American total to over $350 million.

This weekend’s opener, Helen Mirren’s thriller Winchester, should take in about $9 million from 2,480 after bringing in about $3 million on Friday, including $615,000 from Thursday.

Winchester is set on a real-life house in San Jose, California, built by Sarah Winchester, played by Mirren, the heiress to the Winchester firearms fortune, over 38 years beginning in 1886.

The mansion, which stands seven stories tall, contains hundreds of rooms and is meant to be an asylum for vengeful ghosts.

CBS Films bought the movie rights for $3.5 million, and the film is being distributed in partnership with Lionsgate.

Directed by the Spierig brothers, the film is headed for a bigger opening than expected  ($6-8 million), despite its somewhat contradictory B- CinemaScore and 10% Rotten Tomatoes rating.

In fourth place is Fox’s reliable musical, The Greatest Showman, now its its seventh frame. The Hugh Jackman film is set to take in almost $8 million from 2,588 locations for a cumulative $137 million.

In fifth is Entertainment Studios’ “Hostiles,” an 1890-set saga starring Christian Bale and set to take in an estimated $5 million for a roughly $17 million domestic total.

Studios are reluctant to open major releases on Super Bowl weekend, leading to slow performance.

Business should pick up on Feb. 9 when Universal launches “Fifty Shades Freed,” with tracking showing an opening of at least $35 million.

Warner will debut Clint Eastwood’s real-life thriller “15:17 to Paris.”

The February 16 launch of Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” is set to explode at the box office with early tracking showing an opening of as much as $150 million over the Presidents Day weekend.

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