With “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” entering into its third-week in theaters, studios are finally getting back on track and releasing films nationwide. The new-release this week was TriStar’s “All the Money in the World,” which had to compete with both Star Wars and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” nationwide. Horror-thriller fans will finally get a new release in the new year, as the new “Insidious” installment is set to open nationwide in January.
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is expected to win the weekend with a $52M domestic gross, this is the third-week in a row that the film has been number-one domestically. The space-epic remained in 4,232 locations this weekend and has now made over $517M domestically. This weekend will push the film past the $1B mark, and the “Star Wars” franchise has now made over $4B since Disney purchased the franchise ($4B was the selling price). “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was directed by Rian Johnson, the film features Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Tom Hardy, Adam Driver, Billie Lourd, Mark Hamill, Gwendoline Christie, Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and John Boyega.
Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” was a close second this week, bringing in $50M over the film’s follow-up weekend. The actioner remained in 3,765 locations, and has grossed over $169M in just two-weeks. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” was directed by Jake Kasdan, working off a screenplay written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black.
“Pitch Perfect 3,” from Universal, landed in third-place overall after a $17.7M weekend. The music-filled comedy remained in 3,468 locations and has now grossed over $64M domestically. “Pitch Perfect 3” was directed by Trish Sie, working from a screenplay by Kay Cannon and Mike White. The film features Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, and Hailee Steinfeld.
FOX’s “The Greatest Showman” continues to struggle at the box-office, bringing in only $15M this weekend and landing in fourth-place overall. The film has only made $48M domestically, but worldwide the musical has grossed over $83M. The film’s estimated budget was $84M, so FOX is lucky to break-even with this flop. “The Greatest Showman” was directed by Michael Gracey, the screenplay was written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, and Zandaya.
The animated-comedy “Ferdinand,” also from FOX, wrapped-up the top-five this weekend on the domestic charts. The film grossed $11.6M this weekend while remaining in 3,337 locations. “Ferdinand” was directed by Carlos Saldanha, the film features the voice talents of John Cena, Kate McKinnon, and Bobby Cannavale.
Not making the top-five but worth mentioning was “All the Money in the World,” which only made $5.4M across 2,074 locations. “All the Money in the World” was directed by Ridley Scott, and the film was based on the book by John Pearson ($12 on Amazon). The drama features Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, and Mark Wahlberg, and made headlines when it Ridley Scott re-shot the film and replaced Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer at the last minute. The film “Molly’s Game” released in 271 locations this weekend, but still managed to gross over $2.3M at the box office. The bio-drama was directed by Aaron Sorkin, and features Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, and Kevin Costner. “Phantom Thread” released in 4 locations, pulling in $220K for Focus Features. The film was written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, and stars Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Lesley Manville. The film is expected to be the last film featuring Daniel Day-Lewis. Not to be forgotten, “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” also opened in 4 locations this weekend, but only grossed $36K. The bio-drama features Jamie Bell, Annette Bening, and Julie Walters.
As we mentioned earlier, the next big release will be “Insidious: The Last Key,” scheduled to hit theaters on January 5, 2018. The new installment to the long-running horror franchise was directed by Adam Robitel, and features Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, and Angus Sampson. January has quite a few new-releases to be excited about, including the films “The Commuter,” “Paddington 2,” “Proud Mary,” “12 Strong,” “Den of Thieves” “Forever My Girl,” and “Maze Runner: The Death Cure“.