Weekend Box Office: Paddington 2 and The Commuter slump in Theaters
Not a great weekend for new releases
With Star Wars: The Last Jedi finally falling from the top of the box-office, studios are once again over-stuffing your local cinemas with new releases. This week the action-thriller “The Commuter” opened against the animated-comedy “Paddington 2,” “Proud Mary,” and the popular drama “The Post”. These films will face more competition next weekend when “12 Strong,” “Den of Thieves,” and “Forever My Girl” release across the country.
Colder weather, the NFL playoffs, and overall movie-saturation may have caused this week’s slump at the box-office. While no film did particularly terrible this week, a few new releases did fail to even reach the top-five.
Despite the new releases, Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” remained at number-one this weekend after grossing $27M across the countryh. The film remained in 3,849 locations this week, and has grossed over $283M domestically. “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.
FOX’s “The Post” expanded to a nationwide release this weekend, grossing over $18M and claiming second-place on the top-five list. “The Post” was directed by Steven Spielberg, the film features Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Sarah Paulson.
Lionsgate’s big action release, “The Commuter,” had the highest grossing weekend out of the new-releases, bringing in $13M across 2,892 locations. That was only enough to land in third-place overall on the domestic charts. “The Commuter” was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, the film stars Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, and Patrick Wilson.
“Insidious: The Last Key,” from Universal Pictures, dropped to fourth-place this weekend after bringing in $12M across 3,150 locations. The horror-thriller has made over $48M domestically, not bad considering the film released only two-weeks ago. “Insidious: The Last Key” was directed by Adam Robitel, the film stars Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, and Angus Sampson.
FOX’s “The Greatest Showman” wrapped-up the top-five this weekend with a $11.8M gross, the musical has made $94.5M domestically since its debut four-weeks ago. “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.
Not making the top-five but worth mentioning are the rest of our new-releases. With terrific reviews, “Paddington 2” only made $10.6M this weekend across 3,702 locations nationwide. The original Paddington film opened in 2015, and made almost $19M on opening weekend. “Paddington 2” was directed by Paul King, and features Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, and Hugh Bonneville. “Proud Mary” wasn’t far behind after bringing in $10M across 2,125 locations. “Proud Mary” was directed by Babak Najafi, the film features Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown, and Jahi Di’Allo Winston.
As we mentioned earlier, Nicolai Fuglsig’s war-drama “12 Strong” will hit theaters next weekend, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, and William Fichtner. You can opt instead to see the crime-drama “Den of Thieves” from Christian Gudegast, that film stars Gerard Butler, Jordan Bridges, and Pablo Schreiber. “Forever My Girl” might be the film to beat next weekend, the romantic-drama was written and directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf, and stars Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, and John Benjamin Hickey.