Weekend Box Office: Jumanji and Maze Runner Battle over Super Bowl Weekend
Winchester scares up a crowd
With the Super Bowl just a few hours away, you can bet this isn’t a very popular weekend for movie-theaters. That’s why most studios decided to skip this weekend, and only the thriller “Winchester” opened nationwide. While America watches the Eagles take on the Patriots in this year’s big game, all of the trailers shown during the event will be for the larger films coming out over the next few weeks.
Even though there were newer releases, Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” reclaimed the number-one spot this weekend. The action-comedy brought in another $11M for the studio, raising the film’s seven-week total to just over $352M 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 “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” dropped to second-place this weekend, bringing in $10M across 3,793 locations. The film’s two-week domestic total now stands at $39M. “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” was directed by Wes Ball, the film stars Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, and Kaya Scodelario.
The new release, “Winchester,” debuted in third-place overall after the film’s $9M opening. “Winchester” was directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig, the film stars Helen Mirren, Sarah Snook, and Jason Clarke.
“The Greatest Showman” jumped to fourth-place this week, but only brought in $7.8M. The musical’s seven-week total now sits at $137M domestically. The western “Hostiles” also saw a bump this weekend, taking fifth-place overall with a $5M weekend across 2,934 locations.
Over the next two-weeks the box-office will packed with popular titles. Starting next weekend, moviegoers will choose between Clint Eastwood’s “The 15:17 to Paris,” the follow-up “Fifty Shades Freed,” and the animated-comedy “Peter Rabbit“. The following weekend will bring more heavy hitters, as Marvel’s “Black Panther” and the animated-comedy “Early Man” are both set to release nationwide.