HOLLYWOOD—After nearly a month of controlling the box-office, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was dethroned in 2018. After coming close to victory over the New Year holiday weekend, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” managed to take the top spot from “The Last Jedi” earning $36 million. To date, the family, action-adventure has earned a domestic tally of $240 million in just 3 weeks in theaters.
“The Last Jedi” was in a close battle with the fourth chapter in the “Insidious” franchise, “Insidious: The Last Key” for second place at the box-office. In the end it was “Insidious” that came out on top with $29 million, while “The Last Jedi” earned a little over $23 million. Don’t cry a river for “Star Wars” because the eighth installment in the franchise has earned over $570 million at the domestic box-office, and over $1 billion on a global scale.
Showing that it does indeed have some legs is the musical “The Greatest Showman” starring Hugh Jackman. The film has found itself in a comfortable fourth place spot adding another $14 million to its tally. To date, the musical which also stars Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and Zendaya has earned over $77 million. I suspect the flick will end its run at the box-office crossing the $100 million mark. Rounding out the top five was the sequel “Pitch Perfect 3” which added another $10 million to its total. The third and supposed final installment in the franchise has since earned $85 million domestically.
This weekend sees the release of a potential Oscar contender “The Post,” the action-flick “Proud Mary” starring Taraji P. Henson, action-hero Liam Neeson in “The Commuter,” and the sequel “Paddington 2.”