"Jumanji" Dominates, "Insidious: The Last Key" Doing Better Than Expected

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"Showman" grossed $24 million in 74 markets, led by a $3.7 million Russian launch and a $3.3 million second weekend in the United Kingdom, for an overseas total of $74.5 million.

Highest new film of the week of Insidious The Last Key, early January horror has done well in the last few years and is becoming a staple of the cinema calendar.

News for third-place "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" was mixed: the latest in the hugely popular series has now taken in $1.2 billion worldwide, but it continued to slow in North America, totaling $23.7 million in its fourth week. The Greatest Showman, which included the Best Original Song victor "This is Me", placed fourth in the box office race as it earned over $13.8 million.


"Jumanji" Dominates, "Insidious: The Last Key" Doing Better Than Expected

Fourth place went to Fox's "The Greatest Showman", a "good old-fashioned cornball PG musical" (so says Variety.com) about larger-than-life circus impresario P.T. Barnum. The film also received a Producers Guild Award nomination on Friday for best film, a day after Aaron Sorkin's script received a Writers Guild nom for adapted screenplay. It's the first weekend box office win for "Jumanji" - which has gone past "Justice League" as the ninth-largest domestic grosser among 2017 titles. That was a disappointing result for "The Last Jedi" in China, where "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" opened with $52 million and $30 million, respectively. Analysts expect "Insidious" to close the weekend in the $24-27 million range. In second place came with a strong and rather unexpected start "Insidious: The Last Key" which grossed $29.2 million (£21.5m) domestically according to the estimates.

Overall, industry-wide totals were well below those of last weekend, but well above those of a year ago.

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