"The Ex-File" movie - the third and final title in the series - took in $78.7 million this weekend in China, according to comScore. There is reason for Sony to be optimistic. The Rian Johnson film now ranks third. Thanks to a lean $90 million production budget, Jumanji is already a substantial earner for Sony, and a sequel is surely inevitable. These will be movies for box office observers to keep an eye on in the coming weeks. Whether or not they enjoyed the film is another question: It got a scary B- CinemaScore.
Again, chalk this up to franchise power, along with the fact that a audiences have seen most of what's out in theaters at this point. The $23.5 million brought its domestic run up to $572.5 million, making it the sixth-highest-grossing movie of all time in the United States. That's the second best opening of the series, behind only the $40.3 million debut of "Insidious Chapter 2" four years ago. However, the impressive run of "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" since last weekend has allowed the film to earn enough to outshine "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", which has been in theaters since December 15, 2017. It trails The Avengers by $50 million for a spot in the top five highest domestic releases of all-time. That film launched to $22.7 million in June of 2015. That's impressive considering the $8.8 million start. "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" is also topping the $500 million mark worldwide.
Fox's third weekend of "The Greatest Showman" held nicely in fourth, declining only 12 per cent to $13.8 million at 3,342 theatres for a 19-day total of about $77 million. Off 39%, the Bellas has bagged $86 million domestically and $55 million from overaseas.
Molly's Game expanded into more theaters this weekend and jumped up six spots into seventh place with $7 million. $30 million is certainly attainable. Overseas, the P.T. Barnum tale has grossed $44.2 million so far.
Pixar's hit animated film Coco dipped only 26% to an estimated $5.5M lifting Disney's domestic sum to $192.1M with global now up to $589.1M.
The stars are still stirring social-media buzz and headlines during the film's worldwide promotional efforts. Gary Oldman's The Darkest Hour brought in $6.4 million for eighth place, while Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World brought in $3.6 million and took tenth place. This weekend it jumped up to 3,800 screens and saw a minuscule drop from last weekend (-28%). I know people love seeing Neeson kick bad guys around, and maybe this is just me, but THE COMMUTER does not look very good at all. Next up is THE COMMUTER with Liam Neeson.