Super Bowl weekend is usually notoriously slow for the box office as studios steer clear of releasing anything. The one major new release, ‘Winchester’ directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig, starring Helen Mirren, came in at #3 with $9.3 million, despite an astoundingly awful 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and generating a weak “B-” CinemaScore. The audience was largely female and under the age of 25.
‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ continues to do the unthinkable. In its seventh week, it has climbed back to #1, taking the top spot from ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’. ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ has accumulated $352.6M and should it pass $353M, it will overtake ‘Furious 7’ as Dwayne Johnson’s top-grossing movie. This is the first time since ‘Titanic’ in 1998 that a movie released in December has topped the box office in February.
Though it fell to #2 in the U.S., ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ remained tops internationally, with $182.7M. $10.2M came from the U.S. this weekend.
Another film is standing the test of time, ‘The Greatest Showman’. The musical made an additional $7.8M in the U.S. but like ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’, it managed an unusual feat– it rose to #1 in the U.K. and Australia.
Western ‘Hostiles’ rounded out the Top Five.
- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Sony) – $11.1M
- Maze Runner: The Death Cure (20th Century Fox) – $10.2M
- Winchester (CBS) – $9.25M
- The Greatest Showman (20th Century Fox) – $7.8M
- Hostiles (EST) – $5.5M
This weekend sees the release of three very different films– erotic ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ (the last in the franchise), Clint Eastwood’s thriller ‘The 15:17 To Paris’ and the family animated film ‘Peter Rabbit’. Considering the drought in new product, any of these could break out. Of course, the big event is the following weekend, when what looks to be this year’s first major blockbuster arrives– Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther’.
Check back to see how things pan out!