With Frozen 2 having dominated the top of the box office charts for a couple of weeks, that comes to an end this week thanks to Jumanji: The Next Level. The film, a couple of years separated from the previous on back in 2017, landed in first place with a $60 million take. That’s more than the previous film did with its $52.7 million take after the five-day holiday period it opened which means this could have some good legs. The first film went on to almost a billion dollars but it doesn’t feel like the sequel might get quite that far. Regardless, it’s off to a good start domestically and it did well overseas where it opened the week prior. That’s brought its overseas total to $152.5 million so far.
Wit other new releases, Richard Jewell comes in at fourth place with a below expectations number of $5 million, which opened in 2,500 locations. It scored well with an “A” CinemaScore but the trailers weren’t drawing people in and word of mouth wasn’t there.
Similarly, Black Christmas lands in fifth at $4.4 million as it remakes the 1974 version. It opened in over 2,000 screens but just didn’t have anything going for it – including a rare “D+” CinemaScore. With a $5 million budget, it won’t be too big of a loss for Blumhouse but they’ll likely take a new look at their slate to make sure other projects are on the right track.
Not on the chart but with noting, A24 got a limited release of Uncut Gems out and it saw the largest per-screen opening average ever for the studio with $105 per theater. it did $525,498 for the weekend in total.
Next weekend, all bets are off. The number guessers are out and working their particular magic to figure out the combination of The Force Awakens+The Last Jedi / Star Wars Fatigue that may or may not be real for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. We also have Spies in Disguise opening in 3,300 screens along with Cats in the same number.