AceShowbiz - There's a new champion at North American box office. After debuting at No. 2 two weeks ago, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" has dethroned reigning champion "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" and takes over the top spot.
The action adventure comedy brought in an estimated $36 million over its third three-day weekend for a total of $244.4 million domestically. Internationally, the film starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Nick Jonas has collected $275 million for a worldwide total of $519.4 million.
"This is all about 'Jumanji's' staying power," says Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for box office tracker comScore. "This is a movie that was overshadowed by all the excitement around 'The Last Jedi', and yet Jumanji just kept plugging away and drawing audiences throughout the holiday. ... This is kind of unheard of for a movie this size."
At No. 2 this week is new release "Insidious: The Last Key" with approximately $29.3 million. The fourth installment of Universal and Blumhouse Pictures' horror film franchise outperformed the third film "Insidious: Chapter 3", which launched to $22.7 million in June 2015 despite a B-minus CinemaScore.
"We could not be more thrilled with that debut. It's a fantastic result," says Jim Orr, Universal's president of domestic distribution. "The release date worked in our favor. There hasn't been a similar film in a couple of months."
Meanwhile, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" drops two spots to No. 3 with additional $23.6 million in its fourth weekend, pushing its domestic gross to $572.5 million. "The Greatest Showman" stays steady at No. 4 with approximately $13.8 million, while "Pitch Perfect 3" falls from No. 3 to No. 5 with an estimated $10.2 million.
Overall, the weekend saw around 18 percent increase from the same weekend last year, which could be a sign for this year's box office. "2017 was not consistent. It was volatile, it was a roller coaster," Dergarabedian shares his opinion. "This sets the tone for what we're hoping is a consistent and strong 2018 box office."
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