Friday Box Office: ‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’ & ‘The Post’ Lead Over New Releases

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With the switch over from 2017 to 2018 and the generally chaotic state of the world at large, you’d have to be excused for not noticing just how good

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

is doing at the box office. Over the last two weeks,

Jake Kasdan‘s adventure-comedy not only dismissed >

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

from its throne but also snuck into the top ten highest-grossing movies to be released in 2017 domestically, beating out major blockbusters both good (Logan) and insufferable (Justice League).

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Image via 20th Century Fox

Jumanji is looking to conquer this weekend as well, currently holding steady in the top spot with $6.1 million, but its going to be a tight race from the looks of it. Its closest competition right now is >

The Post

, which expanded out from its limited run on Friday to bring in $5.9 million and is looking to ride awards buzz, even though it came back from the Golden Globes with nothing. That’s a difference of some $225,000, and that could easily be made up with Saturday showings.

Right below that is where the new releases start showing up, starting with

Jaume Collet-Serra‘s

The Commuter

, which brought in $4.5 million by the end of last night. Less than $2 million separates the top three at the moment, which means it could really be anyone’s game. In contrast, I would expect

Insidious: The Last Key

, currently in fourth with $3.4 million, to stay exactly where it is for the rest of the weekend at the box office.

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Image via Sony/Screen Gems

That just leaves Sony’s

Proud Mary

at the bottom of the top five with $3.1 million, which is itself surprising considering the coordinated effort Sony and Screen Gems have been making to ensure no one sees this movie. A story circulated last night suggested that Thursday night previews were cancelled due to low attendance, which is not unheard of but still a bit surprising. If business picks up, Proud Mary could even usurp Insidious by Sunday evening. And though I may be mildly disgruntled at how much better a dull action movie is doing compared to the only genuinely good new release,

Paddington 2

, the movie still deserves support from its distributor. The fact that its not opens up a number of questions about Sony and Screen Gems’ motives here.

Here’s your top five for Friday:

Source : http://collider.com/friday-box-office-the-post/

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