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Weekend box office: Winchester battles Jumanji for the top spot

Weekend box office: Winchester battles Jumanji for the top spot”

In a slow Super Bowl weekend at the box office, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was able to top new horror film Winchester. In doing so, Welcome to the Jungle becomes the first December wide release since 1997's Titanic to win a weekend in February.

Weekend business for "The Death Cure" has outpaced "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials " by 1% and the original "Maze Runner" by 25%. The period supernatural thriller debuted at No. 3 with an estimated $9.3 million from 2,480 theaters, in line with expectations despite withering reviews and a B- CinemaScore from audiences.

After falling to second place last weekend at the domestic box office with the opening of the YA franchise "Maze Runner: The Death Cure", the Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson/Kevin Hart/Jack Black actioner found its way back to first place this weekend with an estimated $11 million, according to boxofficepro.com.

"It's hard to imagine that scenes of Jason Clarke trying to convince Helen Mirren that she's insane would be dramatically inert, but here we are", IGN's William Bibbiani said.

Completing the top five are Fox's P.T. Barnum musical The Greatest Showman, with about $7.8 million, and Entertainment Studios' gritty western Hostiles, with about $5.5. million. The action-comedy has dazzled so far this year with $340.8 million domestically after 43 days - the 46th-highest gross of all time.

Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated The Post grossed an estimated $5.2-M from 2,462 locations for a North American take of $67.2-M. I certainly never expected it to gross more than $135 million.

Among awards favorites, Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, which leads the Oscars nominations (13), boosted its theater count to more than 2,300 screens. It now ranks as the fifth highest-grossing movie of previous year, recently passing fellow Sony release Spider-Man: Homecoming domestically.

The movie now has a domestic total gross of $352.62 million, just under Dwayne Johnson's all-time best domestic grossing movie, "Furious 7". Though it was based on true events (the Winchester Mansion is a real house in San Jose), that didn't help much in terms of box office prowess.

Taking the No. 3 spot is the only new film to hit theaters this weekend. The indie film, starring Margot Robbie as disgraced ice skater Tonya Harding, grossed $2.6 million from 1,450 theaters - an increase of 490 cinemas - for a total of $22.6 million.

Disney (NYSE:DIS) reported that Pixar's Coco crossed the $700-M mark Sunday.



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