"Jumanji" Roars Past Box Office Competition During MLK Day Weekend

This week, it will become the sixth film to gross over $600 million in North America.

Coming closest was Steven Spielberg's "The Post", starring Streep and Tom Hanks. The Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson-starring adventure film easily won the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with an estimated $27 million, bringing its domestic total to $283.2 million. Only in its second weekend on Chinese screens, The Last Jedi pulled in a paltry $2.4 million - a 92 percent decline from its disappointing $28.7 million debut, according to data from EntGroup.

Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in "The Post", a political thriller film about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post's Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee, as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four USA presidents.

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Fox is also getting great word of mouth for "The Greatest Showman", which continues to hang tough in the top five with a $15 million four-day weekend.

Jumanji 2 however, is still running more than successfully, as it also topped this weekend too against other competitors. The movie still has a way to go to break even, given a production budget estimated $50 million by Box Office Mojo and the usual marketing costs. Meanwhile, the sequel to the children's book adaptation film struggled at the box office despite its rave reviews, placing seventh with approximately $10.6 million, just about half the $19 million of its predecessor in 2015. Instead, it's looking at an opening of around $14.5 million from 3,702. Among newcomers this weekend were "The Commuter", "Paddington 2" and "Proud Mary". It's a disappointing result for lead star Taraji P. Henson, who was the queen of MLK weekend past year as the lead of "Hidden Figures", making $27.5 million in its first weekend in wide release.

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