Jumanji beats out Star Wars at the Box Office

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle opened one week after Rian Johnson’s  Star Wars: The Last Jedi , and against all the odds it emerged out of the packed holiday season a box office winner.

The long-awaited Jumanji sequel snagged second place at the box office (behind Star Wars) over its opening weekend with a gross of $36.17 million. However, whereas The Last Jedi ended up having the worst Friday-to-Friday drop-off in cinematic history , Jumanji‘s box office actually increased in the film’s second weekend (New Year’s), grossing $50 million. It finally managed to surpass The Last Jedi for the top spot at the domestic box office on New Year’s Day, and it has held that position ever since (as of the time of this writing), even besting new releases such as Insidious: The Last Key and Paddington 2.


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