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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Takes First while Insidious: The Last Key Debuts Strong in Second

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle took first place this past weekend with an estimated $36 million. That brings the domestic total of the film up to $244.4 million and $519.4 million on a $90 million budget.

The sequel has crushed the original which earned $100.5 million domestically and $262.8 million worldwide in 1995. That number’s not adjusted for inflation.

In second place was a new debut, Insidious: The Last Key which earned an estimated $29.3 million domestically and $49.4 million worldwide. For a $10 million budget, that’s a solid debut and makes the film already profitable (most likely). That’s the second highest debut in the four movie franchise. It beat 2015’s Insidious Chapter 3 and was only behind 2013’s Insidious Chapter 2.

In third place was Star Wars: The Last Jedi which dropped from first last week. The film added an estimated $23.6 million to its domestic total bringing that to $572.5 million and $1.205 billion worldwide. The film is $58 million from knocking Beauty and the Beast out of first place as the highest grossing film of 2017.

The film is the second highest domestic gross for a Star Wars film unadjusted for inflation, sixth adjusted for inflation and second for worldwide earnings.

In fourth place was The Greatest Showman which earned an estimated $13.8 million. The film has grossed $75.9 million so far domestically and $150.4 million worldwide.

Rounding out the top five was Pitch Perfect 3 which added $10.2 million to its domestic total. The film has earned $86 million domestically and $141 million worldwide.

When it comes to comic adaptations…

Justice League was #21 for the weekend adding $550,000 to its domestic total bringing it to $227 million and stands at $652.8 million worldwide.

Thor: Ragnarok added $534,000 to its domestic total to bring that domestic total to $312.5 million and worldwide the film has earned $849.8 million.

My Friend Dahmer continues to plug along and earned $5,000 to bring its domestic total to $1.3 million.

We’ll be back in an hour with more info on 2016’s comic film adaptations.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Repeats, Becomes the Top Domestic Film of 2017, and Crosses $1 billion

It was a repeat weekend for the top six films with Star Wars: The Last Jedi remaining in first place. The film earned an estimated $52.4 million to bring its domestic total to $517.1 million and worldwide the film has crossed the $1 billion mark with $1.040 billion.

The film has also passed Beauty and the Beast to be the top domestic grossing film of the year. Beauty was top with $504 million with Wonder Woman now in third with $412.6 million.

In a close second place was Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle which brought in $50.6 million to bring its domestic total to $169.8 million. The film has earned $322.8 million worldwide with a budget of $90 million.

In third place was Pitch Perfect 3 earning an estimated $17.8 million to bring its domestic total to $64.3 million and $92.9 million worldwide on a $45 million budget.

The Greatest Showman was in fourth place with $15.3 million to bring its total to $48.8 million domestically and $84 million worldwide on a $84 million budget.

Rounding out the top five was Ferdinand with $11.7 million for a domestic total of $53.8 million on a $111 million budget. The film has earned $125.7 million worldwide.

Repeating in sixth was Coco with $6.6 million to bring its domestic total to $178.9 million and $537.9 million worldwide.

When it comes to comic films…

Justice League slipped to #15 from #14 with an estimated $1.3 million added to its domestic total which now stands at $225.6 million. Worldwide the film has earned $652.6 million.

Thor: Ragnarok was right behind at #16 with an estimated $1 million added to its domestic total which is now $311.4 million. Worldwide the film has earned $848 million.

My Friend Dahmer is continuing to bring in the dollars with $3,500 at #36 bringing its domestic total to $1.3 million.

We’ll be back in an hour for more of a dive into 2017’s comic film adaptations.

The Last Jedi Wins the Weekend With 2, 3, 4 for New Films

As no surprise, Star Wars: The Last Jedi won the holiday weekend with an estimated $68.5 million three day weekend. With a steep 68.9% drop from the previous weekend, the film is expected to do well this Christmas Day with all the films out doing good business.

Domestically the film has earned $365.1 million with the foreign box office bringing in $380.3 million. Worldwide the film stands at $745.4 million after a week. It will likely top $1 billion before its run ends.

Domestically, the film is $175 million behind where Star Wars: The Force Awakens was at the same point in its run but it’s ahead $79 million where Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was. It opened $27.9 million behind Force Awakens and $65 million ahead Rogue One.

In second place was Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle which earned an estimated $34 million domestically off of a $90 million budget. Domestically, the film has earned $50.6 million and it has also earned $49.5 million at the foreign box office for a total of $100.1 million.

Pitch Perfect 3 took third with an estimated $20.5 million domestically off of a $45 million budget. The film has also earned $9.8 million at the foreign box office for a total of $30.3 million.

Coming in fourth place was The Greatest Showman which earned $8.6 million over the weekend to bring its week total to $13.2 million off of an $84 million budget.

Rounding out the top five for the weekend was Ferdinand which added $7.1 million to its domestic total to bring that to $26.5 million and $34.2 million worldwide. With a budget of $111 million the film isn’t doing well and may be the stake through the heart of the animated division that’ll go to Disney as part of the Disney/Fox deal.

When it comes to comic adaptations….

Justice League was #13 for the weekend adding $1.1 million to its domestic total for the weekend bringing it to $222.7 million and $646.7 million worldwide. The film will end the year most likely at #12.

Thor: Ragnarok was #18 for the weekend and added $814,000 to its domestic total to bring that to $309.1 million and $844.5 million worldwide. It’ll end the year at #7.

My Friend Dahmer added $1,100 to its domestic total to bring that to $1.3 million and came in at #29 for the weekend.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year’s comic adaptations box office numbers.

Movie Review: Pitch Perfect 3

Pitch-Perfect-3-poster last callThe newest installment of the Pitch Perfect franchise about college a capella competition and the fictional Barden Bellas finds them mostly retreading greatest hits and tapping into the formula that has made the previous two films so charming, but it ends up a little flat in key places.

They simply can’t top the zaniness of part two, making this seem a little more lackluster. It’s still the Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson show, although the film does try to give some extra time to heretofore less explored characters, to varied effect. But the film’s central conceit of “getting the band back together” for a nostalgia-fueled USO tour just doesn’t work except seemingly as a backdrop for our stars to travel through Europe. All of our characters seem to have the same problem– life isn’t working out exactly as they planned one year out of college. While this seems a decent commentary on the plight of the entire millennial generation, it just isn’t interesting enough to sustain itself.

It shines best, as in previous films, in the lavish musical numbers the Bellas put on, this time joined by an all-girl rock group names Evermoist (yes, really), and alt country band Whiskey Shivers plays a group called Saddle Up. All of them are “competing” for a spot to share the stage with DJ Khaled (played unconvincingly by himself) in a final show, and here’s the real showstopper: Khaled is a black hole of charisma, and every moment he’s on screen the film grinds to a screeching halt.

Another problem lies in a strange side-plot involving Amy’s father, played by John Lithgow with a not-quite convincing Aussie accent. Apparently he’s an international arms dealer trying to reunite with his daughter. This allows for a strange third act where Rebel Wilson gets to play action star while the rest of the Bellas perform Britney Spears’ “Toxic” to distract him. It’s fun, and it’s good to see Wilson stretch herself as an actor, but it’s strangely off-tone and just doesn’t work as part of the larger film.

Matt Lanter (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Timeless) also shows up as a military officer assigned to escort the Bellas, and ends up being a romantic interest. Lanter personally is fine (and indeed charming), but his character has nowhere to go. What’s really missing from this are some of the more interesting male foils from previous films (Adam DeVine, Flula Borg, and Ben Platt. . .  oh, how we miss you, Ben Platt). This was obviously a deliberate creative choice to focus on our female cast, and I applaud that. But compared to their previous films, Lanter and Lithgow just sort of take up space. DJ Khaled takes up negative space and drags the entire movie down.

And, as with all of the movies, I can always use more Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins.

Fans of the franchise will likely enjoy this movie– its script is still chock-full of jokes and the musical numbers. . . err. . .  hit all the right notes. It’s too bad the entire package is not quite as good.

2.25 out of 5

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