The weekend of the big game is one of the quietest frames of the year in terms of moviegoing.
Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has scored another touchdown, reclaiming the No. 1 spot in its seventh outing at the North American box office. It’s the first time since Titanic in 1998 that a movie released nationwide in December has won a weekend in February.
Jumanji grossed an estimated $11 million from 3,352 theaters for a domestic total of $352.6 million and a global haul of $855.7 million. It will soon overtake 2015’s Furious 7 ($353 million) in North America to mark Dwayne Johnson’s top-grossing movie domestically.
YA pic Maze Runner: The Death Cure (Fox) fell to No. 2 in its second outing, earning an estimated $10.2 million from 3,793 locations for a domestic cume of $39.8 million. The threequel declined 58 percent. Internationally, Maze Runner won the frame with $35.2 million from 20 markets, including a 10-day China haul of $37 million, for a foreign tally of $149.9 million and $182.7 million globally.
In the U.S., Super Bowl weekend is one of the quietest frames of the year in terms of moviegoing.
The only new film that dared to take to the field was CBS Films and Lionsgate’s genre title Winchester, starring Helen Mirren. 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. Winchester‘s Rotten Tomatoes score is 9 percent, the lowest score on the site for Mirren outside of the documentary The Pulitzer at 100 (0 percent).
Directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig, Winchester is inspired by the real-life tale of Sarah Winchester, the eccentric 19th-century heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms Co. fortune. She spent her life constructing an enormous mansion in San Jose, California, complete with secret passages and trap doors, in order to keep at bay what she thought were the angry spirits of the people killed by her family’s firearms. In the film, Winchester (Mirren) is visited by a skeptical San Francisco psychiatrist (Jason Clarke) who discovers that her obsession may not be so insane after all. CBS Films acquired rights for $3.5 million.
The movie succeeded in luring younger audiences, with 20 percent of ticket buyers under the age of 18 and 36 percent under 25. Females made up nearly 60 percent of ticket buyers.
Between Maze Runner, The Greatest Showman and The Post, Fox could have three films in the top five. Greatest Showman, boasting another great hold, came in No. 4 in its seventh weekend with an estimated $7.8 million from 2,588 theaters for a domestic total of $137.5 million. The movie is on its way to becoming one of the top-grossing original musicals of all time, not accounting for inflation.
Showman made headlines in the U.K. and Australia, rising to No. 1 in both markets in its sixth weekend in release for a total $31.3 million and $20.3 million, respectively. Overall, the musical earned $16.2 million internationally from 42 markets — including a $7.4 million debut in China — for a foreign total of $153 million and global cume of $290.5 million.
Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated The Post grossed an estimated $5.2 million from 2,462 locations for a North American cume of $67.2 million. It took in another $10.3 million offshore from 37 markets to jump the $100 million mark globally ($104.4 million).
In North America, The Post is in a close race for the No. 5 spot with Scott Cooper’s indie Western Hostiles, starring Christian Bale. According to Sunday estimates from distributor Entertainment Studios, Hostiles grossed $5.5 million from 2,934 theaters in its second outing, although rival companies show the film earning closer to $5 million. The order will be determined Monday when final weekend numbers are released.
Elsewhere, several specialty films nominated for top Oscars continued to expand, led by Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight), which upped its footprint from 1,854 locations to 2,341. The film — which earned top honors at Saturday night’s DGA Awards, in addition to boasting 13 Academy Award nominations, the most of any movie this year — declined 21 percent to $4.3 million despite the increase in theaters for a domestic total of $44.6 million.
Shape of Water has earned $19.6 million internationally, where it is rolling out slowly, for a worldwide cume of $64.2 million. It has become del Toro’s top-grossing film in Mexico, his home country, with $11.6 million.
Fox Searchlight also has Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which increased its theater count from 1,457 locations to 1,726. The pic earned $3.1 million for a North American cume of $41.8 million. It is prospering overseas, earning $46 million to date from fewer than 30 markets for a global tally of $87.8 million.
Both Shape of Water and Three Billboards are up for the best picture Oscar, the gold standard when it comes to enjoying a box-office bump. Other movies scoring top noms can also benefit, evidenced by I, Tonya. 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. Neon and 30West are handling the dramedy.
On the global front, Disney is reporting that Pixar’s Coco will cross the $700 million mark sometime on Sunday.
Feb. 4, 12:15 p.m.: Updated with foreign weekend grosses.