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Jumanji back on top in US as Helen Mirren's Winchester claims third


Story by Jack Foley

JUMANJI: Welcome To The Jungle has reclaimed the top spot at the US box office in its seventh week of release, the first time since Titanic in 1998 that a movie released nationwide in December has won a weekend in February.

The Dwayne Johnson fronted film took an estimated $11 million for a US haul of $352.6 million and a global haul of $855.7 million. It will soon overtake 2015’s Fast & Furious 7 (also starring Johnson, with $353 million) to mark the actor’s top-grossing movie in the US.

Last week’s winner, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, fell to second spot in its sophomore outing, earning an estimated $10.2 million for a US total of $39.8 million.

The lower than normal figures are a result of Super Bowl weekend, which is traditionally one of the quietest frames of the year in terms of movie-going.

The only new release was Helen Mirren’s Winchester, a period supernatural thriller that debuted at No. 3 with an estimated $9.3 million.

The film, which received a critical roasting, is inspired by the real-life tale of Sarah Winchester, the eccentric 19th Century heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms Co. fortune, who 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.

Hugh Jackman’s The Greatest Showman was another of December’s releases to enjoy continued box office success, claiming fourth spot in its seventh weekend with an estimated $7.8 million. The film has now taken $137.5 million in the US and is well on its way to becoming one of the top-grossing original musicals of all time, not accounting for inflation.

Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated The Post grossed an estimated $5.2 million from for a US total of $67.2 million. The Pentagon Papers drama, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, is in a close race for the No. 5 spot with Scott Cooper’s indie Western Hostiles, starring Christian Bale. Final figures will be confirmed on Monday.

In other box office news, Disney is reporting that Pixar’s Coco will cross the $700 million mark globally sometime on Sunday.