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Jumanji tops US box office but Insidious: The Last Key opens strong


Preview by Jack Foley

FAMILY-friendly sequel Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has topped the US box office in its third weekend of release, taking $36 million for a highly impressive US total of $244.4 million.

The Dwayne Johnson fronted revival displaced Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which fell to third place behind the weekend’s major new release, the horror movie Insidious: The Last Key.

Star Wars has been the dominant force in the US in its first three weekends and still managed $23.6 million in its fourth outing for a US tally of $572.5m, the best showing of any 2017 release. Its global tally now stands at $1.205 billion.

Back in the US, second placed film Insidious: The Last Key, the fourth film in the franchise, scared up an estimated $29.3 million, meaning that the $10 million film opened ahead of the last installment ($22.7 million), but behind the $40.3 million launch of Insidious: Chapter 2.

This time around, the story follows the final adventure of Lin Shaye’s ghost-whispering character, Elise Rainier, the para-psychologist who investigates the recent supernatural disturbances of a home she lived in when she was younger.

Rounding out the US top five were Hugh Jackman’s The Greatest Showman, which displayed strong staying power to take $12.8 million for a $76.9 million US total, and a capella three-quel Pitch Perfect 3, which took $10.2 million for $86 million in the US.