'Jumanji' Remains Champ at MLK Box Office, 'The Post' Soars to No. 2

The adventure film wins the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with an estimated $27 million, while the Pentagon Papers drama soars to approximately $18.6 million nationwide.

AceShowbiz - "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" continues dominating the North American box office in its second weekend. The Dwayne "%cThe Rock%" Johnson-starring adventure film easily won the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with an estimated $27 million, bringing its domestic total to $283.2 million.

Landing at No. 2 was Steven Spielberg's awards-season hopeful "The Post". The Pentagon Papers drama starring %cMeryl Streep% as The Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and %cTom Hanks% as editor Ben Bradlee collected approximately $18.6 million.

It's a solid result for "The Post" in its nationwide expansion after several weeks of limited release. The film, which was made on a budget of about $50 million and fast-tracked after the election of President %cDonald Trump%, is considered as a timely commentary on the power of the press, and a rebuke of Trump from some of Hollywood's biggest names.

"It resonates with an older audience because they were around and remember this particular moment in time," said 20th Century Fox distribution chief Chris Aronson. "But it really resonates with a younger audience and that's the segment of the audience that will continue to discover this movie and realize how timely it is," he added.

Among newcomers this weekend were "The Commuter", "Paddington 2" and "Proud Mary". The %cLiam Neeson%-fronted action thriller topped expectations, opening to an estimated $13.5 million at No. 3.

Meanwhile, the sequel to the children's book adaptation film struggled at the box office despite its rave reviews, placing seventh with approximately $10.6 million, just about half the $19 million of its predecessor in 2015. As for %cTaraji P. Henson%'s R-rated flick, it followed at No. 8 with an estimated $10 million.

"Insidious: The Last Key" and "The Greatest Showman" rounded out the top five this weekend. Dropping two slots to No. 4, the fourth installment of the "Insidious" film series collected an additional $12.1 million in its second weekend. As for the %cHugh Jackman%-led musical flick, which fell one slot to the fifth place, it earned about $11.8 million in its fourth weekend.

Top Ten Movies at Weekend Box Office for January 12-14:

  1. "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" - $27 million
  2. "The Post" - $18.6 million
  3. "The Commuter" - $13.5 million
  4. "Insidious: The Last Key" - $12.1 million
  5. "The Greatest Showman" - $11.8 million
  6. "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" - $11.3 million
  7. "Paddington 2" - $10.6 million
  8. "Proud Mary" - $10 million
  9. "Pitch Perfect 3" - $5.7 million
  10. "Darkest Hour" - $4.5 million

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