‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’ Takes The Top Spot At The Weekend Box Office

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Move over, Star Wars: The Last JediJumanji: Welcome to the Jungle roared into the top spot at this weekend's box office.

The King Of The Box Office

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle won this weekend's box office race as it picked up over $36 million in ticket sales. Many Hollywood insiders believe that the combined star power of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, comedian Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillian, and singer-songwriter Nick Jonas factored into the victory. 

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is the sequel to the popular 1995 action-adventure film, Jumanji, which starred the late Robin Williams. The film, which paid homage to Williams' character, has grossed over $244.7 million since it debuted in movie theatres on Dec. 20, 2017.

Insidious Scares Off Star Wars

Meanwhile, the latest installment of the horror film franchise, Insidious, scared the iconic science fiction franchise's devotees away from the box office. Insidious: The Final Key, the fourth chapter of the supernatural franchise, took second place in the box office as it spooked moviegoers with its $29.3 million earnings.  

Despite coming in the third place, the Force is still active with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The eighth installment in the saga earned over $23.6 million this past weekend. The film, which marked the final appearance of Carrie Fisher's beloved Leia Organa, has grossed over $572.5 million since it debuted in movie theatres on Dec. 14, 2017.

Pitch Perfect 3, the only other film not nominated for a Golden Globe, came in fifth place. The film marked the conclusion to the A cappella musical film franchise and earned over $10.2 million over the weekend.

A Golden Globe Touch

Six of the films that were in this past weekend's box office top ten list benefited from being nominated for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Golden Globes Awards. The Greatest Showman, which included the Best Original Song winner "This is Me," placed fourth in the box office race as it earned over $13.8 million. Meanwhile, 3D animated film Ferdinand, which lost both Best Original Song and Best Animated Feature Film, came in sixth place as it earned $7.7 million.

Molly's Game, which was also nominated for two awards including Best Performance in a Motion Picture for Jessica Chastain and Best Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin, earned $7 million and placed seventh in this week's box office race. 

Darkest Hour, which highlighted the early days of United Kingdom Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman), came in eighth place with earnings of over $6.4 million. Oldman won a Golden Globe for his electrifying performance of the world leader.

Rounding out the weekend were Best Animated Feature Film winner Coco, which earned over $5.5 million, followed by All the Money in the World with $3.6 million. All the Money in the World made headlines when Christopher Plummer replaced disgraced actor Kevin Spacey in the role of J. Paul Getty. Plummer received a Golden Globe nomination for his work. 

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