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Winter Weekend 7 Recap
Jumanji Jumps to the Top of the Chart
by LesG
posted Sunday, December 15 @ 2:15 pm

Jumanji: The Next Level gave a jolt to the box office with a $60.1M debut—besting most projections heading into the weekend. The sequel to the surprise 2017 smash was tracking for a bit softer premiere, but, despite presale numbers, it nearly doubled the debut of its predecessor, Welcome to the Jungle (which earned $36.2M in its first weekend of wide release). The Next Level probably won't show the type of legs the original benefitted from (it went on to total an amazing $404.5M), and while it does go head-head with Star Wars starting next weekend, so too did Jungle when it competed against, quite successfully, The Last Jedi in 2017. In short, Jumanji's holiday run is anybody's guess.

Sliding into second place after three weekends on top, Frozen II found another $19.2M in its fourth weekend (down 45.5%) for a new total of $366.5M after 24 days. That puts it $200M ahead of the original through the same period, which, despite showing larger drops, is still an amazing comparison.

Dropping a spot, but holding well in third place, Knives Out was down 34.9% in its third weekend with a $9.3M take for a new grand total of $78.9M through 19 days. $100M is starting to look like a real possibility for the whodunit.

Opening incredibly soft in fourth place, Clint Eastwood's Richard Jewell debuted to just $5M—less than a third of what the director's 2018 release The Mule managed (which likely benefitted by starring the Hollywood icon). Clint's films tend to have solid multipliers, but, regardless of legs, Jewell doesn't look to bring any box office riches even long term.

Faring even worse with a fifth-place debut, the slasher remake Black Christmas debuted to a rather dark $4.4M.

Weekend Top 10
Jumanji: The Next Level
Frozen II
Knives Out
Richard Jewell
Black Christmas
Ford v Ferrari
Queen & Slim
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Dark Waters
21 Bridges