Awkwafina Nears Deal to Join Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in ‘Jumanji’ Sequel

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Looks like Awkwafina is heading to the jungle. The “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Ocean’s 8” star is in final negotiations to join the cast of “Jumanji 2,” according to a source familiar with the project.

Awkwafina, one of 2018’s breakout stars, would star alongside Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson in a significant role in what will be the sequel to 2017’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”

Sony Pictures, which is the studio behind the project, declined to comment.

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The updated 2017 version of the ’90s classic starred Johnson and Hart, along with Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Alex Wolff and Nick Jonas. That film, which had a $90 million production budget, grossed $962.1 million at the worldwide box office.

In addition to Hart and Johnson, Gillan and Black are also set to return for the sequel. Director Jake Kasdan is also returning to direct the film, and is writing the script with Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner.

Awkwafina’s role, as well as the sequel’s story, is being kept under wraps.

She is starring in two movies that will premiere later this month at Sundance: “The Farewell” and “Paradise Hills.” And Comedy Central recently announced they have picked up “Awkwafina,” which she will produce and star in later this year.

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Matt Tolmach will again serve as a producer on ‘Jumanji 2’ along with Johnson’s Seven Bucks as well as Kasdan.

Awkwafina is repped by Artists First, UTA and lawyer Isaac Dunham.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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IMAX and Sony Pictures Sign Global Long-Term, Multi-Picture Deal

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Sony Pictures and IMAX Entertainment announced today that the companies have extended their ongoing partnership with a new, multi-picture deal.

The larger IMAX screens will be part of the release strategy for Sony’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home” starring Tom Holland, set for a July 5, 2019 release, the upcoming “Men in Black” spinoff out on June 14, 2019 and the sequel to the 2017 film “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” out on Dec. 13, 2019.

The Sony films will also be digitally remastered for picture and sound and released in IMAX’s widescreen format worldwide, and Sony can now take advantage of filming in IMAX cameras and utilizing their massive aspect ratio.

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Sony is coming off a record-breaking month for their release of “Venom,” the Spider-Man superhero spinoff film, which performed well on IMAX screens to the tune of $15.4 million as part of its $204 million worldwide opening. The film had the best October opening ever, earning $80 million in its opening weekend.

The deal continues IMAX’s strong relationship with Marvel. The first Marvel film to be shown on IMAX screens was 2010’s “Iron Man 2,” and this year’s “Avengers: Infinity War” was the first from the studio to be shot entirely on IMAX cameras.

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Sony Shares Sink After Company Reports Worse Q4 Loss Than Expected

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Sony Corp. reported early Friday morning that it had a per-share loss of 12 cents in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2017, using current foreign exchange rates. The company’s loss per share was worse than the 2-cent loss one analyst had forecasted, per Yahoo Finance.

During the same quarter a year ago, Sony reported earnings of 20 cents per share.

Revenue for the quarter, ending March 31, fell short of the analyst’s expectations as well. Sony reported revenue of $17.8 billion, while the analyst projected revenue of $19.6 billion. Sony’s revenue during the same quarter a year ago was $17.4 billion, using current foreign exchange rates.

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Sony’s gaming business continues to be a boon to the Japanese company. Revenue for Sony’s gaming segment increased 13 percent year-over-year for the full fiscal year, the company said, due mainly to increase in PlayStation 4 software sales.

The film studio also had an improved year, as revenue at Sony Pictures increased 10 percent year-over-year on a U.S. dollar basis. The studio’s full-year sales increased thanks to strong worldwide theatrical performances for “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”

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The gains at the film studio were partially offset by lower TV licensing revenues for catalog product, Sony said. TV production revenue, however, increased due to higher licensing revenues for series like “The Goldbergs,” “The Good Doctor” and “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.”

Revenue at the company’s media networks increased year-over-year thanks to higher advertising and subscription revenues resulting from the acquisition of TEN Sports Network, as well as improved ratings.

Sony’s shares were down more than 6 percent in premarket trading Friday, but they’ve been on a tear in the last year, gaining more than 45 percent in 12 months.

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Sony did not touch on the transition at the helm in its early Friday morning financial filing.

Kaz Harai’s exit as CEO took effect April 1, a day after the fiscal fourth quarter ended. Harai was replaced by former CFO Kenichiro Yoshida.

The departure came after some of Sony’s U.S. assets, mainly the film and TV groups, were reportedly up for sale last year.

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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Jumanji’ Becomes Sony’s Highest-Grossing Film Ever

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Dwayne Johnson’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” crossed $403.7 million at the domestic box office on Tuesday night, making it Sony Pictures’ highest grossing film of all time domestically.

That means it surpassed the studio’s 2002 hit “Spider-Man.” “Jumanji,” also starring Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan, has grossed $950 million worldwide.

Domestically, “Jumanji” is also the highest-grossing film ever in the careers of Johnson, Hart and Black. Directed by Jake Kasdan, it is also the biggest Sony-owned release of all time at the global box office, as well as the second-highest grossing film ever released by the studio, just behind “Skyfall,” which is owned by MGM.

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“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” held the top spot at the box office for four weeks, including three weeks consecutively, after its release in December. It was also the first December wide release to hold the No. 1 spot on a February weekend since 1998’s “Titanic.

“Given the length of Columbia Pictures’ esteemed history, this is a cool milestone,” said Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group. “It’s a great credit to Jake Kasdan, all the producers, the terrific actors, and everyone at the studio who worked so hard.  It gives us a grand target to shoot for with the next one.”

Matt Tolmach produced along with William Teitler.

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‘Jumanji’ Sequel in the Works With Director, Writers in Talks to Return

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Sony is planning a sequel to Dwayne Johnson’s “Jumanji,” with screenwriters Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner in talks to pen the script, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Filmmaker Jake Kasdan is expected to return as the film’s director as well.

News about the sequel shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that the film just became Johnson’s biggest domestic box office hit of his career, surpassing “Furious 7.” “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” has grossed more than $350 million in North America and more than $850 million globally.

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“Jumanji” also stars Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black and Nick Jonas and focuses on four teenagers being sucked into the “Jumanji” video game, where they take on alter egos and have to beat the game to return home.

The film currently holds a score of 76 percent “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Rosenberg and Pinkner are also writing the script for Sony’s “Venom,” which stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Riz Ahmed and Jenny Slate. “Venom” will hit theaters on Oct. 5.

Kasdan is currently attached to direct “Bad Teacher 2” and is serving as an executive producer on both “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Speechless.”

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‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Is Now Dwayne Johnson’s Biggest Domestic Release

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Dwayne Johnson has become one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars, and now he’s set a new personal record, as “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” will pass “Furious 7” on Monday to become The Rock’s highest-grossing domestic release.

This weekend, “Jumanji” added $11 million to bring its domestic total to $352.7 million, just $300,000 shy of the $353 million made by “Furious 7” in the summer of 2015. “Furious 7” is the highest-grossing film in the “Fast & Furious” franchise, taking a big bump as viewers flocked to theaters to see the final film of the late Paul Walker.

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If Johnson’s films are ranked by global gross, “Furious 7” is still king with $1.5 billion. But “Jumanji,” a film which was expected to be a modest success as counter-programming to “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” has still surpassed analysts’ expectations with a running global total of $855.7 million. It’s a huge rebound for Johnson, after he had a rare box office misstep last summer with “Baywatch,” which only grossed $177.8 million worldwide against a $69 million budget before marketing costs.

Later this year, Johnson will return to theaters with two new blockbusters: the WB monster film “Rampage,” due out in April, and the Sony thriller “Skyscraper,” which comes out in July. The two films, combined with “Jumanji,” will push Johnson’s lifetime combined domestic gross at the box office past $9 billion, with the $10 billion mark likely to be hit in 2019, when he is set to star alongside Jason Statham in a “Fast & Furious” spinoff based around his character, Luke Hobbs.

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‘Jumanji’ Edges Out ‘Maze Runner’ to Reclaim Box Office Crown

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With most studios staying away from this weekend due to the Super Bowl, the box office took its customary drop in business with an estimated 33 percent decrease compared to last week. That’s expected to change next week with the release of “Fifty Shades Freed” and “Peter Rabbit,” but for now, Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle” will take the No. 1 spot one more time with $11 million in its seventh weekend.

With a domestic total of $352.7 million, “Jumanji” will pass “Furious 7” on Monday to become Dwayne Johnson’s highest grossing film in North America. “Furious 7” will remain his top global grossing film with $1.5 billion, but even in that category, “Jumanji” is performing well with $855 million worldwide, passing “Thor: Ragnarok” for the No. 8 spot on the 2017 global charts. It is also the first December release to take the No. 1 spot on a February weekend since “Titanic” did it 20 years ago.

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“Jumanji” just edged out last weekend’s No. 1 film, Fox’s “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” which made an estimated $10.2 million this weekend for a 58 percent drop off from its $24.1 million opening and a ten-day total of $39.8 million. By comparison, the last film in the series, “The Scorch Trials,” had a ten-day total of $51.9 million in 2015, which equates to a 23 percent drop.

In third is this weekend’s lone new release, Lionsgate/CBS Films’ “Winchester,” which opened to $9.25 million from 2,480 screens. That’s on the upper end of tracker projections, which peaked at $10 million. The horror film has a B- on CinemaScore and a 9 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, the lowest critical score for any film starring Mirren outside of the documentary “The Pulitzer at 100,” which earned zero percent.

In fourth is “The Greatest Showman,” staying in the top five with yet another strong hold of $7.8 million in its seventh weekend for a $137.4 million total. In fifth is Entertainment Studios’ “Hostiles” with $5.5 million in its second weekend in wide release, adding 155 screens this weekend for a screen count of 2,934 and a domestic total of $21.2 million. “Hostiles” narrowly edged out ‘The Post,” which added $5.2 million to bring its total to $67.1 million.

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Massive Playstation Sales, ‘Jumanji’ Power Sony to Record-Setting Third Quarter

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The continued strength of Playstation 4, a booming music business, and a worldwide blockbuster in “Jumanji” carried Sony to its best third quarter ever, the company announced early Friday morning.

Sony reported revenue of $23.65 billion and earnings of $2.03 cents a share for the three months ended Dec. 31, which is the company’s fiscal third quarter. Revenue slightly missed analyst projections of $24.49 billion, but the entertainment giant’s earnings came in well above the $1.15 analysts estimated. Its sales jumped 11.5 percent from the same period last year, while its earnings spiked 1400 percent year-over-year — and that’s not a typo.

With CEO Kaz Harai announcing hours earlier he’ll be stepping down in April, the 57-year-old exec looks to be leaving on a high note. Sony posted a $3.2 billion operating profit for the quarter — a 280 percent increase year-over-year.

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Gaming continued to be a strongpoint for Sony, with the company moving 9 million Playstation 4s during the quarter — representing a slight dip from its 9.7 million devices sold last year. Since launching in 2013, more than 76 million PS4s have now been sold.

And less than four years after its infamous hack, Sony Pictures is booming, thanks in large part to “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” The juggernaut, starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has raked in $840 million across the globe since its December release. Sony Pictures also pointed to higher video subscription revenue stemming from the second season of Netflix’s “The Crown.” Overall, Sony Pictures posted a $93 million quarterly profit.

Sony’s music wing increased revenue 22 percent year-over-year, with the company crediting an uptick in digital streaming. The popularity of “Fate/Grand Order,” a smartphone game, was also lumped in with its music boost.

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And while its not the sexiest part of its business, a “significant increase” in demand for Sony’s image sensors, used in smartphones, was another bright spot.

Shares of Sony (SNE) had been on a run in the last three months, increasing about 11 percent to $49.15 a share. Its stock darted up another 7.53 percent in after-hours trading, following its strong quarter and announcing it had raised its revenue forecast for the fourth quarter.
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Without a surprise genre hit like last year’s “Split” to enter theaters in late January, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” stayed No. 1 on the box office charts for a third straight weekend with $19.6 million.

With a running domestic total of $316.5 million, “Jumanji” has now passed “Skyfall” to become one of Sony Pictures’ top five highest grossing films of all time.

The four films above it are all “Spider-Man” films: 2002’s “Spider-Man” ($403.7 million), “Spider-Man 2” ($373.6 million), “Spider-Man 3” ($336.5 million) and last year’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” ($334.2 million).

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To stay No. 1, “Jumanji” staved off openings from two adult action films: Warner Bros./Alcon’s “12 Strong” and STX’s “Den of Thieves.”

“12 Strong” took second place with $16.5 million from 3,002 screens, thanks in part to a 54 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and an A on CinemaScore.

“Den of Thieves” performed above expectations with a $15 million opening from 2,432 screens, earning a 40 percent RT score and a B+ on CinemaScore.

A mid-teens opening is a solid start for both of these mid-budget action films aimed at older male audiences, with both hoping for a $45-50 domestic total and a strong performance in overseas markets where they are more popular.

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Also opening this weekend in targeted release is Roadside Attractions’ “Forever My Girl,” a romance that was panned by critics with an 18 percent RT score but won over audiences with an A on CinemaScore. The Bethany Ashton Wolf-directed romance was released on 1,115 screens and came in 10th this weekend with $4 million.

Among holdovers, “The Post” took fourth place in its second weekend in wide release with $12.1 million, bringing its total to $45.1 million. “The Greatest Showman,” meanwhile, stayed in the top five in its fifth weekend, adding $10 million to bring its total to $113.1 million after an opening weekend of $14.4 million.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” finally bowed out of the top five, finishing seventh with $6.5 million to become the sixth film in box office history to gross over $600 million domestic with $604 million. It needs another  $19 million to bump 2012’s “The Avengers” as the fifth highest grossing film in North America.

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Unfortunately, there isn’t as much good news for WB/StudioCanal’s “Paddington 2,” which came in sixth this weekend with $8 million. Though the family sequel about the bear from Peru became Rotten Tomatoes’ best-reviewed movie ever this past week, it has a ten-day total of $24.9 million. That is 38 percent behind the 10-day total the first “Paddington” made to this point two years ago.

While a disappointment for Warner, which bought the domestic rights to the film from The Weinstein Company two months ago, “Paddington 2” is by no means a flop, having already made its money with a $172.2 million global total, outgrossing its predecessor in the U.K. with $55.4 million.

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‘Jumanji’ Passes ‘Justice League’ at the Box Office, Hunts More Franchises

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Though it is now completing its fourth weekend in theaters, Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is performing like a film in its second weekend — with an estimated $35.4 million on Martin Luther King weekend; and on Sunday, the film reached $666 million worldwide, passing the $654 million total made by “Justice League.” But that’s not the only major franchise film that Dwayne Johnson’s latest action film is outperforming.

“Jumanji” was able to pass the DC superhero mashup thanks in part to a strong $40 million opening in China this past weekend. The adrenaline-filled but comical tone of this film about four teens trapped in a video game resonated more with Chinese audiences than “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which only opened to $28 million and has already had its Chinese total eclipsed by “Jumanji” with just $38.8 million, well below the totals to this point for “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One.”

While “Star Wars” will be just fine with a 2017-best $1.27 billion global gross and a current spot in the top ten highest grossing films of all time, it shows how China’s taste in movies can differ from the rest of the world.

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If “Jumanji” continues to show legs in the U.S. and China, there are several major franchise films it could soon top. It is currently ranked eighth on the domestic charts for 2017, and is expected to pass the $313 million made by “Thor: Ragnarok” and is also on pace to pass the $327 million made by “It.” On Sony’s studio charts, it will also pass the $304 million made by the 2012 James Bond film “Skyfall,” which would make “Jumanji” the highest domestic grossing film for Sony outside of the “Spider-Man” franchise.

Globally, “Jumanji” currently sits 12th among 2017 releases and needs to reach $794 million to pass “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and crack the top 10 spot. Stateside, the film’s next test will be whether it can keep family audiences coming in as kids head back to school. It’s expected to remain in the No. 1 spot for the next two weeks, as this coming weekend’s new releases, “12 Strong” and “Den of Thieves,” aren’t expected to gross more than $20 million.

After that, “Jumanji”‘s core demographic is expected to split off when “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” opens on Jan. 26. In China, “Jumanji” will go up against the animated film “Ferdinand” and the inspirational family tale “Wonder” next weekend, followed by “Maze Runner” the week after.

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Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ Goes Wide With $775,000 at Thursday Box Office

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Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” expanded wide with $775,000 at the Thursday box office while Liam Neeson’s “The Commuter” earned $700,000.

To compare “The Post” preview numbers, Tom Hanks’ “Bridge of Spies” opened to $500,000 in 2015 and went on to earn $15.4 million, while Mark Wahlberg’s “Patriots Day” grossed $560,000 before opening to $11.6 million its wide opening weekend.

Though the film came up empty handed at the Golden Globes on Sunday (despite Seth Meyers’ joke predicting the opposite) and the Critics Choice Awards on Thursday, the film’s timely story of journalists holding government accountable should give it a strong launch in wide release, with trackers projecting a $20 million four-day haul, with Fox projecting a high teens start from 2,820 screens.

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Directed by Steven Spielberg, “The Post” tells the story of how The Washington Post transformed from a local paper for the nation’s capital into a leading national outlet as it fought the Nixon Administration to publish the Pentagon Papers that exposed the lies surrounding the Vietnam War. Hanks and Meryl Streep star as WaPo’s Editor-in-Chief Ben Bradlee and majority owner Kay Graham. Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Tracy Letts, and Bradley Whitford also star. Josh Singer, who won an Oscar for his work on “Spotlight,” penned the script with Liz Hannah.

Two other wide releases, “Paddington 2” and “Proud Mary,” are looking at a wide release of $20 million as well. Warner Bros.’s more conservative projection estimates for the former film start of $15-17 million from 3,700 screens.

“Paddington 2” sees Ben Whishaw return as the voice of the famed titular bear. Paul King returns to direct the film, as do cast members Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Imelda Staunton, and Michael Gambon. The film has already made $125 million overseas, including $55 million in Paddington’s country of origin, the U.K.

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“Proud Mary,” directed by Babak Najafi, is about a female assassin (Taraji P. Henson) whose life is turned upside down when she takes in a boy (Jahi Di’Allo Winston) she orphaned after a hit job gone wrong. Last year, films with female leads dominated both the cultural conversation and the box office, and women are having a bigger presence in genres usually dominated by men as studios have picked up films like “Atomic Blonde.” “Proud Mary” will be the first of several films in 2018 that will continue this trend, with other top actresses like Alicia Vikander and Sandra Bullock soon to take the screen in “Tomb Raider” and “Ocean’s 8.”

Finally, there’s Lionsgate’s “The Commuter,” Neeson’s latest action film, The film sees Neeson reunite with “Non-Stop” director Jaume Collet-Serra as he plays an insurance agent who gets caught in a deadly conspiracy during a train ride when he is challenged by a stranger to identify a hidden passenger before the train reaches its last stop. The film is projected to make $12-14 million from 2,800 locations this weekend.

All the new wide releases are facing off against strong holdover “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” which has grossed over $250 million at the domestic box office since its opening on Dec. 20.

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‘Jumanji’ Takes First Box Office Weekend of 2018 With $36 Million

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Sony Pictures’ “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is the gift that keeps on giving for movie theaters, as it steamrolls towards the $250 million domestic mark with a third weekend total of $36 million from 3,801 screens.

The action-comedy sequel to Robin Williams’ 1995 film was solid through the holiday season, making $36 million in its first weekend as part of a $71 million launch from its Wednesday release through Christmas Day. It then added another $66 million during the four-day New Year’s weekend before matching its first weekend total here, bringing its running domestic cume to $244 million.

A sharp drop off might be in the cards in the coming weeks as the kids who drove much of the film’s traffic will start heading back to school, but a $300 million domestic finish is still a reasonable goal for this film. After this weekend, “Jumanji” cracked the top 10 domestic list for 2017, passing the $227 million made by “Justice League” to take the No. 9 spot.

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In second is the sole new wide release of the weekend, Universal/Blumhouse’s “Insidious: The Last Key,” which opened to an estimated $29.2 million from 3,116 screens against a budget of $10 million. Earlier this week, independent trackers projected an opening in the low 20s, but the fourth installment of the “Insidious” series has posted the third highest horror opening in January, behind the $40 million made last year by Blumhouse’s “Split” and the $33.7 million made by “The Devil Inside.”

Universal continues to treat Blumhouse’s low-budget titles as four-quadrant films, and the strategy is paying off as younger audiences are showing up to see them even on weekends that other studios rarely touch. This came in spite of weak reception, as the film earned a 25 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and a B- on CinemaScore. However, it remains to be seen whether “Insidious’ will be able to have legs through the rest of January, as multiplexes will get more crowded next weekend for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” slides to third this weekend with $23.6 million, bringing its domestic total to $572.5 million and worldwide total to $1.2 billion. This week, it will pass “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Fate of the Furious” to become the highest grossing 2017 release, though it has underperformed in China with an opening weekend in the Middle Kingdom of just $28.7 million. By comparison, “The Force Awakens” opened to $52.3 million in China in 2016, while “Rogue One” opened to $30 million.

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Fox/Chernin’s “The Greatest Showman” takes fourth this weekend with $13.8 million in its third weekend, as strong word of mouth has sustained it despite its weak opening with just an 11 percent drop from its $15 million 3-day total last weekend. The film now has a running domestic total of $76.7 million. Universal’s “Pitch Perfect 3” completes the top five with $10.2 million, bringing its total to just under $86 million.

Finally, there’s STX’s “Molly’s Game,” which expanded to 1,608 screens this weekend and came in seventh with $7 million, bringing its total to $14.2 million. This is about the same total made by Aaron Sorkin’s last film, “Steve Jobs,” but that film expanded to nearly 2,500 screens, giving “Molly’s Game” a much higher per screen average. STX will be hoping for sustained traffic over the course of the awards season, as the film is contending for awards for its lead star, Jessica Chastain, and for Sorkin’s screenplay.

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