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

“Winchester” opens at No. 3

With most studios staying away 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.

“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 10-day total of $39.8 million. By comparison, the last film in the series, “The Scorch Trials,” had a 10-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 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.