Skip to main content

‘Jumanji’ leaps past ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ to win the weekend box office

The four protagonists in "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle."
Sony / Sony
The reign of Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the top of the box office has ended after three huge weekends both domestically and overseas. Disney and Lucasfilm’s sci-fi sequel dropped to third place, with returning film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle taking over the top spot at the weekend box office, and new arrival Insidious: The Last Key debuting in second place.

After spending the last two weekends finishing second to The Last JediJumanji leap-frogged the Star Wars sequel with an impressively strong third weekend that raked in an additional $36 million in U.S. theaters — a mere 28-percent decrease from the previous week. The ensemble jungle comedy adventure is doing a nice job of translating all of the positive buzz (and good reviews) it received its first week into box-office success, and is expected to have a few more strong weeks ahead of it.

The fourth film in the Insidious horror franchise, The Last Key also had an impressive weekend, and ended up with the second-biggest opening weekend of the series so far (second to 2013’s Insidious Chapter 2). Given that all four movies were made for $26.5 million collectively — the last two installments each cost $10 million, while Chapter 2 cost $5 million, and the original Insidious cost just $1.5 million —  the fact that the micro-budgeted series has earned more than $219 million domestically and $420 million worldwide to date makes it one of the most successful genre franchises out there right now.

# Title  Weekend    U.S. Total   Worldwide Total 
1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle  $36M $244.3M $519.3M
2. Insidious: The Last Key $29.2M $29.2M $49.3M
3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi $23.5M $572.5M $1.2B
4. The Greatest Showman $13.8M $75.9M $150.3M
5. Pitch Perfect 3 $10.2M $85.9M $140.9M
6. Ferdinand $7.7M $70.4M $183.3M
7. Molly’s Game $7M $14.2M $14.2M
8. Darkest Hour $6.3M $28.3M $35.7M
9. Coco $5.5M $192M $589M
10. All the Money in the World $3.5M $20.1M $27.6M

As for The Last Jedi, the latest ticket sales it added to its already massive box-office haul now have it sitting in 13th place on the all-time worldwide rankings, having passed Minions ($1.1 billion) and Captain America: Civil War on the global box-office list. Here in the U.S., The Last Jedi is currently the sixth-highest grossing movie of all time domestically, and will likely pass The Avengers ($623.3 million) to move into fifth place before it ends its run.

The rest of the weekend’s top ten films were all returning films, with two animated features — Ferdinand and Coco — among the weekend’s highest-grossing movies and Ridley Scott’s famously reshot All the Money in the World sliding into the tenth spot.

This upcoming week isn’t likely to offer much challenge to the current box-office heavyweights, with only Liam Neeson reminding everyone about his particular set of skills in action drama The Commuter, Taraji P. Henson showing off her own action chops in the assassin film Proud Mary, and Paddington 2 attempting to steer all-ages audiences away from the aforementioned animated features and into seats for a sequel to 2015’s Paddington.

Editors' Recommendations

Rick Marshall
A veteran journalist with more than two decades of experience covering local and national news, arts and entertainment, and…
Everything leaving Max (formerly HBO Max) in October 2023
Eve and Villanelle from Killing Eve both looking shocked.

All good things must come to an end: romances, seasons, even free Twitter (sorry, X), etc. That's never been more true for streaming content libraries. Every month, as more movies and shows are added to each of the many streamers out there, it seems just as much content leaves as well.

Max isn't immune to this vicious cycle, and in October 2023, a fair amount of films and shows are leaving the service for an undetermined amount of time. From a couple of Exorcist movies to the Dolly Parton classic 9 to 5 to the so bad, it's good teen soap Dawson's Creek, there's a lot of good stuff leaving, so check out the list below and try to watch some of these gems before they leave Max for good (or at least a long while).

Read more
The best new shows to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Max (HBO), and more
A man in a suit with his hands up, others pointing guns at him in a scene from The Continental: From the World of John Wick.

This week offers a great example of why having multiple streaming subscriptions is a good idea. Because some of the best new shows to stream are all over the place. If you love action, Peacock's The Continental: From the World of John Wick brings some of that John Wick flavor to TV. Horror fans will naturally gravitate towards the new season of American Horror Story on Hulu. As for comedy fans, Netflix is bringing the laughs with the fourth and final season of Sex Education.

Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Max, Apple TV+, Disney+, Paramount+, and Peacock will keep you swimming in new shows, especially if you've taken the drastic step of subscribing to all of them. If you want to save some money, go for the cheaper ad-supported tiers. But whichever way you prefer to go, we've got you covered with our weekly roundup of the best new shows to stream.
When you're done here, check out the best new movies to stream this week, as well as the best shows on Netflix, best shows on Hulu, best shows on Amazon Prime Video, and best shows on Disney+.

Read more
The 50 best shows on Netflix in September 2023
The cast of Sex Education.

Not every Netflix original series gets to go out on its own terms, but the hit comedy Sex Education is coming to a proper end this week with the release of the fourth and final season. That's why we're welcoming it back to our roundup of the best shows on Netflix. And it shouldn't be too long before Sex Education is once again one of the 10 most popular shows on Netflix.

This week's other new addition is the fifth season of New Amsterdam, a medical drama that has now come to its conclusion. That makes it the perfect binge-watch after the summer of Suits, as new fans will have a lot of episodes to enjoy.

Read more