Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson sat down with USA TODAY’s Bryan Alexander and common a impulse behind his ‘Jumanji: Welcome to a Jungle’ character, Dr. Smolder Bravestone, and how his possess teenage past helped him master a role.
NEW YORK – The successor to Titanic is … Jumanji: Welcome a Jungle?
For a initial time given James Cameron’s disaster epic, a Dec recover has surfaced a weekend box bureau in February. Seven weeks after opening in theaters, Jumanji again took a tip mark during a box bureau with an estimated $11 million in sheet sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.
On a indolent Super Bowl weekend, that was good adequate to transcend final week’s No. 1 film, Maze Runner: The Death Cure. The third installment in a young-adult trilogy starring Dylan O’Brien slid 58% in a second week to $10.2 million in sheet sales.
It’s a fourth weekend out of 7 in that a Jumanji reboot, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, has led all films. It has forged an doubtful trail en track to a record-setting run. Met with small initial fanfare, Jumanji played second fiddle for a initial dual weeks of recover to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
More: Dwayne Johnson on his hiss energy in ‘Jumanji’: ‘God delivered, we sealed for it’
Also: Dylan O’Brien is unapproachable that ‘Maze Runner’ used a take from his hazardous stunt
Related: 5 vivid things that are weirdly loyal about a fear film ‘Winchester’
But roving good word of mouth and comparatively small family-film competition, Jumanji has turn one of Sony Pictures’ biggest hits ever, ranking behind usually a Spider-Man films. It has now grossed $352.6 million in a U.S. and Canada.
The Helen Mirren-led haunted-house fear film Winchester was a solitary new far-reaching recover on a weekend that Hollywood typically cedes to football. The feeble reviewed film about a firearms heiress opened with $9.3 million and finished third.
Rounding out a tip five: Hugh Jackman’s surprisingly durable musical The Greatest Showman ($137.5 million to date), that finished fourth with $7.8 million, and Christian Bale’s Western play Hostiles, fifth with $5.5 million.
Total sheet sales were $92 million, according to comScore, a sum that falls behind new Super Bowl weekends — always among a quietest film weekends of a year — though above a lowest grossing ever.
Hollywood instead is largely focused on a trailers seen during Sunday’s NFL broadcast. About a dozen films wish to gain on a largest U.S. promote of a year with cost blurb spots dictated to lift a recognition of arriving open releases and some of a summer’s biggest would-be blockbusters.
Earlier: Sally Hawkins swims toward an Oscar in ‘The Shape of Water’
Star Wars fans are anticipating to see a mark for a Han Solo spinoff movie. More expected on daub are ads for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Jennifer Lawrence’s Red Sparrow, Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible — Fallout and another intensity strike for Dwayne Johnson, Skyscraper.
Among awards favorites, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which leads a Oscars nominations (13), boosted a museum count to some-more than 2,300 screens. But it still slid 21% with $4.3 million.
Final total will be expelled Monday.
Contributing: Kim Willis
The actor sat down with USA TODAY to share what it was like to see his finished film ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ for a initial time, along with a stage that led to his production-stopping injury.