Box Office Recap — January 8, 2018

Besting even the ninth feature entry into the iconic Star Wars canon, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle continued its box office rampage with another $36 MM in sales this past weekend. The high-concept Columbia Pictures release starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart is a loose adaptation of a 1995 film starring Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst, which itself was an adaptation of a beloved 1981 children’s picture book by Chris Van Allsburg.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi still brought in another $25 MM to add to its international gross, which has already exceeded $1 Billion.

In perhaps a promising bellwether for awards season, three of this week’s top ten (Molly’s GameDarkest Hour, and All the Money in the World) will appeal more to the arthouse niche and are considered strong contenders for Academy Award nominations.

Please note: All box office grosses listed below are domestic.


Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Four teenagers are sucked into a magical video game, and the only way they can escape is to work together to finish the game.

Weekend Gross — $36MM

Gross to Date — $244MM

Director — Jake Kasdan: Jake Kasdan was born on October 28, 1974 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Jacob Kasdan. He is a producer and director, known for Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007), Zero Effect (1998) and The TV Set (2006). See full bio »

Screenwriter — Chris McKennaChris McKenna is known for his work on Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) and Community (2009). He is married to Sally Bradford. They have two children. See full bio »

Screenwriter — Erik Sommers: Erik Sommers is a producer and writer, known for Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) and The LEGO Batman Movie (2017). See full bio »

Screenwriter — Scott Rosenberg: Scott Rosenberg was born on April 24, 1963 in Needham, Massachusetts, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Beautiful Girls (1996), Con Air (1997) and Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000). See full bio »

Screenwriter — Jeff Pinkner: Jeff Pinkner is a producer and writer, known for Fringe (2008), Alias (2001) and The Dark Tower (2017). See full bio »

Music — Henry Jackman: Henry Jackman, born in Hillingdon, Middlesex, UK, began composing his first symphony at age six, and was an accomplished composer by age nine. He went on to study classical music at St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir School, Eton College, Framlingham College and Oxford University. As a teenager, he became heavily influenced by the underground rave scene, … See full bio »

Cinematographer — Gyula Pados: In 1990, Gyula Pados, until then a Camera Assistant working for Vilmos Zsigmond, joined the Budapest Film School’s 4-year camera course which insists that, for two years, ‘everybody tries everything’. In his first year Gyula directed a short film Dawn which won four festival prizes outright and shared a First (at Munich), the Wim Wenders prize, … See full bio »

Editor — Steve Edwards: See full bio »

Editor — Mark Helfrich: Mark Helfrich is known for his work on X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Predator (1987) and R.I.P.D. (2013). See full bio »


Insidious: The Last Key

Parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet – in her own family home.

Weekend Gross — $29MM

Gross to Date — $29MM

Director — Adam Robitel: Emmy-nominated producer, writer and director, Robitel graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, a double major in film production and acting. Robitel is currently in Cape Town South Africa, prepping a thriller for producer Neal Moritz’s Original Films and Sony Pictures studios. Robitel recently made headlines … See full bio »

Screenwriter — Leigh Whannel: Leigh Whannell grew up in Melbourne, Australia, where, at the age of four, he developed an obsession with telling stories. Whether it be through acting, writing or filmmaking, his primary love was getting a reaction from an audience. In 1995, at the age of 18, he was accepted into the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s prestigious Media … See full bio »

Music — Joseph Bishara: Joseph Bishara is known for his work on Insidious (2010), The Conjuring 2 (2016) and The Conjuring (2013). See full bio »

Cinematographer — Toby Oliver: Toby Oliver ACS is an award-winning cinematographer whose career extends from his native Australia to the United States and internationally. Named as one of Variety’s 10 Cinematographers to Watch in 2017, Toby now resides in Los Angeles and has forged a remarkable and varied range of credits on feature films, documentaries and television. In the … See full bio »

Editor — Timothy Alverson: See full bio »


Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order.

Weekend Gross — $24MM

Gross to Date — $573MM

Director — Rian Johnson: Rian Johnson was born in Maryland and at a young age, he moved to San Clemente, California, where he was raised. After graduating from high school, he went on to attend the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. His first feature film Brick (2005) was released in 2005 and was the metaphorical building block that launched his … See full bio »

Screenwriter — Rian Johnson: Same as above.

Music — John Williams: As one of the best known, awarded, and financially successful composers in US history, John Williams is as easy to recall as John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland or Leonard Bernstein, illustrating why he is “America’s composer” time and again. With a massive list of awards that includes over 41 Oscar nominations (five wins), twenty-odd Gold and … See full bio »

Cinematographer — Steve Yedlin: Member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) since 2015. See more trivia »

Editor — Bob Ducsay: Bob Ducsay is an editor and producer, known for Looper (2012), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) and Godzilla (2014). He has been married to Gabrielle Ducsay since September 2001. See full bio »


The Greatest Showman

Celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Weekend Gross — $14MM

Gross to Date — $76MM

Director — Michael Gracey: Michael Gracey is known for his work on The Greatest Showman (2017), Naruto and Ned Kelly (2003). See full bio »

Screenwriter — Jenny Bicks: Jenny Bicks was born on July 30, 1963 in the USA. She is a producer and writer, known for Sex and the City (1998), The Greatest Showman (2017) and Rio 2 (2014). See full bio »

Screenwriter — Bill Condon: Bill Condon was born on October 22, 1955 in New York City, New York, USA as William Patrick Condon. He is a director and writer, known for Kinsey (2004), Dreamgirls (2006) and Gods and Monsters (1998). See full bio »

Music — John Debney: John Debney’s career seemed destined for Hollywood. The son of Disney Studios producer Louis Debney, John grew up in nearby Glendale, California, where he got early inspiration for film and music growing up on the Disney Studio lot. The child of two musicians, John showed an early aptitude for music and began guitar lessons at age six, later … See full bio »

Music — Benj Pasek: Benj Pasek was born on June 9, 1985 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. See full bio »

Music — Justin Paul: Justin Paul was born on January 3, 1985 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. See full bio »

Music — Joseph Trapanese: Joseph Trapanese is best known for his sleek, ominous score work for blockbuster films like “Tron: Legacy,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “Oblivion,” and the “Raid” series. As a composer, arranger, and producer for movie, television, theater, and video game music, he has collaborated with a number of mainstream musical acts. His first major break came… See full bio »

Cinematographer — Seamus McGarvey: Seamus McGarvey BSC, born 29 June 1967 in Armagh, Northern Ireland, is an Irish cinematographer who began his career as a still photographer before attending film school at the University of Westminster in London. Upon graduating in 1988 he began shooting short films and documentaries, including Skin, which was nominated for a Royal Television … See full bio »

Editor — Tom Cross: Tom Cross is known for his work on Whiplash (2014), Joy (2015) and La La Land (2016). See full bio »

Editor — Robert Duffy: See full bio »

Editor — Joe Hutshing: Joe Hutshing can definitely be included among the greatest film editors of all time due not only to his impressive resume with works from directors like Oliver Stone, Cameron Crowe and John Woo, but also due to his innovative techniques and amazing eye for details in order to compose a great cinematic story. His first cinema credit was as an … See full bio »

Editor — Michael McCusker: See full bio »

Editor — Jon Poll: Jon Poll is an editor and producer, known for Charlie Bartlett (2007), Meet the Parents (2000) and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016). See full bio »

Editor — Spencer Susser: Spencer Susser is an editor and director, known for Hesher (2010), I Love Sarah Jane (2008) and The Greatest Showman (2017). See full bio »


Pitch Perfect 3

Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.

Weekend Gross — $10MM

Gross to Date — $86MM

Director — Trish Sie: Trish Sie is a director and writer, known for Pitch Perfect 3 (2017), Step Up All In (2014) and OK Go: Upside Down & Inside Out (2016). See full bio »

Screenwriter — Kay Cannon: Kay Cannon is a screenwriter, actress and producer, best known for Pitch Perfect (2012), Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), and Pitch Perfect 3 (2017). She is also known for her work on NBC’s 30 Rock (2006) and the Netflix Original Series Girlboss (2017). Cannon has won three Writers Guild of America Awards and has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy … See full bio »

Screenwriter — Mike White: Mike White was born on June 28, 1970 in Pasadena, California, USA as Michael Christopher White. He is a writer and producer, known for Chuck & Buck (2000), The Good Girl (2002) and School of Rock (2003). See full bio »

Music — Christopher Lennertz: Christopher Lennertz was born on January 2, 1972 in Methuen, Massachusetts, USA. He is a composer, known for Sausage Party (2016), Agent Carter (2015) and Medal of Honor: European Assault (2005). See full bio »

Cinematographer — Matthew Clark: See full bio »

Editor — Craig Alpert: See full bio »

Editor — Colin Patton: See full bio »


Ferdinand

After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.

Weekend Gross — $7.7MM

Gross to Date — $70MM

Director — Carlos Saldanha: Carlos Saldanha is a Brazilian director of animated films. He was the director of Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) and Rio (2011), and the co-director of Ice Age (2002) and Robots (2005). Saldanha was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He left his hometown in 1991 to follow his artistic instinct and passion for … See full bio »

Screenwriter — Robert L. Baird: See full bio »

Screenwriter — Tim Federle: See full bio »

Screenwriter — Brad Copeland: See full bio »

Music — John Powell: John Powell was born on September 18, 1963 in London, England. He is a composer, known for How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Rio (2011) and The Bourne Identity (2002). He was previously married to Melinda Lerner. See full bio »

Cinematography — Renato Falcão: Renato Falcão is a cinematographer and producer, known for Margarette’s Feast (2003), Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) and Rio (2011). See full bio »

Editor — Harry Hitner: Harry Hitner is known for his work on The Rocketeer (1991), Honey I Blew Up the Kid (1992) and Rio (2011). See full bio »


Molly’s Game

The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.

Weekend Gross — $7MM

Gross to Date — $14MM

Director — Aaron Sorkin: Aaron Sorkin grew up in Scarsdale, a suburb of New York City where he was very involved in his high school drama and theater club. After graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, Sorkin intended to pursue a career in acting. It took him only a short time to realize that his true love, and his true talent, lay in … See full bio »

Screenwriter — Aaron Sorkin: Same as above.

Music — Daniel Pemberton: Daniel Pemberton was born on November 3, 1977 in the UK. He is known for his work on Steve Jobs (2015), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) and The Counsellor (2013). See full bio »

Cinematographer — Charlotte Bruus Christensen: Charlotte Bruus Christensen is a Danish cinematographer. She is best known for her work in The Hunt (2012), Far from the Madding Crowd (2015), Fences (2016), and The Girl on the Train (2016). She earned a degree in cinematography from the National Film and Television School in 2004. After film school she returned to Denmark where she wrote, … See full bio »

Editor — Alan Baumgarten: Alan Baumgarten was born on February 1, 1957 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Alan Edward Baumgarten. He is known for his work on American Hustle (2013), Trumbo (2015) and Zombieland (2009). See full bio »

Editor — Elliott Graham: Elliot Graham was born on June 8, 1976 in Claremont, California, USA as Elliot C. Graham. He is an editor and producer, known for Milk (2008), Steve Jobs (2015) and X-Men 2 (2003). See full bio »

Editor — Josh Schaeffer: See full bio »


Darkest Hour

During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.

Weekend Gross — $6.4MM

Gross to Date — $28MM

Director — Joe Wright: Joe Wright is a director and producer, known for Pride & Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007) and Anna Karenina(2012). He has been married to Anoushka Shankar since September 26, 2010. They have two children. See full bio »

Screenwriter —  Anthony McCarten: Anthony McCarten is a writer and producer, known for The Theory of Everything (2014), Show of Hands (2008) and Darkest Hour (2017). See full bio »

Music —  Dario Marianelli: Dario Marianelli is an Italian film composer. He is best known for his frequent collaborations with director Joe Wright. Marianelli has collaborated with the director Joe Wright five times, on Pride & Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007), The Soloist (2009), Anna Karenina (2012) and Darkest Hour (2017). In 2008, Marianelli won both an Oscar and a … See full bio »

Cinematographer —  Bruno Delbonnel: Bruno Delbonnel was born in 1957 in Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. He is known for his work on A Very Long Engagement (2004), Amélie (2001) and Inside Llewyn Davis(2013). See full bio »

Editor —  Valerio Bonelli: See full bio »


Coco

Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

Weekend Gross —  $5.5MM

Gross to Date — $192MM

Director — Lee Unkrich: Lee Unkrich attended Chagrin Falls High School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He was born in 1967 and graduated in 1985. He was a great French student and created a character in his movie, Toy Story 2 (1999) after his high school French teacher. He was featured in the local paper twice for Monsters, Inc. (2001) and for Finding Nemo (2003). See full bio »

Screenwriter — Adrian MolinaAdrian Molina is known for his work on Coco (2017), Monsters University (2013) and The Good Dinosaur (2015). See full bio »

Screenwriter — Matthew Aldrich: Matthew Aldrich is a writer and actor, known for Coco (2017), Cleaner (2007) and Fair Trade. See full bio »

Music — Michael Giacchino: Michael Giacchino is an American composer of music for films, television and video games. Giacchino composed the scores to the television series Lost, Alias and Fringe, the video game series Medal of Honor and Call of Duty and many films such as The Incredibles (2004), Star Trek (2009), Up (2009), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), JurassicSee full bio »

Cinematographer — Matt Aspbury: See full bio »

Cinematographer — Danielle Feinberg: Danielle Feinberg is known for her work on Coco (2017), WALL·E (2008) and The Incredibles(2004). See full bio »

Editor — Steve Bloom: See full bio »

Editor — Lee Unkrich: Lee Unkrich attended Chagrin Falls High School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He was born in 1967 and graduated in 1985. He was a great French student and created a character in his movie, Toy Story 2 (1999) after his high school French teacher. He was featured in the local paper twice for Monsters, Inc. (2001) and for Finding Nemo (2003). See full bio »


All the Money in the World

The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.

Weekend Gross — $3.6MM

Gross to Date — $20MM

Director — Ridley Scott: Described by film producer Michael Deeley as “the very best eye in the business”, director Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham). His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him throughout the United Kingdom and Europe before they … See full bio »

Screenwriter — David Scarpa: David Scarpa is a writer, known for All the Money in the World (2017), Cleopatra and The Day the Earth Stood Still(2008). See full bio »

Screenwriter — John Pearson: John Pearson was born on May 10, 1930. He is known for his work on Legend (2015), All the Money in the World (2017) and Lucan (2013). See full bio »

Music — Daniel Pemberton: Daniel Pemberton was born on November 3, 1977 in the UK. He is known for his work on Steve Jobs (2015), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) and The Counsellor (2013). See full bio »

Cinematographer — Dariusz Wolski: Dariusz Wolski was born on May 7, 1956 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland as Dariusz Adam Wolski. He is known for his work on The Martian (2015), Crimson Tide (1995) and Prometheus (2012). See full bio »

Editor — Claire Simpson: Claire Simpson is known for her work on The Constant Gardener (2005), Platoon (1986) and Nine (2009). See full bio »


Tom Dever writes for The Script Lab.

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Info taken from Box Office Mojo and IMDb.