SPIN FACTOR®

The HSX Blog



Whisper Numbers: New players target Jumanji

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend delivers four new entrants to the box office sweepstakes. However, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle [JUMNJ] is still holding strong and looks to stay in first place with about $29 million over the 4-day weekend.

Warner Bros. rescued Paddington 2 [PADT2] from The Weinstein Co., which opened the first Paddington to $25.5 million over MLK weekend two years ago. Ben Whishaw [BWHIS] returns to voice the CG-animated bear, while Hugh Grant [HGRAN] joins the cast as the villain. The PG-rated sequel has already opened successfully in the U.K. and has a perfect 100 score on RottenTomatoes. Even with a compressed marketing window, Paddington 2 should bring out fans of the original. Opening in a record 3702 theaters for MLK weekend, Paddington 2 may stuff $26 million over 4 days.

Fox expands The Post [TPOST] wide after grossing $4 million in 3 weeks of limited release. Tom Hanks [THANK], Meryl Streep [MSTRE] and director Steve Speilberg [SSPIE] team up for the first time to tell the real-life story behind the publication of the Pentagon papers. Despite touted as an awards contender, the PG-13 rated film has been mostly shut of the major awards. The timely subject matter should appeal to discerning adults. The Post could gather $20 million from 2819 theaters.

Taraji P. Henson [TPHEN] stars as an assassin in the R-rated Proud Mary [PMARY]. Films targeted at African-Americans have usually done well during the MLK holiday weekend. Lining up 2125 theaters, Proud Mary could hit $17 million.

The Commuter [COMUT] is the latest Liam Neeson [LNEES] action vehicle, and the fourth directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Their last collaboration, the R-rated Run All Night opened March 2015 at $11 million. The PG-13 rated The Commuter has a more intriguing premise for Lionsgate to hook in moviegoers. Arriving in 2892 theaters, The Commuter may bring home $15 million.

Despite debuting above expectations, Insidious: The Last Key [NSID4] was rated poorly by its audience. Like most horror sequels, Insidious: The Last Key will tumble more than 50% in its second weekend to about $14 million over the 4-day weekend.

That’s the whisper on the virtual trading floor.



Tag(s): JUMNJ, PADT2, BWHIS, HGRAN, TPOST, THANK, MSTRE, SSPIE, TPHEN, PMARY, COMUT, LNEES, NSID4

View more Blog posts »



By Box Office Whisperer on Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 03:44 PM 918 views

Recent Comments

    No recent comments.


@HSXMOVIES on Twitter





Follow HSX on Twitter!


Lucian-River Chauhan joins Invasion        Trailer for Our Friend starring Jason Segel, In theaters & VOD January 22nd https://t.co/9l8pTDVrmR       The Mauritanian aka Prisoner 760 lands February 19, 2021 release date       Neil Patrick Harris joins The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent        Mark Ruffalo and Catherine Keener join The Adam Project        Hulu has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Boss Level https://t.co/JQzYimHed5       Opening This Week: #CroodsNewAge https://t.co/IdplMohthq https://t.co/fFqmp6tWWR       Congratulations! That's what we call #dedication !       The 355 has been pushed back a year to January 14, 2022 release date https://t.co/JkPjHn4mj3       Fatale will open in theaters nationwide on December 18th https://t.co/ihjNTfMTLD      
New York Will Eat You Alive aka (ZMBRO) 75 23.50 (+1.58)         Five Nights at Freddy's (5NAFD) 100 11.91 (+1.07)         Val Kilmer (VKILM) 10000 19.90 (+0.03)         We're Wolves aka What We Do in t (WRWLV) 50 2.48 (+0.02)         Meagan Good (MGOOD) 25000 76.99 (-0.24)         Alan Tudyk (ATUDY) 7500 217.48 (0.00)         Captain Marvel 2 (CMAR2) 2000 196.05 (+0.43)         Wonder Woman 3 (WOND3) 1000 155.35 (0.00)         Robert Redford (RREDF) 7500 61.06 (-0.17)         The Meg 2 (TMEG2) 10 40.89 (-0.04)         New York Will Eat You Alive aka (ZMBRO) 110 23.50 (+1.58)         Alan Tudyk (ATUDY) 7500 217.48 (0.00)         Luca (LUCA) 149999 113.59 (-0.44)         Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (GOTG3) 2 153.15 (0.00)         The French Dispatch (TFRDS) 24 18.10 (+0.05)         Bad Boys 4 (BADB4) 149000 87.87 (+0.91)         Hong Chau (HCHAU) 9750 5.58 (0.00)         The Blacksmith (TBLSM) 1 17.56 (-0.44)         Splash (SPLSH) 145000 1.75 (+0.04)         Shang-Chi and the Legend of the (SHCHI) 3000 179.79 (+0.34)         The Blacksmith (TBLSM) 100000 17.56 (-0.44)         The Devil's Light (TDVLT) 149000 13.02 (-0.15)         Robert Redford (RREDF) 7500 61.06 (-0.17)         Bruised (BRUSD) 149999 3.64 (+0.06)         The Little Mermaid (MERMD) 149999 1.05 (+0.03)         The Doorman (DOORM) 150000 0.13 (+0.09)         Hong Chau (HCHAU) 9750 5.58 (0.00)         The Dissident (DSDNT) 149999 0.78 (-0.05)         Blue Bayou (BLUBU) 140000 4.52 (+0.08)         Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Ranger (CNDRR) 1 33.93 (+0.10)         Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Ranger (CNDRR) 150000 33.93 (+0.10)         The Tiger's Apprentice (TGRAP) 1 37.52 (+0.10)         The Tiger's Apprentice (TGRAP) 150000 37.52 (+0.10)         A Quiet Place Part II - Opening (AQPL2.OW) 100000 25.96 (-0.20)         Nightwing (NTWNG) 1 14.24 (+0.10)         Nightwing (NTWNG) 150000 14.24 (+0.10)         The Talisman (TALIS) 1 12.64 (0.00)         The Talisman (TALIS) 10000 12.64 (0.00)         The Matrix 4 (MTRX4) 1 122.10 (-0.50)         Monster Hunter (MONHT) 150000 25.21 (+0.68)         The Matrix 4 (MTRX4) 5000 122.10 (-0.50)         Monster Hunter (MONHT) 150000 25.21 (+0.68)         Five Nights at Freddy's (5NAFD) 150000 11.91 (+1.07)         Five Nights at Freddy's (5NAFD) 150000 11.91 (+1.07)         New York Will Eat You Alive aka (ZMBRO) 6250 23.50 (+1.58)         New York Will Eat You Alive aka (ZMBRO) 150000 23.50 (+1.58)         Pinocchio - Disney (PNOCC) 9000 47.20 (-0.29)         The New Gods (NGODS) 9000 14.07 (+0.08)         The Blacksmith (TBLSM) 1000 17.56 (-0.44)         San Andreas 2 (SAND2) 9000 15.24 (+0.03)