Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. This weekend one awards contender goes wide and one tired horror franchise kicks off 2018’s slew of upcoming franchise installments.
“First out of the gate” isn’t exactly a title that has any fiscal windfall with it in the movie business. January is largely a time for studios to widely expand films they barely got in under the wire for Oscar contention…..and horror films. Essentially the same philosophy extended to September, but with prestige. The first and only wide release of the first weekend of 2018 is Insidious: The Last Key, the fourth installment in that particular horror franchise. Going wide this week is Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game with Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, looking to drum up attention ahead of the Oscar nominations later this month.
Insidious: The Last Key (Josh Stewart, PG-13, 1hr 43min)
How Did We Do Last Week? KT picked Star Wars: The Last Jedi to barely fend off Jumanji, and-in a squeaker-Episode VIII prevailed. The Last Jedi earned another $52.8 million to Jumanji’s $50.5 million to land on top of the box office for the third week running. Despite mixed reaction from the fan base, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the highest grossing domestic film of 2017, the #6 film of all-time domestically, has earned $1.01 billion globally, and passed the domestic earnings of last year’s Star Wars spin-off: Rogue One. The three Disney-made Star Wars films are three of the top eight highest-grossing films in US box office history.
Our win for the weekend gave us a 47-5 pick-em’ record for 2017. NINETY PERCENT! The surprise success of Hidden Figures and IT accounted for 4 or the 5 losses last year, otherwise…someone take us to Vegas! No…seriously, road trip?
(2017 Final Prediction Record: 47-5 90.4%!!!; Lifetime prediction record 85-10).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
Star Wars is by no means done making bank. It will have to earn roughly another $85 million domestically to pass The Avengers for the #5 spot, which is possible but not certain. What does look certain is that this is the week that Jumanji’s success outlasts The Last Jedi’s decaying numbers and the two flip-flop on the podium. Jumanji for 2018’s first win with Star Wars at #2.