Friday, April 19, 2024

Unhappy New Years Day: “Last Jedi” Knocked Off Number 1 by “Jumanji” Reboot


It seems like New Years Day was an unhappy one for “The Last Jedi.”

On its 18th day of release, the latest “Star Wars” movie was supplanted at number 1 on the box office chart by the reboot of “Jumanji.”

“Jedi” took in $15.7 million. “Jumanji” scored over $16.1 million. “Jumanji” is in its 13th day of release.

For “Jedi,” losing number 1 less than three weeks after release is a little surprising. But as I’ve told you right along, the new “Star Wars” movie hasn’t been keeping pace with its predecessor, “The Force Awakens.”

The older movie was at $750 million by its 18th day. “Jedi” is at $533,089,000.

Meanwhile, one Oscar-buzzed movie that’s booming is Steven Spielberg’s “The Post.” Still in limited release, “The Post” had made $2 million in 9 theaters in 11 days. It won’t go wide until after the Golden Globes this Sunday, when the Meryl Streep-Tom Hanks hit should do very well.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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