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"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" reclaims top spot at North American box office

2018/2/5 15:34:18   source:Xinhua

Sony's "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" reclaimed the top spot surprisingly at North American box office with an estimated 11 million U.S. dollars in its seventh weekend of release.

The action adventure comedy film has brought in more than 352.64 million dollars to date in North America, according to the studio figures collected by comScore.

Directed by Jake Kasdan and starring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan, the sequel to 1995's "Jumanji" follows four teenagers who are transported into the video game world of Jumanji and must work together to beat the game in order to return to the real world.

The smash hit works "a Super Bowl weekend miracle" and "has been an unstoppable force in the marketplace", said senior movie analyst Paul Dergarabedian at comScore.

"The film is the gift that keeps on giving for Sony as it continues to defy convention as it ascends back to the top spot once again in an impressive seventh weekend showing. Audiences remain excited by this movie above all others in the early part of 2018 and its summer style action and star power remain irresistible in this movie marketplace," Dergarabedian told Xinhua.

20th Century Fox's film "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" dropped to second place with an estimated 10.2 million dollars, pushing its North American cume to 39.76 million dollars to date.

The dystopian science fiction action film, starring Dylan O'Brien and Kaya Scodelario, is the sequel to the 2015's "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" and the third and final installment in the "Maze Runner" film series. All three installments were directed by Wes Ball.

Lionsgate's "Winchester" opened in third place with an estimated 9.25 million dollars. The supernatural horror film is the sole wide release opener this weekend as other major studios choose to cede to 2018 Super Bowl, the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL) and one of the most-watched events in North America.

20th Century Fox's musical biopic "The Greatest Showman" landed in fourth place with an estimated 7.8 million dollars in its seventh weekend. Entertainment Studio Motion Pictures' western film "Hostiles" finished fifth with an estimated 5.52 million dollars in its seventh weekend and but the second weekend of wide release.

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