New Releases Look to Take Down ‘Jumanji’ at the Box Office

Liam Neeson has a very specific set of skills, and he’s going to be plying them at the box office this weekend. Will he take over the top spot? Here’s our prediction:

The Commuter is yet another film starring Liam Neeson as an action star. Is the schtick getting old? Judging by the lack of real hype surrounding this film, the answer is probably yes. Though he has an audience, there’s likely not enough of them of that moment to give the film a big arrival. Look for a fifth place showing with $14.5 million.

Fifth place? That’s right, fifth place, because there are other big movies hitting theatres this weekend. The Post, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in a film directed by Steven Spielberg, goes into wide release today, and will have no problems bringing in an adult audience. Look for a second place debut with $21 million.

Meanwhile, Paddington 2, featuring the beloved bear, has solid reviews and will unquestionably get families into theaters this weekend. Look for it to arrive in third place with $20.5 million. There’s even a shot it could outperform and overtake The Post, depending on the sort of hold Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle has. 

Speaking of which, The Rock’s big hit will remain in the top spot at the box office with $28 million. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit fourth place with $15 million.

The question mark is the R-rated Proud Mary, starring Taraji P. Henson. With no reviews yet, there’s not a ton of hype to help get a breakout audience. There’s a chance it could land in fifth place and either tie or outperform The Commuter.

So, to recap, here are our predictions:

1) Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle – $28 million
2) The Post – $21 million
3) Paddington 2 – $20.5 million
4) Star Wars: The Last Jedi – $15 million
5) The Commuter
or Proud Mary – $14.5 million

Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!

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