Strength was Found in our Movie Jungle

The biggest greeting was once again meeting JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE, who found the natives friendly. 12 STRONG men were making friends on their heroic journey while a DEN OF THIEVES did their part to steal the show. THE POST was still making newsworthy friends in their lofty position but graciously left plenty of space for THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, who, naturally, was surrounded by the greatest stars, all adding warmth and coziness to a cold winter’s night.
The hottest scene stealers in the most imaginative places warmed up our long winter nights, Hanks and Streep followed after our strong soldiers, taking the coolest notes, the jungle was jumping and one great showman directed one entertaining show!
Who stole the show for you this weekend?

Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $20 million.
2. 12 Strong $16.5 million.
3. Den of Thieves $15.3 million.
4. The Post $12.2 million.
5. The Greatest Showman $11 million.

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The Strength lies in our Stars

Colliding with some tough competition, can 12 STRONG soldiers win the battle at the box office this weekend? How warm a greeting will JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE bestow upon them? Can THE POST handle the task of educating the movie masses or will they be swayed by the (non-political) talent that surrounds THE GREATEST SHOWMAN? Still on the family front, FOREVER MY GIRL promises to be eternally adorable. Who will delight us the most?
Perhaps THE LEISURE SEEKER will provide us with the sweet serenity we seek. Not if PROUD (and most definitely NOT sweet) MARY has anything to say about it, who finds murder beats recreation. Can a DEN OF THIEVES be the ultimate scene stealers?
Of course, THE COMMUTER may know the way to the most scenic places while INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY certainly holds the key to all things horrifying.
Then again, maybe the always-scenic STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI will make a comeback and send them all packing.
So many stars, so little movie time!
What might this jam packed weekend hold for you?

A Politically Correct Weekend

JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE remained the most hospitable place to visit this long weekend, once again finding the top spot at the domestic box office the most welcoming place in our movie universe. Universally speaking, moviegoers found THE POST up to the task of entertaining and enlightening them. THE COMMUTER was on the right track while INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY continued to open the creepiest doors. Bringing up the rear, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN was still showin’ em how it’s done, getting the final word on all things stars.
The stars were proudly represented this Martin Luther King weekend, stepping out in politically-correct style. Hanks and Hart strangely crossed paths, we commuted to the most intriguing places, horror was hitting the right beat and the greatest show illuminated the coolest stars.
Which of our illuminating tales made the weekend great for you?
Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1. JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE $27 million.
2. THE POST $18.6 million.
3. THE COMMUTER $13.5 million.
4. INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY $12.1 million.
5. THE GREATEST SHOWMAN $11.8 million.

Warming up Winter’s Movie Hearts

With winter in full frosty blast in so many of our regions, what will it take to warm our cold movie hearts? THE COMMUTER is sure to find the hottest spots on his way home. Will audiences be along for that ride?
Will a pit stop through JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE bring the heat? Might the celestial beings revolving around STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI be the first to make us feel the warmth that only true stars can inspire? Perhaps THE GREATEST SHOWMAN can provide us with a cozy feeling only music (within the movies) can bring (with a sweet assist from those soulful PITCH PERFECT 3 ladies).
Perchance lovable PADDINGTON 2 will offer the greatest show, one sure to warm even the coldest cinematic souls.
No worries for those aforementioned cold souls, however, who are sure to feel right at home thanks to INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY, which is destined to open the deadliest doors.
Behind which door will you find the warmest welcome this weekend?

A Warm Welcome to 2018

Audiences discovered JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE was even more welcoming in the new year but, hospitable bunch they are, left plenty of space in the movie jungle for INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY, who answered our most sinister, cinematic questions. STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI took two box-office steps down, becoming third in line to greet the year 2018.
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, trooper that he is, continued to put on the best show as PITCH PERFECT 3 played each note to perfection.
It was the perfect start to a brand new year that promised a welcome respite to tropical lands situated beneath starry skies, where menacing beings, songstresses and an odd assortment of entertainers were happily waiting.
Who could choose the greatest show out of that lineup?

Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $36 million.
2. Insidious: The Last Key $29.3 million.
3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi $23.6 million.
4. The Greatest Showman $13.8 million.
5. Pitch Perfect 3 $10.2 million.

A Character Driven New Year

“Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.” Cavett Robert

As we gradually replace the characters of 2017 with exciting (we hope) players soon to come, what will become of our resolution for a new year of stories? Will we resolve to live in the movie moment, hoping for another blockbuster season worthy of STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI?
Always at home in a movie theater, how much longer will JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE make us feel, well, welcomed?
Will THE GREATEST SHOWMAN lead to a surplus of cinematic entertainment, with a PITCH PERFECT 3 adding just the right note to commemorate a brand new year?
Can FERDINAND push his way through all that aforementioned greatness and find the movie child within?
Perhaps INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY will open the door to a sinister but exciting start to 2018.
After making your “good” resolutions, which cinematic door will you walk through this weekend?

2017’s Cinematic Swan Song

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI found the stars of 2017 quite successful, sending them soaring through those starry skies to a happy future (i.e. sequel). Happily in the present moment, JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE once again received a warm greeting while those PITCH PERFECT 3 girls discovered harmony at every turn. Turning on a different note, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN was having the greatest time celebrating the almost New Year, leaving an entertaining space for FERDINAND, who was happily at home in our local movie theaters.
Happiness abounded on the big screen, with the stars, naturally, taking up the biggest cinematic space. Although it was a jungle “out there,” music filled the air, each show was greater than the last and we learned, once again, home is where the heart is!
As we usher in a brand new year, which of our tales captured your heart?

Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi $52.4 million.
2. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $50.6 million.
3. Pitch Perfect 3 $17.8 million.
4. The Greatest Showman $15.3 million.
5. Ferdinand $11.7 million.