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MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- 1/7/18


 

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT FOR 1/7/18

 

It was a lot hotter at the boxoffice last weekend than in multiplex parking lots in many parts of the country.

 

Moviegoers braved deep freeze temps to see the holdover hits "JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE" ($36M) and "STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI" ($23.6M) as well as Universal/Blumhouse's horror thriller "INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY" (pictured), opening to $29.3M (costing about $10M) even with just 27% on RT!

 

"KEY's" better than expected launch beat the opening for "INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3," which arrived June 5, 2015 to $22.7M and did $52.2M domestically.  

 

"JEDI," per Disney, "has now crossed the $1.2B global mark after just four weeks of release. This weekend saw (it) pass both "CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR" ($1.153B) and "MINIONS" ($1.159B) to become the #13 global release of all-time." With $572.5M, "JEDI" is now the #6 domestic release ever.

 

"JUNGLE's" weekend three domestic cume is $244.4M. The original "JUMANJI" opened Dec. 15, 1995 to $11.1M and did $100.5M domestic.

 

Last weekend's boxoffice heat got 2018 off on the right foot, per comScore, with ticket sales of $166M that were up 18.8% from $139.8M last year. The year to date is up 6.3% from 2017.

 

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The Producers Guild noms don't get as much media attention as the Golden Globes, but historically they're a much better Oscar bellwether.

 

Of the Academy's 8,500-odd members, some 500 are in the Producers Branch (as well as the PGA). PGA uses the same convoluted preferential voting system as Oscar. A tie resulted in 11 best picture noms: "THE BIG SICK," "CALL ME BY YOUR NAME," "DUNKIRK," "GET OUT," "I, TONYA," "LADY BIRD," "MOLLY’S GAME," "THE POST," "THE SHAPE OF WATER," "THREE BILLBOARDS..." and "WONDER WOMAN."

 

Worth noting:

(1) Christopher Nolan's "DUNKIRK" is back on the Oscar track after not getting a Screen Actors Guild best cast nom.

(2) Patty Jenkins' "WONDER WOMAN" is finally in the awards conversation. SAG snubbed it for best cast and actress (Gal Gadot – pictured). Its PGA nod gives "WW" a shot at best picture Oscar consideration.

(3) Steven Spielberg's "THE POST" also got no SAG love. Its PGA nod hammers home how relevant its government vs. media storyline is today. Given Hollywood's new focus on courageous women, it can't hurt that "POST" revolves around a very courageous woman (Meryl Streep as Washington Post publisher Kay Graham).