Jumanji expected to retake box office as Winchester scares up sizable returns

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Feb 4, 2018, 11:33 AM EST

Incredibly, Sony's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is projected to retake the top place at the box office after just one week of being in second place. The Jake Kasdan-directed sequel had been dethroned last week by 20th Century Fox's Maze Runner: The Death Cure. Now outlets like Variety estimate that Jumanji is poised to reassert its dominance by the weekend's end, with around $11 million. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Maze Runner could drop as much as 64% with $9.6 million as Lionsgate's Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built scares its way into second place.

Right now, however, Winchester leads all three films with $3.6 million, based on Friday returns from Box Office Mojo. Maze Runner is in second place with just over $3 million, and Jumanji's got $2.8 million. Nevertheless, Welcome to the Jungle is still projected to blow past both by the end of Super Bowl weekend. Most intriguing is that it'll be the first December wide release since 1998's Titanic to still be at the top of the box office in February, writes ComingSoon.net. Jumanji also passed the $500 million mark in overseas sales this weekend. 

Winchester being the head of the pack is a good sign for the newly released horror movie starring Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke. The film centers around the famed Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, which was built by Sarah Winchester (Mirren). The widow of a rifle manufacturer, she was convinced to construct an enigmatic mansion, believing it would protect her against the ghosts of those killed by her husband's guns. Clarke plays Dr. Eric Price, a specialist summoned by the representatives of the rifle company who are worried about Sarah's sanity. 

Speaking to SYFY WIRE, the movie's directors, the Spierig brothers (Predestination, Jigsaw), said they shot as much as they could at the actual Winchester house, placing more emphasis on the character of Sarah than was originally planned. 

"We made the film more focused on Sarah Winchester, whereas I think in the original screenplay she was far more secondary — a background character," said Michael Spierig. "We felt like, since her story was the most interesting and her mythology was the most interesting, we wanted to bring her front and center and make her a major contributor to the story. I thought she was the most interesting part of the story."